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How to build the power skills every employee needs today

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How to build the power skills every employee needs today

You may have heard the buzz about power skills. People often describe them as a rebranding of soft skills or human skills. But they're so much more than that. This new world of work we're all operating in requires a combination of specific soft and hard skills to be successful. Every employee, regardless of business function, should possess these power skills to succeed in this digital transformation age. For many organizations, digital transformation happened in a hurry during lockdowns. Along with virtual working environments came the need for employees to be digitally savvy, better communicators and competent using a suite of collaboration tools, to name a few. But according to a Salesforce 2022 digital skills study, just 25% of respondents labeled themselves "advanced in collaboration technology skills needed specifically for the workplace." Their responses imply that a large majority of workers still feel unprepared for jobs in the digital-first economy. Organizations need to help employees upskill and feel confident that their power skills will help them operate effectively in this new work environment. The birth of power skills Historically, hiring managers emphasized employees' functional capabilities, referred to as hard skills, more than their interpersonal abilities, referred to as soft skills. Hard skills encompass the skills candidates can demonstrate through previous roles, typically based on their resumes. These hard skills can be anything like coding, bookkeeping, graphic design and so much more. And in today's digital, hybrid work environment, some hard skills are no longer just specialties for specific roles. In many cases, they're an expectation that employees across all functions of an organization can analyze data to make strategic decisions. And while these hard skills are necessary to do the job in most instances, many organizations have come to realize they can teach these skills to employees on the job and don't always have to prioritize them as much when hiring. That's when organizations unearthed an emerging need for softer people skills, such as empathy in leadership, strategic thinking and problem-solving. And digital transformation has amplified that need. Teams had to learn to collaborate virtually, and even jobs that required employees to continue operating in person required expanded tech proficiency. There's also an understanding that organizations are more attractive and enjoyable places to work if they're rich in soft skills. There are all kinds of benefits, like increased productivity, improved customer experience and loyalty, better job satisfaction and retention rates, and greater employee confidence and adaptability. We've now entered the era of power skills, the powerful combination of critical functional skills and people skills. Growing interest in power skills from employees across the globe Organizations aren't the only ones gravitating toward this new era of power skills. Employees across industries are increasingly seeking opportunities to develop their power skills. In the first half of 2022, Cornerstone saw more than 1 billion minutes of learning content consumed, with topics related to power skills leading the charge among learner interest. Courses centered around power skills secured four of the top five most-registered courses during this timeframe, reinforcing the growing need for organizations to incorporate these skills to continue to grow their people and organization. Similarly, power skills also claimed leading spots when looking at top self-directed learning courses, top curation subjects and overall learning time. These courses featured topics surrounding productivity, emotional intelligence, teamwork and more. This growing interest in power skills wasn't limited to just one region. At Cornerstone, learners' increased global interest in power skills topics. In EMEA, for example, the top course topics in the first half of 2022 included personal development, communication, productivity, execution and more. The emerging essential power skills Organizations that focus on upskilling employees' power skills have immediately impacted employees' daily function and their organization as a whole. The power skills critical to the work environment today — and tomorrow — include: Communication and teamwork Team building Business writing Intercultural fluency Bias to action and adaptability Emotional intelligence Leadership and management Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging Strategic thinking Critical thinking Problem-solving Coaching and mentoring Productivity and collaboration Computer skills Time management Communication tools (e.g., Slack, Teams, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) Collaboration tools (e.g., SharePoint, Google Drive, Box) Project management tools (e.g., Asana, Wrike, Jira, Monday, AirTable) Digital and data fluency Digital literacy Data literacy Microsoft Excel Data analysis Cybersecurity literacy Personal development and wellness Work-life balance Stress management Mindfulness Fitness Growth mindset As work continues to evolve, you could say that power skills are replacing the power suit as a linchpin of work. Power skills are a must to position your people to be successful in the future of work and grow with your organization. And no one understands power skills better than Cornerstone. If you want to take your organization's skill building to the next level with critical power skills, check out Cornerstone Content Anytime. You can use these subscriptions to build the power skills you and your people need to succeed today and tomorrow.

