Department of Human Resources and ManagementThe mission of the Department of Human Resources and Management (DHRM) is to provide quality corporate governance and human resource management systems; to perform with integrity, innovation, and responsiveness, and deliver excellent customer service to the Commission, its employees, elected and appointed officials and the communities served in the bi-county region.
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London UK, 25 May 2016: New independent research from Towards Maturity, supported by Kallidus, reveals that the retail sector may be wedded to formal learning and has yet to explore the benefits of social and informal learning despite its growing commitment to investing in learning technologies and building its internal learning team.
What can today's learning leaders teach us about using evidence to support performance and capability? Mindset, behaviour, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow are all valuable characteristics - but are they being nurtured?
Louise Pasterfield from Sponge UK explores Towards Maturity data to uncover practical ideas that could inspire change in your organisation.Induction matters. Ian first joined Pitney Bowes in 1988 after a four-year career as a professional cricketer with Lancashire County Cricket Club.
During his time with Pitney Bowes Ian has held various positions in the UK, Europe and the U.S.
Division and Lasercom, a Switzerland based specialist software and Services Company, as Business Development Director. Advantech announced first half 2014 revenues of US$580 million, up 20% from the first half of 2013, with net profit of US$79 million, up 18.9% from the same period last year. ARBOR Technology suggests powering mobile POS as well as warehousing, transportation and medical applications with their new ARBOR Gladius 5 rugged IoT handheld. Handheld Group announced the compatibility of the Handheld Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer (see our review) and Spillman Technologies mobile integrated public safety software.
Motorola Solutions announced Q2 2014 results with sales of $1.4 billion, down 7% from Q2 2013 primarily due to lower sales in North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
The Unitech PA700 is a rugged industrial handheld with a large 4.7-inch 1280 x 700 pixel high-res capacitive multi-touch display. Though Android dominates the smartphone market and has a very strong position in tablets, until now Google's OS platform was not available for desktops and conventional notebooks (the Chromebook with its limited offline functionality doesn't really count).
Winmate's newly posted inventory management application video featuring their rugged M101B tablet. The latest Juniper Systems blog reports how a log scaler in Idaho became instrumental in saving lives in a big-rig accident that also involved a fierce fire, and how the log scaler's old Juniper Allegro CX rugged handheld, running Elecdata log scaling software, became partially melted, but still worked after the event (which had a good ending).
Winmate announced that their rugged Panel PCs are now available with Intel "Haswell" 4th generation Core processors. Datalogic announced it is inaugurating its new 23,680-sf manufacturing operation in Brazil, their first in Latin America. The Streetsboro Gateway News reports that the Streetboro police department will get Getac F110 tablets for its police cruisers. ADLINK Technology, which provides cloud-based services, intelligent gateways, and embedded building blocks for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, announced its sponsorship of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team's entry into the 17th Annual International RoboSub Competition held at the Space and Naval Warfare Command Research facility in San Diego, CA.
Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-M1 is a fully rugged Intel Core i5-based Windows tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display that can handle gloves and liquids. Those nice, friendly people at Juniper Systems in Logan, Utah, can be really mean and twisted when it comes to testing their own rugged handhelds. Microsoft Global Security (MSGS) officers spent too much time monitoring and enforcing parking policies on Microsoft corporate campuses. Datalogic announced preliminary sales revenues for Q2 2014 of 115.8 million Euro, roughly the same as they were for Q2 of 2013. Motion Computing announced that Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) has improved operational accountability and reporting by extending its Esri geospatial information system (GIS) into the field onto Motion Rugged Tablets with Blue Dot Mobile Field Service Solutions.
Winmate announced the addition of several new wide-screen products into their Intel Bay Trail-based Panel PC lineup. With the DLI 9008, Data Ltd offers a remarkably light and handy, yet still rugged, Intel Bay Trail-powered tablet computer primarily intended for retail and hospitality deployment. Datalogic added the Elf Healthcare PDA, which clads the (otherwise mostly unchanged) legacy Elf electronics into a chemically resistant plastic enclosure that won't get harmed by most major cleaning agents.
