Kathy Irish

Kathy Irish

Kathy joined ej4 in 2007 as our first Instructional Designer. She has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, Training and Organizational Development. In addition to managing and planning ej4’s yearly new content development, Kathy also oversees all the production on updates (both legal and style-wise) to current off-the-shelf content.

Recent posts by Kathy Irish

10 min read

Be a Better Manager and Coach with 5 Lessons from Ted Lasso

By Kathy Irish on Sep 23, 2021 9:11:25 AM

If you aren’t watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV, you are really missing out! This show has so much heart, optimism, and belly-laughing humor. It’s winning all the awards and I see great parallels between the show’s lessons and work lessons on how you can be a better manager and coach. (Contains Spoilers!)

Topics: Leadership
12 min read

What is Cognitive Load, and Why Does It Matter for Corporate Training and Development?

By Kathy Irish on Aug 13, 2021 1:45:51 PM


Science has given a name to how “heavy” a presentation can be: Cognitive load. Cognitive load is an important concept in instructional design, and it gives us good evidence as to why traditional corporate training—think 60-minute sessions led by an instructor in a classroom or 30–60-minute video—are so taxing, and why we remember only a fraction of the information presented that way.  

Topics: Training & Development
8 min read

10 Ways You Can Foster Better Compliance in the Workplace

By Kathy Irish on Aug 11, 2021 12:46:51 PM


When I tell people what I do and I mention compliance training, the typical response is a groan, an eye roll, and a comment like "Oh my gosh, my company makes us sit through this boring training every year. It's horrible, outdated, and even laughable!"

Why is compliance important? Improving compliance in the workplace is no laughing matter. We are talking about keeping people safe from harassment, discrimination, bullying, and injuries.

Keeping your company compliant means ensuring employees have the right training on a variety of important compliance training topics, including things like safety, harassment policies, age and pregnancy discrimination, and so on. Compliance is mandated by federal, state, or local laws and regulations. Compliance training doesn't need to be painful or cringeworthy. 

Topics: Compliance
11 min read

Considerations When Employees Go From Part-Time to Full-Time Work

By Kathy Irish on Aug 3, 2021 2:42:06 PM


As companies struggle to find qualified candidates, the best choice for an open position might be right under your nose. One of your rock star team members might be looking at the current job market and considering going from part-time to full-time work. You don’t want to lose them to a competitor – especially because it’s more cost effective to retain a good employee rather than onboarding a new hire.

Topics: Training & Development
10 min read

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed at Work: Understand Stress and Burnout

By Kathy Irish on Jul 13, 2021 10:09:58 AM


These days feeling overwhelmed at work also means feeling overwhelmed at home. Many of us are still working remotely and feeling higher levels of stress and burnout. We are emotionally and mentally exhausted from the quarantine and pandemic. Now we are bracing for a new wave as the Coronavirus variant spreads.  

Topics: Soft Skills
17 min read

Customize Your LMS to Drive Learning Engagement

By Kathy Irish on Jul 9, 2021 2:00:00 PM


All learning management systems are not created equal. Some simply act as a utility delivering a stark environment for a learner to log in, take the required training, and log out. Check the box and ensure compliance. Others allow you to customize your LMS to drive learning engagement and employee development.  

Topics: Training & Development

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