Continuing Education: The Business Case

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Continuing education is an investment that benefits both organizations and employees; to sell its importance, employees need to communicate the value of that investment in a win-win way. Too often though, employees try to justify continuing education by describing its benefits to them individually —rather than by describing the benefits to the organization.  Let’s look…
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How to Love Lifelong Learning: Five Options for Continuing Education

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Continuing education is part of lifelong learning — and we are never done!  Whether you have been out of school for years, or you are looking for the next educational experience after finishing your MBA, learning opportunities are everywhere. This article reviews five different types of continuing education that professionals often choose to engage with….
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Women in Leadership

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We recently worked with a female leader who had gotten feedback from a 360-degree feedback exercise. The feedback was positive, with constructive comments on the leader’s strengths and a few suggestions for expanding her impact as the organization grew. This leader was clearly making a positive difference in her organization. Several of the feedback providers…
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Leadership Skills for the Future

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The world is an uncertain and fast-moving place, and the leadership skills needed in the past are not the ones that will get you to the future.  Here are four leadership skills and characteristics that are particularly important in this environment: Technology and Process Savviness: While a lot of leadership articles talk about the importance…
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Emotional Intelligence and Safety

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Safety leaders are strong in technical skills — hazard assessment, risk management and safety controls — but soft skills can vary widely. In fact, a common question raised in many safety workshops is “How can I get the employees to take the time to practice safety on the job?” Consider looking beyond the technical —…
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OSHA Reporting Requirements 2019

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June is National Workplace Safety Month!  To make workplace establishments and industries safer, OSHA gathers data on injuries and fatalities.  This information helps analyze industries to create standards to protect workers and prevent future accidents. OSHA launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to collect this data electronically.  The following employers are required to submit The…
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From a Distance: Team-Building for Remote Workers

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Many of today’s workplaces include a mix of local and remote employees.  How does a leader conduct team-building with employees who cannot be here face-to-face?  This article shares some ideas. Embrace video and build team member awareness. Today’s technologies, like Microsoft® Skype®, Google™ Meet, Zoom and Apple® FaceTime®, offer easy ways to connect face-to-face to…
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Team Building: Activities and Art

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Here’s a set of team-building activities that combine a “team-building day out” with short team-building activities and brain teasers that follow. First, plan a team-building day out with your group. While this may take some time, the investment is worth it to relieve stress and build camaraderie. Examples may include: Volunteer together at a food…
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