back-to-school time for employees too — LinkedIn Learning is offering
their 20 most popular online courses of the year for free throughout the
month of September.
executives say they’re offering the courses free of charge to help as
many employees as possible cope with the pandemic — especially workers
from underrepresented communities and those affected by layoffs.
LinkedIn Learning saw a 130% uptick in course participation once
shelter-in-place orders were issued in March.
a lot of people out of work or working remotely at this time, we are
seeing a lot of employees investing in themselves and their careers,”
says Mordy Golding, director of content strategy for English-language at
LinkedIn Learning. “Our hard skill classes, like Excel, are still
popular, but there are soft skills we all need in order to succeed in
the new normal.”
most popular course teaches people strategies for helping them work
from home more efficiently. The shift to remote work has been a
challenge for employees, who have struggled with increased stress andburnout, says Dave Crenshaw, a productive leadership author and LinkedIn Learning instructor.
have a lot of freedom when we’re working from home,” says Crenshaw, who
has worked remotely for the past 20 years. “[Employers’] biggest
concern is that the people working from home are going to slack off. But
the bigger problem is that people never stop working, and that hurts
productivity in the long run — performance degrades and work-life
employees and managers may be tempted to stick to hard skill courses,
Golding recommends participating in classes that focus on soft skills
like “being a good listener” because it “transfers well to the remote
workforce,” he says. He also suggests that employers take advantage of
LinkedIn Learning’s group feature to allow teams to take the courses
very large percentage of people who watch the courses can immediately
apply the skills they’ll learn to their job,” Golding says. “If you’re
thinking about the long-term health of your organization, it’s a good
idea to leverage learning to have an immediate impact on productivity,
and bring people together.”
1) Time Management: Working from Home
Instructor: Dave Crenshaw
your employees learn how to set up a dedicated workspace for maximum
productivity, collaborate with their colleagues, craft their daily
schedule and master the art of virtual meetings. This course also offers
advice for working parents, and other caregivers, about how to more
effectively balance professional and personal responsibilities at home.
5) Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
Instructor: Gemma Leigh Roberts
explains what emotional intelligence is and why it's important in
today’s workforce. She can help learners become more self-aware so they
can acclimate to the dynamic new world of work.
10) Project Management Foundations
Instructor: Bonnie Biafore
this course, Biafore explains the fundamentals of project management —
from establishing project goals and objectives to managing resources,
meeting deadlines and bringing projects to completion.
12) Learning Personal Branding
Instructor: Chelsea Krost
your employees’ personal branding helps their ideas get noticed to sell
to internal stakeholders, partners and customers. Krost explains how to
develop a personal story and build a personal brand presence online and