Xplore Technologies announced that it has secured its first purchase order of more than half a million dollars for its Bobcat tablets from a leading U.S. Motorola Solutions reports that Troy Design & Manufacturing, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, is using Motorola FX9500 fixed RFID readers and AN200 RFID antennas integrated with Lowry Solutions work-in-process manufacturing software, TDM's "hands-off" RFID solution tracks vehicles from the moment they enter their cells and monitors and guides each step of its more than 150 daily vehicle conversions.
In its latest mailing, Curtis-Wright Defense Solutions suggests jump-starting any technology upgrade program with the rugged DuraCOR mission computers from their Parvus division in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mi-Corporation, which is best known for its enterprise-class e-forms, announced that Doyle Security Systems is realizing significant expense control and productivity gains following the first four months using its new digital sales order entry system. Juniper Systems' GetRugged blog usually concentrates on specific applications and how-to posts, as opposed to more general contemplations.
ABI Research estimates that the number of developers involved in Internet of Things (IoT) activities will reach 1.7 million globally by the end of 2014. In their blog, MobileDemand lists Eight Reasons Why Route Sales Personnel Need a Rugged Tablet, and also reports on the rugged PC use by Ben E. JLT Mobile Computers, developer of rugged computers for demanding environments, is celebrating 20 years of delivering rugged computers by awarding the customer of its 90,000th computer with a specially extended 20-Year Service Agreement. Motorola Solutions introduced the third generation of one of the industry's most successful mid-range rugged mobile computers. The Gammatech Durabook S15H, successor to the company's earlier Durabook S15C, is a 6.6-pound notebook computer designed to be tougher and more durable than standard consumer notebooks, but without the extra size, weight and cost of a fully rugged design.
Panasonic has expanded its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports with a new multi-year agreement that includes primary sponsorship of the No.
Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones, are sometimes unsure of what defines a "rugged computer" and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. ADLINK Technology has released the NEON-1040 next-gen rugged camera as part of their ADLINK Vision platform.
North Central Emergency Medical Services Cooperative (NCEMSC) has awarded Milwaukee based, TKK Electronics, with a major national contract for providing information technology which includes the Getac line of rugged computers.
Every now and then we need to mention some of the truly useful gadgets that come into our lab, that we end up using all the time, and that a lot of our readers out there could probably use, too.
Another Advantech industrial board for embedded systems we reviewed is their tiny (95 x 95 mm) SOM-6894 COM Express Compact module that can be used with a variety of Intel 4th generation Core processors and drive up to three independent displays. Smith Micro announced the release of two new QuickLink Mobility solutions targeted for enterprises and public safety agencies.
It's always been our belief that docks should be just as rugged and well-sealed as the devices they are being used for.
Panasonic announced an Intel "Bay Trail" Celeron N2807-powered version of the FZ-M1 7-inch rugged Windows tablet as a more affordable alternative to the standard FZ-M1 (see here).
NEXCOM announced it has upgraded its APPC series of rugged industrial panel PCs to the Intel Atom E3800 family of processors. Magellan NAV 1000 shipped in May 1989 and revolutionized marine navigation with its handy size, portability, price and low power consumption.
Juniper Systems' Mesa Rugged Notepad is being used with Turner Industries' MobileOps software solution for preventive maintenance. CipherLab announced it will exhibit at the FMI Connect 2014 show at McCormick Place, Chicago, June 10-13, 2014 at booth 3864.
Juniper Systems reports it is headed to ACE14, the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) annual conference and exposition from June 8 a€“ 11. The Handheld Group's rugged Nautiz X4 is a multi-purpose data collection mobile computer with integrated keypad and industrial-grade scanner options. Motion Computing announced Thames Water Utilities Limited will standardize on the Motion F5 Tablet PC for its above ground asset management, maintenance and field service operations. Hundreds of millions of tablets and smartphones have spoiled users who now want sleek state-of-the-art consumer technology out there in the field as well. Datalogic announced it has deployed more than 600 Datalogic mobile computers for automotive safety systems manufacturer, Autoliv, across their European plants.
Motorola Solutions announced the expansion of its portfolio of Android-based enterprise mobile computers with the availability of the TC55 touch computer for the Verizon network, along with new options for Google Mobile Services.
