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745 - Temp Workers & Training, Whiteboards, Oh Myyy from George Takei

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - September 18, 2012.
#745 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
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1. Contingent/Temp Workers & Learning?
2. “Oh Myyy” eBook from George Takei.
3. Whiteboards and Learning!

1. Contingent/Temp Workers & Learning? Contingent, contract and temporary workers are growing as a larger portion of our workforce.  What is the changing role of learning with contingent workers who may only be there for a short while?

“Contingency staffing - temporary or contract workers - is growing, a new study has found. And with the economy stuck in neutral, at best, it may become an even bigger factor in the creation of a workforce.
And 71 percent of organizations cited the flexibility that contingent staffing gives them as a help during economic ups and downs.

That has them looking to do more contract hiring. One in five companies plans to increase its percentage of temporary or contract workers in the next year.

“The recession brought such significant operational and financial duress for U.S. companies that the business model of the future will rely heavily upon the ability to be insulated from economic downturns,” said Jim Link, of Randstad. “We live in a world now that rewards financial flexibility rather than fixed-cost business models, and agility, cost containment reign supreme.” Link added that, “What used to be viewed as a temporary stop-gap measure, the utilization of a contingent workforce alongside full-time talent is no longer a contingency plan. We believe this integrated staffing model will be fundamental to operational and fiscal success for the foreseeable future.”

So, what are the implications for learning/training and contingent workers?
- When is it legal or not legal to provide learning resources or experiences to a temp or contract worker?
- How do we place them into our LMS?
- What is the process for best leveraging the experiences of a contingent worker - from previous assignments - when they come to our workplace?
- What are the legal aspects of using their video segments internally - is it covered under “work or contract for hire”?

I have just written an article on this trend and will be exploring it in our MASIE Center work in the months ahead:

2. “Oh Myyy” eBook from George Takei: As you may know, we are investor/producers in the new Broadway bound musical “Allegiance”, starring George Takei from Star Trek. George has just released a special edition eBook that talks about his experiences in the social media world. If you would like to order a copy of “Oh Myyy”, go watch the video of him at

3. Whiteboards and Learning: In the digital age, the whiteboard continues to be a fascinating tool and canvas for individual and group thinking and brainstorming.  At our upcoming Learning 2012, we are designing White Board rooms that will be used by clusters of our participants to think/write out loud about changing learning challenges and innovations. We will combine real and digital white boards.  I love the feel of a great white board brainstorm and conversation.  Check out our plans at:

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie

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