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BizLibrary’s Top 10 Topics for Microlearning

Viewing online microlearning videos

Microlearning videos are becoming more and more popular because of how well they fit into learners’ busy schedules, allowing them to make time for learning every single day. The amount of information is significantly less than attending a seminar or workshop, which enables more information to be retained instead of lost to cognitive overload.

The efficiency of microlearning is what makes it such a popular training tool, and microlearning topics can encompass everything from ethics training to controlling health hazards.

In no particular order, here are the most popular microlearning topics our clients are using to effectively train their employees:

#1 Ethics

A common rule of thumb in retailing is that honesty depends on the situation. About 15% of people are honest all the time. If you give them too much change back, they’ll tell you and return it. About 5% of people are dishonest all the time. They’re looking to get you for whatever they can. If you make a mistake, that’s your fault. The remaining 80% are honest based on the situation. If it looks like they might get caught, they won’t try anything. But if it looks like they can get away with something, they’ll go for it.

That means the best chance for an organization to have high levels of ethical behavior is to create an environment not only supporting good ethics, but REQUIRING them… or else. Such an environment will not only influence the malleable 80-percenters, but it’ll catch the dishonest 5-percenters.

Preview | Ethics Episode 2: The Remarkably Obvious Difference Between A Gift And A Bribe

#2 Workplace Safety

All too often these days we hear about active shooter incidents… multiple shootings in nightspots, public areas… and workplaces. What should employees do to survive if one of these situations takes place where they work?

Read the blog to learn tactics developed by law enforcement officials.

#3 Financial Compliance

Knowing and understanding the regulations involved in the finance industry is a top priority for employees in these organizations.

Using microlearning for these topics is a great way to fit training into the time between serving customers, and providing post-training reinforcement helps to keep the important information fresh. Keeping training top of mind prevents employees from unwittingly violating any regulations.

#4 Anti-Harassment

Sexual harassment is against the law and occurs when there are “…unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” Harassment may be prevalent in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to be prevalent in YOUR workplace.

Preview | The Six Levels of Sexual Harassment

#5 Bloodborne Pathogens

Our workplace is full of hazards that can hurt or kill us. Controlling these hazards and preventing injuries or illnesses is the point of having a safety and health program. One such hazard is bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are tiny micro-organisms found in human blood or other bodily fluids that can cause diseases in humans. Controlling our exposure to bloodborne pathogens can prevent these diseases and save lives.

#6 Cybersecurity

Effective cybersecurity requires that every individual, and every part of the organization, be an active player.

High-performing IT departments can establish effective defensive and protective policies and processes. Device manufacturers can provide highly sophisticated security measures. But it takes only one mistake—at the wrong place, at the wrong time—to give a cyber opponent the opening needed to cause a possible, potentially disastrous breach.

Your people shouldn’t be your organization’s weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. In fact, they can be your greatest resource when they are aware, knowledgeable and motivated!

#7 Achieving SMART Goals

To quote psychologist Eve Ash, “Be clear about your goals. It’s the first step towards results.”  We need to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant goals, commit to a timeframe, be persistent, and ask for help!

Preview | Cutting Edge Communication: Achieving SMART Goals

#8 Accountability

Accountability continues to be a hot topic. Here at BizLibrary, we are thrilled that our clients and their employees want to learn about this topic. How important to reaching your personal and professional goals is financial, ethical or political accountability?

#9 Active Listening

Listening is more than hearing.

Relationships at work are important for a number of reasons, and improving active listening skills is one of the best ways to build better relationships. Whether it’s with coworkers, clients, vendors, managers, or team members, everyone benefits from knowing how to fully listen before responding.

Check out these 8 tips to improve active listening skills.

#10 HIPAA Compliance

Our video course on HIPAA compliance provides an overview of the basic principles in HIPAA, HITECH, and Omnibus.

The three principal areas of HIPAA are covered: privacy, security, and breach Notification. Over the course of the series, in addition to the three principal areas, these training videos explore the origins and current status of HIPAA, what patient information needs to be protected, and what the responsibilities of your organization are regarding protected health information.

Preview | HIPAA: Introduction


We believe our clients’ interests well represent most organizational concerns, so we hope this list is helpful to think about where your organization could benefit from training also.

To learn more about incorporating microlearning into your employee training program, download our free ebook:

Complete Guide to Microlearning and Post-Training Reinforcement

Training & Development Industry Researcher | Krista researches, analyzes, and writes about the impacts of employee learning on organizations and individuals. She looks at the industry shifts and trends that matter to L&D and HR professionals, and helps them understand how to create better training programs that grow their employees and their business.