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What did we Learn from the Government Shutdown?

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If you believe the headlines, the recent and longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history will be the ruin of the federal government.

Why You Need to Up Your Succession Planning Game for Millennials

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Last summer, car company Audi launched its Summer of Audi: Promote Yourself commercial where a top-performing employee is recognized for her contributions, then promptly packs her boxes and leaves the company to start one of her own.

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Amazon’s Big HQ2 Decision Put the Spotlight on Competencies

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In Amazon’s year-long search for a second headquarters location (quickly dubbed HQ2), the company faced a Goldilocks-like conundrum. Tier-one cities with expensive real estate or an over-saturation of technology competitors risked being too big.

Inadequate Competency Model Hazards and How to Avoid Them

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When developed correctly, competency models enable organizations to close skill gaps, increase employee engagement and retention, guide succession planning, and more. However, a poorly developed competency model may not yield desired results.

Translating Customer Education Success into Business Impact

A strong customer education program can have a huge impact across the business - from increasing customer satisfaction scores, reducing support ticket volume, improving product adoption, to driving lead generation and renewals. Keeping this in mind, how do you choose which initiatives to prioritize?

To Train or Not to Train: Analyzing Performance Problems

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When an employee does something wrong in their job, a common reaction is to provide training as the solution. However, believing that training can solve all behavior and performance problems can set an organization on the wrong path. It may even result in a loss of support for your training program.

How To Close Your Workforce Skills Gaps with Reskilling

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Predictions about how artificial intelligence, automation and augmented reality will affect the workforce range from doomsday scenarios of massive job losses to nirvana sketches of AI-powered machines liberating employees to perform only the most strategic, rewarding tasks.

How to Be the Best Place to Work (for the Things that Matter Most)

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NASA was just named the Best Place to Work in the Federal Government by the Partnership in Public Service. Bain & Company is the top-ranked 2019 Best Places to Work Employees’ Choice , according to Glassdoor.

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Why Now is the Right Time to Build a Powerful Workforce

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Twenty-five years ago, in August 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – teen superheroes destined to protect the earth from evil-doers – debuted on television.

One Agency’s Competency Management Success Story and Unexpected Benefits

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Training programs are under constant pressure to demonstrate a positive return on investment, so it is crucial to evaluate and understand the impact of training on the company’s bottom line.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Can Your LMS Do THIS?

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At Avilar, we are proud of having a learning management system (LMS) that’s enormously flexible. We’ve talked to many learning leaders who expressed disappointment with the rigid workflows of their homegrown eLearning systems.

The Pros and Cons of Six Different Competency Models

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Can’t decide which competency model to use? Making decisions is not always easy. An inordinate amount of time deciding between equally attractive options can drain you of your time and energy, which is why we often follow certain best practices to speed up the process.

How to do Online Training for Government the Right Way

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We know that the U.S. federal government is actively working to modernize the federal workforce to meet the fast-evolving nature of 21st-century work. There’s a push to update technology systems to improve mobile access and citizen engagement.

5 Ways to Combat Cyber Threats at Your Organization

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Facebook security breach exposes accounts of 50 million users. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI and Department of Treasury identifies malware used by North Korea in an ATM cash-out scheme referred to as FASTCash.

Learning By Doing With Digital Guidance

With learning becoming a critical piece to success, it is imperative for enterprises to adopt an integrated learning approach that is aligned with employee expectations. Download the White Paper now to get started!

Why Are Companies Turning to Older Workers? Should You?

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Not so long ago, most people worked until the age of 62 or 65 before retiring to fill their days with family, travel and recreation. After decades of demanding work schedules, employees looked forward to a life of leisure. However, while no one was looking, the rules of retirement changed!

Why Succession Planning is a Top Priority for the Federal Government

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“Public sector organizations find themselves in a time in which the demand for services has increased, the expectation for quality service is high, and the accountability for results is exceptional. Agencies must be results-driven, citizen-centered, and market-based.”.

