LMS365, the trailblazing AI-powered workplace learning, engagement, and performance management platform seamlessly integrated into Microsoft 365 and Teams is thrilled to introduce Nina Carøe as the world’s first Chief Human Success Officer (CHSO). Nina's appointment marks a significant step towards fostering employee growth and empowerment at the highest levels, as she leads the charge in redefining HR practices with a people-centric approach, both internally and industry-wide. 

Nina Carøe brings a wealth of experience in HR strategy, having previously founded Valuebeat, a cutting-edge HR tech company based in Copenhagen. At Valuebeat, Nina championed the belief that organizational culture is the cornerstone of unlocking a company's true potential. Her innovative platform utilizes real-time human data and machine learning to help businesses accurately gauge the cultural impact of their workforce and refine their employee value proposition. 

“As people continue to be the source of innovation for every business today, I am thrilled to join a like-minded team that prioritizes a culture where everyone feels empowered and valued. As the industry’s first Chief Human Success Officer, my goal is to help leaders and people teams navigate shifting employee expectations and leverage the full potential in the realization that employees aren’t just a cost center but the main key to success. In a world that is becoming more complex and volatile, Human Success isn’t just a nice to have--it’s needed to have if you want the ability to innovate and stay relevant as a business long term.”

Nina Carøe, Chief Human Success Officer, LMS365

Nina's track record includes serving as Vice President of People & Culture at a renowned SaaS scaleup and as an HR Partner at Unity, a pioneering company in its category. Her transition to LMS365 sees her spearheading the expansion of the Human Success Team across all facets of the organization to drive enhanced business outcomes. 

“Since day one, people have always been at the heart of what we do, and I’m thrilled to have Nina join as the second founder who is fully aligned with our vision. The time is now for the Chief Human Success Officer to have a seat at the table and with Nina’s guidance, we have a massive opportunity to educate the industry on why being a champion for people delivers greater outcomes, for both employees and the business alike.”  

Rasmus Holst, CEO of LMS365

The appointment of a Chief Human Success Officer aligns with LMS365's expansion efforts as it extends its AI-powered learning, performance, and engagement platform to a global audience of Microsoft customers and partners. As LMS365 enters this new phase of growth, the integration of Valuebeat's innovative solutions into its suite of tools further solidifies its position within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. We look forward to seeing where this journey takes us next! 

We’ve got some exciting news to share. LMS365, your favorite AI-powered platform for workplace learning, engagement, and performance, has just teamed up with Valuebeat, a trailblazing startup that’s all about unlocking a business’ full potential through company culture. This is a big step forward for us as we’re now able to expand our AI and machine learning capabilities to help businesses measure the impact of people, culture, and engagement across an organization. 

And guess what? Nina Carøe, the Founder of Valuebeat, is joining our executive team as the world’s first Chief Human Success Officer. This addition is a big step towards empowering employees at the highest level, showing our commitment to making work a place where everyone can thrive. 

Kasper Sommer, Co-Founder of Valuebeat, couldn’t hide his excitement, saying,  

“We are thrilled to see our vision for Valuebeat live on in a like-minded company like LMS365 that shares our aim to enable data-driven People and Culture strategies that drive businesses towards greater success. I can’t wait to see how the promise of our technology expands on a larger scale, given LMS365’s growing product portfolio and AI-driven platform that has been aligned with our mission from the start.” 

Valuebeat is all about cutting-edge HR and recruitment technology that helps organizations measure and map the employee values that define company culture. This allows businesses to make informed, data-driven decisions for better outcomes. We’re planning to incorporate Valuebeat’s core functionality into our future releases to give you more insight into cultural alignment between new candidates and employees to future organizational goals. 

“Partnering with a company that understands how people and culture directly impact an organization’s ability to perform is our ideal scenario and with Valuebeat, we have met our perfect match. With the increasing number of employees wanting to quit their jobs year after year, it should be every business’ top priority to identify the areas that need improvement and clearly defining company values is essential to creating a culture where everyone feels involved and empowered.”

Robin Daniels, our Chief Business and Product Officer, LMS365 

We’ve always prioritized workplace culture and employee engagement here at LMS365. In fact, we were recently recognized as a 2023 Global Great Place To Work, scoring 100% satisfaction from our employees based in the UK, US, Germany, Romania, and Denmark. This recognition, combined with the acquisition of Valuebeat, is a testament to our commitment to fostering an extraordinary, inclusive, and dynamic work environment

The finalization of this transaction on March 1, 2024, marks an exciting new chapter for both LMS365 and Valuebeat. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to revolutionize workplace culture and employee engagement through innovation and collaboration! 

