Workplace Training

How Training Can Help Crack the Glass Ceiling

Every year, more women crash through the glass ceiling. Of course, women at the top are still far from the majority. In most companies, women represent only a fraction of executives. For example, women hold only 4.2% of CEO positions in the 500 largest U.S. companies. This raises the obvious question: What continues to prevent women from crashing through the glass ceiling? Continue reading

Train Your Volunteers with eLearning

It’s that time of year–the time of year when people’s charitable spirit spikes. Indeed, for most nonprofits, the Thanksgiving to New Years stretch is critical. It is when most donations (money and good) come in and when one is most likely to find people eager to pitch in to help too. But there’s a problem. While anyone running a food bank, women’s shelter, or soup kitchen needs all hands on deck, volunteers can also be a liability. In essence, it’s like bringing dozens and even hundreds of entirely untrained employees on board. Continue reading

Using Fitbit-like Devices in Workplace Training

Wearable technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives and in 2017, there is good reason to believe that this trend will continue. Among the most ubiquitous wearable technologies is the Fitbit. Easy enough for a child or 90-year-old technophobe to use, the device not only motivates people to move more all day long but also helps people keep track of their health vitals. From heart rate to sleep patterns to daily steps, the Fitbit knows exactly what you’re up to. Now imagine if it could be used as a way to deliver educational and training materials too? Continue reading

Top Challenges Facing Small Business Owners

Running a small business can be the most liberating experience in the world. Whether you’re a one-man or one-woman operation, a family business, or an energetic young start-up spearheaded by a group of friends, small business life has much to offer and many rewards both in terms of professional growth and on the financial front. But this doesn’t mean running a small business is easy. Small business owners also face many challenges unique to the scale of their enterprises from founder and client dependence to cash flow issues to fatigue to growth management issues. Continue reading

Training and Trust in Small Franchises

Fact: One of the top reasons employees go on the job market is lack of trust in their senior management.

Fact: Only 40% of employees say they trust their management.

Fact: The cost of employee turnover can be as high as 150% of an employee’s annual salary.

Fact: Training is associated with increased employee trust and in turn with increased employee retention rates. Continue reading

No Business is too Small for Training

While large enterprises typically have well-established training programs, small business often offer little or no training to employees at all. In reality, whether you’re running a global enterprise with employees scattered around the globe or a mom-and-pop business in your backyard with just a few employees, training matters. The problem is that many small business owners falsely believe they lack the financial resources and time to offer comprehensive training. In fact, with a learning management system, training is not only affordable to even the smallest businesses but also can help small business owners save money and engage in manageable growth over time.  Continue reading

How to Work with and for Difficult People

If you’re like most Americans, you’re likely looking forward to casting your vote in November and hoping it counts. If you happen to work at the White House, however, you’re likely not only looking forward to casting your vote but also bracing yourself for what promises to be a major change. After all, in November, you’ll be doing more than casting a vote for the next President—you’ll also be electing the person with whom you may end up working for the next four to eight years. This brings us to the topic of today’s post—how to work with and for difficult people. Continue reading

Disposing of Universal Waste in the Workplace

Greening the workplace involves more than recycling paper. A key part of putting the environment first in any workplace is learning how to handle what is widely known as “universal waste.” According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the main categories of universal waste are batteries, pesticides, and mercury-containing equipment and bulbs (lamps). While not every workplace has all four forms of universal waste present, nearly every type of workplace has one or more of Continue reading

Confronting Substance Abuse on the Job

While often ignored, substance abuse on the job is a problem that impacts thousands of workplaces across the United States. Yet, with an estimated 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million drug users and nearly 15 million people abusing prescription medicines in the United States, workplaces cannot afford to simply ignore substance Continue reading

How Training Might Have Prevented Chipotle’s Slew of Scandals

Just a short time ago, Chipotle was the darling of the dining world. This quick-service casual eatery had set a new standard for “fast” food with its sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients. Other restaurants, even higher end eateries looked to Chipotle as an example of what to become and how to make yourself an iconic brand in the food industry. Continue reading