TJ Newsflash: 6 March

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The latest learning news and research personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

Women in Learning & Development Conference 2024

In this week-long, virtual and free event, we’ll delve deep into the unique challenges and issues faced by women working in L&D.

This event is specifically designed for L&D Professionals, offering a platform to share experiences, strategies for overcoming industry-specific obstacles, and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Whether you’re seeking to enhance your skills, learn about the latest trends in L&D, or find inspiration from peers, this conference promises to be an enriching experience.

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TJ Blogger and Polar Explorer Receives Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) was delighted to present Honorary Fellowship of the Society to adventurer Sue Stockdale, in recognition of her achievements in exploration and her commitment to inspire others. Sue, who is a regular blogger and podcast contributor for Training Journal was awarded her Fellowship after she spoke last week for the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. 

Stockdale, who lives in Wiltshire, became the first UK woman to reach the magnetic North Pole in 1996. Since then, she has been on many expeditions to remote parts of the world including Antarctica, skiing across the Greenland Ice Cap, and to the Geographical North Pole. Sue is also known for her work as an inspirational speaker, executive coach, and host of the Access to Inspiration podcast where listeners learn from other’s stories and life experiences to harness their potential.

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Be a practical couch potato

The Secrets from a Coach podcast hosted by wellness coach Debbie Green at Wishfish and TEDx speaker Laura Thomson-Staveley at Phenomenal Training has kicked off the year by setting motivating goals and honing an optimistic mindset in January, working smarter and being effective in a hybrid working world in February, and how to manage feeling burnt out and overwhelmed in March. Each episode gives practical tips and techniques to help you be your best.

Listen on Spotify.

Lean into Learning Report 2024

Skillsoft, a leading platform for transformative learning experiences, released its annual Lean Into Learning Report. As the global workforce experiences widespread disruption, the report examines the state of learning and most in-demand skills and competencies.

“Rapidly advancing technologies – most notably generative AI – have exacerbated an already acute skills crisis. But with this challenge comes significant opportunity for organisations to reimagine their approach to upskilling and reskilling and gain a competitive edge,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, Chief Executive Officer, Skillsoft. “Our Lean Into Learning Report provides a blueprint for skill-building priorities in a time of immense disruption. By investing in continuous learning, organizations can establish a culture of growth and innovation that positions them for long-term success.”

See the report here.

International Women’s Day TJ content

Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day. We’ve got new content, and also looked through our content library, to bring together some relevant content.

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6 in 10 desk workers don’t feel productive at work, and talkative colleagues are to blame

In a new study, by computing accessories and tech retailer Currys, more than a fifth of desk workers agreed that talkative colleagues are the biggest distraction in the workplace. 

The survey asked just over 1000 desk workers, not office only due to the rise in hybrid and remote, across the UK about their ideal and dreaded working conditions to find out the biggest productivity setbacks and the top elements that make a perfect working environment.

The numbers showed that over half of UK desk workers (58%) don’t feel productive at their workspace.

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43% of project managers say the skills gap isn’t improving

More than four in ten project professionals say the skills gap in their sector is not showing signs of improving, according to new research by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Figures from a poll of 1,000 UK project professionals, carried out for APM by research company Censuswide, show that 83% of respondents feel there is a skills gap in their industry sector, with 43% saying that gap is staying the same, or getting worse.  13% of respondents said the skills gap is getting worse.

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The most stressful professions in the UK revealed

New research from BusinessComparison has identified which sectors, industries and career paths experience the most work-related stress, as well as which UK regions.

Work-related stress is a serious issue that can affect any individual’s mental and physical health. It also has a significant effect on the workplace, lowering morale, reducing productivity and even leading to resignations, if the causes of the stress are not resolved.

BusinessComparison’s new research found that across all industries, one in ten British workers experience stress, at 12.5%. But when you dig deeper into the data, which are the highest stress occupations?

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