About Valuebeat  

Valuebeat empowers today's leaders to track, manage and align cultural drivers, like never before. Founded in 2019, Valuebeat is a pioneering HR and recruitment SaaS tool that helps managers and founders discover what people value at every stage of the talent lifecycle, from attraction to management to retention. The company, previously known as Platypus, was named one of the 10 hottest startups to watch for 2021 and beyond. For more information about Valuebeat and its powerful platform, visit www.valuebeat.io

Gone are the days when managing employees was purely a gut-feeling game. Of course, intuition has its place — but instead of relying on hunches or guesswork to gauge employee performance and engagement, we now have a treasure trove of data at our fingertips.

Organizations globally are realizing the power of leveraging data to make more informed decisions about their most valuable asset: their people. And it’s paying off! Forbes reports that data-driven companies are 23x more likely to outperform their competitors in customer acquisition, and about 19x more likely to stay profitable. By analyzing patterns in employee data, companies can identify areas for improvement, spot potential challenges before they escalate, and even predict future workplace trends.

The landscape of employee management is evolving faster than ever before. With the increasing reliance on data-driven decision-making (DDDM), learning and development professionals are in need of agile reporting and tracking tools to navigate the complexities of keeping employees engaged and performing at their best. Enter PowerBI, seamlessly integrated with LMS365, offering a robust solution for businesses of all sizes.

Here, we’ll explore how these tools can measure employee engagement, drive continuous improvement, and empower us to make better decisions. Ready to make the shift? Keep reading.

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Why effective employee management is so important

Having a sturdy ship isn't enough — you need a skilled crew too! This is why employee learning, engagement, and performance play such pivotal roles in driving organic growth. A Gallup study shows that companies with highly engaged employees outperform their competitors by 147% in earnings per share. That’s data worth digging for.

Building your dream team doesn’t have to be a fantasy. However, managing and optimizing these key drivers present significant challenges without the right tools and strategies (more on that later!). Traditional methods often lack real-time visibility and actionable insights, which hinders progress and informed decision-making.

Wondering how?

So, what's the solution?

L&D teams should be armed with the right tools for the job. From robust learning management systems to agile reporting and tracking tools, there's a whole arsenal of data at your disposal.

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The rise of reporting and tracking tools

In response to a sea of workplace challenges, reporting and tracking tools have emerged as essential. They allow you to take a deep dive into your organization's performance, learning, and engagement metrics with unparalleled clarity.

PowerBI stands out among these tools, offering a user-friendly interface and powerful analytics capabilities. Sleek, powerful, and brimming with rich analytics reports, PowerBI’s evolution mirrors the growing demand for data-driven solutions in employee management.

But how did we get here?

Once upon a time, spreadsheets reigned supreme, serving as the backbone of data analysis for countless organizations. Eventually, they proved to be woefully inadequate for tracking employee progress. Enter the era of specialized reporting tools, each more powerful and sophisticated than the last. From business intelligence software to learning management systems, the options today are vast.

PowerBI’s easy integration with other Microsoft products, coupled with its easy-to-use dashboards, have made it a top-rated tool for tracking and reporting employee development. A study by the Harvard Business Review shows that organizations that embrace data analytics tools like PowerBI are 2.2x more likely to outperform their peers across key business metrics like operational efficiency, revenues, and employee satisfaction. If that's not a testament to the power of reporting and tracking tools, we don't know what is!

“In a world of more data, the companies with more data-literate people are the ones that are going to win.”

Miro Kazakoff, senior lecturer, MIT Sloan

The benefits of reporting and tracking tools in employee management

Tracking and reporting tools offer a multitude of benefits. They give you the power to spot potential issues before they become full-blown storms or identify star performers worthy of recognition. They offer a crystal-clear picture of employee performance and engagement, enabling organizations to make decisions based on concrete data.

But why the sudden shift towards data-driven decision-making?

Well, let's face it: competition is fierce and resources are limited, so organizations need every advantage they can get. According to a PwC survey of more than 1,000 senior executives, highly data-driven organizations are 3x more likely to report significant improvements in decision-making than those that don’t rely on data. What better advantage than having access to real-time insights that can guide strategic decisions (and put you ahead of the competition)?

Here are just a few big benefits of reporting and tracking tools:

Reporting and tracking tools are the keys to creating a more fulfilled workforce. By providing enhanced visibility, facilitating data-driven decision-making, fueling continuous learning, and monitoring engagement levels, these solutions help you build high-performing teams and drive employee engagement and productivity through the roof.

