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Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work

Heidi Spirgi

Chief Strategy and Growth Officer at Cornerstone

Making time for learning during a busy workday is challenging. According to a recent survey, a majority of employees reported thattime is the biggest barrier to their development.

But over the course of the pandemic, and even in the years before, we’ve seen how quickly business needs—and therefore, the needs for employee skills—change. Learning is more important than ever and needs to be delivered in new ways that drive accessibility and information retention. To help companies remain truly adaptable and nimble, they need to integrate learning into the flow of work.

It’s why Cornerstone and Microsoft are partnering to make learning in the flow of work possible and support employees’ growing learning needs. Both of Cornerstone’s LMS platforms (Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud) will be integrated into Microsoft Viva—Microsoft’s new Employee Experience Platform (EXP)—to make it easy for employees to discover, share and engage with learning content without having to switch back and forth between solutions.

"Cornerstone is bringing great value to organizations by integrating its solutions within Microsoft Teams, right where employees are working every day," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, COO, Experiences + Devices at Microsoft Corp. "The new Microsoft Viva empowers employees to make learning and development a natural and intuitive part of their daily work."

How Cornerstone Powers Learning in the Flow of Work on the Microsoft Employee Experience Platform

Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced through Teams, Microsoft Viva seamlessly helps your organization build human connection, foster growth and wellbeing, and drive peak business performance. And now that experience encompasses learning, including the integration with Cornerstone.

Incorporating learning opportunities from Cornerstone’s LMS offerings into Microsoft Viva Learning makes it easy not only to access learning, but also integrate it into the flow of work. Employees using Teams can seek out, share and/or assign learning content based on their current needs.

For example, if an employee is struggling with their workload, a manager could engage in a real-time 1:1 conversation and based on that discussion, serve up training on time management or organization skills. This way, in addition to providing real-time coaching and feedback, the manager is also able to give their employee development resources in a timely and relevant manner. In another instance, an employee that’s familiar with HTML but hasn’t used the skill for a while might find a quick refresher course—rather than spending time and energy re-learning through trial-and-error.

For more on the power of this partnership, watch this video announcing Microsoft Viva Learning

Removing Barriers to Learning

Cornerstone and Microsoft’s collaboration will help remove barriers to learning and empower organizations and their employees to grow and adapt for the future. Our learning solutions contain training to meet employee needs across on-demand learning, compliance and career development. Through this partnership and through Microsoft, employees will soon have the ability to access learning where they are, when they need it, to power stronger individual and company performance.

As a leader and pioneer in learning, we’ve accumulated the largest pool of learning data and insights in the world over the course of our 20 years in business. We are thrilled to share that experience, expertise and passion with Teams and its users.

Read the full announcement to learn more about Cornerstone’s partnership with Microsoft.

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Cornerstone Cares Free Learning Portal Recognized for Online Learning Innovation by EdTech Breakthrough

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Cornerstone Cares Free Learning Portal Recognized for Online Learning Innovation by EdTech Breakthrough

Today, we are honored to share that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Cornerstone as the 2020 winner of its "Adaptive Learning Solution of the Year" award in the second annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world. Helping K-12 teachers transition to online learning With more than 55 million U.S. students displaced from school closures due to COVID-19, thousands of educators were forced to quickly adapt to an online learning format, requiring them to rapidly transform how they teach and engage with their students. Responding to this vast and pressing need, Cornerstone leveraged its internal expertise in online learning to create a free content playlist as part of its Cornerstone Cares solution for teachers, offering best practices and tactical information as educators shift to this new way of teaching. To date, over 70,000 people have visited the site since its launch in March, in addition to the millions of users who leverage Cornerstone Learning and Content Anytime through their organizations’ portals. A critical need for adaptive learning solutions "Both the significant increase in online learning consumption by learners on the Cornerstone Learning platform and the free resources offered through Cornerstone Cares demonstrate the critical need for adaptive learning solutions that provide relevant and authentic content," said Lisa Hartley, AVP of Growth Products at Cornerstone. "We are extremely proud to contribute to the dedicated educators during this difficult time and this 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Award is a fantastic validation of the hard work and innovative thinking from the entire Cornerstone team." This specially curated Cornerstone Cares playlist features courses such as "A Teacher’s Guide to Online Learning," designed by former teacher and Head of Cornerstone Studios, Summer Salomonsen, Ed.D. The resource includes bite-size, informative videos and downloadable guides that elevate the conversation from "How do I teach online?" to "How might I continue to connect with and impact my students online?" Due to teachers being under a significant amount of pressure with limited time to make this transition, the content is short, digestible and available on any device or platform and also easily downloadable for those who don’t have online access at home. Learn more about EdTech Breakthrough and Cornerstone Cares If you want to learn more about the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards and see a complete list of winners, please visit their site. You can also check out Cares.CSOD.com to access learning content on a variety of critical topics that can help you transition to a remote working or teaching environment, manage stress and mitigate unconscious bias - all for free on Cornerstone Cares.