If you have employees in the field performing maintenance, inspections, or installation of appliances, equipment, homes, machinery and more, you want a fast and safe way to collect payments once the job is complete without the hassle of paper invoices? Getac announced it has upgraded its flagship X500 ultra rugged notebook and X500 rugged mobile server. The Department provides executive and operational leadership through a set of best management practices, recommends policy, and establishes administrative procedures, including internal controls for efficient and effective operations.
Over the years, we have built exceptional programs focused on recruiting, developing, and retaining our most valuable asset - our employees. However, they provide a great opportunity for constructive reflection.Everyone loves winning awards. Kirsty GreanyWhile it's easy to slip on the rose-tinted glasses when looking at the challenges of business 20 years ago, it's fair to say that the landscape has significantly shifted in the last couple of decades.
Android and Apple's iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors.
Spillman serves more than 70,000 public safety professionals across the United States, including police departments, sheriffa€™s offices, communication centers, fire departments and correctional facilities. Whereas Motorola Solutions used to break down financials into Government and Enterprise segments, the sale of the Enterprise business to Zebra Technologies in a $3.45 billion all-cash transaction means that from now on Motorola Solutions will report sales broken into Products and Services. That has now changed with the new HP SlateBook, a full-function, quad-core Tegra 4-powered notebook with a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel 10-point multi-touch screen, and running Android 4.3. RhoMobile is a set of application development tools for creating OS- and device-agnostic enterprise-class mobile apps that now offers per-developer subscription pricing in an effort to allows developers to compare plans and use RhoMobilea€™s framework to deliver enterprise-class mobile applications without restrictions. The CS4070, which has a full-shift battery, can easily pair with in-room computers, laptops, tablets and workstations-on-wheels. This article describes the past and current situation of touch in rugged tablet computers, and why the technology employed by Panasonic in the FZ-M1 is so relevant. Located in Jundiai in the state of SA?o Paulo, the plant assembles selected Automatic Data Capture product lines. It's a small deployment, but a spokesman's argument for tablets instead of notebooks is interesting: "There is not much change at this point in how the officers interact with the tablet vs. The CUAUV's Gemini submarine is powered by ADLINK's Express-HL COM Express computer-on-module with a 4th gen quad-core Intel Corea„? i7 processor.
And they even document their cruel and unusual treatment of their fine technology that surely deserves better than beaten up, clubbed, stepped on, scratched, tossed and run over.
To address this challenge, MSGS worked with IRSA Video to customize an automated License Plate Recognition solution.
To improve the quality and reduce errors in these systems, Automotive OEMs and suppliers are requiring good diagnostic tools to detect and discover any failures which appear in automotive systems.


Motion and WFEC will share details on the successful project at the Esri International Users Conference July 14-18 in San Diego.
We examined the cost-efficient Advantech MIO-5271 that comes with a choice of two haswell processors (Celeron 2980U or Core i5-4300U). The Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5-based Elf Healthcare PDA is equipped with the Datalogic patented "Green Spot" and a vibrating alert providing good read feedback while avoiding noisy beeps.
They include a move to a quicker 4th gen Intel "Haswell" Core i5, Windows 8.1 Pro, better battery life (up to 10 hours), an optional bridge battery, improved multi-touch that can handle rain and gloves, optional self-encrypting drives, a much higher resolution camera (8mp vs. Plant floor operations are much more fluid with reliable automated data capture, and the system is providing further insights into the facilitya€™s conversion capabilities. Externally virtually identical but with slightly different electronics, both versions have 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD capacitive 1280 x 720 pixel touchscreens that work with gloves.
The company stresses how the modular, COTS-based, subsystems eliminate NRE costs and reduce time-to-deployment. Doyle Security Systems had successfully moved its entire paper-based sales order entry system to a digital system using Mi-Forms mobile forms software on iPads. The latest entry is no exception, explaining Futura Systems' GPSStaker, a new pole staking application. The size of the ecosystem is expected to exceed 3 million developers in 2019, approximately 10% of all software developers.
