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A Business Case for Developing a Competency Based Approach to Human Resources Practices

Competencies are at the core of good HR training programs. When a specific competency is clearly defined and properly related to practical skills associated with a particular job role, the results are extensive. For one, job descriptions for skilled positions are …

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Using Competency Frameworks to Conduct Training Needs Analysis

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I was writing a methodology for a Request for Proposal recently to conduct a training gap analysis for an occupational group. As always,   I reflected on my experience conducting similar projects to see what ideas I could come up with. Over …

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Competency Based Training Explained

I am seeing a lot more interest lately in competency-based training for educational institutions and the workplace. People often ask me to explain competency-based training. If you would like a quick explanation about what it is and how it can …

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Do you dread performance interviews? A free checklist for great competency interviews.

  Discussions about employee performance are often looked upon with dread by managers and employees alike. But this does not need to be so. Competency maps provide the basis for conducting meaningful discussions with employees about their performance. Everyone knows up …

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Are you an Effective Team Manager?

Teams and groups are an inevitable and natural part of the workplace.  Teams are great for getting work done, protecting people’s interests, and satisfying the social needs of individuals.  Teamwork can make a large and seemingly insurmountable task doable. As …

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When An Employee Outgrew Her Job Description: A Case Study

Janet began at your company in an entry-level accounting position 20 years ago.  When new computer technology was adopted in her department, she took an active part of the transition, working closely with your IT staff to configure the new …

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Five Succession Planning Mistakes You Might Be Making

Succession planning is an essential part of sustainable business practices, but only a minority of businesses actually have an active succession plan.  Even a business with a succession plan may not have all their ducks in a row.  So, whether …

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How well do you manage YOU?

When I think of the term ‘manager’, I think of someone who organizes things, organizes people, takes initiative, develops and implements new policies, procedures, and processes – you know, someone who makes things happen.  I’ve had some great managers since …

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The Effect of Corporate Knowledge Loss

In 2004, a study of 240 organizations was conducted by TalentKeepers, who found that the greatest impact of employee turnover was lost knowledge – not profitability!  Lost knowledge had negatively affected a staggering 78% of the organizations. How does knowledge …

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Tips for Training a Seasonal Workforce

It’s true that seasonal employees may only be with you for seventy-five days or so, but does that make their training any less important?  Hopefully your answer to that question was an assertive “No!”     No matter how long their employment …

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