7 Rising Trends in Employee Training and Development in 2016

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2016 Training Trends

“The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training them and keeping them.” This Zig Ziglar quote is one many businesses can relate to. The cost of NOT training employees can be substantial to a business. However, when it comes to training employees, it is beneficial to be up-to-date on the ever-evolving trends. In Josh Bersin’s Forbes article, “The Learning Curve Is The Earning Curve,” he points out that “learning is part of economic survival for most of us” and if businesses don’t make an effort to continuously re-skill employees, they will fall behind.
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ERC Dues Will Not Change in 2013

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ERC is pleased to announce that its membership dues will not increase in 2013. Next year will mark the organization’s 93rd year in business and the 14th straight year that members have enjoyed access to ERC services, surveys, research, information and cost savings without a dues increase.

“ERC continues to stay focused on increasing the value of membership by expanding our services and increasing accessibility,” states Pat Perry, President of ERC.  “In the past year, we made significant investments in our compensation and compliance resources, upgraded our website, added new partners and costsavings programs, and created new opportunities for members to network and connect throughout Northeast Ohio.”

Perry adds that ERC plans to make further investments in technology in 2013, aimed at enhancing how members participate in and access compensation surveys.“As a result of all these investments and additions, members continue to have the ability to measure and showcase remarkable returns on their investment with ERC.”

ERC also recently launched an Online ROI Calculator to help employers estimate the total ROI on their ERC membership.

The Value of ERC Membership

Discover the value of ERC membership by downloading the Value of ERC Membership PDF, which details the valuable ways ERC helps organizations:

A Brand Evolution

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At ERC, we've recently gone through a rebranding process and we're excited to share with you the new look of ERC.

ERC has an updated logo for the first time in over a decade. We've dropped the old octagons for a clean, contemporary and bold logo that features our brand and our tagline, "Where Great Workplaces Start". We feel that these bold updates represent our contemporary culture and mission of supporting organizational success through the attraction and retention of great employees.


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ERC Wins Healthiest Employer Award

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ERC is proud to announce it has been awarded a 2012 Health Care Heroes Award in the category of Wellness: The Healthiest Employer. The award honors champions of corporate wellness and is hosted by Crain’s Cleveland.

“We’re humbled to be receiving this honor among so many other great organizations,” said Pat Perry, President of ERC. “We are very proud of the ‘family first’ culture we’ve developed at ERC; work-life balance is critical to having a happy, healthy workforce. Our employees have really embraced the healthy culture that we created here. And it is important to us to lead by example, as we sponsor the ERC Health program throughout the State of Ohio.”

ERC Awarded 2012 Wellness@Work Award

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ERC is very proud to announce that we received a 2012 Wellness@Work Award. This is the third consecutive year that ERC has won an award; winning 2nd place in the Small Business Division. The Wellness@Work Awards honor area businesses for their workplace wellness initiatives.

“We’re honored to receive a Wellness@Work Award for the third consecutive year,” said Pat Perry, President of ERC. “It is important to us to lead by example, as we sponsor the ERC Health program throughout the State of Ohio. Wellness has truly become a part of our culture here. We see it through participation in events like staff health days, cardiovascular screening sessions and afternoon workout classes. We are proud of the commitment we’ve made to improve our employees’ health and work-life balance.”

ERC would also like to congratulate our members who also won the 2012 award: Lake Health, Oswald Companies, ShurTech Brands LLC and Vita-Mix Corporation.

No Change in Membership Dues – 13 Straight Years!

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ERC is pleased to announce that its membership dues will not increase in 2012. This is the 13th straight year that members have enjoyed access to ERC services, surveys, research, information and group purchased savings without a dues increase! 

“We are delighted to be in a position to maintain the dues structure for our membership,” comments Pat Perry President of ERC. “ERC is delivering significantly more services, faster and conveniently at the same dues level that we had back in 1999. As a result, members continue to have the ability to measure and showcase remarkable returns on their ERC investment.”

ERC Announces New International HR Resources for Members

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In 2012, ERC surveyed our members on their need for International HR resources and support. Due to our members’ growth of international operations and questions about how to manage employees outside the U.S., ERC is excited to announce the addition of several new global HR resources available to ERC members through our HR Help Desk. 

Supported by tools and resources including the BNA International HR Support Network, the Mercer International Geographic Salary Differential report, and Mercer Global Pay Summary Survey, ERC members can now receive guidance on questions regarding HR policies and practices in other countries, compensation data, employment law, and managing global employees or assignments. 