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Highlights from HR Tech 2022

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Highlights from HR Tech 2022

Last week, the Cornerstone team took our annual pilgrimage to HR Tech in Las Vegas. For years, HR Tech has been a beacon in foggy waters for HR leaders and practitioners. A north star, guiding us through the latest trends and technologies and a platform to meet with industry experts who have tales of success and lessons learned. Like with most social engagements in our lives, HR Tech was put on pause because of COVID-19. While there was an HR Tech last year, the crowd was smaller than it used to be. But this year, HR Tech felt like the old days. If there’s one thing our time at HR Tech taught us, it’s this: People are ready to dust off their suitcases and dive into this new world of work. And the energy was palpable! The entire week was jam-packed with events, meetings and expert sessions. The conference had the largest list of exhibitors ever, with 450 companies vying for attention and traffic to their booths. Themes on booth walls and in conversations across the venue covered things like: The evolving hybrid workplace The toils of recruiting How to keep up with digital transformation How to unlock talent data Where to start with skills technology How to modernize the employee experience While not necessarily new topics, it was apparent that companies and people weren’t just talking about these trends on a macro level. They were digging into the details, exploring new innovations and reminding us all that HR technology is more crucial now than ever before. It truly was a remarkable week for our industry. We left re-energized and ready to tackle what’s ahead. Inspiring keynotes In the opening keynote, Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, led the audience through a showcase of the values she believes HR leaders can apply when making critical business decisions. As a long-time HR leader, Marshall shared her gold standard for creating a healthy and diverse work climate that puts people first. It was an inspiring presentation, to say the least. Josh Bersin, always a crowd favorite, educated us with his take on the state of HR technology. He debuted findings from his annual report and dug into the trends he sees disrupting the market, including the economy, a labor shortage, burnout, turnover and the diminishing workforce. When you put it like that, it’s hard to find the silver lining! But fortunately, Bersin feels the solution to all of this disruption is actually our industry, HR technology. He said, “If you’re not training, empowering and moving people around inside your company, you could fail. Your technology has to facilitate these things, and these things all need to be interconnected.” The biggest shift we need to make, Bersin said, was that “HR tech is not for HR. It’s for employees.” That’s a mindset all technology providers must adopt to succeed. Energizing sessions Cornerstone VP of Content Summer Salomonsen, led a session about how to build modern and effective content strategies. Summer, who has a doctorate in Education, shared her pearls of wisdom on how to amplify your content strategy by stripping it down to the basics. When it comes to your content, she said, “Be authentic, be relevant and be brief.” Riddled with personal anecdotes and her classic one-liners, Summer showcased her knack for engaging the crowd while teaching them something new. On Wednesday afternoon, Katie Ballantyne, VP of product marketing and customer experience, was joined by Joe Kaylen, solutions consultant, to present the first-ever demo of Cornerstone’s new solutions ecosystem. The demo covered everything from our core products — like Cornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Performance — to recent advancements in our skills technology, new Cornerstone Originals content and the latest innovations to EdCast by Cornerstone. Katie and Joe took a room full of attendees on a ride through our latest and greatest. It was quite exciting to see everything come together! Fun with our brand Orange is the new blue — and we sure had fun with it! After launching our new brand last November, we haven’t had too many opportunities to show it off at live events. Last week, it all came together beautifully in our booth and on posters and displays around the venue. It welcomed people back to HR Tech and re-introduced Cornerstone to the crowd. We had swag galore (the squishy Cornerstone bots are our personal favorite!), and attendees never went thirsty. Between our champagne happy hour and our bloody mary bar, we kept the libations and conversations flowing. There was a renewed sense of energy and optimism at HR Tech this year. Perhaps it was the bright colors in our booth or the troves of people with smiles on their faces. This year’s HR Tech elicited a sense of rejuvenated energy. And we’re more ready than ever to jump back into this new world of work.

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How to build the power skills every employee needs today

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How to build the power skills every employee needs today

