GNOME 3.24: New Linux desktop is fast, responsive
I've been a fan of the work of the GNOME team for quite some time. They put together one heck of an excellent Linux desktop environment. But of late, I've found myself gravitating towards some of the more lightweight environments. MATE (which is a ...
Latest Linux Maker Boards Gamble on Diversity
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Work hacks from G Suite: a new corporate training regimen (no weights required)Work hacks from G Suite: a new corporate training regimen (no weights required)
In our first G Suite Hacks article, we shared tips from the Transformation Gallery to help employees automate everyday workflows and save time. Today, we’re focusing on corporate training tips that will help your employees stay engaged so they can do their best work.
According to last year's Global Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte, employees at all levels expect their employers to provide consistent opportunities to learn and develop new skills, and 30% of executives see learning as a primary driver of employee development. But training employees has its own set of challenges, like scaling programs and trainers, ensuring easy access to training materials, accommodating learning styles and tracking progress.
Here are a few ways you can improve your corporate training with G Suite:1. Scale your training program with an online hub
Create one place where employees can access training material any time. Start by uploading or creating your training files in Team Drives, a central place within Drive for teams to house files. Organize these files into shared folders by topic or course level. Next, set up a Site to display all of the content from Drive and add relevant pages, like training videos, slides, guidelines or handbooks. Share your new hub with employees so that they can easily access training materials, even on mobile. And anytime you need to update training materials, just go into Drive and update the files there. Sites will automatically reflect changes.2. Provide live training options, too
It’s also important to provide face-to-face training for your employees. You can create a live training option with Hangouts Meet so that employees can join training sessions from a conference room, their favorite coffee shop, or another remote location. Simply set up Calendar invites for training events and send them to your employees (It’s a good idea to post these events to your new training Site so that anyone who missed the invite can join.). Then, track employee attendance with Forms.3. Quiz employees on their knowledge
Once your employees have completed their training course, you’ll want to track their learning progress. You can do this easily by setting up quizzes in Forms and assigning point values for each question. Let your employees see which questions they missed and explain why so that they can continue to master concepts. And to improve your training course, ask for real-time feedback within the Form. Quiz data is tracked in Sheets so you can keep a pulse on who’s completed training courses and who might need some additional help.
With these quick tips, you can help your employees to do their best work. Check out this G Suite Show episode to learn more, and let the training begin!
The She Word: Kawana T. King, lawyer and “force for good”The She Word: Kawana T. King, lawyer and “force for good”
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.In this installment of the She Word, we talked to Kawana T. King, a lawyer in our New York office. In addition to JD, she’s earned the title of “hostess with the mostess”—just ask anyone who’s attended her annual Christmas party. How do you explain your job at a dinner party?
I usually don't ... I like leaving work at work. But if I need to explain, I say that I provide legal counsel for our advertising products.Why are you proud to be a woman at Google?
In Google’s legal department, we have four female vice presidents. There’s a lot of talk in tech about needing more women in leadership positions, but I get to witness that everyday. It’s really inspiring.Why did you decide to pursue law, and why practice it at Google?
Growing up I was always told that I argued too much, so becoming a lawyer seemed to be a “natural fit.” Throughout my career, I’ve practiced law across various industries, like entertainment and financial services. Working at Google, I get to bring legal expertise to the development of groundbreaking products and services. And one of the best parts about Google is that I’m not just here to be a lawyer—there are opportunities to pursue personal interests, like our diversity efforts, as well.If you could ask one woman from history a question … who would it be and what would you ask?
I would ask Harriet Tubman what gave her the strength to face her fears and take action. We are all faced with obstacles that we must overcome, but it’s hard to get past the intimidation. All tips help!What advice would you give to women starting out in their careers?
Know your worth, display confidence and don't be afraid to ask for what you want. If you doubt yourself, you invite others to do the same.What do you hope to accomplish on behalf of women everywhere?
Quite simply ... I’ll pay it forward. I’ve been lucky to have powerful and positive female influences in my life (hi Mom!). By exhibiting character, confidence, and a strong work ethic, I hope to be a force for good in another young girl’s life.How do you spend most of your time outside of work?
I love traveling—Paris and Thailand are my all-time favorite spots. I’ve also gotten hooked on traveling for Carnival, which is an annual festival that occurs in various countries. So far, I’ve celebrated Carnival in Trinidad, Barbados and Miami. My next trip is to Italy—I’m taking my mom for her 65th birthday!We’re talking with dynamic female Googlers about who they are, what they do and why they inspire us.