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Why you should implement PowerBI for employee management

Maybe you're feeling lost in a sea of data, struggling to track engagement, or wondering if your performance management is, well, performing. If this is the case, it might be time to bring in PowerBI.

With LMS365’s native PowerBI integration, you’ll get real-time insights, data-driven decisions, and the ability to tweak your training programs like a boss — all while keeping your cool (and your budget in check).

Why ditch the old-school approach? Let's talk numbers:

The learning landscape is dynamic: LinkedIn data shows that skill sets for jobs have changed by around 25% since 2015. By 2027, this number is expected to double! New skills, new tech, new challenges — your training needs to keep up, and PowerBI helps you pivot fast.

Here are four more reasons why LMS365 + PowerBI is a winning combo:

  1. Seamless integration: PowerBI pairs perfectly with your existing LMS365 solution, meaning your data is automatically pulled in and ready for analysis. No need for coding or data wrangling!
  2. User-friendly interface: Forget intimidating spreadsheets. Power BI's drag-and-drop interface and LMS365’s intuitive templates make creating stunning reports a breeze (even for non-techies). Think colorful charts, interactive graphs, and insights you can actually understand!
  3. Customization and scalability: Need to track specific KPIs? Analyze learning trends by department. PowerBI bends to your will, adapting to your team’s unique organizational needs. Plus, it scales effortlessly as your company grows, always keeping you ahead of the curve.

Training and adoption made easy-peasy: Equipping your team with the PowerBI know-how is vital to its success — after all, the best tool is only as good as its users. Thankfully, training resources and support are abundant, and strategies like gamification, interactive workshops, and knowledge-sharing sessions can encourage widespread adoption.

“Every enterprise is a learning and teaching institution. Training and development must be built into it on all levels — training and development that never stops.”

— Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author

So, what did we learn today?

It’s pretty clear: reporting and tracking tools are indispensable assets for modern businesses seeking to optimize employee learning, engagement, and performance. This data-driven approach helps organizations understand what's working, what needs changing, and ultimately, delivers learning experiences that truly resonate with employees.

And the best part? This shift towards data-driven decision-making isn't just reserved for the big players anymore. Thanks to advancements in technology and the rise of user-friendly analytics tools like PowerBI, you can navigate employee management with confidence and clarity, whether you’re a small business or an enterprise giant.

While these trends might seem futuristic, there are tools available now that are already paving the way. Platforms like LMS365 with Power BI integration offer a glimpse into the future, empowering you to:

The future of employee management is all about embracing data and using it to create a thriving, engaged, and future-proof workforce.

Don't wait for the robots to take over (just kidding…maybe) — head to our Analytics hub to learn more, and start exploring LMS365 + PowerBI’s top-rated tracking and reporting solutions today.d into a free Power BI report? Or would you want it on the website?

Our learning journey continues! LMS365, the AI-powered workplace learning, engagement, and performance platform integrated into Microsoft 365 and Teams, has achieved a significant milestone by being acknowledged as a "Strong Performer" in the 2024 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems. This recognition not only highlights our dedication to merging learning, performance, and engagement but also emphasizes our role in empowering businesses to enhance employee success and drive superior business outcomes

Elevating Success: From “Solid Performer” to “Strong Performer” 

LMS365’s ascent to the Strong Performer category in this year’s Fosway 9-Grid™ marks a significant milestone. Building upon last year’s “Solid Performer” status, we have solidified our position as a trailblazer in the learning systems landscape. But what makes this achievement truly remarkable? 

The Power of Purpose-Built AI 

LMS365’s secret sauce lies in its suite of AI-powered human productivity tools. These tools unlock the full potential of every employee, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth. As organizations worldwide modernize their workforce learning strategies, LMS365 stands out for its ability to seamlessly integrate with Microsoft 365 and Teams, creating a cohesive ecosystem that drives efficiency and effectiveness. 

A Low Total Cost of Ownership 

Fosway’s recognition of LMS365’s low total cost of ownership is a testament to its value proposition. In a competitive market, where alternatives abound, LMS365 delivers exceptional ROI. Organizations can invest confidently, knowing they are getting robust features, scalability, and ease of implementation—all within the familiar Microsoft ecosystem. 

Trust and Validation 

IT decision-makers place their trust in LMS365. The platform’s high levels of trust and validation stem from its seamless integration within the Microsoft ecosystem. As businesses navigate digital transformation, LMS365 provides a reliable foundation for workforce development, ensuring employees stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. 

Tailored and Flexible Learning For All 

"This year’s Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems highlights the growth of innovation across both internal learning and the extended enterprise. LMS365's high customer adoption is a direct result of the market’s need for a personalized learning experience that is equipped to scale across the European and global markets, and I congratulate them on their progression to a Strong Performer for 2024."

