Americans are stomping mad about the economy in general and unemployment in particular, and it appears the President has gotten the message. In his latest State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a raft of economic proposals designed to ferry the unemployed back into work, including training programs for those who need to
The economy might be showing the faintest glimmers of recovery, but with unemployment still at 8.5 percent and many long-term unemployed struggling to find their way back into the labor force, investing more in training seems like a no-brainer. But who should pay to get workers the skills they need to qualify for open positions?
How many binders do you have on your bookshelf? A lot, right? Just about everyone has taken a training class and been given a training binder, taken it back to their desk, and never opened it again. It’s crazy. So many people have have all these training binders on their desks just collecting dust. So
We had our office holiday party last night. Almost everyone came and brought their special someone. We all had a terrific time. I know it sounds like a vacation postcard, but as I stood in the food line waiting my turn for some outstanding hors d’oeuvres, I noticed how much fun everyone was having. What
Training and performance improvement professionals work hard every day trying to make training more engaging. Our goal is not to make the training more engaging by itself; we want to improve participation in class, increase learning and retention, and ensure application on the job that improves performance. Increasing engagement does not have to be difficult.
Online training courses have surged in popularity over the last few years due to their accessibility, efficiency, and low cost. So much so that even the government has turned to the Internet to offoer training programs to the masses. Let’s take a look at some of the strangest and surprising state-sponsored courses across the nation.
On the Mindflash blog before we’ve pointed out there’s plenty of evidence for a training crisis in American business, with various experts and surveys bemoaning a “sink or swim” approach to on-boarding new employees. But is one group in particular especially underserved by current approaches to training? Due to their inexperience, young workers in their
As more and more companies begin to offer employment opportunities in the social media world, many of us are trying to figure out how to get a foot in the door. If you want to get into this field but your efforts have proved fruitless, look no further. This unofficial guide will set you on
Last week, I renewed my annual membership to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and got to thinking why I joined in the first place, and why I continue to participate. Whether you believe leadership is a skill that can be learned or one with which a person is born, it is certain
Erik J. Froelich speaks from 12 years experience in developing and implementing training, teaching and learning solutions, administering and supporting corporate research and educational technologies in a variety of sectors. His most recent work includes teaching Information Literacy and Technology at Philadelphia University. Following is an interview with Erik & Bloomfire, a software site geared for easily