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Free course of the week: Be proactive! Inclusion starts with you

An organization’s training and education on diversity, equity, and inclusion not only improves the diversity and inclusivity of their people, but also their processes, and products, which in turn leads to innovation and growth. Building an inclusive environment requires proactivity from all levels of an organization but it can be tough to know where to… Read more »

Free course of the week: Mindfulness for organizations

In service industries, the customer is always right, but that simple phrase isn’t an all-encompassing directive for great customer service. A key part of providing satisfying customer service is treating even the most difficult clients with kindness and compassion, a skill that takes practice and training.   In OpenSesame’s free course of the week, learn how… Read more »

OpenSesame partners with Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning to increase access to world-class leadership experiences

PORTLAND, OR – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, announced the addition of leadership development solutions from Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning to its comprehensive catalog of 20,000+ elearning courses, delivering high-impact digital learning content that drives business results. “We are delighted to welcome one of the best-known names in business education to the OpenSesame catalog,” said… Read more »

Free Course of the Week: The Power of Gratitude

After Thanksgiving, we’ve been feeling extra thankful for the great people in our community who have been a source of support and inspiration in what has been a hectic and at times isolating year. However, sometimes it can be difficult to take time to appreciate the people we’re grateful for and even harder to properly… Read more »

Creating belonging in your organisation

Belonging is an essential element of feeling included. But how do you ensure every member of your team feels like they belong? Just because you or someone else in the team feel included – doesn’t mean that this is how everyone feels, and you may not know or even understand why someone doesn’t feel like… Read more »

Free course of the week: Seated desk yoga

Sitting at a desk eight hours per day, five days a week can cause long term problems without you even realizing it. Sitting, in an office chair or in general, is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the… Read more »

State-specific COVID-19 training requirements (United States)

State-specific COVID-19 training requirements (United States)

COVID-19 safety precautions are a good policy for the health and safety of your organization, and currently, several U.S states require COVID-19 employee training for businesses to reopen or remain open. Most of these specified states outline specific content that must be included in the employee training, and what industries it impacts.  OpenSesame is here… Read more »

Why corporate wellness is an important part of your learning strategy

Prioritizing corporate wellness can improve workplace performance Employees can’t perform at their best if they don’t feel their best. Poor work-life balance, low nutrition, over-exhaustion, and a lack of stress management could all contribute negatively to employees’ productivity and ability to engage at work. Burnout is costing some companies billions of dollars every year due… Read more »

Oregon’s new COVID-19 safety mandate and how it impacts your training

Governor Kate Brown announced on Friday Oregon’s new COVID-19 safety mandate which went into effect Monday, 16 November. With the new regulations, Oregon employers are required to:  Develop an infection-control plan to govern when workers must use personal protective equipment and describe specific hazard controls. Employers must also conduct a risk assessment, with feedback from… Read more »

Free course of the week: Building a respectful workplace

Free course of the week: Building a respectful workplace

Feeling respected and valued at work is vital for a company’s morale and culture. If workers do not feel respected by their peers and supervisors, they may begin to search for work elsewhere.  The benefits of a respectful workplace include better morale, teamwork, lower absenteeism, lower turnover of staff, and improved productivity. Low turnover may… Read more »

Upskilling your workforce in new technologies

November 8th was National STEM Day. This holiday celebrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education throughout the United States. STEM education doesn’t have to stop at the classroom though, and this holiday is a great opportunity to explore how to support members of your organization with upskilling training in STEM fields.    What is upskilling?  Upskilling… Read more »

Learning Unlocked from OpenSesame showcases unique perspectives on learning and leading

Thousands join OpenSesame every week for engaging virtual sessions with world-class speakers and visionary thinkers     Portland, OR – 10 November 2020 – Open to anyone and convenient for everyone, Learning Unlocked — the first-ever public learning and development conference from elearning innovator OpenSesame — connects attendees with authors, athletes, and other thought leaders in an… Read more »

OpenSesame announces partnership with OpenMind to deliver exclusive corporate wellness and mindfulness training

New courses from OpenMind and OpenSesame equip companies with wellness and mindfulness training designed to help working professionals find more balance  Portland, OR – 3 November 2020 – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, announced the addition of OpenMind to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription to expand its library of corporate wellness courses. These new courses, developed… Read more »

Business relationship building

Business relationship building is everyone’s job

It does not matter what business you are in: Relationships are everything. Not even the most technical, data-driven employee operates in a vacuum. Employees with good relationships are healthier, happier, and more likely to advance in their careers. Employers benefit through increased engagement, improved productivity, and a workforce that is less likely to leave. I… Read more »

Be on Trend

Be on trend

Now more than ever, it is critical that your business strategy is on trend with what customers want and need.  Things are changing rapidly for so many businesses you must be flexible and adapt or your business might just disappear.   Start by identifying the trends that are on fire right now (they might be COVID… Read more »

Levelling up with gamification

Leveling up with gamification

There’s no denying that gamification is a term that’s been kicking  around the industry for some time now. But aside from netting you a few points at buzzword bingo, what does it actually mean? Gamification is when you take elements that you usually come across in games. This might be things like point scoring, competition… Read more »

Tips for software developers using OWASP Top 10 in 2020

Many software developers and web application security professionals have heard about the postponement of the 2020 planned release of the OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks. The OWASP Foundation recently cited several reasons for the delay, primarily related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The OWASP Top 10 is a critical resource for developers… Read more »