You may have heard the buzz about power skills. People often describe them as a rebranding of soft skills or human skills. But they're so much more than that. This new world of work we're all operating in requires a combination of specific soft and hard skills to be successful. Every employee, regardless of business function, should possess these power skills to succeed in this digital transformation age. For many organizations, digital transformation happened in a hurry during lockdowns. Along with virtual working environments came the need for employees to be digitally savvy, better communicators and competent using a suite of collaboration tools, to name a few. But according to a Salesforce 2022 digital skills study, just 25% of respondents labeled themselves "advanced in collaboration technology skills needed specifically for the workplace." Their responses imply that a large majority of workers still feel unprepared for jobs in the digital-first economy. Organizations need to help employees upskill and feel confident that their power skills will help them operate effectively in this new work environment. The birth of power skills Historically, hiring managers emphasized employees' functional capabilities, referred to as hard skills, more than their interpersonal abilities, referred to as soft skills. Hard skills encompass the skills candidates can demonstrate through previous roles, typically based on their resumes. These hard skills can be anything like coding, bookkeeping, graphic design and so much more. And in today's digital, hybrid work environment, some hard skills are no longer just specialties for specific roles. In many cases, they're an expectation that employees across all functions of an organization can analyze data to make strategic decisions. And while these hard skills are necessary to do the job in most instances, many organizations have come to realize they can teach these skills to employees on the job and don't always have to prioritize them as much when hiring. That's when organizations unearthed an emerging need for softer people skills, such as empathy in leadership, strategic thinking and problem-solving. And digital transformation has amplified that need. Teams had to learn to collaborate virtually, and even jobs that required employees to continue operating in person required expanded tech proficiency. There's also an understanding that organizations are more attractive and enjoyable places to work if they're rich in soft skills. There are all kinds of benefits, like increased productivity, improved customer experience and loyalty, better job satisfaction and retention rates, and greater employee confidence and adaptability. We've now entered the era of power skills, the powerful combination of critical functional skills and people skills. Growing interest in power skills from employees across the globe Organizations aren't the only ones gravitating toward this new era of power skills. Employees across industries are increasingly seeking opportunities to develop their power skills. In the first half of 2022, Cornerstone saw more than 1 billion minutes of learning content consumed, with topics related to power skills leading the charge among learner interest. Courses centered around power skills secured four of the top five most-registered courses during this timeframe, reinforcing the growing need for organizations to incorporate these skills to continue to grow their people and organization. Similarly, power skills also claimed leading spots when looking at top self-directed learning courses, top curation subjects and overall learning time. These courses featured topics surrounding productivity, emotional intelligence, teamwork and more. This growing interest in power skills wasn't limited to just one region. At Cornerstone, learners' increased global interest in power skills topics. In EMEA, for example, the top course topics in the first half of 2022 included personal development, communication, productivity, execution and more. The emerging essential power skills Organizations that focus on upskilling employees' power skills have immediately impacted employees' daily function and their organization as a whole. The power skills critical to the work environment today — and tomorrow — include: Communication and teamwork Team building Business writing Intercultural fluency Bias to action and adaptability Emotional intelligence Leadership and management Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging Strategic thinking Critical thinking Problem-solving Coaching and mentoring Productivity and collaboration Computer skills Time management Communication tools (e.g., Slack, Teams, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) Collaboration tools (e.g., SharePoint, Google Drive, Box) Project management tools (e.g., Asana, Wrike, Jira, Monday, AirTable) Digital and data fluency Digital literacy Data literacy Microsoft Excel Data analysis Cybersecurity literacy Personal development and wellness Work-life balance Stress management Mindfulness Fitness Growth mindset As work continues to evolve, you could say that power skills are replacing the power suit as a linchpin of work. Power skills are a must to position your people to be successful in the future of work and grow with your organization. And no one understands power skills better than Cornerstone. If you want to take your organization's skill building to the next level with critical power skills, check out Cornerstone Content Anytime. You can use these subscriptions to build the power skills you and your people need to succeed today and tomorrow.

Cartoon Coffee Break: Upskilling for the future of work

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Cartoon Coffee Break: Upskilling for the future of work

