What to Do When Your Boss Says No One's Using Office 365 – and You Led the Deployment

Posted by Jon Hood  /  November 28, 2018  /  Microsoft Office 365 Training, Team Leaders, Culture Change, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

Deploying Microsoft Office 365 is bound to fall flat at your workplace if you don’t pair the launch with proactive employee training. One mistake many organizations make is assuming implementation equals adoption. In reality, these are two separate feats and they require the same amount of attention from the implementation team. If the Office 365 engagement rate dissatisfies your boss and you were the one in charge of migration, take the following steps to get your team on board with the new platform.

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A Sample Office 365 Training Plan

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  July 26, 2016  /  Office 365, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

I recently spoke with an HR person at a mid-sized company, and an IT leader at a smaller non-profit organization. Both conversations were about Office 365 training for their employees.

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Do This to Be a Training and Development Rockstar

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  April 26, 2016  /  Employee Training, Training Plan, Human Resources Management   —   No Comments ↓

Just last week I had a great experience with a client. I found it inspiring, and I thought you might find it interesting, too.

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How to Conduct a Training Needs Analysis in 3 Steps

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  January 5, 2016  /  Training Plan, Human Resources Management   —   4 Comments ↓

So, you’ve identified a problem in your organization, and you think training is part of the solution. Or maybe you have a strategic goal where training can play a key role. Time for a training needs analysis!

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Are Your Corporate Training Resources Effective?

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  October 13, 2015  /  Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

Organizations are spending an average of $1,208 per employee on training, according to the Association for Talent Development’s latest State of the Industry Report. I think we can agree that spending on training is a critical investment for any organization, but how do you know if you are getting the most bang for your buck?

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The Simplest Employee Training Plan

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  October 2, 2015  /  Employee Training, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

A Simple Employee Training PlanMaybe it has crossed your mind from time-to-time, thinking you should put a training plan in place for your team. If you’re like me, maybe you haven’t had time. And there may seem to be significant barriers to getting started: needs analysis, skills gap analysis, training plan templates, and so on. Not that any of those things are bad, those are all great and important things, but it takes time and effort to do them right.

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How to Build an Employee Training Plan Template in Google Drive

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  August 27, 2015  /  Training Plan   —   1 Comments ↓

We all want well-trained, productive employees on staff. Yet even though that dream is in high demand among employers, it isn't a reality for every organization. One of the biggest bottlenecks that commonly keep professionals from reaching their full potential is a lack in effective training or onboarding. Without effective onboarding and training opportunities, your employees will continue to lack the skills they need in order to contribute to company growth and success.

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Tuning Training to the Millennial Type

Posted by Ryan Liebegott  /  August 19, 2015  /  Training Plan, Advantages of Training   —   No Comments ↓

As Baby Boomers continue to retire at an accelerating rate, their immediate successors within Generation X will only be able to fill half of their positions, leaving the remainder open to less-experienced Millennials.

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What You Need to Include in Your Employee Training Log Template

Posted by Kurt Liebegott  /  August 6, 2015  /  Employee Training, Training Plan, Advantages of Training   —   1 Comments ↓

Onboarding and training new and existing team members can be a complex process for many organizations and their managers. "Managing people is one of the most time-consuming and difficult aspects of any job," writes Barrie Gross of allBusiness. "Whether you have one direct report or 20, the responsibilities loom large and finding the time to follow sound management practices in everything you do as a supervisor can be challenging."

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How to Hone Your Training Techniques for Beginners

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 2, 2015  /  Training Approaches, Employee Training, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

When it comes to software training, you can run into some particular snares that go beyond issues in presenting the information. For one, your audience might simply be less adept or lack confidence when it comes to technology, making it more difficult for them to take in the information even if you use a great training module. When you're working with beginners, it's necessary to take the time to understand their needs and train in a way that benefits them in particular.

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5 Quick Tricks for Lowering the Cost of Training

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  May 29, 2015  /  Training Approaches, Employee Training, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

Studies have shown time and again that it costs less to provide ongoing training to current employees than to hire new ones. An article in Chron discusses this relationship, stating: "The type of training necessary to bring an employee up to speed also impacts costs. On the job training, where workers perform their tasks and learn as they go, is relatively affordable, while lengthy induction training—the training you provide for workers before they’re ready to begin job functions—can incur higher costs." But even if you and your colleagues have embraced this concept, the effort to lower training costs doesn't end there. For many, virtual training is a cost-effective solution.

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4 Tips for Customizing Your Virtual-Training Strategy

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  May 26, 2015  /  Training Approaches, Employee Training, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

Since IT specialists already wear many hats, you likely won't have time to build an entire training platform from scratch yourself. While it's not impossible to create a virtual-training system internally, you can also reach out to a software vendor for prepared videos or work with a company that specializes in creating custom training modules geared toward a particular objective. Whichever way you choose, we've culled some tips to help you keep your colleagues in mind.

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Streamlining Corporate Training and Development

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  May 14, 2015  /  Training Approaches, Employee Training, Training Plan, Advantages of Training   —   No Comments ↓

In a Forbes contribution by Josh Bersin, founder and principal at Bersin by Deloitte, he writes: "US spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year (the highest growth rate in seven years) to over $70 Billion in the US and over $130 Billion worldwide." With these numbers, it's evident that there are a lot of options out there when it comes to training and developing your employees. We know that it can be tough to sort them out and determine which are best for your particular business.

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Tips for Time Management: 6 Ways to Reduce Micromanagement

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  May 11, 2015  /  Training Approaches, Employee Training, Training Plan   —   No Comments ↓

Micromanagement is a burden on everyone involved. It takes time away from a supervisor's day and only frustrates the person being managed. It goes without saying that the best-case scenario is for an employee to prove his or her ability to manage his or her own time, thus earning a degree of independence and negating the need for micromanagement altogether. In order to help you encourage your colleagues to take this initiative, we've gathered some tips for you to share with them.

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Using a Software Training Plan to Increase Employee Satisfaction

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  March 27, 2015  /  Training Plan, Human Resources Management   —   No Comments ↓

If you've introduced an organizational software platform before, you've probably heard the associated grumblings from your fellow employees. There are several reasons why they could be on auto-disgruntle mode: taking time out of their already busy schedules, being treated as masses instead of individuals, not finding the interface adaptive, and more. The truth is if you operate with a certain mindset, however, you can encourage your employees to follow suit.

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