What does it take to be a better leader, and how can training courses help?
What kinds of skills come from management training?
Leadership can seem to be a vague concept, made up of “soft” skills such as communication and the ability to motivate others. This may push management and leadership training down the list of priorities.
However, if your company commits to skills training and employee education specifically aimed at the traits that make someone a strong, influential leader, the results can be significant. Continue reading
While state requirements create baseline requirements for sexual harassment prevention training, your programs should be comprehensive to make sure their important message gets across.
How can you make your company’s anti-harassment training more effective?
Training your employees in preventing sexual harassment is an important priority, regardless of whether it’s a legal requirement in the state where you operate. Workplaces that do not have clear and established zero-tolerance policies around sexually inappropriate conduct can be hostile, difficult environments which damage morale. There is potential for employer liability, rapid turnover and a loss of productivity, as unacceptable behavior can create a negative atmosphere that envelops the whole organization.
Focused employee education programs that go beyond minimum requirements and truly address the topic of preventing harassment are valuable tools in preventing such a harmful workplace culture from taking hold. When you’re considering how to create such a program and present it to your employees, you should consider two perspectives. The first is made up of the elements that have to be included in the program due to legal requirements (if any). The second is the added features that make the lessons memorable and impactful. Continue reading
What can you do to maximize the positive impact of diversity training for your employees?
How can diversity training unite an organization around an improved culture?
In recent months, companies have been paying greater attention to important matters such as countering racial bias and creating more inclusive workplaces for people from diverse groups and different cultures. Training is a central part of efforts to change the culture of a workplace environment. If your organization is considering this type of action, it’s time to think seriously about how to make these efforts pay off. This involves selecting effective training courses and verifying they elicit positive reactions from employees, and ensuring the courses deliver lasting and positive change.
Employees need a unique skill set to work from home. It’s worth investing in training for them.
As working from home becomes a medium- rather than short-term situation, new skills are needed.
While working from home is not a new concept, it has never been as relevant or as necessary as during the first months of 2020. If your company is one of the many that adopted a remote work model to cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, it has likely become clear that the change to work styles will be more lasting and impactful than the earliest projections suggested.
Between uneven and persistently high infection rates across regions, the risk of new spikes and the simple fact that many newly remote positions may never return to the office, it is clear working from home as a concept is here to stay. This means it’s time to invest in ways to maximize your employees’ contributions when they are outside of the office.
Treating remote work as something to be endured for a few weeks and then discarded is no longer an option. There are skills associated with long-term success in this realm, and offering training in these productivity-building abilities, whether optionally or on a mandatory, company-wide basis, is a logical next step for businesses looking ahead at long, uncertain timelines for reentering their spaces. Continue reading
A greater sense of financial openness and transparency can transform company culture for the better in tough times.
Sharing financial knowledge widely is especially important in uncertain times.
Leading a business in a difficult economic environment brings a unique set of challenges. With the pandemic-wrought recession now facing the world, your company may be facing both internal and external uncertainty. One of the most essential elements to survive such a time is to have internal trust and unity between managers of various departments. To inspire this sense of camaraderie, you can focus on building financial literacy and transparency among team leaders.
Financial matters aren’t just for the finance department. The monetary health of a company is relevant to every employee, as the current and future prospects of a business depend on this performance. While it may at first be tempting to share very little information about finances in precarious times, taking the opposite approach and embracing openness is likely the better move. After all, it’s difficult to build a positive and unified company culture when employees feel they are being kept in the dark. Continue reading