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Announcing New Lessons on Parental Leave & Work-Life Integration for Parents

Achieving work-life “balance” sometimes feels more like a tug-of-war than a balancing act. But for parents (and new parents especially) it can often feel like both sides are losing. You can’t just be a parent before nine and after five—you’re always on, even when you’re at work. The more employers support that duality, the better for everyone. That’s why we need a shift. Instead of talking about work-life balance, we need work-life integration.

Our new content for working parents is focused on how new or soon-to-be parents and their managers can work together to create a collaborative, supportive environment where working parents can thrive. We cover everything a parent needs to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and go into detail on two key components: planning and flexibility.

Successful planning can help expecting parents appropriately account for all of their responsibilities while they’re out and when they return. While building flexibility into the plan means parents and employers can be prepared for the unexpected (which, let’s face it, is inevitable.)

Grovo’s latest Microlearning® content from producer Ike Wilson covers what employees and managers need to know under FMLA, and so much more. Featuring contributions from managers, mental health experts, and experienced working parents, these new lessons cover topics including:

  • Basics of the FMLA: Learn your rights under the federal law, and how to find out about state, local, and company policies that might extend your coverage.
  • Planning Your Parental Leave: Learn when and how to tell your employer that you’re expecting, and how to make your transitions in and out of work smooth for everyone involved.
  • Managing Time and Stress as a Working Parent: Whether you’re new to parenting or dealing with rebelling teenagers, learn how to integrate your two selves and work with your manager and team to create a flexible and collaborative environment that will enable you to do your best.
  • Supporting a Parent on Your Team: For managers needing to support new parents, learn your responsibilities under FMLA, as well as how to set up a parent-friendly culture that helps your new parents continue to contribute to their fullest potential.

The days when people have to choose between their career and parenting are over, and we’re here to help new parents and employers navigate their leave. It’s not just required by FMLA—it’s best for businesses and for families. Get started with one of our new lessons: What is Work-Life Integration?

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Unconscious Bias Training Matters. Here’s Why Grovo is Making Our Courses Free To All

At Grovo, we are passionate about improving workplace learning and employee development. Our mission is to equip every person with the proper tools they need to thrive in their jobs, enabling businesses to operate at their best.

Grovo has become a recognized industry leader in developing modern learning content – and we’re especially passionate about the power of our Diversity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias content to help companies build more inclusive workplaces and communities. Some of the world’s most innovative companies, large and small, have used our Microlearning library to examine and respond to their own biases and promote inclusion with their customers, partners, employees and leaders.

Our Unconscious Bias content is effective because it speaks to learners as humans, rather than as employees. It breaks down the sensitive and highly conceptual topic in a manner that is easily understandable, non-accusatory, and unifying rather than divisive.

The single hardest step toward addressing unconscious bias is simply to acknowledge that it exists. To that end, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson stands out for the swift and unequivocal decision to close over 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 to conduct anti-bias training company-wide. As Johnson said, “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company.”

In-person training is a good first step in addressing the problem, but it can’t stop there. Addressing unconscious bias is a continual pursuit, and the goal of any good unconscious bias training should be to give people the knowledge and tools they need to identify and mitigate their biases themselves.  

We believe it’s important that employees at every company have the opportunity to learn and reflect on their own unconscious biases. It is valuable learning that affects individuals, teams, and the health of the company overall. And that’s why, starting today, we are making our best-in-class Unconscious Bias content of 20 Microlearning lessons free for everyone.

Whether you’re an individual contributor, a team manager, or a business leader looking to build a more inclusive workplace, we invite you to use Grovo’s Unconscious Bias workplace learning content for free.

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Announcing Grovo’s Upcoming Content Roadmap

Each quarter, as we finalize the plans and goals for our team’s next three months, I find myself being asked the same questions: what’s on our content roadmap and why are we covering those topics? Everyone wants to know exactly what we’ll be adding to our Microlearning® library and how we came to those decisions.

While telling people what topics are on the roadmap is usually pretty simple, explaining how we chose them is a bit more complicated. Similar to a product team’s task of ranking the priorities for its product roadmap, we have to think through the importance of each learning topic for our customers, the number of people likely to benefit from it, and our ability to offer value to our learners that they’re not getting anywhere else.

So as part of rolling out this quarter’s content roadmap, I thought I’d first pull back the curtain and provide a glimpse of the process we use to finalize our roadmap.

It starts at the highest level

The process of selecting topics begins by thinking about our different collections in the library—for example, Leadership, Compliance, Diversity, and Professional Skills. For each of these collections, we maintain a running backlog of all the topics we could possibly cover. This doesn’t mean that we necessarily will add content on these topics to the library, but we like to have a broad view of all the possibilities.

For example, in our Leadership Collection, we might cover topics like “succession planning” or “facilitating meetings.” But when it comes to prioritizing the two, we think about a few different factors that may impact the success of the topic. First, who are the target learners for each topic. What will be most useful for our target learners?

Next, we think about the context of the topic in L&D: what subject areas or skills are gaining currency across industries? What do our clients and prospects care about and want to improve in? Is there anything in the news or current events that our customers would find valuable?

Finally, we look at our own capacity for a given quarter: what are we well set up to execute? And more tactically, how much bandwidth do we have to produce new content?

With the answers to all those questions, we’re able to establish our priorities and assess which topics make the cut.

In the second quarter of 2018, our focus is Compliance, Diversity, and Leadership

Over the next three months, we’ll be working to expand our coverage in a few high-priority compliance areas, perhaps most notably in the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

At the same time we’ll be hard at work building a set of lessons to help employees recognize and manage mental illness in the workplace, which we’re aiming to release just in time for Mental Health Awareness month in May.

Here’s our full list of new topics on our content roadmap:

Workplace Safety
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Preventing Fraud

Being an Active Bystander
Mental Health in the Workplace
Assessing Inclusion on Your Team

Managing a Multi-Generational Team
Facilitating Meetings
Ethics in Leadership

We’re also enhancing existing content

We don’t just focus on new content though. We always want to make sure our existing library represents the best we have to offer.

This quarter, we’ll be revisiting high-priority lessons on sexual harassment awareness and prevention. In the wake of the #metoo movement and many high-profile cases of workplace harassment and gender discrimination, it’s clear that new and fresh approaches are needed for employee learning in this space. As part of our refresh of these lessons, we will draw a stronger connection with our existing content on unconscious bias, and better equip employees to recognize the systemic factors that lead to harassment, helping them take steps to stop it when they see it.

In addition, we’ll also be enhancing roughly 200 lessons by adding videos and assessment questions to further validate our Microlearning® framework, and ensure an engaging and effective learning experience for all learners.

Interested in learning more about how to set your own content roadmap? Download our whitepaper, Microlearning: The Modern Strategy for the Modern Workplace to learn how you can incorporate microlearning content into your team’s day-to-day.