You’ve heard it. Work is changing. Technological innovations, economic fluctuations, climate change, political shifts and so many more factors are adding to the complexity and pace of this transformation. To survive in today's rapidly changing world, you need to develop your employees to meet these evolving demands. You need to send your people to space. Well, metaphorically. (Although, hello, to all our astronaut readers. How's space?) Think of the astronaut stories you've heard — The Martian, Apollo Thirteen, Gravity, hundreds of others. These types of stories tend to be about survival. Something goes wrong, and our heroes only have limited resources and their wits. So to make it back home, they have to be adaptable and agile. And that's what you and your people need to be to thrive as work continues to change. As a talent leader, you're mission control. You're the hub ensuring your people can learn new skills and continually adapt as challenges and opportunities emerge. And in a world where constant change has become a fact of life, your organization needs resilience and agility to thrive. The key to a successful organization is learning adaptability Your employees and managers need to be able to learn new concepts, acquire skills and evaluate their work methods to grow. And by creating a culture centered around learning, you can teach employees how to take the initiative, expand their skillset, and strive for better results. In the HR space today, we hear a lot about upskilling or new skilling the workforce to prepare for changes — whether it's adapting to new technology or new ways of doing business. Roles, interests, and workflows become more fluid as employees can enjoy more freedom, creativity and flexibility. By reorienting your organization as a talent leader around skills, your HR team can better understand, develop and provision talent to dynamically meet your organization's needs. What your organization can do to help your employees guide their own career paths You may have heard us talk about Gigs quite a lot. Gigs are short-term, skill-building opportunities at your organization that anyone can sign up for. Any department that needs a hand with a project or just wants to teach a teammate something can create and run a gig. They're great ways to open another learning avenue for your people to build their skills outside their usual department. We have a thriving gig program here at Cornerstone that we surprisingly call Cornerstone Gigs. The gig program has been brilliantly successful for our people. 250 applicants and counting are working to create better jobs for themself and their coworkers. They're enhancing skills, growing their careers and bringing different colleagues together for projects. Develop talent with the skills you need Connect your people with the essential skills they need to adapt, grow, and be future ready. As employees find new opportunities at your organization, show them the skills they need to build and the content that will support them. With EdCast by Cornerstone, what your people see adapts to the skills they have in their backgrounds, the skills they want to develop and the skill your organization needs. Give your people the space and support they need to grow No one can tell you exactly what the future of work will look like. Maybe we will all be astronauts. And the best way to prepare for our possible spacefaring future, or whatever work will look like, is to help your people build the skills they need to stay agile and adaptable. You and your organization can only succeed if you change along with work.

Skills transformation for the now and where you’re heading

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Skills transformation for the now and where you’re heading

Skills shortages have been making the headlines for decades. And they’re not letting up. So it’s not surprising that 48% of employers cite their most urgent concern over the next three years as a skills and talent shortage, according to our recent Global Skills Report. But maybe not as surprising is how high-performing organizations deal with this skills shortage compared to the laggards. Simply put, high-performing organizations focus on developing talent as the number one way to fill skills gaps, while laggards were 3x more likely to stall skills development investments. Luckily, that’s Cornerstone’s specialty: helping organizations stay ahead of talent challenges by creating a personalized and connected learning experience for their employees. Learn what Cornerstone customers have to say about how they’re powering the future ready workforce and putting employees in the driver’s seat of their own growth. Powering the future ready workforce One of our customers told us, “We don’t even know sometimes what the skills we will need tomorrow and when we find out, everyone else needs the same skills, so it’s super competitive.” This is an issue cited by an increasing number of organizations since skills shortages have become so widespread. But Cornerstone has given them an edge up. Skills are recommended by AI and help the customer determine if these capabilities are really something they need. They continued, “We can see it really clearly and in advance of it becoming a problem, and then do things to develop our own people with those capabilities.” It can be challenging for organizations to do all the legwork required to gain this knowledge on their own. That’s where Cornerstone and our technology play their part. Thames Water said, “We needed a partner who can help us go on that skills awareness journey and bring that data into us successfully in real-time. That’s where working with a partner like Cornerstone is really critical.” Teleperformance acknowledges that access to all this skills data powers the future ready workforce and retains them. “Having a central platform where we can have skills, skill path and more gives us the opportunity to do great things and retain the people by offering them the opportunity to really take, take a step forward,” they said. More on that next. Putting employees in the driver’s seat In 2022, only 55% of employees are confident in their organization’s prioritization of developing new skilling opportunities for them. Whether related to time, focus, adequate resources or other reasons, employees are not confident that their organizations are prioritizing new skilling. But the following organizations are showing employees they are listening by offering Cornerstone’s skills transformation technology. At Deutsche Post DHL, “This idea of having a marketplace where you enable learning recommendations which are rather personalized, direct to the employee is a very powerful way of not only developing them but also engaging them, making them feel that they matter.” Because people these days want — rather, expect — to engage with their organizations. They just won’t settle for less. And they also want to be in control of their growth path. “One of the main games is really putting the employee at the center, letting them have the information to drive their career internally,” a leader at Alstom commented. The skills graph is one of the tools that helps customers do that. It can develop a rich skill profile for everyone in the organization with only a job title and a resume. And it will learn based on the courses an employee takes and mutes to continue developing a relevant path. Deutsche Post DHL added, “It recommends them to close gaps and suggests to them what might be a next role that suits their capabilities. But it also allows them to say, ‘Well, I’d actually like to make a career shift and what development what I need to put in place to take that route in my career?’” That is powerful.

