Increased Success in Workplace Learning through Integrated Reinforcement Techniques

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Research indicates that up to 70% of learning occurs following a training event (Bersin, 2008). Employee Development Systems Inc. (EDSI, Inc.) embraces it role of ensuring that learners realize their full potential and continue the learning process well beyond a single training event. EDSI, Inc. is launching a social media and follow-up training support campaign to reinforce skills that were presented in a classroom setting. These tactics result in greater understanding for learners and return on employee development investment for organizations.

Employee Development Systems, Inc.

A recent study showed a strong trend toward informal learning; as much as 70% of learning was found to occur on-the-job and in other post-training informal activities.

Embracing the New Role of Training and Leadership Development Firms
The role of trainers and educators has changed in the last few years. In the past, companies relied solely on training program delivery to enhance employee skills. Now that role has expanded. For example, Employee Development Systems, Inc. (EDSI Inc.) not only delivers training programs but also ensures that the learning that takes place is reinforced beyond the classroom. Jim Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick put it succinctly when they stated,

“We survive and thrive when we understand that our role as workplace professionals is not to deliver training programs but to extend learning from episodic interventions to continual on-the-job enrichment. Ultimately, our role is to deliver demonstrated value to our business partners. “
Training on Trial (AMACOM, 2010)

Since its inception in 1979, Employee Developments Systems, Inc. has been responsible for the leadership development of over 1 million employees. In that time, Suzanne Updegraff, CEO, has consistently advocated personal follow-up sessions with learners and has realized her mission to better organizations and their employees through increased personal effectiveness, professionalism and leadership skills.

New Tools for a New Age
A recent study (Josh Bersin, 2008), showed a strong trend toward informal learning; as much as 70% of learning was found to occur on-the-job and in other post-training informal activities. Employee Development Systems has addressed this paradigm shift in knowledge and skills acquisitions with personal follow-up via email and telephone, in-person refresher sessions and twitter feeds that reinforce learning, specific to each course. Essentially, according to research, the key to successful reinforcement is through enlisting a variety of methods, and EDSI, Inc. provides that variety for its clients.

Employee Development Systems, Inc. invites the learning and development community to follow our leadership ideacasts and blog as well as the specialized twitter feeds for the following programs:

Increasing Personal Effectiveness
@IPEffectiveness

Professional Presence in a Casual World
@Prof_Presence

Communicating to Manage Performance
@ManagePerform

About Employee Development Systems, Inc.
Employee Development Systems, Inc. is a Colorado-based professional development firm that was founded in 1979 and offers employee development, management development, leadership and professionalism courses and accompanying behavioral style assessments, surveys and other tools. Employee Development Systems, Inc. provides services worldwide to Fortune 500 clients as well as small to medium-sized businesses.

The organization’s mission is to enhance the interpersonal skills needed to perform at a more productive level, to develop a workforce that adapts to change, and is creative and innovative and to make the client organization the employer of choice. This is accomplished through establishing trust, building relationships and fostering behavioral change. Employee Development Systems, Inc. training and development initiatives address employee engagement, multiple generations in the workplace and the ramifications of social media and collaboration.

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