Observation Checklists Support Manufacturing Safety

Manufacturing work comes with many hazards. Depending on the type of workplace, workers can face myriad of hazards from chemical spills to forklift topples. This is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all manufacturing businesses to comply with a long list of safety standards. The challenge, of course, is keeping on top of the OSHA’s ever expanding list of requirements. While some businesses hire outside consultants, this is rarely necessary. By deploying observation checklists, such as those available through eLeap’s online learning management system, businesses large and small can ensure they are in compliance with OSHA standards and more importantly, doing everything possible to ensure the safety of their employees. Continue reading

Using Observational Checklists to Evaluate HVAC Trainees

If your organization trains workers to oversee heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units, it is critical that your training meets the very highest standards. HVAC specialists are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC units in residential and commercial spaces, as well as analyzing air quality, humidity levels, and temperature control measures. This means they must understand the fundamentals of heating and refrigeration systems, the science of climate control, and all the ins and outs of thermostats and ducts and how these things operate in different types of buildings. Using observational checklists is one way to ensure your HVAC trainees and anyone in your organization with HVAC responsibilities is well-trained and up-to-date in their knowledge and understands how to operate HVAC units in a manner that puts both safety and comfort first. 

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Observational Assessments in the Health Care Sector

By definition, an observational assessment is any assessment that entails obtaining evaluative information through a form of direct observation. To be clear, observational assessments are used across sectors and with learners of all ages in both educational and workplace settings. For a variety of reasons, however, observational assessments are especially important in the health care sector and are used extensively in medical and nursing faculties and other health care sector training contexts. Indeed, many educators in the health care sector maintain that observational assessments are the most valuable way to evaluate the knowledge and skills of medical professionals in training. 

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Training Solutions for Summer Downtown

It might be July, but that’s no reason to put your training efforts on hold. Indeed, in some sectors, summer is an ideal time to scale up training efforts and keep employees learning and growing on the job. Rather than have your employees sit idle as business slows, make the most of any extra time by asking them to complete refresher courses on key skills or courses designed to help them cross-train.  The bottom line is that summer training initiatives can keep employees engaged and strengthen your team to help tackles challenges over the year ahead. Continue reading

Diversity Training for Pride Month

June was once time for Pride Day but as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continues to make gains politically and in the workplace, June is now time for Pride Month. For many workplaces, this means June is also an ideal time to scale up diversity training. How common is diversity training on LGBT issues? According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), over half (52%) of Fortune 500 companies now offer training on sexual orientation issues and 42% of Fortune 500 now offer training on gender identity and expression issues but as the HRC’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index reports, training on gender identity and expression is also on the rise.  Continue reading

Avoid Big Fails on the Training Front

Organizations spend millions of dollars every year on training. Unfortunately, many of these training initiatives fail. While Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook may embrace the motto “move fast and break things,” failing isn’t always good for business. Indeed, failed training programs can lead to lost revenue and talent. While it is difficult to determine the total value of these losses, a 2016 article in the Harvard Business Review reported, “American companies spend enormous amounts of money on employee training and education—$160 billion in the United States and close to $356 billion globally in 2015 alone—but they are not getting a good return on their investment. For the most part, the learning doesn’t lead to better organizational performance, because people soon revert to their old ways of doing things.” Today’s post outlines just some of the  most common reasons workplace training programs fail and explores how to avoid big fails and big losses Continue reading

Creating a Learning Organization: How to Foster a Learning Culture

Now that I’ve established why workplace culture is important, explained how fostering a learning culture benefits your company, and provided several different tools you can use to conduct a learning culture assessment in your organization, it’s time to take a closer look at specific actions you can take to transform your company into a learning organization. If you paid attention to the various descriptors contained in the assessment instruments, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s involved in creating a solid learning organization. Here are some concrete steps to consider: Continue reading

Learning Culture Assessment at Your Company

In my last couple articles, I’ve established the importance of paying attention to workplace culture, and more specifically the benefits of fostering a learning culture in the workplace. If the general reaction among your employees when it comes to training and learning consists of yawns and eye-rolling, you’ve got some work to do to foster a learning culture at your company. But before adopting any specific strategies or tactics, you need to get a more thorough picture of what lays ahead by doing a thorough learning culture assessment at your company. Continue reading

5 Reasons for Fostering a Learning Culture in the Workplace

In my last article, I highlighted the importance of paying close attention to company culture in general, and how badly things can do if you ignore it. In this article, I want to focus in on the learning piece of your workplace culture. Specifically, it’s essential to understand why fostering a learning culture is so important for any organization. Here are five compelling reasons to take up the challenge at your company:

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Workplace Culture: Does it Even Matter?

Workplace culture, organizational culture, corporate culture – however you name it, there are many who question if it even matters. My short answer to this question is YES, workplace culture does matter, but if you need a more convincing presentation of why it matters, then this will be one of the more important articles you read this year. Continue reading