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.

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

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