Employee Spotlight: Joe Dlugosz

This week, we sat down with Roundtable’s Joe Dlugosz to talk about his role, Learning & Development, and industry trends.

 

What does your title mean? What do you do for Roundtable?

To be an Account Executive at Roundtable means to build and nurture relationships with clients and customers. This includes developing ideas for projects, sharing relevant industry trends, and being a trusted source for learning and development.

 

How did you get into L&D?

Before starting at Roundtable, I never thought of training as an essential function of an organization – I thought of it more as “checking a box” for new hires. Once I saw all the awesome work we do with AR/VR and taking a blended approach to training, it sounded like something cool to learn about and build a career around.

 

What is a trend in L&D that’s exciting to you?

It has to be AR/VR. We’ve already built some awesome projects for onboarding, technical, and leadership training using this technology. It’s no longer a novelty, but a truly effective training tool.

 

What would you say is the most important part of building a training program?

I’d say engaging the workforce. I’ve had internships and jobs at organizations who’d have me run through some PowerPoints, read PDF’s, etc. This did not reinforce my belief that the organizations were looking out for my growth as an employee. When a company can invest in an employee’s life cycle through engagement, reskilling, and upskilling, it sets itself up for success.

 

Finish the sentence. Learning is essential to an organization because…

The employees are the backbone and life of the business! 

 

What is something you have done in this role this year that you are proud of?

Adjusting to the challenges of COVID with clients to find the best solution. Introducing cardboard headsets as a scalable way to practice soft skills or onboard an employee with facility tours through extended reality is AWESOME.

 

What are some interesting facts about you?

  1. When I was 14, I used to knock on doors and offer to do extensive yard work for $20. Sometimes you gotta hustle for the new Madden!
  2. I won my high school’s FIRST ugly Christmas sweater competition in history. Thanks Mom 🙂