L&D Lowdown - August 2020

Welcome to your round-up of L&D news, hacks and hints.

Written by Emerald Works
Published 19 August 2020
L&D Lowdown - August 2020

This month, we're helping you and your team embrace flexible working.

That’s why we’ve combined our free bundles of skill-building resources into one place. So, you and your learners can dip in, adapt, and overcome challenges on the fly.

You can also explore our upcoming events – and catch our latest podcast on productivity hacks to work smarter.


Ultimate business bundle

Miss any of our free bundles? Download 20 free resources to help you and your people:

Optimizing virtual team learning?

Managers are key to helping their teams learn and develop. And today, the focus is online.
Martin Couzins delves into Emerald Works research to show how organizations are coping with virtual team learning, what barriers managers face, and how to overcome them.


Introverts and extroverts working from home (WFH)

So, introverts love it and extroverts hate WFH? Read how it’s not that simple, and discover how to help all your employees feel more understood and work better in a digital world.


Balancing productivity and wellbeing

Done well, WFH can benefit you, your household, and your organization. Keep safe, well and productive with this handy guide to getting the balance just right.


Let's get agile!

Agile is a step further than flexible working – empowering people to choose how they do their job.
Discover ways you and your team can adapt to do better business.



Free Learning Health Check 2020

The Learning Health Check remains the only free, independent and confidential benchmarking tool in our industry. With it, you can compare against high-performing peers – and get practical tips to improve your L&D strategy.

Start your Learning Health Check here


Tune in to our latest online webinars and demos to keep up with L&D insights and product features.

2 September

L&D's role in helping managers to support virtual team learning
16:00 BST
Content Strategist, and Head of Insights at Insights Media, Martin Couzins will be joined by our Senior Researcher Gent Ahmetaj as they delve into the Learning Health Check data and explore how managers can better develop their teams.
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5 - 11 October

Learning at Work Week 2020
This year's main national event has moved to October, with a whole week's worth of discussion and resources. The theme for 2020 is "Learning Journeys". Find out how your organization can get involved.
Find out more

12 - 13 October

Re-imagining the New Landscape: Reset, Renew and Thrive?
Corporate Research Forum have adapted their international conference into an online event exploring the post-COVID-19 landscape and its implications for organizations. Don't miss our bite-sized session on Day 1 - Engage your Learners with Mind Tools.
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Listen Back

Learning Health Check
The Learning Health Check is a free, independent and confidential resource that lets you review your learning strategy, compare your approach with top-performing organizations, and plan your priorities.
Recording now available


Tune into our latest podcasts. This month we discuss some productivity hacks and how global L&D differs in the social sector.

Global L&D in the social sector

Working within a global L&D network has both opportunities and challenges. But how do they differ within the social sector?
Claire Wilson, Head of Global Learning Lab at the Social Enterprise Academy, shares her experiences of working in global L&D in the social sector.
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Productivity hacks

We recently spent some time setting objectives for the remainder of the year. One of the areas Ross Dickie wanted to work on was his productivity, so he turned to his colleagues for advice.
Find out some of the techniques they use to keep on top of projects and 'get things done'.
Listen to podcast


River Island's learning team share their Learning Health check experiences

Case study series - 5 videos
We spoke to the River Island learning team to hear why they chose to benchmark their learning with our Learning Health Check. They share how the process has helped them improve their learning culture and give some advice for organizations considering using this free tool.

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Introducing our new regular section to the Lowdown, we've gathered some book recommendations from our team at Emerald Works.

Driving Performance Through Learning
An essential handbook for those seeking to transform workplace learning and performance.

Go to the book

This bite sized book will offer you some simple and easy to apply techniques on how to build relaxation time into your life.

Go to the book

Physical Intelligence
This book includes useful tips and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around through physical intelligence.

Go to the book


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We work together to build learning cultures that empower people to bring about real change for real impact.

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