Cornerstone Partners with Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work

February 4, 2021 Heidi Spirgi

Making time for learning during a busy workday is challenging. According to a recent survey, a majority of employees reported that time is the biggest barrier to their development.  

But over the course of the pandemic, and even in the years before, we’ve seen how quickly business needs—and therefore, the needs for employee skills—change. Learning is more important than ever and needs to be delivered in new ways that drive accessibility and information retention. To help companies remain truly adaptable and nimble, they need to integrate learning into the flow of work

It’s why Cornerstone and Microsoft are partnering to make learning in the flow of work possible and support employees’ growing learning needs. Both of Cornerstone’s LMS platforms (Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud) will be integrated into Microsoft Viva — Microsoft’s new Employee Experience Platform (EXP) — to make it easy for employees to discover, share and engage with learning content without having to switch back and forth between solutions.

“Cornerstone is bringing great value to organisations by integrating its solutions within Microsoft Teams, right where employees are working every day,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, COO, Experiences + Devices at Microsoft Corp. “The new Microsoft Viva empowers employees to make learning and development a natural and intuitive part of their daily work.”

How Cornerstone Powers Learning in the Flow of Work on the Microsoft Employee Experience Platform

Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced through Teams, Microsoft Viva seamlessly helps your organisation build human connection, foster growth and wellbeing, and drive peak business performance. And now that experience encompasses learning, including the integration with Cornerstone.

Incorporating learning opportunities from Cornerstone’s LMS offerings into Microsoft Viva Learning makes it easy not only to access learning, but also integrate it into the flow of work. Employees using Teams can seek out, share and/or assign learning content based on their current needs. 

For example, if an employee is struggling with their workload, a manager could engage in a real-time 1:1 conversation and based on that discussion, serve up training on time management or organisation skills. This way, in addition to providing real-time coaching and feedback, the manager is also able to give their employee development resources in a timely and relevant manner. In another instance, an employee that’s familiar with HTML but hasn’t used the skill for a while might find a quick refresher course—rather than spending time and energy re-learning through trial-and-error. 

For more on the power of this partnership, watch this video announcing Microsoft Viva Learning

Removing Barriers to Learning

Cornerstone and Microsoft’s collaboration will help remove barriers to learning and empower organisations and their employees to grow and adapt for the future. Our learning solutions contain training to meet employee needs across on-demand learning, compliance and career development. Through this partnership and through Microsoft, employees will soon have the ability to access learning where they are, when they need it, to power stronger individual and company performance. 

As a leader and pioneer in learning, we’ve accumulated the largest pool of learning data and insights in the world over the course of our 20 years in business. We are thrilled to share that experience, expertise and passion with Teams and its users.

About the Author

Heidi Spirgi

Heidi Spirgi is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Cornerstone. In this role, she leverages her 20 years of deep industry expertise to lead the company’s global marketing functions and drive strategy and innovation for the business and its comprehensive product portfolio. Heidi has spent her career helping organisations unleash the power of their workforce by helping them identify and implement innovative talent practices and technology. Prior to Cornerstone, Heidi served as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product and Services for The Marcus Buckingham Company, a talent management company acquired by ADP, where she was responsible for the direction, strategy and deployment of the company’s technology products. Before that, Heidi co-founded her own strategic HCM consulting firm, Knowledge Infusion, which was acquired by Appirio in 2012. She then joined Appirio as the SVP of HCM. Earlier in her career, Heidi spent eight years at PeopleSoft, and held positions at Seagate Technology and Swiss Bank Corporation. Heidi is an active participant in the HCM community and is a frequent presenter and panelist at industry events. She speaks frequently on the topics of workplace practices, diversity and inclusion, HR, talent management and technology. She holds a master’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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