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4 Ways an LMS Facilitates Competency-Based Employee Training

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    Employee competency is beyond valuable in today’s global workforce. Apart from a capable, competent workforce, a corporation has no hope of growth or long-term success. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that companies have standards of competency and ensure that those standards be met by each and every employee. A company’s existence and legacy depends on this. According to Training Magazine, employee competency can be defined as “A cluster of related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job (a role or responsibility), that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.” In the article The Importance of Employee … Continue Reading »

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Why Online Learning Is Important In the Workplace  

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  To say that online learning is important in the workplace is an understatement. It’s more accurate to exclaim that online learning, or eLearning, is indispensible in the corporate world. Company decision makers that have implemented eLearning, especially via a quality social learning management system (LMS), are reaping the rewards of a bolstered bottom line and exponential growth. They understand the importance of online learning, and know that they can’t afford not to invest in it. Employed individuals, both those who are eLearning experts and those who are barely familiar with this type of learning, occasionally need to be reminded of why online learning is a boon to any business, organization, company, corporation, multinational, or non-profit. Could you use a … Continue Reading »

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Easy Ways to Engage Employees in Online Training via LMS

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  It is the rare workplace that doesn’t utilize online learning to some degree. Many companies rely 100 percent on online learning, also referred to as eLearning, to deliver training to their employees. Others use a blended learning model, one that includes online and in-person training. A high percentage of companies that utilize some type of eLearning do so through a social learning management system (LMS). Easy Ways to Engage Employees in Online Training via LMS Company leaders who have implemented online learning for training purposes are constantly looking for ways to upgrade their employees’ eLearning experiences. Here are a few easy ways to engage employees in online training through an LMS… Make eLearning as social as possible Humans crave … Continue Reading »

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4 Reasons Why eLearning Is a Low-Risk Corporate Training Tool

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    Training is vital in the workforce today. Zig Ziglar made a great point when he said, “What’s worse than training your workers and losing them? Not training them and keeping them.” Employees who receive training have obvious advantages over those who don’t. Not only do they have better hard skills (job-specific competencies); they also have more advanced soft skills (communication, problem solving, leadership, etc.). Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, training an employee is an effective way to engage him or her. Dale Carnegie Training’s article Why Training Is Important to Employee Engagement states that employee disengagement causes companies to lose roughly $350 billion per year. Obviously, it is crucial that employers give their workers the training they need … Continue Reading »

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Gaming in Corporate Training: Asset or Liability for Employees?

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Gaming is a practice that has been around for a few decades. In the early 1950’s, computer scientists designed video games for the purpose of aiding research. The 70’s saw a rise in the number of gamers, and in the 80’s, gaming exploded. Since then it has maintained its popularity. These days, gaming is not just something people do to unwind after a long day at work. It is something they engage in at work. In the average workplace, gaming in corporate training is becoming more common. The question is, “Is engaging in serious games at work an asset or a liability for employees?” It could be both. The Average Gamer Is Not a Millennial If you had to guess … Continue Reading »

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3 Reasons Learning Management Systems Fail (And How You Can Avoid)

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Research shows that nearly half of all organizations want to ‘fire’ their social learning management system (LMS). This statistic speaks volumes about the usefulness of the average eLearning system. Companies implement an LMS for a variety of reasons, but they all boil down to convenience, efficiency and cost. Organizational leaders have full plates and need as much help as they can get with training their personnel, creating a positive, unique company culture, and lowering their corporation’s bottom line. If a learning management system can’t assist them in these areas, it has failed its purpose. But, there is hope. For every fail, there is a cure. 3 reasons learning management systems fail (and how you can avoid them) There are multiple … Continue Reading »

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TOPYX LMS Survey Reveals 70% of Clients Expect to Grow Their Learning Management System User Base Within 12 Months

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The global Learning Management System (LMS) market is expected to grow from $5B in 2016 to $10B in the next five years, according to recent research by MarketsandMarkets. Rising needs in corporate learning and training will help fuel this growth, particularly within the midmarket as management discovers stand alone LMS systems like TOPYX® that can be deployed easily and cost effectively without the need for comprehensive human capital management software investments. To assess growth forecasts within its own client base, TOPYX conducted a survey and discovered that an astounding 70% of clients anticipated growing their user base significantly within the next 12 months. This survey data points to an important consideration for organizations choosing an LMS provider, and that is … Continue Reading »

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Inc.: 6 Learning Platforms to Get You Ahead in Business

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TOPYX is featured in the Inc. article, 6 Learning Platforms to Get You Ahead in Business. Excerpt below: To be truly successful in business, you should never stop learning and growing. But unless your company provides training opportunities, you may be at a loss as to how to get the learning you need. Local colleges and training centers are good options, but you’re likely too busy building your career to take time out for classroom learning. Fortunately, the internet makes it easy for a professional to access training from the comfort of home or the office… Through the use of learning platforms, businesses can equip their employees to become more productive and happy. Here are six learning platforms that can help your … Continue Reading »

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How Learning Management Systems Increase ROI of L&D Programs

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It’s never been more important than it is at this moment for companies to have learning strategies in place. Without a learning strategy, a company is set up for failure. Most corporate leaders have some understanding of this, which is why they invest precious funds into L&D programs. Companies today are investing more money in learning and development than ever before. And that’s saying something, because these programs are not cheap; they usually end up costing about $1000 per employee. This means an organization that employs 1000 people can spend at least $1 million per year on training. Companies Invest in L&D to Close Skills Gaps Why the current emphasis on corporate training? The answer, provided in 2014 by Forbes … Continue Reading »

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CEO Behind TOPYX LMS Shares Inspiration, Success and Advice in GrowFL Interview

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Featured among an elite roster of CEOs heading up some of Florida’s fastest growing businesses, CEO of Interactyx, Alfred Novas, reveals the inspiration behind his company’s award-winning learning management system, TOPYX. As shared during the interview with GrowFL, TOPYX was one of the first LMS providers to recognize the importance of peer-to-peer social learning in an online environment. “With TOPYX, my insight was to develop a learning management system with the learner at the center of the equation.” Further differentiating the company’s LMS offering is its pricing model. TOPYX clients, which include global brands and large associations and nonprofits, gain the unique ability to grow and expand eLearning throughout their entire organization without any additional user or maintenance fees. This is unique in the … Continue Reading »

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