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What States and Jurisdictions Require Harassment Training for Employees?

24 June 2024

What States and Jurisdictions Require Harassment Training for Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On the ASE hotline, we are often asked which states and jurisdictions require harassment training.  Currently, Michigan does not.  We are still waiting to see what laws will be proposed before the end of year.  The election will likely influence activities by the legislature.

The Role of Training in Building Your Company’s Succession Plan

18 June 2024

The Role of Training in Building Your Company’s Succession Plan

Author: Clifton Clarke

Google defines succession planning as a business strategy companies use to pass leadership roles down to another employee or group of employees. Given the youngest baby boomers are expected to begin retiring in 2031, seven short years from now, companies should begin the process of preparing the next generation of leadership. A seismic shift will begin to take place. Will your company be prepared to seamlessly continue strategic action? Only if you begin soon. This article though, is not...
5 Ways to Create Knowledge Transfer

14 May 2024

5 Ways to Create Knowledge Transfer

Author: Clifton Clarke

No one likes to waste time.  If there is anything we’ve all learned from the Covid-19 crisis, it is that time is very valuable, and in business, that means MONEY.  It also may shock some of you to know that even training professionals don’t like wasting time.  We look for ways in which we can train your employees as fast as possible with the best results possible.  This, for us in the industry, is called Knowledge Transfer.  In other words, how do we make...
A Comprehensive Guide to Upskilling and Reskilling

23 April 2024

A Comprehensive Guide to Upskilling and Reskilling

Author: Heather Nezich

Upskilling and reskilling have become a key objective for today’s workforce. Technological advancements, demographic shifts, and the ever-changing economic landscape demand a workforce that is adaptable, agile, and equipped with the latest skills. As businesses strive to stay competitive and individuals seek to future-proof their careers, the need for continuous learning has never been more crucial for both employers and employees.

Using AI in Training

9 April 2024

Using AI in Training

Author: Clifton Clarke

Everyone is talking about AI! Artificial intelligence is changing our landscape on every level. In the training world, facilitators are starting to rely on its benefits. Here is your cautionary warning and some things to look out for when using AI for training:

Going PRO Talent Fund Opens Its Next Application Cycle

2 April 2024

Going PRO Talent Fund Opens Its Next Application Cycle

Author: Heather Nezich

The Michigan Going PRO Talent Fund offers more than $55 million to employers for training that will lead to a worker credential for skills that are transferable and recognized by industry. Though focused on hard skill training, Going PRO grants can be used to develop supervisor skills in the employer’s workforce. 

Tell Your Story!!

12 March 2024

Tell Your Story!!

Author: Clifton Clarke

Have you ever heard these words? “Picture it, Sicily, 1919…” or “Back in St. Olaf, we…” Those phrases made a whole generation laugh and still entertain us today on the television show, Golden Girls, which ran from 1987-1992 on NBC.

Have Fun in Training This Year!

6 February 2024

Have Fun in Training This Year!

Author: Clifton Clarke

It’s a new year, start it off with FUN in your training classroom!  Any learning professional will tell you that the most effective way to transfer learning in the classroom is through an activity.  No number of cute graphics on the PowerPoint or how many jumping jacks a trainer can do to start the class (this is an actual thing), will make the learning stick like a fun game.  There’s a term for this and that term is “GAMIFICATION.”  Sounds cool...
New Year Means Focus on Training

2 January 2024

New Year Means Focus on Training

Author: Clifton Clarke

Alas, 2024 is here and usually that means resolutions.  I am a firm believer in building habits so that resolutions and goal setting can happen throughout the year, not just for the turn of the year.  Depending on how your 2023 turned out, it’s probable you have goals for your teams for 2024.  Make sure one of those goals is training.  Here are three reasons why:

What Employees Want from L&D in 2024

12 December 2023

What Employees Want from L&D in 2024

Author: Heather Nezich

TalentLMS, in collaboration with Vyond, a leading AI-powered video creation platform, released a research report on the 2024 learning and development trends within organizations. 41% of employees said they will look for another job in 2024 if their company doesn’t provide them with training opportunities. 

Top 3 Ways to Teach Kinesthetic Learners

21 November 2023

Top 3 Ways to Teach Kinesthetic Learners

Author: Clifton Clarke

This is part three of a series about the elements of a presentation that should be included for the three types of learners.  Previously, we covered auditory learners (those who learn by hearing) and visual learners (those who learn by visual elements).  Kinesthetic learners, also known as tactile learners, thrive when they can actively participate and engage in the learning process. These learners benefit from hands-on activities and physical movement to help them understand and...
Teach Your Learners to “See the Light”!

31 October 2023

Teach Your Learners to “See the Light”!

