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HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Our Obsession With College Degrees Is Helping Fuel Unemployment

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I saw an interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz where he announced that the company would pay for most employees to get a degree online from Arizona State University.

This seems like a benefit few of the company’s employees would need. Aren’t most of their baristas already people with worthless degrees?

This is the type I’ve described as Generation U (unemployed and underemployed), but it seems that Mr. Schultz is just echoing a sentiment that suggests that a college degree is required for most people to have a good career. This starts at the very top in America — the White House’s education imperative states that “Earning a post-secondary degree or credential is a prerequisite for 21st century jobs.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Rare Agreement: U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Job Training Bill

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

In a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved by a vote of 95-3 a bill that reauthorizes and consolidates a number of federal job training programs.

Among other things, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amends and reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), eliminates 15 existing federal workforce programs and streamlines others, and allows businesses to provide greater input at the local level regarding the types of skills needed in today’s economy. Read more…

Training & Development

The Big Benefits That Come From Consistent Training

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Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” — David Rockefeller, American banker

Great managers understand that in order for your team members to be productive and do a great job, they need to have the right tools.

Some need blazing-fast computing power; others require smartphones and tablets that let them do their work on the go; still others might require specialized instruments to maximize their performance. Read more…

Culture, Training & Development

It Takes More Than Brains to Create a Learning Organization

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Ray Stata, former CEO of Analog Devices, a semiconductor company, is quoted as saying, “The rate at which organizations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

What could be truer? In our increasingly competitive, global, fast-moving economy, companies that take learning seriously—or more accurately, the learning of its people seriously — are much better off than companies that don’t.

And, such “learning organizations” stand in marked contrast to that other kind, which tend to base decision-making on tradition, history, bias, emotion, and perception rather than verifiable data. Read more…

Training & Development

The 7 Keys to Great Coaching – and Boosting Employee Productivity

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“In both children and adults, there can be a hard-to-deny link between a robust sense of hope and either work productivity or academic achievement.”Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer for TIME Magazine.

Today’s leaders communicate a vision for the team and blaze the trail for everyone to follow. They figuratively fire up a bulldozer, clear out the brush, and smooth the way from here to there.

Leaders make it easy for people to get where they need to go — and give them hope that they can. Coaching has always been one of the primary ways to achieve this, by offering workers the opportunity to improve. To paraphrase an old Meineke Muffler commercial, coaching can “make them fit.” Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

Want a Competitive Advantage? Get Your Team to Make Faster Decisions

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Can your team make a decision?

I was recently thinking about a moment in my career that taught me several things about team decision making.

It was many years ago in my staff meeting. I had opened a topic for discussion that I knew the members of my staff disagreed strongly about. Read more…

Training & Development

The Manager Training Gap: Why Aren’t They Getting Help They Need?

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The American Society for Training & Development recently found that 26 percent of new managers felt unprepared to transition to a leadership role, with 58 percent saying they didn’t receive any training at all.

This statistic is endemic of a large misconception about managers — whether they are promoted internally or recruited for their experience, companies naturally assume that since they have done good work in the past, transitioning to management should be a quick study for them. Read more…

Training & Development

Talent Transformation: Why It’s Important to Keep Developing Your Team

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Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King, American writer. 

Every organization has its “Campers” — uninspired workers who hunker down and do only what they have to, waiting for the weekend to come, and eventually, retirement.

They meet the minimum requirements of their positions, but you rarely get much more out of them. They’ve either reached their career goals or given up on their dreams, accepting what they’ve achieved as the best they can do. They’ll stay where they sit, thanks very much.

Fortunately, that’s the exception — most people do want to do their best and get ahead. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Investing in Employees: Smart Companies Are Increasing Their L&D Budgets

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A 2014 report from Bersin by Deloitte, The Corporate Learning Factbook 2014: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market relays some positive information regarding investment in employee development.

It says that businesses increased training budgets by an average of 15 percent last year, reflecting the highest growth rate in this area in the last seven years. It’s also likely that as the economy continues to mend, organizations are able to reinvest in areas that experienced significant cost cutting during the downturn.

At a time when there is discussion of a lack of specified skills in the talent pool, this would appear to be welcome news, particularly because this investment applies not only to short-term training. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

It’s High Time For Business to Start Investing in Millennials

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Failing to prepare … is preparing to fail. – John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach

We constantly see media coverage discussing the business world’s negative perceptions of younger workers.

At times it seems like an unfair piling on for a generation that’s been bombarded with negative labels like entitled, unwilling to pay their dues, and unprepared. The good news is that much of the coverage is now discussing the reasons why such labels persist based on research, analysis and facts rather than a common starting point of “…when I was starting out …” Read more…