What Types of Training Materials Inspire Creativity and Innovation?

How important is it for employees to have creative and innovative thinking abilities, and how can companies use training to encourage these competencies?

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Creativity can boost a company’s overall effectiveness.

For managers focused on day-to-day productivity above all else, creativity, inspiration and innovation among employees may seem more “nice to have” than “need to have.” Recent years, however, have brought a change in thinking about what types of skills make workplaces functional and generate value. As creativity’s stock in the business world rises, you may be wondering how to encourage and sharpen innovative thinking among your employees. Fortunately, training material development has kept up with the times, and there are courses available to sharpen your team’s creative prowess. Continue reading

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Customer Service Skills Have Never Been More Important

Customer care has never been more integral to a maintaining company’s image, and the best practices of service can be imparted through training.

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Do companies today have what it takes to impress their customers?

Today’s business climate is heavily weighted in favor of companies that can deliver masterful customer service. Across industries, organizations of all kinds are reachable through a wide range of channels and at great distances thanks to the fully mainstream nature of online shopping. This easy access to companies means a dissatisfied customer can quickly and easily switch brands, turning one unsatisfactory interaction into a lost opportunity for repeat business.

Furthermore, the same online channels giving audiences access to a huge variety of companies have also allowed users to voice their displeasure to a global audience. One customer complaint can quickly become a public relations problem for a business, a greatly amplified version of negative word of mouth. Continue reading

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Keep Your Whole Team Safe from Electrical Workplace Hazards

Electrical hazards are common and severe risk factors in workplaces of all kinds. Protecting employees requires the creation of comprehensive safety programs.

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What do your employees need to know about electrical safety?

Electricity is one of the major workplace hazards present in just about any professional environment. When electrical equipment is a major component of your company’s work, safety precautions take on serious importance. In terms of both regulatory compliance and simple accident minimization, your organization should have a fully developed set of precautions in place.

Such a comprehensive electrical safety program should cover every element of preparedness, from putting environmental features into place to training employees on all aspects of their personal safety. When workers who might encounter electrical risks are skilled at recognizing hazards, performing tasks safely and using the correct equipment, the likelihood of suffering a damaging workplace accident can decrease significantly. Continue reading

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Understanding the GHS and HAZCOM for safer workplaces

Workplaces with potentially harmful chemicals should stay in strict compliance with the latest HAZCOM guidelines.

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How does your workplace deal with chemical safety?

If your organization’s facilities contain potentially harmful chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard is a major part of both compliance and safety operations within the workplace. Failure to keep up with HAZCOM standards could mean fines and other regulatory actions from OSHA, but on a more fundamental level, noncompliance also means potentially exposing employees to unnecessary risks. Therefore, you should take HAZCOM extremely seriously, from posting warning labels to educating team members on the meaning of the standardized pictograms. Continue reading

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Communication Skills: Valuable for Every Employee

Employees listen to one another.

What does communication mean for employees in varied roles?

It’s hard to imagine a more universally relevant “soft skill” than communication. No matter the context, the ability to get ideas across is invaluable to doing business, helping ease the friction between stakeholders and ensure various parties stay happy and engaged. Whether in conversation, through electronic communication, on the phone or in any other context, it’s useful for people to be adept at making their points.

While communicating and collaborating are widely applicable values, they are commonly associated with certain employee roles far more than others. If you’re considering teaching communication skills to your employees, you may be dividing individuals into those who can use the lessons and those who can’t. Continue reading

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