Author: Clifton Clarke

Learning how your employees learn could be the best use of your time yet.  By understanding the three learning styles, leaders can maximize effectiveness not only in training but also business in general.  There are three types of learners: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic.  In a previous article, I shared with you a learner who was so Auditory, she knitted a whole Teddy Bear in our 4-week class and was almost perfect on her exams.  It was this inspiring situation that...
Strategies for Navigating Recession Through Employee Development

24 October 2023

Strategies for Navigating Recession Through Employee Development

Author: Heather Nezich

In preparation for an impending economic downturn, McKinsey emphasizes the significance of focusing on employee development as a strategic advantage. According to recent research from the McKinsey Global Institute, companies that prioritize both human capital development and effective workforce management tend to outperform their peers in terms of profitability and resilience, while also excelling in talent attraction and retention.

Three Components Needed in a Training Analysis

10 October 2023

Three Components Needed in a Training Analysis

Author: Clifton Clarke

Do you know if your team needs training?  A training analysis involves a systematic process of gathering information and assessing various factors to determine the training needs of individuals or a group of employees in an organization. Here are three key components typically involved in a training analysis:

Employees Crave Career Advancement and Promotion

3 October 2023

Employees Crave Career Advancement and Promotion

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a recent ADP Research survey, 40% of respondents now place career advancement on their priority list, marking a substantial increase from the previous year's 23%. In fact, it surpassed the importance of flexible working hours.

Manufacturing Day is October 6, 2023

26 September 2023

Manufacturing Day is October 6, 2023

Author: Linda Olejniczak

What is manufacturing day? It is a national day where high school students can learn about modern-day manufacturing, career options, and more. Students can visit a local facility and envision their future careers. They can connect current classroom learning to on-the-job skills. Careers in manufacturing today are much different than years ago. Today, the manufacturing industry utilizes technology to create and build the latest and greatest products. 

Teach Your Learners Who Love to Hear it First!!!

19 September 2023

Teach Your Learners Who Love to Hear it First!!!

Author: Clifton Clarke

Learning how your employees learn could be the best use of your time yet.  By understanding the three learning styles, leaders can maximize effectiveness not only in training but also business in general.  There are three types of learners: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. 

Guiding New Supervisors Towards Success

12 September 2023

Guiding New Supervisors Towards Success

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of cultivating their internal talent to future supervisors. Transitioning from an individual contributor to a manager requires a shift in mindset and skillset. Many organizations have come to realize that simply promoting high-performing employees to managerial roles isn't enough. Instead, a systematic approach that combines training, mentorship, and ongoing development is essential.

Rediscovering the Value of In-Person Conferences

12 September 2023

Rediscovering the Value of In-Person Conferences

Author: Susan Chance

As I sit in a hotel room in Texas the day before the start of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) annual conference, it made me pause to consider how much better this is than going virtual during the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong, there are benefits to learning virtually, and I can learn from both virtual and in-person classes, but there is something different about an in-person conference.

Top 4 Icebreakers to Use in Your Classroom

29 August 2023

Top 4 Icebreakers to Use in Your Classroom

Author: Clifton Clarke

Creating a comfortable and engaging learning environment is crucial in the corporate classroom. Icebreakers play a vital role in fostering connections, breaking down barriers, and setting a positive tone for learning.

How to Convince Your Leader to Invest in Training

8 August 2023

How to Convince Your Leader to Invest in Training

Author: Clifton Clarke

Enhancing your skills and knowledge is crucial for your professional growth and overall job performance. However, persuading your leader to invest in training can sometimes be a challenging task. Develop a convincing value statement to support ongoing employee education by highlighting the following benefits of employee training:

Top Apps to Enhance Your Classroom

18 July 2023

Top Apps to Enhance Your Classroom

Author: Clifton Clarke

There are now numerous apps available that can enhance the learning experience for both trainers and learners. These apps provide innovative ways to engage learners, create interactive lessons, and track progress effectively. In this article, we will explore the five best apps for teaching that are revolutionizing education.

 

Workplace Literacy Matters – Assessing Skills (Part 1)

30 June 2023

Workplace Literacy Matters – Assessing Skills (Part 1)

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Workplace literacy refers to the fundamental skills employees need to have to fulfill their work functions and manage the demands of their jobs. Don’t assume great conversation skills equal reading and writing levels. That employee may hardly be able write their name or read a simple sentence.

Get Into It!  Learning Technology

27 June 2023

Get Into It! Learning Technology

Author: Clifton Clarke

I have a confession. I’m a “Techie” (Not a Trekie for your Star Trek fans!).  I love all kinds of technology!  I was just entering college when the internet took the world by storm in the late 90’s.  I’ve always understood technology to be a way to make our lives easier. In recent years, technology has revolutionized the field of education. With the introduction of instructional technology, trainers are now able to engage learners like never...
Are Your New Hires Lacking Soft Skills?

20 June 2023

Are Your New Hires Lacking Soft Skills?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A lack of soft skills appears to be a bigger problem than most organizations expected.  Many of the college graduates today were going to school during the heyday of the pandemic – studying and attending class remotely.  Because of the pandemic, many lost out on personal growth with social skills.  This could be a problem not just for current graduates but also for future graduates over the next few years.  What are organizations doing to onboard these...
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