David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group.

Being classified as a Strong Performer by Fosway Group, Europe's premier HR industry analyst group, signifies our exceptional performance and our ability to provide a comprehensive suite of capabilities tailored for enterprise-scale customers. Strong Performers like us consistently demonstrate market excellence and enjoy strong advocacy from their clientele, making them the preferred choice for organizations seeking advanced HR technology solutions. 

Onwards and upwards

"Our placement as a Strong Performer reflects our ongoing commitment to product innovation, as well as LMS365’s ability to meet the diverse needs of customers both large and small who rely on Microsoft. We are grateful to have earned the trust of many HR and IT leaders who empower us to push the boundaries of what's possible for HR operations, talent development and the success of every employee."

Rasmus Holst, CEO of LMS365.

This acknowledgment underscores LMS365's pivotal role in pushing boundaries within HR operations, talent development, and ensuring the success of every employee. 

For those interested in delving deeper into the insights provided by the 2024 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Learning Systems, visit the Fosway website for more information. 

LMS365, an AI-powered learning management solution built for Microsoft 365, and GLADiiUM, a leading technology consulting and integration company, are pleased to highlight their continued partnership in offering Spanish support for their joint customers in Latin America.  

The two companies have been working together since 2021, delivering innovative and integrated learning solutions to organizations in LATAM. With the growing demand for cloud-based learning opportunities, LMS365 and GLADiiUM have decided to enhance their collaboration by providing Spanish support for their existing and potential customers in six Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Colombia. 

The Spanish support will be provided by the GLADiiUM team, which consists of two salespeople and three technical engineers who have extensive experience and expertise in LMS365 and Microsoft 365. The GLADiiUM team will also handle the invoicing services for the customers in the region, ensuring a smooth and seamless customer journey. 

"We are thrilled to partner with GLADiiUM, a company that shares our vision of delivering seamless and integrated learning solutions. With their expertise and local presence, we can better serve our customers in Latin America and help them achieve their learning goals using LMS365 and Microsoft 365. We are confident that GLADiiUM’s team will provide excellent service and support to our customers and help them achieve their learning goals and outcomes".

Rich Hawks, Microsoft Co-Sell & Partner Sales Director Americas at LMS365

Together, LMS365 and GLADiiUM offer a unique value for organizations in Latin America who want to transform their learning culture and empower their employees to learn, engage, and perform successfully. By leveraging the power and flexibility of Microsoft 365, joint customers are offered a learning platform that integrates with diverse modern workplace tools and partners, such as Teams, SharePoint, Power BI, and more. This allows organizations to create, deliver, and manage learning content and training programs that are accessible, engaging, and relevant for their employees.

"GLADiiUM is honored to be a partner of LMS365 and offer Spanish support for our joint customers in Latin America. We believe that LMS365 is the best solution for organizations in Latin America who want to leverage the power of AI and Microsoft 365 to create engaging and effective learning experiences for their employees. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and delivering value to our joint customers".

Marcos Otero, Business Development Executive] at GLADiiUM.

About LMS365

At LMS365, we aim to empower organizations in the modern digital workplace through learning so that everyone can #LearnLikeYou. With millions of users in 60+ countries globally, LMS365 is the only cloud-based learning platform built into Microsoft 365. As a Microsoft Preferred Solution, our seamless integration with a host of modern workplace tools and partners makes LMS365 more than just a platform for employee learning and training management; it has become an all-in-one integrated learning solution for the digital age.

About GLADiiUM

GLADiiUM is a US-based technology integrator providing strategic consulting services and technology solutions to customers in Europe, LATAM & North America. We represent strategic partnerships with multiple major hardware & software providers across traditional and cloud architectures, working with the lines of business to design best-practice processes around Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Unified Communications as a Service, Contact Center as a Service, & next-generation data-center platforms, providing actionable blueprints for the solutions delivered by our GLADiiUM professional-services teams. Learn more about GLADiiUM.

LMS365 has just forged an epic partnership with Go1, the world's most comprehensive online library of learning and education resources. Go1 is now available to buy as part of LMS365, facilitating a flawless upskilling and reskilling adventure for employees. This collaboration will revolutionize the way you approach workplace learning and make your professional development journey smoother than ever.  

You’re probably wondering how. Drumroll, please!

No More Empty LMS 

One of the most thrilling aspects of our partnership with Go1 is that you won't have to start with a blank slate. That’s right; no more buying an empty Learning Management System and wondering where to find the right content. With LMS365 and Go1 together, you get access to a treasure trove of diverse learning materials from day one.

