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Virtual Talent Development

How one company saved $1.4 million with virtual training

  In an increasingly global marketplace, ongoing corporate training is critically important. Companies that succeed long term will be the ones that make the most effective use of available resources, and the best way to do this is to have well-educated employees, partners, and customers. To do so, organizations continually must train their audiences — including the rapidly growing numbers of remote workers — to ensure that they have the most current knowledge, skills, and information. Corporate HR and training departments are looking for new approaches to corporate learning that scale effectively, especially cost-effective options that have global reach, offer social learning, and include collaboration tools. The Changing Face of Corporate Training The rise of virtual learning environments reflects the need for companies to deliver...

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Recruiting Top Millennial Talent: Marriott’s Secret Weapon

For organizations striving to attract quality talent and retain potential leaders, onboarding new hires has taken on mission-critical importance. This is particularly true for organizations that are targeting so-called "millennials" as new hires but have found their existing onboarding processes incompatible with the habits and lifestyles of today’s potential employees. One world-class example: Marriott International, whose Voyage virtual onboarding program is based on ON24’s Virtual Learning Environment. Our Virtual Learning Environment provides Marriott’s future leaders with 24/7 access to training, tools and resources they need to develop their leadership skills. Marriott Voyage recently won two prestigious WhatWorks Awards, which are presented by Bersin by Deloitte during the IMPACT annual conference, the industry’s flagship conference on HR and talent. The Bersin WhatWorks Awards...

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Making Virtual Sales Enablement Happen

In a recent post, we talked about how digitally advanced companies are transforming their sales organizations and redefining the sales training process with a focus on virtual sales training to better serve a global workforce, drive employee engagement and enhance information retention. For these reasons, virtual platforms have become the solution of choice for sales kickoffs; annual and regular meetings; and persistent virtual learning environments that are used for ongoing training and new hire onboarding. We know that virtual sales training is an important new strategy, backed up by solid numbers, and that digitally advanced companies outperform in key financial metrics. But what’s the next step? Here at ON24, we think the next step is to create a virtual sales enablement strategy and...

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Virtual Sales Training Strategies that Produce Results

Everywhere you look, companies are transforming to do business in new ways. Statistics show that firms that are advanced digitally and pursue new strategies get and stay ahead of the pack, outperforming their peers in a number of key financial metrics – including revenue generation, profitability and market valuation. One of the most critical areas for transformation is on the revenue side – redefining the sales enablement process, with a focus on virtual sales training. Digitally advanced organizations are energizing their sales training programs through the use of virtual solutions, for sales kickoffs and annual and regular meetings and to create persistent virtual learning environments that can be used for ongoing training of existing employees and onboarding of new hires. Virtual sales...

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HR and CIOs: A growing need for collaboration in a competitive talent market

Consulting firm Deloitte recently delivered a report entitled "Global Human Capital Trends 2014: Engaging the 21st-Century Workforce," outlining some of the key challenges facing human resources leadership and C-suite executives in the current business environment. Already a $6 billion market, Deloitte predicts that in 2014 the HR talent and software markets will grow 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively. This growth will be driven by the need to support increasingly disparate and mobile workforces and replace retiring baby boomers, which will create "leadership gaps" in more than 60 percent of all companies. The "leadership gap" is a major trend for 2014, which illustrates the ongoing difficulty in attracting, finding and retaining new talent. In fact, the first of the Human Capital...

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The Rise of the Virtual Leader — part 3 of 3

Just as technology has helped create a more mobile and flexible workforce, it is also helping business leaders tackle the fundamentals of leadership in today’s working world. Virtual communication platforms are being used by businesses around the world to help business leaders, senior managers and individual employees by creating new models for engagement across their organizations. They are also being used to offer more interactive training sessions through methods such as live webcasts, social media interaction, expert Q&As and collaborative online sessions. The modern business leader needs to understand how these new tools can be used to engage with today’s workforce. As an increasing number of employees work remotely from multiple locations, so senior figures need to become “virtual leaders,” providing...

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A New Approach to Working — part 2 of 3

A report compiled by ASTD Research (disclosure: sponsored by ON24) confirms that technology has enabled us to adopt an entirely new approach to work. The report finds that 99 per cent of respondents say their organization allowed either all of some of their employees to work virtually on an as-needed, set-schedule or full-time basis. Technology has also allowed businesses to look further afield when recruiting talent. Businesses are no longer confined to employing those who live within a one- to two-hour commute from their office. Instead they can employ people located at the opposite end of the country, or in some cases the other side of the world. This allows businesses to recruit people from diverse backgrounds who offer a wide...

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The Evolving Role of Leadership — part 1 of 3

True leadership is, in the words of John Quincy Adams, inspiring others to “dream more, learn more and become more.” This is not easily achieved. Think back across your working life to date and the numerous people who have been assigned the task of leading or managing you in some capacity. How many of those appointed leaders inspired you to “dream more, learn more and become more”? One, maybe two? ...

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Maximizing talent development ROI

ON24 commissioned research last year to identify the most effective training strategies for today’s learning professionals. Faced with limited staffing resources, hiring professionals must pinpoint the most effective methods of delivering enterprise talent development programs. The results of this survey of more than 200 HR professionals illustrate best practices for a variety of enterprise learning initiatives, including onboarding, leadership development and sales enablement and training. The key conclusion: using virtual, social and mobile to deliver content increases program effectiveness. Decreasing HR staff. The number of enterprise HR professionals is dropping, making virtual learning a necessity in many organizations. According to Bersin by Deloitte, in 2007 there were 6.7 trainers for every 1,000 learners; in 2011 that...

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The solution to unemployment: bridging the skills gap

And the key to bridging the skills gap is learning technology. Why? With virtual learning, employees can consume content anywhere, any time and on any device. Content is also more organized, interactive and engaging for both learning leaders and trainees. Additionally, HR can track trainee progress for more accurate assessments of trainee improvement. According to a survey conducted by ON24 in 2012, 91 percent of human resources and learning professionals plan to increase virtual learning use this year. Companies need to implement learning technologies that will address an increasingly dispersed workforce; they need tools that can easily be leveraged for any region, in any language and at any time of day. With ON24, virtual learning environments combine virtual locations, live webcasts, social...

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