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TrainingZone Hot Topics: The skills shortage, resisting change and L&D Psychology Myths


This week we were mainly focusing on the fact that it’s National Apprenticeship Week in the UK. It was also Employee Appreciation Day last week in the US, how did you celebrate?

We have our own lovely group of apprentices in the office and we’re always keen to hear your experiences - whether it’s as a recruiter or an apprentice. What are the positives and what are the challenges? Let me know in the comments below, or on our Twitter or LinkedIn pages.

Resisting Change

A popular feature this week was ‘Top ten reasons why employees resist change’, with many of you contributing your thoughts across our social channels:

From LinkedIn (Monica Bignelli)
"...I like to concentrate on the minority who actually look forward to change and can be ambassadors to the reluctant employees. As someone who wanted to leave the predictability of my former life and expand my horizons, I have met many like-minded souls who have embraced the new and unknown. So though I am a proactive planner and like to anticipate objections, I sometimes think my own expectations of how people might react can hamper success."

From Twitter (Karen Drury)
“alternatively - people resist five types of loss - colleagues, competence, confidence, control, core purpose”

(Nick Beers)
“Important skills for a manager. Engage your employees in the change, make them a part of it!”

How do you approach change with your team? There’s a helpful feature from HRZone which also covers the subject of change in the workplace, and the best way to get employees on side.

Are you a digital dinosaur?

Another popular topic for conversation was our article ‘How to combat the digital skills shortage’, which raised the issue that in an era where digital businesses are booming, there is still a big shortfall in experienced and skilled workers able to fill vacancies.

On a related subject, a popular feature being talked about by our readers was this piece from HRZone about personal development - it's important to always have some clear goals to aspire to!

Psychology myths

We had some interesting articles shared with us on LinkedIn and Twitter this week too - the first was a blog aimed at busting some L&D psychology myths which can hamper progress in the sector, and the second was a piece which talked about the power of believing you can always improve. Let us know what you think of both articles, we'd be interested to hear your opinions!

That's my round-up for this week, feel free to mention any other insightful articles you've found in the comments below, or let me know if there's a particular subject we've covered which you found helpful.

Enjoy your week!


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