Tailored Learning Experiences

We get it — not everyone learns the same way. That's exactly why LMS365 and Go1 have joined forces: to offer you highly personalized and curated content packages. It’s 2024, and there’s no time for one-size-fits-all training models! Now, you can cater to individual learning styles and preferences, ensuring your employees get the education they need to thrive.

One Contract to Rule Them All

Managing multiple contracts for your LMS and content can be a (major) headache. With LMS365's partnership with Go1, you'll have the convenience of a single contract. It's all under one roof, making your life simpler and your journey smoother. 

Join the Thriving Community

You're not alone. As of our last count, 53 forward-thinking customers are already reaping the benefits of LMS365 and Go1. They've embraced the future of workplace learning, and you can too. 

And that’s not all. 

A leader in online education, Go1 is no stranger to big-league partnerships with global giants. By combining their expertise with LMS365's market-leading learning management solution, you gain access to features like Go1's native search, custom filters, and generative AI (GenAI) content selection tools, seamlessly integrated into LMS365. This means you get even more bang for your buck

“Supporting, meeting, and exceeding our customer’s specific needs is at the forefront of everything we do at LMS365. Partnering with Go1 further validates our mission to deliver seamless learning experiences, increase productivity, and ultimately, achieve greater human success.” 

Rasmus Holst, CEO, LMS365

We couldn't be more thrilled about this collaboration.

"By integrating our solutions, employees can quickly develop new skills and further their professional growth while in the flow of work. Together with LMS365, we provide a complete solution that builds a bridge between today's skills gap and the future needs of people and work."

Andrew Barnes, CEO & Co-founder at Go1

Our CEO, Rasmus Holst, echoes the enthusiasm.

"Customers can access highly customized content to empower employee development and professional success from day one, all while enabling organizations to achieve the business outcomes they desire,”

Rasmus Holst, CEO, LMS365

The world of workplace learning is evolving rapidly, and we're at the forefront of this transformation. LMS365 is all about empowering organizations in the modern digital workplace through employee development and performance. With this partnership, you can #LearnLikeYou never have before. 

Are you ready to level up your workforce's skills and reach greater human potential? We thought so! Click here to learn more about the LMS365 x Go1 partnership and check out video testimonials from our amazing customers.  

In the words of Go1, "powering the pursuit of potential" has never been this exciting.

About LMS365  

At LMS365, we aim to empower organizations in the modern digital workplace through employee development and performance so that everyone can #LearnLikeYou. With millions of users in 60+ countries globally, LMS365 is the only cloud-based, AI-powered learning, engagement, and performance platform built into Microsoft 365. As a Microsoft Preferred Solution, our seamless integration with a host of modern workplace tools and partners makes LMS365 more than just a platform for employee development; it has become an all-in-one integrated learning, engagement, and performance solution for the digital age. LMS365 is proud to be Globally Certified™ by Great Place To Work®, the leading authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and leadership. For more information, visit LMS365.com

About Go1 

Go1 is the world's content expert and the largest learning ecosystem powering the pursuit of potential. With expertly curated content spanning more than 80,000 courses from hundreds of industry-leading providers, Go1 delivers a seamless experience for both L&D leaders and employees in a single, easy-to-use platform. The company has raised over $400 million in funding from investors AirTree Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Five Sigma, Insight Partners, Madrona, Salesforce Ventures, SEEK Investments, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and Y Combinator. Go1 is a Y Combinator 2023 Top Company, an SAP Partner with an SAP Endorsed App, and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee. To learn more, visit Go1

For media inquiries, you can contact Lynsey Rose, Head of US Communications, at [email protected] or call 408-391-3323. 

Managing employees is a real balancing act; you never stop juggling various personalities and workflows. And while most team members contribute positively to the organization, there are times when managers have to deal with employees exhibiting negative attitudes. If left unchecked, one person’s bad vibes can bring the whole team down

According to Harvard Business Review, “30% to 40% of the variability in team morale, performance, and critical organizational behaviors (both good and bad) can be explained by what managers and leaders do.” That’s right: managers play a key role in how their team functions and the research backs it up.

It all starts with bosses.

In this article, we'll explore the importance of addressing those difficult employee behaviors and fostering a culture of accountability and growth. We’ll also offer a few helpful strategies — like performance conversations, feedback, and employee engagement practices — that can mitigate any issues before they poison the well. 

First things first: what do we mean by “difficult?” 

Difficult employees can exhibit a range of traits and behaviors that make them challenging to manage. This includes resistance to change, low motivation, lack of teamwork, constant negativity, and disruptive behavior. The sooner you identify these traits, the more effective your management will be.  

