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Stand by Me: The Latest Innovative Employee Retention Strategies

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We’re not going back. Even after the country is vaccinated, the business world is forever changed by the events of last year. Working from home started as a necessary stopgap to thwart the spread of COVID-19. Nearly one year later , employees and employers have settled into routines they trust.

Who Knew? 10 Skills to be Grateful for from 2020

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Who knew, one year ago, that 2020 would be such a remarkable year? Truly remarkable. Challenging. Unique. Devastating. Unexpected. Whatever adjective rings most true, 2020 was a year unlike any other. .

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The Stay Conversation: It’s How to Retain Top Talent

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Immediately following a merger, acquisition, or reduction in force announcement, smart company leaders turn their attention to the remaining employees. In all-hands meetings and 1:1 conversations, executives, HR leaders, and managers all work to convey to those employees how much they’re valued.

How NOT to Fail at Your Skills Development Program

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Most business leaders agree that skills development programs are valuable initiatives to strengthen employee and company success. Such programs can improve recruitment , employee engagement , and bottom-line business results. Yet success doesn’t happen by accident.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Resilience Rises: 4 Top Competencies of HR Professionals

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“Resilience rises.” So starts a video tweet from NASA on November 15, 2020 , marking the successful liftoff of Resilience , the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history.

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How to Be CyberSmart in a COVID-19 World

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month , established in 2004 as a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online. This year’s theme is: “Do Your Part. BeCyberSmart.”.

How to Boost Your LMS When Upskilling Employees is Your Goal

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There’s no doubt that upskilling employees – improving and advancing skills to keep up with emerging technology, organization, and market demands – is a win-win for your company and your workforce.

How to Model Great Leadership in Tough Times

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Building Great Leadership in Tough Times. Leaders routinely guide companies through changing market conditions and customer needs.

Building Blocks for a Successful Workforce Development Plan

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Workforce development leaders – in our communities and in the workplace – are facing a shift in the world of workforce readiness. It’s not simply the recent need for many employees to work from home and all workplaces to support social distancing during the pandemic.

The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

How to Update Your Business Continuity Plan in a Time of Crises

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Hurricane season is in full swing, bringing with it the triple whammy of high winds, destructive water, and flying debris that can threaten your business and its workforce. With seven of the top ten most destructive hurricanes making U.S.

What is a “Skills Matrix” Used for and Why Do You Need One?

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Nearly every business claims that “our people are our most important asset.” It’s certainly true that positive business results rely on strong workforce performances.

How to Bring the Best Lessons from COVID-19 Back to Work

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We’re nearing the end of the beginning. The gates are lifting. States and businesses around the country are starting to open back up from the COVID-19 pandemic disruption – and business leaders are preparing their people and spaces to return to on-site work. But we will not go back to business as usual. And, if we’re smart, we won’t want to! The abrupt move to massive remote teleworking and social distancing was largely unwelcome.

What You Can do to Combat Racism at Work

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We had planned a different blog for today. But the death of George Floyd and the surrounding events compelled us to address racism at work. With the country once again in turmoil following (another) death of a Black man at the hand of a law enforcement officer, we are left with a multitude of emotions, urges, actions, and words. Many are speaking up, stepping up to articulate feelings, to push for action, to encourage healing.

Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

How to Use Competency Models to Develop Leaders in the Workplace

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“Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ” ~ Vince Lombardi. Turns out, legendary football player, coach, and former NFL executive Vince Lombardi was right. Though many of us applaud inspiring leaders with a claim that they are “born leaders,” the truth is more mundane.

3 Tips for Implementing a Wellness Program in the Workplace

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Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, companies around the world sponsored employee wellness programs, recognizing that supporting the health and well-being of their employees is a win-win for the organizations and individuals alike. As HR consultancy G&A Partners points out, healthier employees “work harder, are happier, are more willing to help others and are generally more productive.”

Business Continuity: How Can Competency Management Help Now?

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Tom Grobicki, Avilar CEO, has long been a proponent of using competency management programs for business continuity purposes. We had a chance to sit down with Tom for his perspective, lessons learned from previous business continuity challenges and practical tips for harnessing competency management in response to the current pandemic. Q) Tom, when people are implementing competency management programs, it’s usually for workforce development and workforce planning issues.

What is a Skills Assessment and Why is it Important?

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What is a skills assessment? Why is it important? And how can it help your organization? When hiring, developing, or promoting employees for new positions in your company, resumes, and interviews only tell you so much. A person’s education, experience, and references all provide indicators about what a person knows and what they have done. But, the best way to understand one’s abilities and level of proficiency is to conduct a skills assessment. . What is a Skills Assessment?

From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

What is COVID-19 Doing to the Workforce of the Future?

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For our youngest professionals, those just entering the workforce after graduating from college, COVID-19 couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just as these young people prepared to enter a working world with low unemployment and vast opportunity, the coronavirus pulled the rug out from under businesses around the world. Suddenly, new graduates must compete with laid off seasoned workers for fewer jobs in a changed work environment filled with virtual work and heightened safety protocols.