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LMS vs. LXP vs. TXP – A Complete Guide to Help You Decide What You Need

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LMS vs. LXP vs. TXP – A Complete Guide to Help You Decide What You Need

The Utility of LMS, LXP, and TXP For many years, the Learning Management System (LMS) has been the foundation of the Learning and Development (L&D) technology. For many years, companies have questioned how technology can be best used to manage their training strategy. And within L&D itself, there were three camps: believers in face-to-face learning, those who were passionate about working with people, and the future-gazing few who loved e-learning tech and claimed that the future was digital. The LMS The “LMS” brought all three worlds together. Training sessions were managed, with enrollments for the classroom captured, joining instructions issued. It also became the place where e-learning could live. The world of L&D became more and more familiar with “SCORM” (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and other such L&D tech jargon. In essence, there was an acceptance that learning could take the form of both e-learning and in-person learning. As the name suggests, the focus of the LMS was “Management” – the technology-empowered the company to ensure that proper training happened. The current technological landscape has pushed the boundaries of LMS. Yes, there is still the need to manage the required training, but learning is so much more than “training.” The LXP The LXP (Learning Experience Platform) has arisen out of a baseline belief that learning at work is an experience unique for everyone. Just as consumers have freed themselves of the constraints of the television schedule, high street shops, and radio schedules with on-demand services like Netflix, Spotify, and Amazon, corporate learners expect more than a top-down training schedule managed by their bosses. LXPs empowers users to discover content from a variety of sources. They have become popular in suggesting personalized content, recommending third-party articles, index documents, videos, and other digital assets by deploying intelligent methods. The LXP embraces the fact that learning happens all the time in an almost infinite number of modalities. But there is a problem with this. Improving the Learning Experience is excellent (and necessary), but how can companies ensure they push the formal learning? The TXP The next chapter in the saga is the TXP (Talent Experience Platform). The TXP ensures that this improved learner experience aligns with the organization’s goals and the world. Companies today need their employees to develop and learn new skills. The world is changing quicker than ever, with external factors like the pandemic and climate change altering the paradigm for the future of work. The TXP refers to a new employee experience. The end-user is presented with a consolidated platform that maximizes the learning experience and guides the user on required skills related to the company’s unique situation. For example, if your company needs more Data Scientists, the TXP will promote these skills and roles to the current workforce, ensuring that the Talent can change where required. Functional Differences between LMS/LXP/TXP LMS The primary objective of LMS is to distribute e-learning (or face-to-face learning) and administer the company’s internal training. These systems were designed to support critical functions, including registrations, validation workflows, and sign-up sheets for face-to-face training. With the content curated by L&D professionals, it is highly structured, aiding companies in organizing and managing employee learning needs while tracking and managing content consumption. While LMSs offer content and user experience, they facilitate tracking progress and reporting learning performance. Primarily driven by internal Learning Administrators, LMSs don’t allow users to create and consume their content. They are typically management-centric systems for learning focused on business rules, compliance, and other organizational courses. LXP LXPs go above and beyond limited role content to create personalized learning experiences and help users discover new learning opportunities. With LXPs, users are in charge of their learning, not limited to consuming prescribed content. For instance, they house powerful search and personalization functions to screen content from expansive and open-ended repositories. The open-architecture ecosystems and aggregators take learning beyond the company’s repository by integrating with external sources. This delivers better learning experiences and is set up with categorized content, much like streaming platforms, from which users can browse. They are designed to supplement L&D with broader skill development, micro-targeted towards enhancing specific domain/job-related skills. LXPs augment learning interactions by data-driven insightful feedback. This creates a holistic understanding of the impact between learning and on-job performance. With an adaptive learning ecosystem, learners can add new content and decide what to consume and how. Content on LXP can also be learner-generated by collating content from several external service providers for diverse content options. TXP A TXP starts with a user profile similar to social media applications such as LinkedIn. EdCast by Cornerstone's TXP creates an engaging environment using nudges and activities relevant to specific roles, employee journeys, and essential work activities. Our TXP is designed to be conversational. By leveraging videos, short messages, suggestions, chat, and mobile interfaces, the TXP can be seamlessly integrated into the workflow. Additionally, most TXPs, can be combined with existing communication software such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc. Unlike ERP systems, TXPs requires no training. Intuitively designed, the UI is simple, making the end-users aware of the use/feature. Unlike integrated Talent Management systems, TXPs are focused, functional, and innovative.Our TXP can input data from the existing ERP or active directory to access user information without duplicating or replacing existing data. TXPs are built using the cloud, making them highly suited for the current digital landscape. The EdCast by Cornerstone TXP is highly adaptable with responsive interfaces and a well-developed mobile application. By integrating AI into its basic architecture, TXPs grow more intelligent and more predictive with time. Our TXP provides actionable insight by analyzing data gained over several hundred employee journeys allowing for tailored recommendations. TXPs are designed to be fun and easy to use. EdCast by Cornerstone TXP, for instance, has gamification integrated with the form of points, nudges, and recommendations. This allows employees to find other people, share knowledge, communicate, and encourage peers. This will go long in building work LMS vs. LXP vs. TXP. Top-down vs. Bottom-up The critical difference between LMS and LXP is that the LXP empowers employees/users to choose how and what content they want to consume. This fosters social and curation-based learning against the structured, organizational approach of an LMS where the company decides the content. In an LMS, the learning material is assigned to specific employee demographics based on business requirements such as compliance maintenance, responsibilities, onboarding, etc. LMS offers robust tools to help develop skills relevant to the industry or role through structured courses. These formal learning courses are an integral part of corporate L&D. In contrast, LXPs are designed for bite-sized content. This includes videos, podcasts, and animations. LXPs allow employees to contribute, share, or curate content. Additionally, an LXP will enable users to interact and build customized resources by offering learners their choice of content. Training delivered through LXPs delivers immersive learning experiences and is more responsive, personalized, and contextual than traditional LMS. This feature of LXPs has been vital for businesses to foster self-driven learning among employees. A TXP takes care of your organizational learning needs in today’s digital landscape while offering room for employees to independently. Additionally, a TXP allows users to focus on their development and career planning by looking at various courses and selecting them based on relevance and requirement. With business resilience increasingly critical, especially in the wake of the pandemic, assessing team-wide skills is imperative. EdCast by Cornerstone TXP allows organizations to build self-assessment and team assessment tools into the system. The Final Word While LMS will continue to be a necessity among organizations, the road ahead will lead to TXPs growing popular by offering the best of LMS and LXP. EdCast by Cornerstone TXP extends and enhances the capabilities of traditional learning platforms by offering structure while enabling free-form learning. This helps employees understand the value addition they bring to the table while building long-term relationships with the company. Creating an effective TXP instills a sense of meaning, growth, teamwork, and healthy alignment once an employee is settled within the organization. This goes a long way in enhancing the day-to-day employee experience to improve engagement and performance.

