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Author Archives: Bernadette Allen

Standard Operating Procedures Could Become Your Competitive Edge

Without a doubt, you must have top-notch employees in order to deliver great products and services to your customers, but does the success of your company rest on the shoulders of these employees?  What happens when highly-skilled employees leave your …

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Avoiding the Chopping Block: Strategic Training and Skills Development

Why are human resources and training roles in organizations often seen as cost centers rather than critical drivers of organizational success? Why is training first on the chopping block when organizations look for cost savings? While many training professionals focus …

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A Bare Bones Guide to Training Consultants

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What is a training consultant? A training consultant is a person/company with vast experience in designing, analyzing, and developing training programs.  This person/company is hired by organizations to guide the implementation of training programs that maximize employee productivity, efficiency, and …

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Two Learning Solutions That Build on Employees’ Individual Strengths

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Prior learning assessments and individualized learning plans are proven adult learning methods that focus on the learner’s needs, value their experience, and encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.  These proven approaches work equally well in academic and workplace learning settings. Prior …

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Job Redesign: A Fundamental Element of the Organizational Change

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What is the purpose of job redesign? Job redesign tailors employee positions to an organization’s current functions and needs.  During times of change, job redesign ensures that organizational needs are filled by proficient employees.  Job redesign can involve something as …

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Competency-based Learning Is Making Waves in Education

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One of my favourite online tools is Google Alerts, which automatically notifies a user when new web content matching the user’s preselected search terms has been posted.  I have been receiving Google Alerts for the search terms “competency-based training” and …

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On-the-job Training: Training Solutions to Improve Performance without Impacting Production

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On-the-job training is widely known as the most effective training solution for vocational work, and this is for good reason!  On-the-job training happens within the workplace and involves the actual tools, equipment, documents, and/or materials required for the job.  Unlike …

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Knowledge Transfer: Critical Strategy for Public Sector Retirements

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The term “baby boomers” refers to people who were born between the years 1947 and 1966. In Canada, this demographic group makes up an amazing two-thirds of the public sector workforce. A Canadian public sector employee can retire at 55 …

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What is Succession Planning Anyway?

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In a world of tentative financial markets, mass retirements, labour shortages, and government cuts, succession planning has quickly become a buzz word in many industries. Even if you are familiar with this term, you may still have some questions about …

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5 Human Resource Consulting Gems That Will Help You Grow Your Business

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Human resource challenges can affect productivity and profit. Such situations are often unique to your organization and employees and, therefore, require specialized solutions. Could a human resource consulting firm help you deal with these challenges? Definitely. A consulting firm with …

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