L&D Lowdown - September 2020

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

Written by Emerald Works
Published 17 September 2020
L&D Lowdown - September 2020

It’s that time of year. Around the world, L&D teams are chasing people for their personal development plans. Or dreaded PDPs.

But they don’t have to be scary. To help you and your learners, we have tips on setting goals – and techniques to think beyond form-filling and start creating a learning culture.

Let’s go!


Becoming a Positive Leader – free workbook

Get a free Positive Leadership workbook (worth $29.99) when you subscribe to the Mind Tools Club by October 1st. 

Discover how to develop an action plan to boost your team's motivation levels, overcome obstacles to positivity, and instill positive behaviors for the future.


Live online learning in lockdown and beyond

Guest author Jo Cook from LightBulb Moment explores the need for live online learning during the pandemic – and on the other side.

She charts the latest learning tech, explores the benefits of virtual classrooms, and offers tips to click with learners online.


A guide to great goal setting – animation

Quarterly review time? Our animation helps take the pain out of PDPs.

Goals are a great way for you and your team to focus, boost productivity, and reach a healthier work-life balance. See how to do it right.


Delivering Just-in-Time L&D

How do you up-skill a global workforce – whatever their job title or needs? Discover how the Mind Tools toolkit helped global packaging leader Visy – supporting staff when and where they needed it most during the pandemic.


How to create a learning culture in your team

L&D shouldn’t be about ticking boxes.
With ongoing learning, you’ll drive employee engagement and business.
Read our tips to create a culture of learning in your team.



We’re redesigning the Learning Health Check and we need your help!

We’re looking for participants based in the U.S. to take part in our user interviews.

If you’re working in a senior L&D role and responsible for owning or influencing your organization’s L&D strategy, we’d love to hear what you would like to see from a Learning Benchmarking tool, and your first impressions of our newly designed wireframes.

If you’d like to take part, please email healthcheck@emerald.com.


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

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.
Save your space

Listen Back

L&D’s role in helping managers support virtual team learning
Content Strategist, and Head of Insights at Insights Media, Martin Couzins joined our Senior Research Analyst, Gent Ahmetaj, to delve into the Learning Health Check data and explore how managers can better develop their teams.
Recording now available


Tune into our latest podcasts. This month we discuss the impact furlough had on learning and how your company presents itself to prospective new employees.

'We regret to inform you...'

How does your organization come across to prospective candidates? Do you provide a good 'candidate experience'?
Our hosts are joined by their Emerald Works colleague Esh Jugal, along with guest Matt Alder, host of the Recruiting Future podcast to discuss how organizations can shape the candidate experience.
Listen to podcast

Learning on furlough

Knowledge Pool's Scott Fellows joins our hosts to share his story, while David Hayden from the CIPD shares more general insights into how people have experienced the UK government's furlough scheme.
Learn how people adapt to dramatic change and what support is available to organizations and individuals at this time.'
Listen to podcast


Build your skills and career with Mind Tools

Too busy for self-development? Think again. Mind Tools offers self-directed learning that fits around your day. You choose what you learn, when and how. At your desk or on the go, it’s your call.

Watch the video



About the author

Emerald Works

Emerald Works

At Emerald Works, we’re committed to helping individuals and organizations around the world realize their full potential by using evidence-led learning solutions that work.

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

You may also be interested in…

L&D Lowdown - October 2020

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

October 2020

Read More

L&D Lowdown - August 2020

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

August 2020

Read More

L&D Lowdown - July 2020

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

July 2020

Read More