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  • Learning Is Worth The Investment, And The Numbers Back It Up

    As a society, we spend hundreds of billions of dollars measuring the return on our financial assets Yet, at the same time, we still haven’t found convincing ways of measuring the return on our investments in developing people And I get it: If my bank account pays me 1% a year, I can measure it to the penny...

  • The Upskilling Imperative: Why Accomplishments Alone Won’t Earn You A Promotion

    Too many employees get promoted based on what they’ve done in the past, not because they have a proven aptitude for the next role This is especially true when individual contributors move into management positions My company’s research found overwhelming evidence that people are promoted into management...

  • Five Ways Workplaces Will Change For The Better In 2019

    We’re probably all feeling the tension between the changes affecting our work lives right now and the ones still on the horizon but likely coming soon We’re already seeing some of these trends gain steam, while others are just materializing and have yet to fully form Without further ado, I’ll throw my hat...

  • Make The Coffee: Small Gestures Go A Long Way At Work

    Small gestures—like holding the elevator door, saying good morning as you pass another in the hall, congratulating a coworker on his or her promotion—make a big difference So much of our career success depends on building positive, productive relationships with colleagues The foundation for such...

  • Updating Your Résumé Might Mean Updating Yourself

    It seems like a total no-brainer: you should update your résumé and online profiles when you are job hunting But there’s more to consider besides just adding your latest position and maybe dropping old or irrelevant ones Your résumé can do more heavy-lifting if you use it to showcase your skill set and...

  • Time For A New Employer-Employee Contract

    Now that Congress has passed tax reform legislation, companies are enjoying a lower tax rate and hanging on to more of their profits There’s a strong case to be made that this is the time to reverse the decline in worker investment, specifically when it comes to upskilling and reskilling The pace of today’s...

  • The 21st Century Workforce: Driving Productivity in an Era of Distractions

    From getting sucked into the Twittersphere to spending too much time trying to navigate a new workplace “productivity” tool, it’s easy to get sidetracked at work Today’s employees are feeling the negative effects of workplace distractions and are looking for ways to block them out In fact, our recent...

  • What HR Can Learn from the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Title

    We hosted our Udemy for Business People Innovators event in Chicago last Wednesday, and it was exciting to bring together top People executives to share how HR is evolving in their organizations I can’t help but think the fact that the Cubs won their first World Series title in 108 years on the same night we...

  • How to Hire & Train Marketing All-Stars

    How inbound recruiting and consumerized learning can turn good marketers into marketing all-stars Finding and training well-rounded marketing candidates is a challenge for organizations of all sizes Like other disciplines, marketing is a key business function that’s changing rapidly, thanks to big data,...

  • Making employee engagement a habit

      By Darren Shimkus, VP and General Manager, Udemy for Business We hosted the 15th Udemy for Business HR Innovators event last Thursday evening with an all-star panel of leaders from Slack, Guardant Health, Greenhouse, and Salesforce We engaged in a rich and lively conversation about the challenges of and...