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Diversity – Make it Real In Your Organization

Diversity – Make it Real In Your Organization

As you strive to show respect and dignity to those around you, both inside and outside the organization, consider often how you both answer and demonstrate your answers to the following questions.
• Do I work …

How To Stretch Your Employee Training Budget

How To Stretch Your Employee Training Budget

In today’s economic environment budgets are constantly being squeezed and there is a high degree of vigilance to prevent overspending. In most organizations, the days are past when you could cheerfully exceed your training budget …

The Cheap Training Option Is Often The Most Expensive

The Cheap Training Option Is Often The Most Expensive

The style of writing training courses depends totally on the style of the presenter. Too many people take training courses that are written by other people. 
This means that they come across as being awkward and …

10 Ways Not To Conduct A Market Salary Study

10 Ways Not To Conduct A Market Salary Study

The benefits of a more structured salary administration program are many, with the primary one being cost containment of your salary dollar expense, the largest expense in any organization.
The goal is to implement enough structure …

Three Areas For Consideration If You Plan To Train Trainers

Three Areas For Consideration If You Plan To Train Trainers

If you are an external training provider, a purchaser of training or an in-house training professional you sometimes become involved in training trainers.
You may do this in order to increase the pool of available trainers …

HR Managers Should Be Recruiting For Optimism

HR Managers Should Be Recruiting For Optimism

When you are recruiting for key positions in an organization you have the choice of how you describe the ideal person for the job. Psychologists have clearly identified two ends of the scale anchored at …

The Single Most Important Tool You Need To Practice Sound HR Management

The Single Most Important Tool You Need To Practice Sound HR Management

When I began my consulting practice, I had no idea just how many organizations operate without the most critical tool necessary to practice sound HR management; the lowly, neglected and often unused job description.
Wrongly considered …

Is Action Learning The Way Of The Future?

Is Action Learning The Way Of The Future?

On the face of it, it seems to be attractive and relevant in today’s demanding business environment.
The question that is constantly asked, “How can we help our people to develop the range of skills necessary …

Do Your Professional HR Systems Work?

Do Your Professional HR Systems Work?

On the shop floor we have found some years ago that piecework incentive schemes don’t work. In spite of trying very hard over a number of years, they have failed and have, quite rightly, been …

Does Your Organization Promote Informal Learning?

Does Your Organization Promote Informal Learning?

Informal learning has some huge advantages over formal learning but should be used not as a replacement but as a supplement to formal learning.
It is hard to define informal learning because it is constantly evolving …

HR Managers Avoid These Physical Barriers To Learning

HR Managers Avoid These Physical Barriers To Learning

There are many physical barriers to learning and if we are not careful, we can create these barriers inadvertently.
When we create a training and learning environment, we want to make sure that the participants extract …

HR Managers – How To Interview For Talent

HR Managers – How To Interview For Talent

Recruitment can be a complex and fragile process. However, interviewing for talent should be handled separately from the rest of the interview process. It should stand alone because of its importance.
Basically, it only has one …

HR Managers, Are You Training For Skills, Knowledge Or Talent?

HR Managers, Are You Training For Skills, Knowledge Or Talent?

Skills, knowledge and talent are the three elements that contribute to a person’s performance. The most important difference between them is that knowledge can be taught relatively easily, skills are a little bit more difficult …

How To Avoid Promoting People Who Will Fail

How To Avoid Promoting People Who Will Fail

Why do we continue to assume that a person’s success in one area will have any relevance to their likelihood to succeed with promotion to a higher level?
Because we’ve made no distinction between skills, knowledge …

How To Boost Your Training Results

How To Boost Your Training Results

Often an organization recognizes a need to improve their level of customer service, sales, supervision, leadership, emotional intelligence or some other facet of emotional competence.
They go through a process of deciding who is going to …

Manage A Huge Improvement To Your Retail Outlet Through Training

Manage A Huge Improvement To Your Retail Outlet Through Training

The art of retailing is a complex and demanding profession. However, with some guidance it can be made into a most enjoyable profession.
We are all retail buyers, we all go shopping. We also see different …