The history of Juneteenth – and how to honor it this year

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The history of Juneteenth – and how to honor it this year

On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War was over reached Galveston, the capital city of Texas. A brief statement, General Order No. 3, was read aloud. It went like this: The order freed the enslaved Black people of Texas, marking the end of official slavery in the US. The tradition of Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteen) began June 19 of the following year. Despite the historical significance of Juneteenth, it took until June 16, 2021 for President Joe Biden to sign a bill into law, recognizing it as a federal holiday in the United States. Why learning is an essential part of Juneteenth According to research from Deloitte, educational opportunities outside of the standard unconscious bias training are key to driving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. Making sure employees understand the history of Juneteenth and the history of being Black in the United States is important for your DEIB efforts because it serves as a reminder of Black Americans’ ongoing pursuit of racial equity and justice. “Being an ally is critically important in this work,” Duane La Bom, chief diversity officer at Cornerstone, said in a recent blog post. “Sometimes allies feel as if they’re supposed to have all the answers, and it’s the exact opposite...An ally is supposed to listen, learn and leverage their strengths and privilege to help when it makes sense.” Celebrating Juneteenth this year Organizations have moved a little faster than the federal government when it comes to recognizing the significance of Juneteenth. In 2020, 48 major organizations made Juneteenth a permanent, paid holiday, including major companies like Spotify, Twitter and Lyft. In addition to giving employees paid time off to celebrate Juneteenth, employers can encourage their people to acknowledge the holiday in other ways. Pull together a list of ways to support or donate to Black Lives Matter movements or other anti-racism initiatives in their local communities Coordinate with local, online Juneteenth events (like festivals, poetry readings, online celebrations or protests) and encourage your employees to attend Remember: When celebrating Juneteenth at your organization this year, there are also 364 other days a year where you can take action to better support your Black employees and the Black community.

