Employee Orientation: Safety First!

In 2014, 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported, and 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014. The National Safety Council reports that someone is injured on the job every six seconds. These injuries and illnesses are no laughing matter – they cost American businesses $250 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity. Those are some sobering statistics that should make any company think twice about not taking workplace safety seriously. Continue reading

When It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Managing Termination

The decision to terminate an individual’s employment carries with it the risk of many possible legal challenges. This is one case where you definitely want to make sure you’ve done your homework. Even just one wrongful termination can cause lasting damage to your company. Continue reading

Stepping up to the Plate on Customer Service

Every company wants to be known for excellent customer service, but when it comes down to it, very few can claim they’re truly stellar at it. Each year 24/7 Wall St. publishes the results of a customer service poll to find out which companies deserve to be in the Customer Service Hall of Fame and which ones have to settle for the Customer Service Hall of Shame. The stats come from surveys administered to 1,500 adults about customer service at more than 150 of the nation’s best-known companies. Continue reading

Eliminate Harassment – Create a Positive Workplace

My last article about harassment in the workplace was an introduction to the topic geared specifically towards leaders of organizations. But harassment is a problem that everyone needs to deal with in workplaces across the nation, no matter what level or position they’re in. Continue reading

Calling all Leaders: When Harassment Rears Its Ugly Head

Make no mistake, harassment does rear its ugly head quite often, year in and year out in workplaces everywhere. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency tasked with fielding complaints, brokering settlements, and engaging in litigation related to charges of discrimination, which includes harassment. Continue reading

Customer Service Essentials for Your Summer Staff

Customer service positions—online, on the phone and in person—account for a large percentage of available summer jobs. While customer service positions are often assumed to be ideal for entry-level workers, this is not necessarily the case. Indeed, the assumption that new workers can be easily assigned to customer service positions presumes that customer service positions require little or no training, but  this is far from true. Customer service skills, like other work-related skills, are Continue reading

How to Manage “Screeners” in the Workplace

While people of all ages now spend much of the day on their smartphones, a recent study found that Generation Z, sometimes simply known as “screeners”, spend on average six hours per day using their smartphones. To be clear, smartphones use can also benefit employers. Indeed, as discussed in many previous eLeap posts, the growing reliance on smartphones means that training can now happen anywhere and anytime and employees can now more easily access vital work-related information on the job. From medical interns to retail staff to plumbing apprentices, the value of Continue reading

Doing the Right Thing: Ethics Training is More Important than Ever

The Ethics Resource Center in Washington DC has revealed some interesting and disturbing facts about ethics, or the lack of them, in the workplace. Of the 120 million who walk into a workplace each day, and over the course of a year, nearly half of them will have witnessed first-hand some kind of ethical breach. That’s a pretty discouraging statistic that warrants a closer look. Continue reading

Information Security: You Can’t Afford to Ignore it

The statistics on identity theft are, frankly, pretty scary. According the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014 alone 17.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft, meaning the unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account, unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account, or the misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose. Continue reading

7 Must-Know Tips and Tidbits for Training Employees On Tablets

Tablets represent a unique, efficient and engaging way to deliver training. They’re somewhat of a middle-ground between e-Learning that has to be done on a desktop or laptop computer, and modules available on a mobile phone. Continue reading