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5 Tips for Promoting a Culture of Safety & Communication

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  September 23, 2019  /  Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge Sexual Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

Do your employees feel safe, valued, and heard by the leadership in your organization? How much have you done to promote a culture of safety and communication in your company? These issues can have a tremendous influence on employee productivity and retention rates. Investing in employees will allow them to perform better and will organically increase their job satisfaction. If you’re an HR manager looking to enhance company-wide productivity and job satisfaction, consider the following tips.

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Office 365: Migration Communication Planning

Posted by David Thibault  /  January 1, 2019  /  Team Leaders / Managers, Workplace Culture, Training   —   No Comments ↓

Don’t expect your staff to meet a Microsoft Office 365 migration with perfect enthusiasm and seamless adoption. Resistance to change is a common outcome of a new program roll-out. Prepare your staff for implementation by tackling this potential problem head-on with proper migration communication planning. Take the following steps to prepare your staff to switch to Office 365 before launching the new platform for the best possible transition.

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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  /  Team Leaders / Managers, Workplace Culture, Training   —   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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Why Great IT Leaders Are Critical to Workplace Culture

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  June 22, 2017  /  IT, Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

Keeping ahead of technology’s constant changes and advancements is tough enough. Just when you think you’re in step with the latest and greatest, it veers sharply into unfamiliar territory.

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Strategies for Improving Employee Retention

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  February 20, 2017  /  Workplace Culture, Training   —   No Comments ↓

In an article he contributed to LinkedIn entitled "Employee Retention Now a Big Issue: Why the Tide has Turned," Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte writes: "Many studies show that the total cost of losing an employee can range from tens of thousands of dollars to 1.5-2X annual salary." As a result of this climbing number in employee turnover, a number of companies are even designing their business around high-turnover—believe it or not.

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Are You Establishing a Culture for Learning?

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  February 17, 2017  /  Human Resources Management, Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

You’ve proven the worth of training and development in certain instances to leadership and management. Now comes the real challenge - convincing them that establishing a culture for learning throughout the organization is even more valuable.

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Establishing a Culture for Learning in Your Workplace

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  February 15, 2016  /  Team Leaders / Managers, Human Resources Management, Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

As responsible managers in successful organizations, we need our employees to steadily and continuously learn and improve. And research shows that’s what employees want, too.

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Improving Employee Motivation in 5 Weeks

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  December 4, 2015  /  Workplace Culture, Training   —   No Comments ↓

For years I have been a big fan of First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. I love that they started with data from more than 1 million Gallup surveys and worked intently to find what the data would reveal.

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How to Use Training Benefits as a Hiring Advantage

Posted by Kurt Liebegott  /  November 17, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

Hopefully your organization has a great employee training program in place for all the right reasons: you are improving business outcomes, intentionally building a culture of continuous learning, and increasing employee satisfaction. On top of all that, as an added bonus, you can use your training benefits as an advantage for recruiting and hiring top talent.

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10 Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Liebegott  /  November 3, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   1 Comments ↓

Everyone is affected by procrastination in some form or another. But why does it happen? It can’t be just a product of laziness, because adept procrastinators may become the hardest workers of all in the hours leading up to a deadline. What, then, can explain a process that is so irredeemably unpleasant and inconvenient for all involved?

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Using Learning Goals and Objectives to Boost Motivation

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  September 9, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

It's pretty well-established that we believe a company's greatest assets are its employees. When productivity runs dry, however, how do you get your employees excited about their roles and the company mission again?

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Strategies for Enhancing Your Managerial Communication Skills

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  September 3, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   1 Comments ↓

In considering training for employees in your organization, you as a manager may be quick to assume that your entry-level employees are the ones that need it. While they require a substantial amount of training in the onboarding and beyond, your new employees are not the only ones who need all of the attention.

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Enabling Business Problem Solving from IT to the C-Suite

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  August 21, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

In a technology-driven world, an IT professional can feel overwhelmed by troubleshooting requests. When technical issues pile up the core of the problem is often overlooked. Thus, your IT professional or department gets trapped in a never-ending cycle of even the simplest of requests, such as teaching digital immigrants how to format headers in Word.

When it comes to operational business efficiency, you need the buy-in of upper management before incremental changes can be made. Ultimately, the solution you bring to the table must be less about leading the way with the latest software, and more about delivering value from the top to the bottom of the company. According to the Harvard Business Review: "[T]he CIO and IT must be seen less as merely developing and deploying technology, and more as a source of innovation and transformation that delivers business value, leveraging technology instead of directly delivering it."

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4 Advantages of Competency-Based Pay Structures

Posted by Kurt Liebegott  /  August 18, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

Competency-based pay is a pay structure that rewards employees based on how well they perform in the workplace, rather than the hierarchy of their position or years of experience. Let's take a closer look at the advantages of this emerging pay-management structure.

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How to Promote Opportunities for Growth to Your Employees

Posted by Jennifer Patterson  /  August 12, 2015  /  Workplace Culture   —   No Comments ↓

We are constantly looking for ways to grow our business, but our biggest asset isn't our strategy, or monthly revenue, it's the people behind it driving that success: Your employees. In an article she contributed to Entrepreneur entitled "Want Your Business to Grow? Help Your Employees Succeed," Abigail Phillips writes: "We’ve all heard the saying that 'a team is only as strong as its weakest link,' but the number of business leaders choosing to ignore this sentiment is staggering, as they are more concerned with their own development and less so with their employees. Not a smart move. Investing time in your employees and giving them the tools they need to develop is incredibly important for output quality, morale and retention."

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