Ensuring your organization is future ready: Cornerstone Originals wins 6 Telly Awards

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Ensuring your organization is future ready: Cornerstone Originals wins 6 Telly Awards

The results are in! Three Cornerstone Originals series — A Seat at the Table, DNA: Sustainability and The Glossary — recently received a combined six Telly Awards. This was the second consecutive year we’ve won Telly Awards. The Telly Awards, for the uninitiated, honor excellence in television and video across all screens. Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje stated on their website, “Today, the quality of video work is measured using a new set of values that consider the impact on a global scale. As our community continues the important work of storytelling, it returns with a new perspective rooted in values of innovation, agility, equity, and tenacious creativity.” We joined other 2022 Telly Award winners, The Walt Disney Company, ViacomCBS, GLAAD, Sony Music, The Washington Post and more for excellence in learning content. Go us, but how do these awards help your organization? This year, the Cornerstone Originals series that won Telly Awards covered topics relevant to successful organizations, like Diversity & Inclusion, Workplace Culture, Sustainability and Corporate Training, in innovative and engaging ways. “We are set on breaking down barriers and pushing the envelope in how we deliver authentic, relevant and brief learning content to employees around the world,” said Cornerstone Vice President of Content Summer Salomonsen. The three award-winning series that Salomonsen and her team produced — A Seat at the Table, DNA: Sustainability and The Glossary — are each built to help your organization find success in unique ways. How to have real conversations about DEIB — A Seat at the Table The Cornerstone Original series A Seat at the Table won two gold and two silver Telly Awards this year. In this series, real professionals have honest and authentic discussions about DEIB topics like Asian stereotypes, BLM, ageism, transphobia, mental health, disability and more. To help produce the series, Cornerstone brought on Emmy award-winning producer David Grant as the head of production. Each episode of A Seat at the Table features four non-actors in unscripted, open conversations around sensitive yet critical topics within the workplace. “Nothing is more powerful than a person’s lived experience. Real people sharing their stories and experiences humanizes topics and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The roundtable format created a safe space for our participants to engage in constructive conversations. For learners watching, we hope that A Seat at the Table will help build the skill of empathy,” said Cornerstone AVP of Original Content Doug Segers. You can bring the honest, perspective-shifting conversations of A Seat at the Table to your organization through Cornerstone Content Anytime. Building a greener organization – DNA: Sustainability Climate change is a dire situation and fighting it starts with learning and skills development. DNA: Sustainability address the actions organizations and their people can take to do their part directly and won a silver Telly Award for it. The series, part of the larger Digital Native Advancement (DNA) umbrella, can help you and your organization promote recycling in your office, work with people who have different views than yours, make sustainable choices while traveling for work and more. Per Segers, “DNA was our first original series built around teaching interpersonal skills to Gen Z, often referred to as a generation of digital natives. Shorter, episodic learning does become an easier ask than longer-form content when people’s lives are busy. It’s about meeting people where they’re at when competing for their time. It’s important for us to make a variety of types of learning available, taking into consideration which formats and genres are popular and how people are consuming content across devices.” Learn what your organization can do to fight the climate crisis with the DNA: Sustainability courses in Cornerstone Content Anytime. Creating a common language at your organization — The Glossary The Glossary, the Cornerstone Original series focused on defining and contextualizing common terms people hear in the workplace in less than 60 seconds, won one bronze Telly award. According to Segers, “The Glossary was born from conversations over the years with both employees and clients. It is essential for organizations to have a shared vocabulary around common words, helping employees understand their company’s broader strategy and better align with employee and corporate goals. This alignment helps prevent miscommunication and improve cross-functional understanding, leading to increased productivity.” The microlearning courses in The Glossary use memorable icons to contextualize common workplace terms. The combination of visual icons with definitions helps the words stick in learners’ memory and provide them with long-term retention. You can ensure that everyone at your organization knows all the same acronyms, initialisms and other business terms when you bring The Glossary to your Cornerstone’s Content Anytime library. More to come from Cornerstone Originals With new, innovative series coming soon, nothing is stopping Cornerstone Originals from releasing more award-winning caliber content throughout 2022. “Innovation in learning content, combined with our organization’s unique ability to connect learning back to skills, reinforces our fierce dedication to providing customers with resources for creating a more engaged, inclusive, future ready workforce,” said Salomonsen. Learn more about Cornerstone Content today.