There are various near, far and long-range laser and imager options, a 6-foot drop spec, IP65 sealing, pistol grip, etc., making the 9700 an interesting candidate for all sorts of new and legacy applications. It reflects the quality built into every single PC the company manufactures, with many of the very first models still being used today. The Bobcat, which starts at US$2,199, adds a formerly missing piece that further broadens and expands Xplore's reach in the rugged market. It's a very solid, trust-inspiring machine with a large 15.6-inch wide-format display, good connectivity, and good day-to-day functionality.
24 team of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and current points leader Jeff Gordon. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case, as Handheld's CEO Jerker Hellström explains in this article. NCEMSC is a group of more than 3,800 emergency medical services (EMS) organizations in 49 states and several international provinces.
Our review board came with the low-end (but still part of Haswell) Celeron 2980U and gave us an opportunity to see how its performance compares to both high end Core as well as older Atom configurations. QuickLink Mobile VPN for Android and QuickLink Unified Connection & Security Manager for Windows 8.1 provide flexibility and control to expand mobile security and connectivity to a variety of mobile devices beyond legacy Windows-based platforms.
That's what RAM Mounts offers with their new RAM docking station for the Harris RF-3590 rugged Android tablet. The Atom E3800 is part of Intel's Bay Trail lineup and consists of single, dual, and quad core embedded SoCs, based on Ivy Bridge Intel HD graphics. There weren't high-res maps that you could zoom and pan back then; the NAV 1000 just provided the user with an LCD readout of latitude and longitude expressed in degrees and minutes. It's for storage, but the warehouse is also inherently one of the most mobile environments.
Ciperlab will show how their dedicated OS handheld can help with Intelligent Order Entry solutions or a Telxon replacement solution.
Held in Boston, Massachusetts, ACE14 (see conference page) is a high-traffic attraction for professionals and vendors in the water industry. The F5 was chosen as the clear favorite in user testing with 86% preferring the Motion device over two alternatives. As Autoliv aims to reduce traffic accidents and injuries with their products and systems, the company needed to optimize efficiency in production line and warehouse operations with state-of-the-art technology, fast operation, ease of use and robustness. The Standard Configuration comes with GMS, which includes Google Maps, Gmail, the Google Play store, Google Search, Google Talk, and the Chrome browser. By incorporating 4th-generation "Haswell" Intel Core processors and related technology, as well as discrete nVidia graphics options, the new X500 versions now offer state-of-the-art performance, an enormous benefit to the technologically advanced military and industrial customers who rely on speed and efficiency when working in some of the world's harshest and most demanding work environments. Though the case study is primarily about deploying Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to the 3,400 employees of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the project also included providing patrol officers with rugged tablet PCs running Windows 8.1. The introduction of Linux to the Yuma 2 tablet enables the mobile use of a wide variety of free and open source applications.
The Executive Director provides executive functions for the Commission and also oversees the work of DHRM. Organisations are becoming more team-based, with flatter and less hierarchical structures that see five generations working together - often dotted across different locations, using technology to connect and work. Organisations with effective induction are more likely to retain their new recruits for longer. The process also enables learning professionals to reflect on five key issues that impact on designing and delivering a modernised learning strategy. We hope that our contribution will help shape an environment where real-world research informs organisational improvement.
Although your ideas may be compelling, it's not easy to execute a plan without support, co-operation and collaboration from peers, stakeholders and business leaders. In fact, Android alone accounted for 255 million devices, dwarfing even Apple's 35 million.
Philip Sassower, Chairman and CEO of Xplore, said, "We are extremely pleased with the year-over-year revenue growth of 41%. The IP65-sealed device can handle 4-foot drops, has a wide operating temperature range, and was designed to meld contemporary smartphone functionality and ease of use with industrial-grade data capture and durability. Security officers interact with the system through the Getac B300 Ultra Rugged Notebook that runs IRSA-authored client software on Windows 8.1.
Each size screen is available in one of Winmate's three housing options: IP65 front-sealed, chassis or panel mount, or open frame.
Note the innovative 5-in-1 module that attaches to the back of the tablet and offers scanning, RFID, MSR, keypad, and smart card reading. With the Core i5, the 5.7 x 4 inch board has performance comparable to a high-end rugged mobile tablet or notebook.