Cornerstone Earns Multiple 2020 Top Rated Awards by TrustRadius

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Cornerstone Earns Multiple 2020 Top Rated Awards by TrustRadius

As a global people development leader, Cornerstone is obsessed with enabling our clients to achieve significant business results through world-class learning, recruiting, performance and HR technology solutions. Because innovating for the success of our clients is our top priority, we are honored to be named a leader among Corporate Learning Management, Talent Management and Employee Performance Management solution providers! The recognition by TrustRadius holds significant value to our company as these lists are based purely on above-average customer satisfaction ratings for business technology. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the industry standard for unbiased recognition of B2B technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, they have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer. Learn more about the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards and hear from verified users on how much they value Cornerstone: ● Corporate Learning Management ● Talent Management ● Employee Performance Management Are you a Cornerstone client and looking to share your own feedback? Please leave a review here!

Welcome to ReWork!

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Welcome to ReWork!

Three years ago, we started our blog to spur conversation about the changing landscape of talent management, hinged upon the influence of technology in our industry. Fast forward to today, and what began as a few posts has grown into a thriving community of expert contributors, internal gurus and readers sharing novel insights and advice on a variety of topics — from engagement through gamification to Tinder for recruiting to the everlasting value of intuition (even in our data-driven age). We are inspired daily by the conversations and ideas shared on this site, and today, we're thrilled to announce the next iteration of the Cornerstone blog: ReWork. With a crisp design, new features and a sharpened focus, ReWork reflects our ambition to be a guide to the modern world of work, helping executives and HR leaders navigate and succeed in the tech-driven economy. We'll continue to feature HR's leading experts, explore cutting-edge technology and offer solutions to today's toughest talent management challenges, but we're changing things up, too. Here are a few big things you'll notice on the new ReWork: Mobile- and Social-First As you'll often read on our blog, mobile is fundamentally changing the way we create, consume and share information — both in the workplace and our personal lives. Our new design is easy to navigate, highly visual and completely responsive, so you can stay on top of the latest stories from any device — desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. We've also integrated social sharing more fluently into the design, so you can quickly and easily share articles with your networks. New Categories The world of work is changing, bringing new talent management trends and practices into the limelight. To reflect the changing priorities of HR, the articles on ReWork are now categorized into six topics: Talent Management: Management-level stories and how-tos that run the gamut from recruiting and hiring best practices to employee retention strategies. Learning: L&D is now such a crucial aspect of talent management, it gets its very own category. Expect strategies and examples of how to deliver state-of-the-art learning to your workforce. Innovation: A look at how emerging technologies and digital tools are changing how employees and HR pros do their jobs, with real-world lessons you can apply to your own business. Culture: Tips, tricks and trends on how to attract the best talent with an engaging office culture — covering innovative benefits, the latest perks, company values, wellness programs and more. Leadership: Advice on how HR leaders can get a seat at the C-suite table and editorials on why strategic talent management is critical to business success. Company News: Stay up-to-date with all things Cornerstone, from product announcements to new research to company conferences. In addition, we're introducing featured articles under "Editor's Picks" and "Most Popular," so you can choose stories based on our team's reading list or dig into what your peers love right now. New Story Formats and Voices The redesign allows us to tell stories in new ways. Expect to see more visual stories that are quick and easy to read, and graphics that explain the latest industry research and management strategies. As we grow, we'll also be adding more names to our team of experts — so stay on the lookout for new faces, or send us a note if you're interested in contributing. The power of technology to realize human potential has been a guiding force for Cornerstone since day one, and we're excited to continue exploring how the digital world will impact the future of work here on ReWork. Thanks for reading! P.S. Pardon our mess if you notice any broken images or links that lead to nowhere! We've made every effort to clean house before launching the site, but we've no doubt missed a few glitches. If you notice any problems, please send us a tip at rework@csod.com. Photo: Shutterstock

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