Building cross-generational teamwork via video training

Getting teams on the same page is essential but potentially challenging when employees come from different age groups.

Uniting workers of multiple generations is a top training priority.

Uniting workers of multiple generations is a top training priority.

Teamwork may seem like a vague or nebulous term. Companies that hire reliable employees with compatible skills may assume they’ll naturally be able to communicate, delegate and otherwise work together. These organizations may be bitterly disappointed, as teamwork isn’t automatic, intrinsic or universal. Teaching people to work together is a valuable practice, one that can help companies pursue their major objectives with renewed focus.

The process of teaching and encouraging better teamwork may be especially important in cases where there is a steep generational divide between younger and older employees in an office. With many baby boomers still holding onto important roles and Generations Y and Z entering the workforce in great numbers, organizations’ internal efficiency may be defined by their ability to unite teams featuring members who are decades apart in age. Continue reading

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Training employees to handle hazardous waste safely

Properly handling and disposing of hazardous waste is essential, for the safety of employees and the environment alike.

When companies create hazardous waste - on a large or small scale - they must handle it correctly.

When companies create hazardous waste – on a large or small-scale – they must handle it correctly.

Hazardous waste can be an inescapable part of some industries. Whether companies produce these potentially dangerous chemicals in large or small amounts, their handling and disposal practices must meet high standards. From the possibility of regulatory action and fines to the potential reputation damage that comes with improper hazardous waste management, it’s clear that organizations can’t skimp on how they store, transport, handle and dispose of chemicals.

The following are a few of the considerations surrounding hazardous-waste-generating workplaces, including the rules companies have to obey and the possible consequences of improper handling. Training programs are required in many environments and can prepare employees to better manage potentially dangerous substances. Continue reading

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Train Employees Proactively to Stop Harassment Before it Starts

Allowing harassment in the workplace is against the law and hugely damaging to a company’s culture. Addressing the issue through means such as training is essential.

Stopping workplace harassment is a training priority.

Stopping workplace harassment is a training priority.

Eliminating harassment from the workplace is an essential part of effective management. With so many stories of pervasive sexual harassment in the news, corporate leaders are likely asking themselves how these situations occur and what the best steps are to prevent their own organizations from suffering such problems.

Just as there is no single type of harassment, there isn’t a single universal way to stamp out this problem. The one thing business leaders can’t afford to do, however, is ignore the potential problems and take no action. Assuming that a workplace is free of personnel who could cause harassment or somehow immune to this problem can lead to disastrous results. Executives shouldn’t miss chances to implement processes that could prevent harmful behaviors among the workforce. Continue reading

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Increase Employee Effectiveness with Soft Skills Training

Soft skills in the workplace bring people together and generate value.

Soft skills in the workplace bring people together and generate value.

Recent years have seen the dawning realization throughout the human resources and management professions that soft skills – employees’ abilities that go beyond the technical knowledge needed to do their jobs – play an important part in setting a workplace up for success. The term “soft skills” encompasses a wide variety of different types of empathy and emotional intelligence. Companies that invest in training specifically aimed at increasing proficiency in these areas may find they have an advantage over competitors who haven’t set the same priorities.

The following are a few valuable soft skills in the workplace. These competencies make a helpful window into the world of soft skills training and the value you gain from ensuring workers’ interpersonal abilities are as advanced as their technical knowledge. Continue reading

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Recognizing and coping with workplace hazards

Recognizing hazards in the workplace and preparing to deal with them are key processes for all companies today.

Properly dealing with workplace risks is essential.

Properly dealing with workplace risks is essential.

Hazards in the workplace take many forms. Unless employees have been trained to recognize and avoid these dangers, they may inadvertently increase their risk of serious injury. Dangerous situations benefit no one, from the workers and consumers exposed to the condition to the corporate leaders facing increased liability. It’s up to today’s companies to collectively become better at identifying and neutralizing dangerous conditions.

Risk and hazard assessment starts with considering the various categories of danger in today’s workplaces. Each industry will have a different threat profile, but no company is exempt from the need to keep all on-site personnel safe. Continue reading

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