The railroad selected the fully-rugged Bobcat to help achieve cost savings and increased mobility in its yard operations by consolidating from a two-device model to a one device operation. This is certain to have a massive impact on the rugged computing and embedded systems markets. Its PICMG 1.3 compliant design based on half-size SHBs and SHB backplanes offers desktop PC functionality in a passive backplane implementation optimized for more demanding environments such as industrial automation, but also military, medical and telecom applications. Smith Micro said that in many industries where field equipment must be ruggedized, demand for smaller form factors is driving rapid replacement of larger laptops to ruggedized Windows 8.1 and Android tablets and smartphones. Weighing just 2.5 pounds, the dock carries an IP65 ingress protection rating and can be mounted in numerous ways.
VDC reported that rugged mobile device shipments were US$5.4 billion in 2008, and predicted a bleak 10% decrease for 2009. In Booth #658, Juniper will show its rugged handheld computers, preferred by water professionals for their ultra-ruggedness and reliability. RuggedPCReview examined the Nautiz X4 in detail and found it to be a small and handy mobile computer well suited for reliable and efficient data capture and data communication tasks in the field, and one that fits right into most enterprise infrastructures. The tablets will be rolled out as part of a phased introduction this summer to replace a fleet of legacy handhelds. In order to achieve this, Autoliv chose to deploy Datalogic Falcon X3, Skorpio X3 and Memor mobile computers to work with the new SAP system. RUGGEDBOOK will show four exciting new rugged Windows tablets based on state-of-the-art Intel Bay Trail and Haswell technology (for sneak previews, see Rugged Tablet PC 358, 751, 760, and 770). The Professional Configuration does not include GMS and prevents Google data gathering of user location, keypad entries and search activities while providing customers with control of application and OS upgrades. And those tablets were Getac V110s, prominently featured in the YouTube video accompanying the case study. Entering awards can be a daunting and time-consuming process - an additional task on top of everyday work.
They get new employees up to speed quicker and help them reach their performance goals earlier.In its 2014 report about on onboarding, Aberdeen Group found that 68% of companies had no formal process in place. Revenue in all major regions grew, with the largest percentage increases in Europe and Asia Pacific. It's not a rugged product, but Android availability on desktops and laptops may change everything.
Winmatea€™s next generation 8.4a€? tablet running Windows 7 was the perfect tool for the job.
The original FZ-G1 scored some of the best benchmark numbers we'd seen, and these tech upgrades make it even quicker. The blog post explains how it works, and why Juniper's Archer 2 is the perfect hardware platform to run it on.
24 team in two Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events. We reviewed the Getac PS535F and reported that Getac expected to be the #2 rugged PC vendor by 2012. The tablet, running Windows 8, will run Thames Watera€™s SAP and ClickSoftware asset and field management systems.
There's USB 3.0, a microSD card reader, mini DisplayPort, and a cover that's also a keyboard. Other Linux distributions or releases are available by request, with volume commitment or engineering payment.
What it all means is that Motorola Solutions will more or less return to its root business of radio and communications products and services, whereas the acquired Symbol and Psion rugged mobile computing operations go to mobile printer maker Zebra.
It will mark the first on-car branding for Panasonic since joining Hendrick Motorsports as a technology partner in 2007.
As a result, a rugged PC mounted on a forklift can set you apart, says MobileDemand CEO Matt Miller. The Surface Pro 3, which starts at US$799 (but goes as high as US$1,949 for a loaded model) has a pen which, interestingly, is from N-Trig and not Wacom (N-trig also replaces Atmel for the Surface 3's touch capabilities).
It provides L&D teams with the perfect chance to step back and think about what has led to current organisational successes, before sharing those stories and successes.There is nothing more satisfying at work than thinking over your recent activities and realising that there is a lot to be proud of!
They not only need to meet fundamental business targets, but must be dynamic problem solvers who know how to roll with (constant) change.Leadership and management skills really matter - and this includes mindsets, behaviours, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow. We'll be digging into Towards Maturity's data to see what it tell us about changes in onboarding practice, as well as picking out some practical ideas that could inspire change in your own organisation. Top performing L&D teams are 3-5 times more likely to be delivering improved productivity and agility today and have much to teach us.


