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Employee Training

Are You Helping Your Employees Succeed When They Forget?

Greg DeVore - Oct 19, 2017 8:17:00 AM

Why do we assume that we need to learn everything? Our brains can only hold and apply so much information.


Do we really want to limit our performance and the performance of our employees to what information we can remember and actually apply? Not if we want our team to reach its full potential.

But what if L&D changed its strategy from trying to teach more information to trying to help employees be successful when they forget?

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5 Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

Greg DeVore - Oct 17, 2017 8:44:00 AM

I teach. A lot.

I teach people that are very interested in what I have to say. And I teach people that don't care at all.

I teach people who are highly motivated to apply the information that I present. And I teach people who like what they hear but can't find the time to get around it actually applying it.

I teach big groups and individuals. I give lectures and I lead discussions. And I have to do it multiple times each week. Here are just a few principles that I have learned over time.

1. You cannot teach someone who is not ready to learn.

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Can You Reduce Mistakes Without Training?

Jonathan DeVore - Oct 12, 2017 5:01:00 PM

In 1935, Boeing's model 299 crashed into the ground during a test flight, killing two crew members.

The plane was newly designed to push the limits of flight—aluminum-alloy shell, four engines, a 103-foot wingspan, and it could carry 5x more bombs than what the military had initially requested. But none of that mattered because apparently, the plane couldn't fly.

Topics: checklists

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Checklists and Groups (New ScreenSteps Employee Training Platform Features)

Jonathan DeVore - Oct 10, 2017 4:06:00 PM

We wanted to give you a preview of what is coming in the new ScreenSteps Employee Training Platform. Look for future blog post that will detail all of the features. But here are a few bits.

Checklists

Job aids are great for when an employee is still learning where to click and what to do. But after awhile, employees may not need to reference the screenshots very often because they remember all (or at least most) of the clicks for performing a task.

Yet mistakes are still being made in the day-to-day operations. Billing information is incomplete, Opportunties are inaccurate, and Quotes are being sent out prematurely. Even though employees basically know how to do their job, sometimes they forget all that needs to be done. And that's where checklists come in.

Topics: ScreenSteps Employee Training Platform

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Create a Table of Contents in an Article

Jonathan DeVore - Sep 8, 2017 12:21:36 PM

Are some of your ScreenSteps articles kind of lengthy?

Topics: Customer Support- New Feature

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Reducing Cognitive Load During Training

Greg DeVore - Sep 5, 2017 10:34:00 AM

I have what we like to call our $40,000 fridge problem. Whoever designed our kitchen (long before we purchased our current house) put the oven so close to the wall that you can only fit a small fridge next to it. The oven is situated such that in order to get a larger fridge we would have to redo the entire kitchen.

Topics: ScreenSteps Software

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New in ScreenSteps: Set Viewing Permissions on a Per Article Basis

Greg DeVore - Aug 29, 2017 12:20:35 PM

We are happy to announce that starting on Thursday, August 31, 2017 you will now be able to set article viewing permissions on a per article basis. 

Topics: ScreenSteps Software

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New ScreenSteps Feature: Revision Notes

Jonathan DeVore - Mar 29, 2017 12:18:47 PM

Don’t you hate it when you finish up a project, release it to the world, and then get an email from your team with something like, “Hey! How come you didn’t address any of my notes and feedback?”

Topics: ScreenSteps Software

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Teaching vs. Reminding

Greg DeVore - Nov 2, 2016 7:17:00 AM

If you are building a knowledge base for customer support or for internal training, then it is important to keep in mind what you want the article to accomplish.

In a perfect world you could write one article and use it for training, onboarding and support. And this is the approach that many people take. But it is a big mistake.

When someone needs to be trained, their needs are very different from when she need to be reminded.

The person who is being trained needs to understand concepts, definitions and workflows. The person who just needs a quick reminder only needs a quick step-by-step guide.

Topics: Software Documentation Tips

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Your PowerPoint Deck is Not Your Documentation

Greg DeVore - Oct 28, 2016 4:17:45 PM

Oh, the all powerful PowerPoint Deck. PowerPoint is a part of almost every training event you will deliver or participate in. Whether it be live, a webinar or an e-learning module PowerPoint will probably be involved in some part of the process.

Topics: Documentation Managers- Training

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