If you’re in the training industry, then the letters ASTD (American Society of Training and Development) mean something to you! It is “the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals.” It’s pretty much my go-to place when I need some training advice, new ideas or want to research a topic. Over the years, and through my membership, I’ve made some great connections with training colleagues and have established strong partnerships.
So when ASTD declared that December 6 – 11 is Employee Learning Week, it made me jump to action. As ASTD says, learning should be year round; however, it’s nice to have a few days that put learning into the spotlight. This will not be our first time participating in the learning week—it is something we try to highlight every year. This year we’re partnering with our parent company as well as its other entities and sending daily messages with different learning tips and tricks. For example, on Tuesday we’ll be sharing how writing things down helps us remember key facts; we’ll be linking to an article by Dustin Wax that emphasizes this topic.
We like to focus on new things each year to keep it fresh and exciting for our employees. Last year we showcased one of our training teams daily via a Brainshark recording that we sent out to our employees. The year prior to that, for each employee that attended one of our online classes, their name was entered into a raffle for gift cards.
The possibilities for shining the light on training are endless. What will your company be doing for this year’s Employee Learning Week? What have you done in the past that others might be able to replicate?
Nicole Scheel is the Director of Training, and the “Tips & Training Blogger”. Nicole has been in training with InterCall for eleven years and currently manages our internal and customer training departments, also known as InterCall University. Nicole has her Masters in Training & Development from Roosevelt University. When she’s not training someone, you can find Nicole volunteering in her community.