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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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When On-the-job Training Backfires

On-the-job training – when done right – enables an employee to gain the skills they need to perform everyday job tasks.  But it does more than that!  On-the-job training lets an employee try out new skills within the context of …

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How to Ensure a Great Transition for Your Successor AND Your Clients

A successful succession plan doesn’t start with an employee exit – it starts now.  As the Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is today.”  The more time you …

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What to Do When the Veteran Employee Retires

Let’s face it.  Leadership change is inevitable.  With the baby boom generation – a whopping 29% of the Canadian population, according to Statistics Canada – reaching retirement age, a significant portion of the workforce may be retiring in the next …

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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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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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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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Why Competency-based Training is Better than other Methods

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I was first introduced to competency-based training several years ago. Through my personal experience as a designer and manager of a competency-based training, I have seen firsthand how competency-based training is the preferred method for skills development in the workplace. People …

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