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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.

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.

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.

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.”.

[Webinar] How Zenefits Uses a Customer Enablement Tech Stack to Drive Adoption

The Education Services team at Zenefits was looking to provide easily accessible and immediately usable education offerings to drive customer adoption and engagement. The company addressed this challenge by connecting the technologies powering its training, support and customer advocacy programs into an ecosystem for customer enablement. This ecosystem has made it simpler for customers to onboard, and for the Zenefits team to maximize and measure the net impact of their initiatives. In this session, Melanie Gallo, Senior Director of Education Services at Zenefits, will team up with Skilljar to share learnings and best practices from their experience in creating this customer enablement ecosystem.

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 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.

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….

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

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.

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 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.

[Webinar] Driving Customer Health Through Education

How actionable is your customer education data? And are you combining it with other business metrics to uncover the impact of your training program? Innovative Education Services teams are integrating their Customer Training Platform (CTP) and CRM systems to uncover valuable insights, and answer mission-critical business questions. Join Skilljar and Pat Durante, President of the Computer Education Management Association and Senior Director, Technical Enablement at Talend for a Q&A webinar exploring the intersection of customer health and education.

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.

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.

The Best of Disaster Management: 4 Lessons from Kilauea

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Earthquakes. Carbon dioxide. Sulfur dioxide. Since the floor beneath the lava lake at the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano collapsed on April 30 , we’ve been immersed in headlines, photos and videos of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

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 Meet the Demand for Better Government Performance Management

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“So, tonight, I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”. President Trump, State of the Union, January 29, 2018.

Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace

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In my CEO networking groups, I keep hearing frustrations about how Generation X employees don’t work well with Millennials or Baby Boomers. Or when Millennials and Baby Boomers are on the same team, certain disagreements often come up.

4 Important Considerations for Writing Competency Definitions

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I think we can all agree that writing competency definitions can be challenging. Every employee has a unique writing style developed during their career, and some writers are more skilled than others. Levels of detail can vary, and those levels can often make or break the success of the project.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

3 Keys to Successful Federal Leadership Development

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We need leaders at all levels of the federal government. As the economic, political and demographic landscapes shift, those leaders must thrive in an ever-changing, digitally connected and transparent world.

Are You Failing Millennials with Your Performance Management?

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Millennials are projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation in 2019, the Pew Research Center announced earlier this month. They are already the most prevalent generation in the workplace and are on track to comprise 50 percent of the workforce globally by 2020.

Competency Management: Understanding the Return on Effort

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Built upon a skills gap analysis, competency management – on its surface – is relatively simple. It consists of three basic activities: Define the competency requirements for each job role in terms of the skills and proficiencies that are required for high performance.

How to Choose Government Competency Management Technology

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I’m often asked whether competency management systems for commercial entities work well for government organizations, too. The answer is “not necessarily.”. Avilar President Tom Grobicki. Corporations and government organizations have similar competency management needs.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

8 Critical Success Factors for Competency Management Implementation

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Competency management can be used in a variety of ways to benefit an organization. From recruitment to hiring to compensation to training, there is a broad spectrum of applications that can benefit from a solid competency management method.

Are You Ready for These 5 Trends in 2018?

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January is always a month for optimism, planning and predicting. As we enter 2018, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and anticipating what’s next. On the one hand, this year is simply a continuation of the last one.

How Lifelong Learning is at the Heart of Singapore’s Success

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By 2030, as many as 375 million workers – or 14% of the global workforce – could find that their jobs have disappeared because of automation. In the U.S., 73 million jobs could be destroyed.

(Part 2) Integrating a Competency Management Method: Why It Results in Success

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While competency management is sometimes seen as a “complementary” resource to existing human resources functions such as acquisition, training, and succession planning, it is, in fact, much more important than that.

Top E-Learning Software - Recommendations and Pricing

Zero in on the best E-Learning software for your company. Get expert recommendations and pricing comparisons based on your specific needs.

Why Do Companies Commit to the Greater Good?

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Support a colleague in a 5K charity race. Donate lunch-time fitness classes to nursing home residents. Lead a team of colleagues to build homes for struggling families. Fly aid workers to hurricane-torn communities on the corporate jet (for free).