Exploring the “Train-the-Trainer Model:” The What, Why and Hows

The Concept of Train-the-Trainer

Train-the-Trainer is a model used to describe, much as the name would imply, training potential instructors or less experienced instructors, on the best ways to deliver training materials to others. Continue reading

The Rise of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and What Employers Can Do About It

The Changing Face of Sexual Harassment

Regardless of accuracy, in the past sexual harassment has largely been viewed through the lens of being a “women’s issue.” It seemed like primarily women came forward to address sexual harassment they’d experienced among their colleagues and bosses, and in many cases the accused harassers were men. Continue reading

Promoting Diversity in the Face of Tradition

This year’s Academy Award season has been marked by more than excitement about which of the year’s films will end up receiving one of cinema’s highest honors. Indeed, debates about whether or not Brooklyn is more deserving than Spotlight or Matt Damon is more deserving than Leonardo DiCaprio have been eclipsed by debates about the history, structure and current mandate of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself and more notably, the make up of the institution’s voting membership, which remains largely White. While there are many Continue reading

Are Wellness Programs Good for Business?

Today, businesses large and small are embracing workplace wellness programs in an effort to lower healthcare costs and raise productivity and workplace morale. While the technology sector was an early adopter—with many companies offering on-site gyms and organic juice bars decades ago—today, wellness is finding a home in a growing range of workplaces, even those that have traditional eschewed gym culture and non-GMO campaigns. But can morning yoga classes and on-site cafés offering gluten-free sandwiches really help one’s bottom line? This post examines the workplace wellness trend, its connection to workplace training and the promised ROI. Continue reading

AT&T Asks Employees to Buy into Training

Asking employees to buy into training is by no means unique. Many of the world’s most successful companies recognize that training existing staff to take on more high-skilled positions is good for employees and good for business. Ikea, for example, has long worked on the premise that all employees should be trained for multiple positions and trained with the goal of moving up the ranks over time. In many respects, AT&T is taking this a step further. At AT&T, employees are being asked to retrain and in some cases are even being asked to pay for their courses. In this post, we examine why AT&T is encouraging retraining, even when it comes at a cost to employees, and how the company hopes to use its ambitious training program to become increasingly known and competitive as a digital company. Continue reading

Recognizing a Bad Boss and the Impact on an Entire Organization

A “bad boss” isn’t entirely uncommon, although the traditional idea of a bad boss is less frequently seen in today’s workplaces, particularly as compared to past decades when it was almost a necessity a boss be seen as harsh, unyielding and even bullying.

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How to design a modern, innovative workplace for productivity and wellbeing

Office design has become an essential part of talent management strategies. With a good workplace design, employees tend to be more productive, show more initiative, and have better overall health and well being. Modern office designs also have a positive impact on visitors, including partners, vendors and clients.

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Are these mistakes ruining your sexual harassment training?

The Importance of Sexual Harassment Training

Sexual harassment training has such a negative connotation in the corporate world. It’s seen as outdated, unnecessary, ineffective and in some cases just plain offensive, but it’s also a necessity in today’s environment.

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Exploring Informal Learning and Its Role in the Modern Workplace

What is Informal Learning?

Informal learning refers to the skills a person learns in an informal setting. In the workplace these skills can come from talking to other people, on-the-job experiences, working alongside more experienced employees, or even through trial-and-error. Continue reading