Managing disengaged employees with negative attitudes is a must for maintaining a healthy workplace environment. According to a recent McKinsey study, these “disruptors” can have a detrimental impact on team dynamics — not to mention the overall company culture. Unaddressed problems can lead to decreased productivity and increased turnover, and feed a general sense of dissatisfaction among other employees. 

So, what’s making your employee difficult to deal with? 

In order to combat employee disengagement and difficulties in the workplace, you need to understand the root causes of a bad attitude. These underlying factors include: 

How to identify difficult employees

Sometimes it can be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack, but there are a few telltale signs that a team member is disengaging from their work.  

It may involve playing detective, but remember that identifying difficult employees is the first step toward creating a happier, more harmonious workplace for everyone.

Engagement + performance - How employee engagement and performance make the perfect double act 

How do difficult employees impact team dynamics and workplace culture?

Now that you can identify the behavioral indicators, let's delve into the ripple effect. Here are 3 ways these challenging employees can impact your team and workplace culture. 

  1. Team morale goes down the tube. Like a bad cold that spreads through the office, when one team member constantly complains or resists change, it can affect the group at large. Research from the University of Warwick suggests that happy employees are 12% more productive — so tackling negativity can be hugely helpful for your team's overall mood and efficiency. 
  1. They dial up the office drama. Difficult employees can be like magnets for workplace conflicts. Their negative attitude or refusal to adapt can lead to clashes with colleagues and, in some cases, escalate tensions. CCP Global found that workplace conflicts can cost US companies up to 2.8 hours per week per employee in lost productivity and $359 billion annually. That's precious time (and money!) down the drain. 
  1. Collaboration and creativity take a hit. A cohesive team fosters innovation — but when a challenging employee isolates themselves or sows discord, it stifles collaboration and can hinder creative progress. Diverse teams that collaborate well are more innovative and better at problem-solving. Difficult employees can disrupt this synergy. 

Keep an eye out for behavioral indicators like constant complaints, resistance to change, reduced productivity, and isolation. By doing so, managers can spot difficult employees early on. Addressing these challenges helps nurture a positive workplace culture and maximizes productivity for the entire team.

What are some strategies for managing difficult employees?

Open and honest communication is the best way to turn attitudes into assets. Once you've laid the groundwork, you can step up your game with performance feedback and coaching techniques that inspire a positive change in their behavior.  

When tackling a performance conversation with a difficult employee, keep the following must-haves in mind: 

1. Clear expectations and examples 

Set the stage by communicating your expectations clearly. Let your employees know what behavior you consider acceptable and what’s not going to fly — this can cut down on any confusion in the future. Offer specific examples of the employee’s problematic behavior, rather than vague observations about their personality (which can come off as an attack).  

2. Active listening 

Employee visibility is critical to engagement, so be the ear they need. Give them a chance to express themselves and really listen. They could be struggling with work-life balance or dealing with issues in another department. Be patient and have empathy for their situation. Sometimes, all your people need is to feel heard and understood.  

3. Constructive feedback 

Offer feedback that's immediately actionable and focused on improvement. Avoid the blame game and stick to solutions — what will they try to do differently? What will you try to do differently? You should work together to come up with the best way to move forward.  

4. Regular follow-ups 

Don’t forget to follow up with your difficult employee as their behavior (hopefully!) improves. Schedule regular performance reviews to discuss their progress, goals, and areas for continued improvement. The more involved you are in their development, the more seriously they’ll take the process. 

5. Goal setting 

Set clear, achievable goals that align with both individual and team objectives. When establishing these OKRs, make sure employees understand their role in the bigger picture and how important they are to the organization as a whole. 

“Any question we ask of that team member, we’ve got to ask ourselves. . . if my effect is low, or negative, or glass-is-half-empty, that is actually going to strongly affect the mental state of my team.” 

Leigh Thompson, Kellogg Insight

Here’s where Weekly10 comes in.

A platform like Weekly10 can be your secret weapon when it comes to managing bad attitudes. It allows you to stay on top of employee performance with integrated tracking and feedback tools, including engagement insights, trend analytics, and visibility Pass-ups. It helps managers listen, understand, and respond to issues with efficiency and empathy.  

Weekly10 also lets managers keep track of employee progress in real-time and ensure that their SMART goals measure up with the company’s objectives. No more guessing games! 

Maybe it’s also time to leverage a learning management platform?  

We’ve already discussed the ways that difficult employees are disengaged from their work. Using a learning management platform (LMS) like LMS365 can streamline how you measure employee engagement and help even the trickiest team members thrive.  