How to Offer Flexible Career Pathing Using Competency Management

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Technology innovation. Global marketplace engagement. Shifting demographics. These forces and others are changing the way we work. Employees used to have well-defined career paths. Today, rapidly changing business priorities often force employees to adapt to new job realities with flexibility and ease. And employers must be ready to grow and retain employees for jobs that don’t yet exist.

How to Adapt Your Corporate Training for COVID-19

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COVID-19 is changing the way people learn across the U.S. and around the world. As throngs of employees and citizens follow stay-at home or “safer at home” measures, corporate training companies are quickly adjusting to deliver essential learning while minimizing or eliminating personal contact. Videos and virtual platforms, for example, have become the norm interpersonal interaction in just a few short weeks. .

On-Premise or Cloud LMS?: How to Make the Best Choice

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If you’re starting to think about your next learning management system, you have an abundance of choice. Whether your organization is a corporation, nonprofit, or government entity – or a company that sells training – you’ll want to find an LMS with the features that are most important to you. You’ll also need to decide whether on-premise LMS software or a cloud LMS will work best. Both have pros and cons, benefits and tradeoffs.

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

How to Unlock the Expertise Economy with Upskilling

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Sixty-four percent of CEOs feel they must upskill or reskill 25 percent of their workforce over the next five years for their companies to stay relevant. McKinsey & Company, Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce , May 2018. Skills are top-of-mind for many organizational leaders. Former LinkedIn Chief Learning Officer, Kelly Palmer, and David Blake, co-founder of Degreed, think they know why.

How to Develop Leadership Competencies in Your Millennials

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In 2016, Millennials surpassed the previous generation (Generation X) to become the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, making up more than one third of all workers. In fact, 28% of Millennials hold management positions today, and it’s projected that two thirds of managers will be Millennials by 2024. Who are these Millennials? What leadership competencies do Millennial managers need to develop to effectively lead our next-generation workforces? Who Are the Millennials?

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How to Get Your Workforce on Board for Competency Management

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“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ” – Henry Ford. Competency management is at the heart of workforce optimization and long-term success – if your employees are on board. When competency management programs struggle to get off the ground or maintain their momentum, it’s often because employees aren’t fully participating.

What is Competency Management and Why Do You Need It?

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We talk a lot about competency management at Avilar. It makes sense. After years of seeing business transformation sparked by improved, intentional management of employees’ skills and talent, we can be (too) quick to jump right into conversations about how to do competency management and what to do next. But recent conversations with leaders who are new to competency management remind us that it can be helpful to take a step back. Get back to the basics. Reflect on our roots.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

How to Create a Skills Inventory and Why it’s Important

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In business disruption, a skills inventory can help align company goals with employee performance. Here’s how to create a skills inventory along with seven skill inventory benefits that can advance your corporate strategy. While no one knows exactly what skills a workforce will need ten years, five years, or even two years from now, it’s clear that organizations and employees must be ready to adapt. Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought this point into sharp focus.

Pandemic Planning: How to Prepare for the Coronavirus

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As of this writing (February 27, 2020), more than 82,000 people in nearly 40 locations internationally have been infected with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19.” More than 2,700 people have died. While the outbreak is not (yet) considered a pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the SARS-COV-2 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Skills and Competencies: What is the Difference?

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Nearly every day, we hear business people discuss the skills and competencies their employees need to succeed. The two terms, “skills” and “competencies,” are used together so often that many people think of them as synonyms. Are they the same? Should “skills” and “competencies” be used interchangeably? The short answer is “no.” They are certainly related, but they are not identical.

Do You Need to Update Your Training Program?

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It’s easy to see when the carpet needs replacing in your office. Or to know when it’s time to update your computers. Or even when and how to update your employee benefits to appeal to the professionals you most want to hire. But how do you know when it’s time to update your training program? Answer these three questions to find out. Does Your Training Program Fit How Your Workforce Likes to Learn?

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

How to Combat “Accidental” Leadership With Data

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When you meet a great leader, you know it. It’s inspiring. Energizing. There’s a palpable, positive energy. You feel motivated to do your best. Even if you can’t quite articulate exactly why, you feel compelled to follow and learn and go where that leader leads. Truth is, when you meet a leader that’s only “meh,” it can also be tough to say why. You just know this one isn’t it. Is your organization leaving leadership to chance?

How to Reach Your Competency Management Objectives in the Age of AI

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Earlier this month, LinkedIn released its third annual LinkedIn Emerging Jobs list, highlighting the fastest-growing jobs around the world. Not surprisingly, the top job is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist – tasked with helping companies decide things like where and how to implement AI systems. (We We are past the time when organizations need to decide “whether” to implement AI. Every company is embracing technology and AI, at some level).

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What are the Hidden Advantages of Hiring Relaunchers?

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In the 2015 comedy film The Intern , Robert De Niro plays a 70-year-old intern writer at an online fashion magazine. The movie highlights the comical side of the scenario. Yet it’s not as unlikely a scenario as it once was. A growing number of employers are hiring relaunchers, experienced professionals returning to the workforce after a career break, as a way to reach an often-overlooked talent pool that can help to close an organization’s skills gaps. .

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Inadequate Competency Model Hazards and How to Avoid Them

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[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.