I have had the pleasure of working with them and their customers for a number of years and have seen first hand their commitment to identifying and sharing great practices that really work. This brings to an end Motorola's attempts in mobile computing that included such interesting projects as the mid-1990s Marco and Envoy handhelds and the Forte CommPad rugged tablet. Only 13% of retailers are investing in blended learning while the average across all sectors is double that figure (26%), with top learning companies nearly three times more likely to be using blends than retail companies (35%). Seek, support and develop leaders right and you'll have more engaged, productive, and profitable businesses. It provides contemporary measures that focus on performance improvement and great tactics that help L&D teams become more responsive to the changing needs of business. This research highlights the fact that L&D teams must develop new mind-sets and skills, quickly. This may be due to a lack of required skills and knowledge, as the research indicates over half lack the confidence in incorporating new media in learning design and only 4% believe their L&D teams have the skills for facilitating collaboration. Benchmarking can help you get started on your way to winning and help you clarify what's been successful - here are 6 perfectly valid reasons to use it.How benchmarking can helpWe are not promising that benchmarking will definitely lead to trophies in the cabinet.
So it's no wonder that companies spent nearly $31 billion on leadership programs last year.
It leverages the data of its in-depth Benchmark Study, the largest learning technology benchmark in Europe.
What is more 71% do not believe that their own staff lack skills to manage their own learning. Secondly, the scale of the work ahead, as 95% of respondents want to improve induction with only 39% meeting that goal.
Also, just 23% agree that their L&D teams have the skills to use technology for business advantage.
These are tried and tested approaches that we've used in partnership with our clients to produce effective and award-winning learning interventions that deliver impactful change.1. With such a big gap between aspiration and performance, the induction challenge seems daunting but there is evidence that learning innovation is turning the tide. Here are six compelling reasons why benchmarking can help turn the possibility of being an award winner into a reality:1. The Towards Maturity benchmarking process gets organisations, and L&D in particular, thinking on the right track. These aren't the only source of future leaders, of course, as many other potentials are already in-house, out there to be recruited or returning to work after having children. Incredibly, ‘Top Deckers' are 50 times more likely than the lowest performers to improve talent strategies to keep their best people.
However, the world of work is changing and organisations are increasingly looking for more modern approaches to learning that support the fast-moving world of work and the needs of an increasingly digital workforce.
It’s a great place to start, if you want to establish a strong foundation for change. Work with the subject matter expert or the business customer to identify the main objective of the programme. Our research with employees in this sector shows that staff are more able to learn for themselves than L&D give them credit for.
The vast majority we talked with were frustrated by the lack of transfer back to the job after managers had participated in training. Using real life ideas can help inspire new approaches that will make a difference in your own situation. This will not only help you design the programme, but will also help you measure its effectiveness. It's very easy in today's busy world to not make time for reflection, yet reflection is critical to success.
Inspiration by example We've identified four techniques used by organisations in their induction programmes that relate to the tactics of the top performing organisations highlight in the Towards Maturity Industry Benchmark Report. The purpose of the Show is to inform and inspire L&D professionals to improve not just their personal performance but that of their organisation. They are three times more likely to use benchmarking as a performance improvement tool - benchmarking against the tactics that improve performance. By benchmarking you enable yourself to reflect, take stock and focus on the activities that really make a difference.2. First, it seems there's a lack of measures put in place for management and leadership training. While every organisation is different, examples of good practice and innovation in other companies can offer inspiration for change. By reflecting on and analysing organisational performance, activities and practices, L&D can identify organisational strengths and areas of high performance.
Secondly, it seems that the learning strategy many apply to management and leadership training is often out of sync with the audience's needs.
The leading sports retailer has been providing online onboarding since 2013 with more than 25,000 employees, across the 19 countries going through the programme.
Data from Towards Maturity reveals that 83% of new starters like to learn at their own pace, with 44% using their own mobile to learn.With this in mind, Sports Direct used the Adapt multi-device responsive elearning framework for its online content.
Receive your Personalised Benchmark report analysing current performance and tailored action plans valued at £300 - free until 15 July. Just as importantly, benchmarking identifies weaknesses and those areas of low performance. It means employees can access the elearning on a smartphone or tablet, giving them maximum flexibility. You can read more about Sports Direct's approach to induction in Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine.
Only 39% offer mobile content, and 30% have no plans to implement social media for leadership development.