When employees are engaged, they are more likely to collaborate, innovate, and go the extra mile. This impacts the bottom line in a big way: Gallup research finds that highly engaged teams are 21% more profitable. And guess what? Engaged employees are also happier employees, with much better attitudes.  

Here’s why it's a win-win for everyone involved: 

Best of all, LMS365 seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Teams, cultivating a social learning culture that encourages difficult employees to engage with and be motivated by their colleagues.

Why measure learner engagement? - The importance of measuring learner engagement 

Whether we like it or not, wrangling with difficult employees is simply par for the course for managers and HR professionals. But here's the scoop: taking negative attitudes and disengagement by the horns can transform your workplace into a thriving hub of positivity and peak performance. 

Tools like Weekly10 and LMS365 make it a breeze to keep tabs on your team, offer timely feedback, dish out some well-deserved recognition, and serve up personalized learning experiences. 

Don’t just “deal with” difficult employees; instead, guide them to greatness.

LMS365, an AI-powered learning management solution built for Microsoft 365, is excited to announce its partnership with Bundle, a 1:1 live skills development solution, dedicated to human-centric skills.  

This partnership will enable LMS365 customers to access Bundle’s hyper-personalized skills assessments and live, personalized sessions designed to develop and upskill today’s workforce for tomorrow. And for Bundle customers, the partnership now offers them access to a complete learning management solution that can organize and house quality content.  

LMS365 and Bundle share a common vision of creating modern and effective learning experiences that empower learners to develop the skills they need to thrive in the workplace and beyond. By combining LMS365’s flexible and scalable learning platform with Bundle’s interactive and hyper-personalized content, they can offer their customers a complete and powerful learning solution that meets their evolving needs. 

"We're beyond excited to team up with Bundle! Our shared passion for crafting cutting-edge learning experiences has brought us together, and we can't wait to bring their top-notch content on human-centered skills to our customers. These skills are more than just nice-to-have; they're essential for navigating the ever-changing landscape of the modern workplace."

Rich Hawks, Microsoft Co-Sell & Partner Sales Director Americas at LMS365

Amidst constant change, Bundle strives to sustain work's human essence: fostering interactivity, indispensability, and authentic connections. Their live content, facilitated by trained experts, integrates essential human-centric skills like collaboration, communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and more. With pre-program skill assessments, companies can provide their people with the best possible learning experience. All content is developed in-house by subject matter experts, ensuring high-quality learning experiences that drive behavioral changes. And this best-in-class content is now available to LMS365 customers. 

"Together, we are committed to revolutionizing the way companies approach learning and development. With LMS365's innovative approach to customization and our expertise inhuman-centric skills development, we are confident that this partnership will empower businesses to elevate their employees' professional growth and performance. We look forward to working together to make learning more personalized, accessible, and impactful for all companies and their teams."

Kayla Lebovits, Founder and CEO of Bundle

About LMS365  

At LMS365, we aim to empower organizations in the modern digital workplace through learning so that everyone can #LearnLikeYou. With millions of users in 60+ countries globally, LMS365 is the only cloud-based learning platform built into Microsoft 365. As a Microsoft Preferred Solution, our seamless integration with a host of modern workplace tools and partners makes LMS365 more than just a platform for employee learning and training management; it has become an all-in-one integrated learning solution for the digital age.  Learn more about LMS365

About Bundle 

Bundle is the only 1:1 live skills development solution that specializes in human-centered skills, designing and delivering curated content facilitated live by experts and driven by interactive instruction. Our solutions enable learners to not only adapt to the challenges of the modern workplace but to thrive in it, ultimately shaping a brighter future for themselves and their teams. Our skills are essential. Our method is interactive. Our results transform organizations. The future of learning is human, and we are on its’ cutting edge. Learn more about Bundle

Unlock your employee’s full potential with the AI-powered learning management solution built into Microsoft 365 and Teams, available on Microsoft’s commercial marketplace. 

As the only AI-powered learning platform built into Microsoft 365 and Teams, LMS365 is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, marking an exciting milestone in our journey towards enhanced productivity, efficiency and growth for organizations worldwide. This availability underscores LMS365’s commitment to simplifying learning and training processes, driving mass adoption across the Microsoft ecosystem, and ensuring a secure, centralized workspace for all learning and development needs. 

Microsoft’s commercial marketplace is the go-to destination for today’s leading IT and developer solutions that are built on Azure. Furthering the company’s vision to help new and existing Microsoft customers reach their business’s full potential, users can easily access our AI-powered learning platform that is seamlessly integrated into the familiar Microsoft 365 workplace tools many already know and trust. As a global Microsoft partner, LMS365 is now available in the marketplace across 141 regions worldwide.