If you have an International HR question, contact our HR Help Desk at 440/947-1278 or hrhelp@yourerc.com.

ERC partners with Aztek to provide members web marketing solutions

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NORTHEAST OHIO – ERC has partnered with Aztek (www.aztekweb.com), one of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and most prominent web services firms, to offer its members discounted pricing on Aztek’s web services. ERC members will receive a preferred rate on the following services:

  • Website design and development
  • Web application design and development
  • Mobile application design and development
  • Web Marketing (Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media)
  • Hosting

Aztek’s time-tested methodology (Aztek’s Process) for developing sophisticated business solutions is a guarantee to fit your business model. From manufacturing to nonprofit, from extreme sports to conservative law firms, Aztek has worked with over 550 clients, hosts several thousand websites and has the flexibility, as well as the experience, to customize a solution to fit your business needs. 

“We’re very excited to partner with Aztek and offer this savings to our membership,” said Pat Perry, President of ERC. “Their experience and array of web services make for a great fit with our organization.” 

“We are very pleased to become a new Preferred Partner with ERC. It will be a true compliment to the other Preferred Partner opportunities available to ERC members,” said Kevin Latchford, Aztek’s COO.

ERC is one of Ohio's leading organizations dedicated to HR, workplace programs and practices, training, health insurance and consulting. ERC membership provides employers access to HR information, expertise and cost savings that supports the attraction, retention, and development of great employees. We also host the nationally recognized NorthCoast 99 program and sponsor the ERC Health insurance program.

Employers Develop Younger Workers

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Cleveland– According to the 2011 ERC/NOCHE Intern & Recent Grad Pay Rates & Practices Survey, most Northeast Ohio employers invest resources in training, development, and performance management activities for younger workers, particularly new graduates.

The survey shows that over 70% of employers provide new graduates with an orientation during their first week (72%), conduct performance evaluations (71%), and provide regular feedback and coaching (71%). Additionally, more than half of employers provide formal training (56%) and access to a mentor (52%). Fewer (20%) offer management in training programs for new graduates, however.  All of these developmental activities were more commonly offered by non-manufacturers than manufacturers. Similarly, larger organizations tended to be most likely to provide these, although they were still commonly used by small and mid-sized organizations.

Specific training and development opportunities provided to their new graduates as cited by respondents included: on-the-job training, corporate culture training, product/industry/market training, mentoring, shadowing, and targeted leadership development programs.

The results of the survey show that organizations are making investments in training and development for their younger professionals and emerging leaders. These organizations understand the benefits of on-boarding and developing younger employees early in their careers for their businesses and in developing a pipeline of talent.

View the Intern & Recent Graduate Pay Rates & Practices Survey

This survey reports data from Northeast Ohio employers about their internship and recent graduate employment and pay practices.

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ERC partners with CareWorks USA to offer FMLA Administration

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ERC has partnered with CareWorks USA, a national leader in FMLA administration and absence management, to offer its members specialized pricing on CareWorks USA’s administrative services. ERC members will receive a five percent discount per employee per month, or $500 off their setup fees.

CareWorks USA’s services are designed to take the day-to-day administration of FMLA off of an organization’s hands and allow them to focus on the core nature and priorities of their business. Their FMLA administration services include:

  • 24/7 absence reporting
  • Employee and worksite education
  • Dedicated leave of absence teams: Experienced Leave Administration Specialists & Nurse Case Managers 
  • 24/7 web-based claim access
  • And many more!

 “FMLA is a hot topic with our members,” said Pat Perry, president of ERC. “The expertise and resources that CareWorks USA brings to the table is going to be a great benefit to our membership.”

About CareWorks USA 

CareWorks USA is one of the nation’s fastest growing providers of FMLA Administration and Absence Management Services. Their outcome based programs are customized to ensure your FMLA and Absence Management programs are administered according to your organization’s values, philosophies and policies. They offer a streamlined, cost effective approach to ensure consistent claims handling and regulatory compliance both on a state and federal level. Through their technologically advanced software and their administrative and medical expertise, CareWorks USA’s Family Medical Leave administration services provide a comprehensive package of services for employers.

ERC Preferred Partner CareWorks provides Absence Management and FMLA Administration. ERC Members save 5% off per EE per month fee or a $500 discount off Initial Set-up Fee