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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 »

OpenSesame pilots Coursica™ to bring learning to college students and recent graduates taking a gap year

Coursica offers a flexible way to learn critical on-the-job-skills to students delaying higher education due to the pandemic  Portland, OR – 8 October 2020 – With the majority of U.S. colleges moving to online offerings or imposing strict restrictions on campus life in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many students chose to put their higher… Read more »

A great business story starts with you

As you find ways to articulate your vision for the business, don’t forget the central character – you. As the founder, your business story is compelling, and you should be prepared to step into the spotlight as the face and voice of your brand.  Sharing your vision and inspiration for the enterprise gives potential investors,… Read more »

Skillshub

OpenSesame announces partnership with Skillshub to expand business skills and sales effectiveness library

Global organisations can now embed learning in their workplaces with Skillshub’s brain-friendly and action-oriented courses Portland, OR – 28 September 2020 – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, announced the addition of UK-based publisher Skillshub to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription, expanding its curated library of engaging business, sales and leadership courses. Skillshub leverages the most up-to-date… Read more »

OpenSesame named a Top 20 Health and Safety/Compliance Training Company

Portland, OR – 22 September 2020 – OpenSesame, the global elearning innovator, today announced its selection as a 2020 Top 20 Health and Safety/Compliance Training Company by Training Industry. Training Industry, the leading research and information resource for corporate learning leaders, prepares the Training Industry Top 20 report on critical sectors of the corporate training… Read more »

Do you want your entire organization to be creative?

Do you want your entire organization to be creative? Here are three lessons from someone who has been doing it for forty years.  Invest in your core principles for the sake of your employees, your product and your customers. If your company has the word “innovative” or “creative” in its vision or values statement, folks… Read more »

OpenSesame announces partnership with The Expert Academy to expand its business and personal skills course library

Enterprises can now offer cinematic-quality courses to upskill their workforce Portland, OR – 14 September 2020 – OpenSesame, the elearning innovator, announced the addition of The Expert Academy to its popular OpenSesame Plus subscription to expand its offerings of video-based courses featuring world-famous presenters. The UK-based publisher helps organizations support both personal and professional development… Read more »