Training and Development

Training and development simply have an outsized impact on business bottom-line. Skimp on training and development and pay the ultimate price. Invest in training and development and reap the benefits.

Small Business Trends and Priorities in 2018

Small Business Trends and Priorities in 2018

2018 is already in full swing, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting year for small businesses. There are certain trends at the local, federal and even the international level influencing small businesses.

The economy as a whole is on an upswing, and it’s breathing new life into small businesses, but the upsides aren’t coming without obstacles. Continue reading

Lead the Way to Great Managers by Training them to Delegate

As a supervisor or manager, it is difficult to be a master of all trades. It is more likely that you and each individual employee has expertise they can bring to the table. A great leader is one that can delegate duties so that the manager can focus on the portion of their job that they do best, while individual employees can focus on their areas of expertise. Then, everyone can come together with the best version of the project. Continue reading

Five Types of Training to Improve Employee Performance

When employees are performing at their very best, so is the organization. After all, any organization is really just the sum of its parts. If the parts are rusty, stuck, old or broken, the whole is not going to be an effective machine. This is why attending to employee performance is critical. In the past, many organizations have done this with annual reviews, but the problem is that all too often, these reviews are largely punitive and do little to improve employee performance. A more effective way to drive employee performance is through effective coaching and training. Below are five types of training known to improve employee performance.

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Leverage Training to Drive Employee Performance

Over the past decade, there has been a growing preoccupation with measurement in the workplace. Increasingly, employees are being watched and measured on every possible level from productivity to interpersonal skills.  In most workplaces, these metrics form the bedrock of annual reviews. While metrics can be useful, there are now a growing number of experts questioning whether or not this approach is in fact working. In the training and development sector, there is also a growing push to move away from pure metrics and annual reviews and back to training. Continue reading

Take Pride in LGBT Awareness Training

As communities across the United States celebrate Pride Day, businesses are also paying attention. This year a record number of businesses scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and among other factors, this means that these businesses offer awareness training on both gay, lesbian and bisexual issues and transgender or gender identity issues. For some businesses, the current lack of awareness training on LGBT issues has less to do with resistance than it does with lingering questions about where to begin. The good news is that getting started is easy—with a learning management system, you can immediately scale up your awareness training on LGBT issues and start working towards achieving your own perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. 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

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