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Training a key indicator of effective organizational culture

A full 83% of survey respondents from 439 organizations said training and learning facilitation had a positive influence on their workplace’s culture.

Avoid retaliation lawsuits with these 4 best practices

Retaliation claims brought by unhappy employees—or really, really unhappy former employees—continue to trouble employers nationwide. Here are four recommendations for setting up systems that can help prevent retaliation claims in the first place and—acknowledging that no system can prevent all such claims—at least help the organization establish and prove possible defenses to claims of retaliation that do arise.

Train employees on ‘bystander’ responsibilities to report harassment

In 2016, the EEOC released a report that said reducing sexual harassment at work often depends on co-workers being willing to report misbehavior when they witness it. Since then, it has been largely up to employers to define policies for so-called bystander reporting. Here’s how to structure bystander training that prevents sexual harassment instead of merely reporting it after the fact.

OK to require training that may violate some religious beliefs

Raymond objected to mandatory training on anti-gay bias, stating his religious beliefs about homosexuality precluded him from participating. He said it would compromise his faith.

Offer equal access to high-quality training

A federal appeals court has ruled that unequal or inadequate training may be an adverse employment action that can justify a discrimination lawsuit—just like demotion, failure to promote and termination.

Worried about a new hire? ‘Salvage operation’ tips

Most managers have faced this dilemma at least once in their careers: A candidate looks great on paper and gives a knockout interview; but two weeks into the new job, you’re less than enthused. You now have a choice: Cut your losses or run a salvage operation.

How to develop an effective workplace training program

Employee retention has been a significant challenge for many businesses in recent years, and that trend is not likely to slow down too much in 2023. Leaders looking to improve employee retention in the new year may be pleased to learn that a recent study by Emergn found that workplace training can act as a valuable retention tool.

Can racial equity training create a hostile work environment?

A former employee of Seattle’s Human Services Department is suing the city in federal court, claiming a program by the city’s Office for Civil Rights created a hostile work environment for him, as he is white.

New Year’s resolutions for employees hungry to learn

New Year’s resolutions for many HR staffers can be summed up in three words: Training, training and training.

HR pros want threat management training

According to a new study, 75% said that due to failing to notify their department in advance, violence occurred when an employee was furloughed or fired. This is why almost all human resources executives say behavioral threat assessment or threat management training is essential for their job.