Inspirus Blog

International Women’s Day: A Global Call to Action

Posted by Mia Mends

3/8/17 7:10 AM

Today, on International Women’s Day (IWD), we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. But IWD marks more than just a day of celebration. It’s also a global call to action to accelerate gender parity where it is lacking.

Shockingly, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t truly be closed until 2186! That’s why campaigns like IWD are necessary — to help drive change through targeted action and move us all closer to a more gender-inclusive world. This requires each of us — individuals, businesses and organizations — to step up and “Be Bold for Change.”

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Topics: Employee Engagement, women, gender, quality of life, Be Bold for Change, International Womens Day, business, society

Three Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Coworkers About Your Goals

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

3/7/17 9:00 AM

Setting a goal is one thing, while accomplishing that goal, whether short-term or long-term, is a whole other feat in itself. Many would say that when setting goals or resolutions, recognizing areas for improvement and creating a purpose of action to make those changes is the easy part – it’s the follow through that is the challenge.

About 80% of goals and resolutions made at the beginning of the year fail in the month of February – less than two months after they were set. So how can we, as goal setters and hopeful goal achievers, stay accountable for staying on the right track and not veering off back into our old habits? While achieiving goals takes commitment, focus and oftentimes mental and/or physical exertion, external factors can also have an impact on our ability to stick to our goals, including the workplace. Coworkers can have a huge influence on our daily routine such as eating habits, our attitude at work, how we react to certain situations, and so on. While a workplace can have a negative impact and be a distraction to achieving goals, it can just as well be a positive one. Here are three ways you and your fellow coworkers can help each other achieve your goals this year.

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Topics: employee motivation, Rewards and Recognition, Employee Engagement, accountability, setting goals, goals

Take Care of Your People and Results Will Come

Posted by Wendi Walker-Schmidt

3/2/17 9:00 AM

I have spent the last 20 years of my career in the human resources, learning and OD world. In that time I have heard and had many discussions around the question, “What is the employee experience?” Some define it as what an employee receives during their interaction with their career’s elements, while others define it as employee emotions with the technological and physical environment they experience. Additional definitions cite the employee experience as perceptions about the interactions with their organization.

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Topics: employee experience, employee retention, leadership

Game Changer: Why the Role of a Chief Learning Officer is Evolving

Posted by Wendi Walker-Schmidt

2/1/17 9:22 AM

CLO-Learning-Blog.pngIf you're not growing, you’re going! Organizations are starting to understand that learning is at the heart of talent management as a business strategy. As a result, the traditional role of a Chief Learning Officer is shifting. Change is inevitable, but change is good!

There has been a significant shift in what organizations need for talent management. The customary Chief Human Resources Officer is taking on more than just tasks that include culture and incentives, and as a result, the role of a CLO is beginning to morph. Next generation leaders must be equipped with updated skills that may not have been required in the past. According to Forbes Coaches Council, modern leaders exhibit essential leadership skills such as culture management, collaboration and co-creative leadership. This is very apparent in the shift of the CHRO and CLO roles. Here’s why:

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Topics: Learning, Employee Engagement, management, talent management, engagement

Compensation for Employee Training Just Got Easier

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

8/30/16 1:05 PM

Learning within the workplace is shifting, and as we mentioned in the previous blog post, allowing employees to have more control of their own learning has a great impact on how engaged they are as well as the knowledge they retain. That is why Inspirus utilizes micro-learning, a type of learning that breaks important information into smaller chunks for users to easily comprehend. The only problem, however, is since micro-learning can be done at any time, even after hours and outside of the workplace, it’s difficult to properly compensate hourly employees without a way to measure the amount of time they spend on e-learning. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must be compensated for all “hours worked,” including training time. To alleviate this strain, Inspirus is bringing compensation reports into the equation, because keeping track of hours isn’t always as simple as clocking in and clocking out anymore. Now, organizations can get a basis for compensation of training pay and keep up with the amount of time hourly workers spend on micro-learning courses, which in turn, eases the burden for management and increases the accuracy of an employee’s wages.

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Topics: Learning, Employee Engagement, Micro-Learning, Compensation Reports