8 Keys to Managing Training & Development

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8 Keys to Managing Training & Development

Strategically investing in your staff's training and development, nurturing their talents, and building their skill sets helps your organization achieve its desired results, enhances your company's culture, and assists your leaders in better managing talent.

As a result, properly managing staff training is important and involves evaluating and prioritizing learning needs, creating and planning staff development initiatives, managing the administration of these programs and their costs, as well as measuring results.

Here are 8 keys to managing staff training and development.
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A Brief Guide to Coaching Employees

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Coaching is a development tool that many organizations are using to enhance performance and behavior at all levels of the organization - from employees to key leaders. Coaching has been found to lead to improved work performance, business management, team effectiveness, self confidence, relationships, and communication skills.

Coaching Defined

Coaching is a one-on-one developmental tool that can be highly effective in developing leaders and high potential employees, changing behavior (or addressing derailing/poor behavior), improving leadership and managerial effectiveness, and enhancing performance. Coaching is usually focused on one of three areas: performance, development, or executive/leadership ability.
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Northeast Ohio Employers Committed to Training & Development

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The results of the 2013 ERC/Smart Business Workplace Practices Survey offer a snapshot of the various approaches to training and developing employees that are being taken by Northeast Ohio employers. Highlights from these methods are outlined below.

Making technology work for you

If your organization is looking to help existing employees develop their skills at your organization, technology can be one of your strongest allies. Overall, about 71% of employers indicated they utilize some type of web-based trainings as at least one portion of their larger training program.
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The 4 Vital Leadership Skills

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The 4 Vital Leadership Skills

There are numerous critical skills that leaders need to develop—strategic thinking, business acumen, and technical expertise—to name just a few. But, sometimes organizations overlook the importance of a few very critical leadership skills. Here are four vital leadership skills that all leaders must have in order to lead successfully.

1. Communication Skills

Great communication is the hallmark of an exceptional leader because it's at the core of nearly all other leadership skills. Effective communication is necessary for every facet of leadership including building relationships with others, delegating assignments, defining goals and objectives, coaching and giving feedback, praising and criticizing, managing performance, influencing or persuading others, handling conflicts or problems, managing and guiding others through change, and presenting views and information in an honest and balanced manner.
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Identifying and Building Leadership Skills

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Identifying and Building Leadership Skills

Whether an organization is looking to attract new talent, assess/manage developing talent or retain existing talent, “leadership” is a key skill set being sought and nurtured by many employers in the area. The role that leadership skills play in each of those areas is outlined below.

Recruiting for Leadership

Some local organizations use leadership assessments or competencies to measure the leadership skills of job candidates as part of the hiring and selection process. Identifying potential employees with strong leadership skills allows employers to begin developing these individuals early on if they are hired.

Given that well over half of organizations report using “leadership competencies” as an ongoing key performance criterion, establishing a good baseline understanding of the employee’s leadership skills up front can help track the employee’s development at the organization over time.

Identifying Top Talent

As the figure below illustrates, “leadership” is the competency/characteristic most commonly measured by organizations as they look to identify their top talent. In general, manufacturers appear to be less focused on leadership and employee development skills and more focused on overall performance than non-manufacturers and non-profits.

For example, leadership is used as an identifier by only 27% of manufacturers, but by 50% and 40% of non-manufacturers and non-profits, respectively.

What competencies/characteristics are used to identify top/key talent at your organization?

Ongoing Skill Development

Developing leadership skills can take many different forms depending on the organization.

At some, this means simply attending leadership training courses. Our research throughout the years tell us that more than half of organizations report offering training opportunities focused around leadership and that number is climbing.

At others, leadership development incorporates additional aspects such as mentoring or coaching from those already in more senior leadership positions.

Leadership Development Training Courses

Leadership Development Training Courses

ERC offers a variety of leadership development training programs at all levels of the organization.

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8 Ways to Create a Culture of Wellness

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The workplace has a significant impact on employees' health, and likewise, employees' health has a great impact on the workplace. As employers increasingly realize that their actions in the workplace can positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, they are finding that improving well-being makes good business sense.

Many employers implement wellness programs, but fail to create a true culture of well-being in their workplace. As a result, they face many challenges in improving well-being in their workforce. Participation in initiatives may not be strong, employees may resist changes in their lifestyle behavior, and leaders may not be engaged in healthy lifestyles.
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5 Causes & Cures of Workplace Stress

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Do your employees seem stressed in the workplace? Are you challenged in understanding what is causing them stress and how to "cure" the situation? Here are five (5) leading causes and cures of stress in the workplace.

 

1. Job

The cause: The job itself is a leading source of stress for employees. While workload and overwork is a major cause, other sources of job related stress are working on unfulfilling and unchallenging work, lack of future career or advancement opportunities within the organization, low pay for the work they perform, unrealistic or unmanageable job expectations or goals, being unable to cope with the demands of their job, and having little control or autonomy over how they work.
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What Does a Wellness Program Look Like in Northeast Ohio?

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Perhaps not surprisingly, 2013's Workplace Practices Survey found that concerns about rising healthcare costs are becoming more prevalent among many organizations in Northeast Ohio. While organizations have very little control over many of the external factors that may be driving some of these concerns, such as the many unknowns associated with the upcoming implementation of provisions of the ACA, internally, many organizations are turning to wellness related programs for their employees as a method for managing these costs proactively.

As Pat Perry, ERC President, points out in the latest issue of Smart Business Magazine, “Investing in wellness initiatives is a great option- it helps manage costs and still allows you to provide the benefits that are most important to your workforce.”
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How to Use LinkedIn to Recruit:10 Tips

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The sphere of recruiting is changing rapidly and employers are increasingly relying on social networking websites to source talent, and finding that some of them are very effective. LinkedIn, in particular, has been cited by many employers as an extremely effective way of recruiting talent. According to our 2013 study of hiring practices, the majority of Northeast Ohio organizations surveyed (61%) use LinkedIn to recruit.

Although all social media platforms can be used for different purposes in the recruiting process, it's safe to say that LinkedIn is more professional and business focused, as well as more relevant to recruiting, as candidates can highlight their resume, skills, experience, connections, and general influence in the field. The platform is quickly becoming the choice for professionals to look for jobs and find employment - and for employers when sourcing talent.
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Why Employers Are Using Video Interviewing & Recruiting

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Effective recruiting in the future will require "going digital" with social networking, mobile technology, and online methods. But is video also the future of interviewing and recruiting? Here's why video is increasingly being incorporated into the interviewing, recruiting, and hiring process, and how employers are using it.

Video Recruiting

Video is extremely attractive and engaging to job seekers, especially the younger generation, and can give organizations a competitive edge. Videos can capture what words can't, the faces of your employees; how your company looks and feels; and the passion, authenticity, enthusiasm and culture that lives inside your company.
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