How to Assess Your Workforce to Create a Skills Inventory

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What’s the one thing that all businesses have in common? They all possess the same #1 asset – the employees! That’s right…human capital. The skillful utilization of human capital is a necessary requirement for managers of all levels, often determining the success or failure of an organization.

4 Surprising Things You Can Learn from Your LMS

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For many, a learning management system is a tool to track employee learning and to deliver eLearning. But an LMS can do much more. An LMS captures a wealth of data about learners and learning experiences that can inform learning and development programs in organizations of any size.

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5 Important Skills for Strong Future Leaders

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Adapting and driving a company vision. Inspiring innovation through collaboration. Creating a globally connected, flexible, diverse workplace. Tomorrow’s successful business leaders will need to master skills and approaches that differ somewhat from those of today’s leaders.

How to Overcome Government Performance Management Challenges

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On paper, it looks like the federal government has the right formula for performance management – an ongoing cycle of planning, monitoring, developing, rating and rewarding employee performance.

LMS Demo: How to Make it Painless and Productive

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You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, would you? The same rule applies when selecting a Learning Management System (LMS) or other talent management software. Having vendors demo their products offers you the chance to discover the benefits it will bring to your organization.

Why Cybersecurity is an Every-Employee Initiative

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Edward Snowden and the NSA. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The Russian government and the 2016 presidential elections. Yahoo. Equifax. Office of Personnel Management. LinkedIn….

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

A well-designed learning curriculum develops and nurtures skills needed to achieve organizational and business goals with the most effective and engaging set of experiences. This ebook outlines 5 critical steps to develop learning solutions that will help you achieve the most ambitious objectives.

Improve Government Customer Service? Look to the Workforce

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Every agency and department in the federal government has a core mission that is vital to its success. And to execute on those missions, government organizations must actively engage with the constituents they serve.

How Natural Disasters Impact Businesses

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Guest Post: by Jeff Flanagan. Businesses spend so much time worrying about what they can change that they often don’t think about how they’ll deal with what they can’t change.

Competency Management: Top Pitfalls of Poor Implementation

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Those of you who’ve considered implementing a competency management program within your organization already understand the powerful impact it can have and how the benefits and long-term success far outweigh the effort.

4 Simple Steps That Boost Workforce Performance

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High performing organizations understand that success depends on the knowledge and skills of their employees. They also realize that formal education doesn’t entirely prepare employees with the appropriate skills needed to perform optimally within their specific industry or organization.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Knowing what you need from an eLearning authoring tool can be hard, especially when there are so many options on the market. gomo’s new ebook aims to save you time and hassle by identifying 12 must-have authoring tool features.

How to Win the Government Talent War

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State and federal government employees are expected to retire in droves over the next few years. According to the Office of Personnel Management, 45 percent of current federal employees are age 50 and older.

Business Continuity Planning – Preparing Your Skills Inventory

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As if hurricanes, wildfires, and school shootings weren’t bad enough, recent flooding in Maryland and the Kilauea volcano eruption continue to plague our nation with disaster – sending organizations scrambling and wondering if they are sufficiently prepared for emergencies.

Generation Z is Here. Are You Ready?

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The Homeland Generation. Founders. Plurals. Post-Millennials. iGeneration. Gen Z. Or, if New York Times ’ readers have a say, Deltas or Generation Scapegoat. Whatever we call the generation that comes after Millennials, born around 1995 or later, the oldest are graduating from college now.

How to Engage and Retain New College Grads

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If you’re in the throes of onboarding new college grad employees, congratulations! You’re building your future workforce. You already know that, for the vast majority of new grads, there will be a skills gap between company expectations and university curricula.

Choosing the Right Technology for External Training

According to Talented Learning, more than 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s learning platforms marketplace. But of course, not all platforms are created equal. Before investing in an LMS, it’s important to understand which type of tool would be a good fit for your use case.