"We are happy to welcome LMS365 to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace ecosystem, as we continue to introduce industry leading solutions and transactable offers that lead our customers to multiple paths of success. By harnessing Microsoft’s global reach, customers around the world can easily purchase customized business solutions that securely integrate into the productivity tools they already use."

Julie Nadelmann, ISV Lead, Microsoft, Global Partner Solutions

At LMS365, we are revolutionizing learning and productivity for the modern digital workplace with a suite of tools that provides AI-powered learning, workflow automation and organizational training optimization. This inclusion in the commercial marketplace allows Microsoft customers to easily discover, purchase, and deploy LMS365 directly through the trusted and productive Azure cloud platform.

"Our inclusion on the Azure Marketplace is a defining moment that strengthens our global reach and streamlines the way Microsoft customers access the unmatched benefits that we have to offer. By simplifying all aspects of procurement, while ensuring the highest levels of security and compliance, we are accelerating the future of learning to unlock the potential of every organization’s greatest asset—its people."

Rasmus Holst, CEO of LMS365

Through customized learning experiences, users can self-create and facilitate training on the Microsoft 365 platform through SharePoint, Teams, Viva Learning, and the LMS365 mobile app. With easy access to tools that simplify and accelerate cloud compliance, our customers will experience streamlined installation and roll-out, consolidated invoicing of LMS365 from Microsoft, purchase LMS365 from Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC), receive a certified Microsoft application and more. 

Discover the future of learning and training on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace today, and join us in the journey towards enhanced productivity, efficiency, and growth for organizations worldwide. 

LMS365, an AI-powered learning platform built into Microsoft 365 and Teams, announces the availability of its solution on Microsoft AppSource, an online cloud marketplace providing tailored line-of-business solutions, as well as directly through Microsoft Teams. This availability underscores LMS365's commitment to simplifying learning and training processes, driving the adoption of the Microsoft Teams platform, and ensuring a seamless, centralized workspace for all learning and development needs. 

The inclusion of LMS365 on Microsoft AppSource makes a substantial impact on organizations looking to drive the adoption of Microsoft Teams. Using the LMS365 Teams app, users can access effective platform training and usage insights, ensuring Teams becomes the hub of collaboration and productivity it's designed to be. With streamlined learning management seamlessly integrated into the familiar Microsoft 365 workplace tools, users have a collaborative learning space ideally suited for hybrid work teams. The LMS365 bot simplifies the learning experience, allowing users to quickly find course catalogs, training plans, and specific courses. 

“Streamlining the way customers access LMS365, users can now download the app - both freemium and paid versions - directly from Microsoft AppSource and the Teams Store. This game-changing decision offers a seamless experience for those eager to explore LMS365, simplifying the purchase process and speeding up procurement. With flexible billing options, including utilizing your Microsoft cloud budget, we're thrilled to empower both our existing and new customers with this exciting opportunity.” 

Henrik Eriksen, VP of Global Alliances and Corporate Development at LMS365

LMS365's integration into Teams isn't just about simplifying learning; it's about transforming it. Harnessing the power of AI, LMS365 supercharges the learning management system, facilitating workflow automation, organizational training optimization, and much more. Features like approval flows, certifications, automatic notifications, and waiting lists make LMS365 a comprehensive solution for forward-thinking organizations. As a Strategic Managed Partner, we're committed to helping businesses unlock their full potential within Microsoft Teams. 

“Through Microsoft AppSource, customers around the world can easily find tailored line-of-business partner solutions that work with the products they already use. We’re happy to welcome the LMS365 solution to the growing AppSource ecosystem which now includes the Teams Store.” 

Giovanni Mezgec, Vice President, Modern Work + Business Applications Field & Partner Marketing, Microsoft Corp

Discover the future of learning and training with LMS365 on Microsoft AppSource and the Teams Store. Join us in the journey towards enhanced productivity, efficiency, and growth for organizations worldwide. 

About LMS365 

At LMS365, we aim to empower organizations in the modern digital workplace through learning so that everyone can #LearnLikeYou. With millions of users in 60+ countries globally, LMS365 is a preferred cloud-based, AI-powered learning platform built into Microsoft 365. As a Microsoft Preferred Solution, our seamless integration with a host of modern workplace tools and partners makes LMS365 more than just a platform for employee learning and training management; it has become an all-in-one integrated learning solution for the digital age. 

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LMS365, Henrik Eriksen, [email protected] 

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