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Developing a furloughed workforce

Coronavirus has impacted all sectors of the economy. Companies as big as Virgin Atlantic, Marriott, J.C. Penney, and Disney World have furloughed many of their employees as travel, shopping, and entertainment has ground to a halt. A typical furlough means employees are put on a temporary leave due to special needs of a company or… Read more »

Share how your team is practicing #LearnInPlace

Win 2 tickets to the OpenSesame User Conference or $500 toward the professional development program of your choice by sharing how your organization is continuing employee training efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. At OpenSesame, we’ve always believed that elearning presents the best option for organizations to scalably and effectively train their workforces.  But the staggering… Read more »

4 questions to ask before choosing discrimination and harassment training for your organization

In 2020, workplace culture matters more than ever. Organizations that can demonstrate a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace have a competitive advantage in attracting top talent and strengthening relationships with customers, partners and vendors. As part of a comprehensive strategy, choosing the right compliance training program, one that focuses on behaviors, rather… Read more »

Working from home etiquette tips and tricks

Since the onset of COVID-19 globally, workplaces are quickly establishing, possibly for the first time, a work from home policy for most if not all employees. This new setup can create its own great opportunities, but of course for many this comes with new challenges in every way, including the what were once simple, even… Read more »

OpenSesame expands free access to professional development courses for remote and furloughed workers

Portland OR- April 13, 2020– OpenSesame, the global elearning innovator, announced unlimited free access to online training for any employee working from home or furloughed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The offer includes elearning courses in multiple languages for developing customer service, sales, and other essential professional skills. “At OpenSesame, we believe elearning provides the… Read more »

Training is key to protecting your organization from bribery and corruption

In today’s connected, global business environment, bribery and corruption are evolving risks that organizations should keep permanently on their radar.  Companies without clear anti-corruption policies and training can face costly legal, financial and/or reputational damage. In 2019, companies paid $2.9 billion to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases brought by the U.S. Securities and… Read more »

Employees looking at elearning course made in SCORM

Why author elearning content to industry standards?

At OpenSesame, we receive inquiries from subject matter experts and content authors who have developed training programs but are unsure about how to monetize them in today’s online world. They have valuable content (a training video, a PowerPoint presentation, or a book) that they want to share with the world and hopefully make some money… Read more »

Managing your remote team

Coronavirus presents unprecedented challenges to business. At OpenSesame, we are a fully distributed team with the option for employees to work from home. As a precaution, effective 13 March 2020 though, all employees are working from home and practicing social distancing. Even though some employees have experience with remote team members, working with an entirely… Read more »

A new workforce reality: “remote first” work

Some say that coronavirus (COVID-19) has forever changed the way companies operate. I would say that it hasn’t drastically changed but accelerated the shift that was already happening. For years, business has been shifting towards a remote workforce. More companies today support employees working from home on a periodic to full time basis than just… Read more »

2020 Learning technologies: what’s hot and what’s not

In a recent OpenSesame webinar Donald H Taylor, Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute, shared the results of the 2020 Global Sentiment Survey (GSS). This survey asked over 2,000 respondents from 86 countries the question, “What do you think will be hot in workplace learning and development in 2020?” in order to identify upcoming… Read more »

OpenSesame offers free access to coronavirus preparedness and remote work training

Portland, OR- 14 March 2020- OpenSesame, the global elearning innovator, announced unlimited free access to coronavirus preparedness and remote work training for any organization through 15 May 2020. The offer includes elearning courses in multiple languages on preventing coronavirus and other illnesses as well as working and managing employees remotely. “At OpenSesame, we strive to… Read more »

OpenSesame debuts on 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning

eLearning leader recognized for its expanding presence by Europe’s #1 HR industry analyst firm London, UK – 11 March 2020 – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, today announced its inclusion as a Potential Performer on the 2020 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning, an annual analysis of HR, talent and learning vendors with a focus on customers… Read more »

OpenSesame announces partnership with Northpass to train the world’s most innovative companies

Internet-first companies can now scale training without interrupting productivity Portland, OR – 10 March 2020 – OpenSesame, the global elearning innovator, announced a partnership with Northpass to deliver its curated 20,000+ elearning courses on Northpass’ learner-first platform. From fast-growing companies to the Fortune 500, modern companies looking to integrate and scale learning across distributed workforces… Read more »

Microsoft Teams is coming- are you ready?

It’s been a long time, over two years since Microsoft first announced that Teams would be replacing Skype for Business, but it’s here! Teams will be the way that Microsoft wants you to communicate and collaborate. But this is no minor undertaking, which is why Microsoft has continually pushed the retirement date for Skype forwards.… Read more »

Spotlight your company’s principles this March

March is National Ethics Awareness Month which makes it a great time to craft a thoughtful strategy for strengthening the ethical culture of your organization and assess whether your efforts are working. Having a strong and well communicated business ethical culture benefits the people within your organization and also helps attract new talent. According to… Read more »

OpenSesame announces partnership with iAM Learning to expand safety, well-being, and soft skills course library

Enterprises can now leverage engaging, bite-sized elearning to improve employee health and safety while staying compliant Portland, OR – 26 February 2020 – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, announced iAM Learning was added to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription to expand its curated library of safety, well-being, and soft skills courses.  Global 2000 companies leverage the… Read more »