Category : human-resources

Mindflash CEO Donna Wells: How to Make Online Training Pay Off for Small Business

In case you missed it: Susan Johnston's interview with Mindflash CEO Donna Wells on the Intuit Small Business blog, about how changes in technology have made online training a powerful new management tool. Great insights here on why, when, and how managers can to take advantage of the new tools. Here's the post:

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A Must-Do Before Training Begins: Assessing Readiness

Trainers will often identify whether an individual has completed level one of a technical program before moving to level two — but just as often they fail to go back to basics of cataloging employee knowledge before training begins.  Big mistake — here's a personal tale that explains why.

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Offering Valuable Training to Job-Hopping Millennials? Consider a Contract First

Millennials have a growing reputation in the HR universe as serial job hoppers. Recent studies say the phenomenon isn’t actually limited to the young, but true or not, employers’ belief that their 20-something employees are liable to jump ship in a matter of months has significant effects. For one, it limits their willingness to shell out for training.

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Management Training 101: Why Bosses Need to Coach, Connect, and Care

Harsh truth: More often than not, people leave their bosses, not their company.

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Two Great Questions to Get Your Employees Thinking

Most employees are great about showing up on time every day. Significantly fewer show up fully present — ready to make a difference with customers and the business. Many employees don’t pack their brains when they pack their lunches because many managers don’t ask their employees to think at work.

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How the Smart Small Business Keeps Its Best People

Let me tell you about a very wise company I work with:

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5 Great (Free) Perks for Non-Profits

The recession may be technically over, but it’s still not exactly high times for non-profits. Budget-strapped donors continue to be reluctant to part with their pennies, but if you’re a scrappy start-up non-profit doing great work with limited funds, there are ways to work around your financial constraints. Chief among them is the generosity of tech companies.

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Mindflash in the New York Times: How One Business Made the Switch

In case you missed it: the New York Times' profile of Mindflash last week showed how one company — DBS Financial of Akron, Ohio, an auto loan provider with 30 employees — is turning to online training courses not just to streamline the process but to upgrade the quality and effectiveness of the training itself.

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How to Retain Restless Gen Y Talent? Be a 'Helicopter' Employer and Offer Some Career Training (for Starters)

The prevailing stereotype to many employers is that Gen Y are a bunch of job hoppers, and therefore training them in any significant way is likely a waste of time and money. In a few months, they’ll just take those skills you worked so hard to teach them down the road to your competitors.

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Infographic: The Evolution of HR: From HR Lady to Manager 2.0

Thousands of people in business today share the same title - 'HR Mananger.' But the similarities often end there. Here's a look at the old-school 'HR Lady Version Beta' and her 21st- century counterpart, 'HR Manager 2.0.' Which one works for your company?

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