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How Cornerstone customers are supporting employee career growth and improving internal mobility

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How Cornerstone customers are supporting employee career growth and improving internal mobility

Learning is a natural human tendency. But organizations can struggle with harnessing employees' inclination to learn and aligning it to their future workforce needs. Technology can help. According to the Cornerstone 2022 Global Skills Report, 97% of high-performing organizations agreed that talent development solutions should improve employee growth – and that just so happens to be Cornerstone's specialty. We're passionate about learning and helping you achieve your employee development goals. Here's how global organizations use Cornerstone to set their employees up for success and career growth opportunities. Empowering people to take development into their own hands When people are passionate about something, don't stand in their way. Better yet, help them achieve what they set out to accomplish. According to our research, 95% of employees at high-performing organizations say their company shows a sense of responsibility to its employees and helps them develop their careers. When organizations invest in the future of their employees, people take notice. That's precisely what Alstom, a multinational manufacturer, believes. "If you want the employee to drive their own career, you need to give them the tools to be able to assess themselves and then prepare their development plan." Generali, a financial services organization, has inspired employees by allowing "people to access learning in their own time." Employees feel that the learning experience is personalized and can "take control of their own development." Ease of access is important, too, so employees feel empowered to learn rather than bogged down by the prospect. Amplifon, the world's largest hearing aid retailer, found this was key to adoption. "We want to make learning fun and easily accessible. And this is important especially for our employees in the shops because flexibility is crucial due to their filled agendas with customer appointments. Therefore, we created the opportunity to learn and upskill anywhere and anytime, also online or offline, and on any device." For 40% of employees looking for information about skill development and growth inside organizations, their skills and development platform is their first stop. In high-performing organizations, that percentage is even larger. And employees are making it clear that they want even more learning content from their employers – to the tune of 80%. Inspiring organizations to improve promotability and increase internal mobility Skills development and career development go hand in hand. As organizations better align to their future workforce needs, they can guide employees through their career journeys. Adding technology enables employees to chart their desired career path by seeing an integrated view of the skills needed and how it translates to internal mobility. Employees who see a future in your organization are more likely to stay. We found that 74% of employees want more tailored, comprehensive career guidance. And that's what Interfor, one of the largest lumber producers in the world, has served up to employees with the help of Cornerstone. "We're committed to providing employees with a career where they can grow, contribute and prosper. We set ambitious targets for internal promotions and have successfully met those targets. And we think that has a lot to do with our employee development programs. "One of those programs that we believe help us with our success is our career development plan. That is a robust program for employees and managers to have multiple check-ins, communication, and opportunities to develop long- and short-term goals that both work toward organizational goals and their own personal development. Part of that is using the Cornerstone system to ensure that we have our formalized goals setting, mid-year check-in and the year-in-review with the incorporation of development plans as well." Interfor's commitment spans the entire talent development cycle and all levels of the organization, including leadership. "We also focus a lot on mobility and growth and developing our future leaders. So, one of the ways that we do that is with our succession planning, which is called Talent Review. And this is a process that allows managers to identify successors, high-potential employees, any sort of gaps on their team and really help develop the next generation of leaders." Aureon, a business solutions provider, has found Cornerstone courses to be integral to internal mobility because employees have access to learn entirely new skills. "We've had people get promoted. We've had people change departments." It's a win-win. Organizations can fill their current and future roles with talent that's already committed to their culture, and employees get the opportunity to progress their careers in ways they may have never dreamed up.

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The new realities of work have created long-term impacts — good and bad — for your organization and your people. The organizations that successfully navigate this uncharted wilderness are able to thrive by developing the skills of their people. Mike Bollinger, VP Strategic Initiatives at Cornerstone, will walk you through insights from Cornerstone original research and how successful organizations worldwide use skills to ensure their people are thriving post-pandemic. In this webinar you’ll learn: How high-performing organizations are leading with skills The employer vs employee confidence gap The current state of skills development around the world Practical tactics for leading with skills

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