Why you must track participation in training


In many workplaces, promotions partly depend on completing training sessions or otherwise showing efforts to improve and grow. But some employees won’t make the effort. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t sue over missed promotions. That’s why you should be prepared to show which employees took advantage of training opportunities and which employees didn’t.

4 years after GSA scandal, feds ease limits on training

When the General Services Administration dropped $823,000 in 2010 to fly 300 federal workers to a lavish team-building conference in Las Vegas—complete with clowns, a mind-reader, an employee-produced rap video and after-hours parties in hotel suites—the Obama administration cracked down. But now, the pendulum is swinging back.

Oil firm turns employees into decision-makers


Engineers and others who work for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in The Woodlands, Texas, are expected to make decisions that will help the company profit and grow. Not all of them are used to that. So when any of its 3,500 employ­­ees expresses a lack of confidence about reaching beyond his or her comfort zone, the organization teaches the would-be decision-maker how.

Perks at digital marketing firm encourage employee creativity


Employees of Boston-based C-4 Analytics joke that they “already get to play on Facebook all day” as part of their work as digital marketers, says managing partner Michael Weiss. Yet execs have woven time into employee schedules to get them away from their workstations to “recharge their creativity and focus.”

PR firm trains, mentors new hires for full year

New hires at public relations agency Steinreich Communications spend their days participating in client meetings and brainstorming sessions with their new colleagues. It’s all part of a first-year program devoted to honing skills in client service, writing and placing client stories in the media.

Training and development spending ticks up 1%

U.S. employers spend an average of $1,208 per employee on training and development, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Association for Talent Development.

Discrimination: Title VII


HR Law 101: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against workers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. An array of federal and state laws further refine the definition of discrimination ...

Sexual Harassment: Overview


HR Law 101: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Courts are increasingly taking a dim view of employers that don't take decisive action to prevent sexual harassment ...

Stop workplace bullying by training your staff

It isn’t just about protecting employees. It’s also a sound risk-management strategy against harassment liability.

The training intentions were good; the marketing was questionable

Officials at the St. Louis County (Mo.) Police Academy identified a training need and jumped to address it. But they may have wanted to think twice about how to describe it.

Florida hotel touts focus on 'people before policies'

At the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa on Florida’s Gulf Coast, 70% of management positions are filled internally, and 18 employees were promoted into manager roles over the past year. HR execs there credit the resort’s “people before policies” philosophy.

Employee isn't enthusiastic about training his replacement?

To convince a worker to help with grooming the next in line, send this message.

If a new employee leaves in short order, is there a way to recoup training costs?

Q. Can we require employees to repay the company (through payroll deduction) for training costs if they quit or are fired within one year?

DOL offers A-to-Z guidance

Tired of all the acronyms and jargon of U.S. employment law and everything else that has to do with labor and the workplace?

How employers support employee career development

Most employers are willing to pay for these kinds of professional and career development activities, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2014 Employee Benefits survey.
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