TrainingFolks Blog

Grow Your Learning Consultant Team without Hiring New Employees

Posted by Lora Boiago on Apr 4, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Today's business environment calls for employers of all sizes to remain flexible. Among other things, this means the ability to increase or decrease the number of team members quickly and efficiently.

According to TrainingIndustry.com, scalability refers to an organization’s ability to handle a large increase or decrease in users, workload or transactions without undue stress. Many companies are able to enjoy the flexibility inherent in the scalability of engaging contract learning consultants. This is especially true for functional areas, such as learning, training and development, which often operate in a project-based environment and may be structured as a separate cost- or profit-center.

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Consultants Guide: Tips on Empowering your Virtual Training Team

Posted by Lora Boiago on Apr 1, 2013 10:48:00 AM


In early March, everyone was talking about Yahoo’s change in its telecommuting policy.  The change banned employees from having the option of working from home.  This decision sparked a controversial stir in the business world, not to mention the halls of Yahoo.  As Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, insists that face-to-face interaction generates more collaboration, many believe that the rise of email and other technology lessens the need for such encounters.

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Learning Consultants Guide: 13 Leadership Tips for an Optimal Organizational Development Program

Posted by Lora Boiago on Feb 25, 2013 3:23:00 PM

 

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Corporate Training Tips for Creating a Blended Learning Onboarding Training Program for New Employees

Posted by Matthew Davis on Feb 15, 2013 3:58:00 PM

Creating a Blended Learning Onboarding TrainingProgram.

Blended learning corporate training programs are invaluable in assisting you when you have a new employee joining your team. As they begin, they seem like a great fit and you are excited about getting them up and running as soon as possible. How will they integrate into your work culture without disrupting the business or frustrating the rest of your team? How much time and energy do you spend with them, and how do you avoid the blind risk associated with throwing them right into the job?

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The Value of Management Training Consultants: Mergers & Acquisitions

Posted by Jody Raines on Dec 12, 2012 1:56:00 PM

Management training is an ongoing and complex challenge. Especially during a merger or acquisition, there can be battle lines that arise based upon the pre-existing entities.  For any company or organization, if not handled appropriately this can be deadly. Regardless of industry or size, all companies have something in common - they survive by maintaining satisfied customers through their employees and managers. The importance of developing, training and rewarding a company's people through management training cannot be over estimated, and having a third party management training consultant who can be impartial and objective can provide much needed expertise and guidance through choppy and difficult times. 

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Tips For Maintaining An eLearning Program

Posted by Jody Raines on Nov 8, 2012 2:44:00 PM

Corporate training programs include eLearning initiatives as a valuable tool to share information among remote workers.  Using technology has made creating the program much easier than it had been in the past, yet there are opportunities to reduce the expense of change when it comes to maintaining the eLearning program.

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Topics: training consultant, training consultants, Instructional design, corporate training, eLearning program, eLearning change management

Corporate Training For Social Networking Initiatives And Compliance

Posted by Jody Raines on Oct 18, 2012 8:47:00 AM

Corporate training for employees about social networking and how to use social network sites can be tricky.  Of course you want to be sure to comply with NLRB guidelines with regards to employee rights, yet you also need to be sure to protect the company.

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Corporate Training: Top 5 Trends For Training Programs

Posted by Ashley White on Oct 2, 2012 9:38:00 AM

Corporate training companies continues to evolve and change, incorporating best practices and trends that prove to be effective. In keeping with nationwide trends in corporate training initiatives, most training consultants agree that there are 5 major trends that are best practices for training initiatives.

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Corporate Training Tips For Effective Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Jody Raines on Sep 18, 2012 10:01:00 PM

Corporate Training Programs are initated to provide a learning experience for workforce changes. To assure adoption of new programs, using positive reinforcement can strengthen and encourage performance along the lines of the desired outcome.  Most individuals react to positive reinforcement during corporate training initiatives by contributing and being more receptive to the program.

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Contract Instructional Design: 4 Stages Of A Change Intiative

Posted by Jody Raines on Aug 27, 2012 10:31:00 AM

Organizational change initiatives carry the burden for assuring the entire team understands and respects the new rules.  When mergers or acquisitions are on the horizon, change can create organizational confusion and this disharmony may result in organizational fallout.

Hiring contracts trainers to create training materials can facilitate changes during the life cycle of change initiatives.  Especially because contract instructional designer have a deep understanding of training methodology and can create training programs that will reinforce the new behaviors of the change initiative.

Understanding how change affects individuals psychologically and having the process in place to support and negate negative process can assure a smooth transition to new behaviors and activities.

The four stages of change include:

  1. Rebirth  - This is where the change must occur - and the organization has to move in a new direction.  In many organizations, there is resistance to the changes as well as inertia.  Performance has a tendency to deteriorate if the new initiatives are not met head on.  Mistrust of the new way of doing things may be due to misunderstanding of the new expectations.  Having a program in place to communicate what the changes are and what the expectations are for the new system can overcome issues before they happen. Dealing with a contract trainer can prepare the organization before the change happens and will facilitate adoption.
  2. Growth  - As the new processes are implemented, the positive results will fuel growth of adoption.  It’s important that the reinforcement of the changed behaviors is in place to assure that the organization continues to move forward and not backwards.
  3. Maturity - As the changes become the new norm, the organization then enters a phase of maturity of the change adoptions.  Individuals start to take the new processes in stride and the benefit of the change initiative become apparent.  This is when the tasks have been appropriately defined and the new structure is effectively implemented.  Maturity happens more rapidly when the organization is lead through the process of change implementation.
  4. Evaluation - Its important any time there is change to review and evaluate how the change is affecting the organization.  There are three possible outcomes of any change - they are renewal, stagnation or decline.  The best possible outcome is renewal - where the new processes take hold and the organization moves forward with growth.  The other two possible outcomes - stagnation or decline - are both unfortunate results when a change has been started and the follow through suffers. 

No matter how large or small the organization, it's important to think through and plan the types of changes that will be experienced for the company to survive.  Any change, regardless of type, from implementing new procedures and protocols to downsizing are potential pitfalls for a company to experience.  Having a process leader and implementing a change with metrics for adoption can improve the possible outcome and results from the change intiative.

Research Study on Managing Change Initiatives
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