It's no wonder then, that there is a lack of transfer from learning to doing, if the learning doesn't fit in with everyday lives and habits in the first place and isn't focused on supporting performance there and then. Towards Maturity data reveals that 87% of Top Deck organisations agree that top managers are involved in promoting learning, compared with an average of 37%.UK infrastructure company, Story Contracting features a video message from the company owner and Chief Executive, Fred Story in its new online induction. The not for profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. Pinpointing strengths and weaknesses enables L&D and business leaders to really hone in on performance.
This isn't to say there aren't some great examples of modern, blended, performance-focused leadership development - there are some cited in Towards Maturity's paper. What can we learn from these?How leadership solutions can #makeithappenIt's time to close the gaps and deliver the type of learning solutions that will engage and really help leaders.
Benchmarking does what it says: it provides organisations with a benchmark to measure themselves against others. To really help them, we need to offer easy to find performance support that is genuinely useful and relevant to leaders and managers' points of need. New staff and partners joining Specsavers are able to earn a virtual coin by completing the company's new induction course. You can use it to see how you are performing on various aspects of organisational practice compared to others. The business then makes a real cash donation to the charity chosen by employees in proportion to the number of virtual coins earned.You can read more about the Specsavers' approach here. Since 2003, over 4,500 organisations and 23,000 learners have contributed to Towards Maturity's leading benchmarks. For example, have you properly embraced mobile learning and are reaping the kinds of benefits that some organisations are enjoying?
But we also need to help develop those deeper skills and behaviours in ways that fit with leader's (crazy) lifestyles.
What are the top performing companies in the Towards Maturity benchmark doing in terms of mobile learning?
As a baseline, that means moving away from solely ‘event' based learning - three-day workshops or long online courses - and embracing more resource or micro-learning approaches that provide short challenges and tasks as nuggets that help build skills and insights over time. An average of 48% of Benchmark respondents reported that elearning not being tailored sufficiently was a barrier to success.
It can be really useful to know what characteristics top performing companies have in common and what is driving their success.5. We would say that providing simulations, interactive videos and meaningful games can make smart use of a leaders' precious time, and build the competence and confidence leadership roles require - so ROI for L&D too. United Biscuits (UB), the company behind household names such as McVitie's, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin, wanted to make sure its induction programme was relevant to both new starters and any existing employees who might access the training.
UB used video of real employees talking about their jobs to add relevance and authenticity to the content.You can read more about the experience at United Biscuits in HR Grapevine magazine. This report gives clear, insightful indicators about your strategy's current strengths and how that compares to your peers. Supporting or providing social spaces for informal learning and sharing is key too - the how will depend on who your audience is and how they currently work together.Measurement comes into play here as you have managers, teams, and peers providing tailored feedback about performance and application. But leadership and management development is often holistic, and ongoing - like a journey rather than a series of interventions. The aim is to help L&D professionals focus on one area of action that will help them deliver impact.
To track what tools, learning, and performance support is used by an individual is a bit of a red-herring - especially if you're genuinely offering it up to help them in anyway that works for them. And, if improving induction is your focus, there are more ideas in Sponge UK's Rough Guide to Induction. There has to be some bigger, business goals to be measured, alongside the individuals' performance or growth targets, and it might take a little while for the data to come in for these. Louise PasterfieldManaging Director, Sponge UK Louise has more than 20 years' experience in learning and design and is passionate about making elearning absorbing so staff can apply what they have learned immediately into the workplace.Her interest is in how best to harness technology so people can learn, grow and make a difference to their organisations.
In terms of those millennials as future leaders - don't leave it too late before you start developing them. In Deloitte's report on this generation, Not only is this generation notoriously flighty and ready to up and leave within two years, but 70% of those ready to jump ship cite lack of leadership training as the reason why. Just think about how that Personalised Benchmark Report will help you deliver better results.Unsure if you are ready?Benchmarking will help you make up your mind if you should enter an award this year or wait until next year when you have had a chance to build further on current successes. So to attract and retain talent, and build leaders of tomorrow, open up those digital, multi-device resources -  simulations, diagnostics, videos, podcasts, tools and more to anyone who's interested.




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