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Free Acas Learning OnLine modules provide a useful e-learning resource for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge and improve their approach to employment relations issues.

Through a series of online courses, you will have the opportunity to work through the theory, explore practical case studies, and test your knowledge through interactive questions and a test.

Acas Learning OnLine packages are particularly useful for managers, supervisors and anyone responsible for improving business or operational performance.

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In the quest to grow as a leader and as a person, you need others' help, you need to learn fast, and it won’t hurt to make your own luck.

Yves Morieux, senior partner at strategy consultancy Boston Consulting Group, has developed an index to show how business complexity has increased sixfold during the past 60 years alone. Organisational complexity — number of procedures, structures, processes, systems, vertical layers and decision approvals — increased by a factor of 35.

To learn fast, you must be interested in people and ideas, not just yourself.

“Be savvy, flexible, learn from mistakes and collaborate with well-connected people,”

wrote Shane Snow, the author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.”

Those who learn fast build diverse knowledge pools and tap into the wisdom of mentors to raise their game. They are fast learners for whom questioning, thinking and growing is the norm.

Here Are Five Ways to Learn More, Faster
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Time - we never seem to have enough of it!

Do you ever get to the end of a working day to realise that you have been unable to complete all the tasks and activities you had intended to?

We can all get distracted and waste time - but why do we allow this to happen?

This activity will enable you and your team analyse what the issues are - what your key time waster distractions are and how you can plan to overcome them.

Facilitator guidance and delegate handouts are included in this activity.

To download this activity, click on the following link: Time Wasting Analysis Activity

 


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We all need to know how best we learn and take on board information.

This questionnaire will help you discover what kind of learner you are and therefore how you are most likely to accumulate information.

Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic

It can be used as a team building activity where the outcomes of the questionnaire are shared and the team reflect on what that means for how they work together.

It may also be of particular value if completed before the start of any long-term development programme to ensure the delivery methodology will reflect how the delegates best learn.

To download this activity, click on the following link: VAKS Learning Styles Questionnaire


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A shift in attitude from having a job for life to continuous learning in work can keep the UK workforce relevant and as agile as the changing marketplace

According to an article by Martin Martindale of Raconteur, the UK is in the middle of a skills crisis, with sectors ranging from engineering to hospitality and accounting to customer services, all reporting difficulty in attracting suitable staff, according to a recent survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Against this backdrop, training and development has become more important than ever, both in developing the skills organisations require now or in the future, and in attracting and retaining talent. Research by recruitment firm Hays found 39 per cent of employees would be willing to sacrifice a job offer if there was no prospect of receiving further training, while 78 per cent described themselves as “ambitious”.

With the skills businesses require also changing – the World Economic Forum estimates 65 per cent of children today will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet – it’s also clear organisations need to update their approach to learning and development.

“Individuals and companies that succeed in the future will be those who adopt the philosophy of lifelong learning,” says Nigel Heap, managing director of Hays UK and Ireland. “Businesses that facilitate the resources, tools and time to support learning will not only have employees who are more engaged, but their business will be better placed to face challenges and remain innovative.”

Having senior leaders and managers back the concept is essential, says John Yates, group director at ILM, a City & Guilds Group business, and director of New Ventures. “At a very basic level, leaders are instrumental to rewarding and recognising efforts made to upskill, and they also need to develop their own skills and be seen to be doing so,” he says. “As a strategic priority, it must also be led from the very top and resourced accordingly.”

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As a leader, you will be constantly expected to take in new information and understand it to a level that enables you can act on it and explain it to others.

This short questionnaire helps you to understand how best to recognise the three channels you use for taking on board and learning from new information.

 

The three channels are:

  • the visual channel (the seeing-channel)
  • the aural channel (the hearing-channel), and
  • the kinaesthetic channel (the emotional and movement channel).

This activity can also be used within a communication training session.

To download this activity, click on the following link: Understanding Information Questionnaire


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