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Do training departments still train?
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Trends in business, especially in HR, tend to come, go and then recycle. Sometimes, though, the change is more permanent. Here's an example: the role of training coordinator has become less about training and more about coordination. Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth (the early 1990s, when email was in its infancy and it was going to make all our lives easier — remember?) the big trend in HR and Training was to outsource the function. Nobody needed to keep trainers on staff — you could hire an outside company to come in and teach anything you needed, and the internal Training role became largely transactional: teach orientation classes, find vendors, schedule classes and spend your time doing assessments to prove ROI so you could keep your job. More

Special report on employee relocation: Strategic moves
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Although employee relocations historically have been viewed as obligatory for workers to accept, employers seldom saw the transfers in a strategic light. That appears to be changing, as moves are finally being analyzed as elements of long-term talent development processes instead of haphazard responses to skills or personnel crises. The recession forced a drastic shift in relocation philosophies in the last two years, as companies struggled to find the right people for a position, move them where they’re needed and keep them there in an economically feasible way. Yet one of the latest trends in relocation — if not the leading one — is employees' refusal to move, leaving employers scrambling to fill positions as hiring struggles to return to pre-recession levels. More

Back to School with ISPI and Rossett, Gayeski, & Rosenberg
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As the month of August begins, we are starting to see signs of the new school year approaching. Store shelves are lined with supplies, lunch boxes, and backpacks. Everywhere you turn, the focus is Back to School. ISPI believes September is a perfect time for you to head Back to School with us, and jumpstart your professional development. You can still buy that new fall outfit or the latest writing gadget but since our program is online, there’s no need to worry about packing bags, making a flight, or changing rooms for each presentation. The only requirements are a computer, a telephone, and an interest to learn the latest tools and tips for better workplace performance. Join featured speakers Allison Rossett, Diane Gayeski, and Marc Rosenberg online on Sept. 13, 2010, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time in ISPI's virtual classroom and experience learning at its best. More

How to manage managers
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Your company's managers are smart, committed, and passionate. How can you make sure they perform to their potential? When you work for yourself, as most entrepreneurs do, the notion of "managing" those you have hired to do just that may seem quaint in light of all the work you need to catch up on. But as the company you started begins to grow, and you hire more and more people to fuel that growth, it is a good idea to take a step back from the day-to-day grind and consider what it might mean to both you and your company if you devoted some of your time to thinking about how best to manage your managers. After all, the more people you empower to make decisions, and that free you up to think more strategically, the faster, at least in theory, your company can grow. More

Business benefits of being social
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Charles Coy, director of product strategy and corporate social networking expert for Cornerstone OnDemand wrote on, "Continuing my series on talent management strategies for a post-recession world, I'd like to discuss enterprise social networking technologies and how they can help organizations increase productivity and revenue — particularly at a time when businesses are trying to make up for the past two difficult years. Most businesses possess large amounts of institutional knowledge that is difficult or impossible to access. Connecting employees with the knowledge they need, when they need it can increase productivity and drive innovation. Although many employees may want to use these technologies, most businesses don’t know how to get started with internal social collaboration. They are also hesitant to allocate resources toward implementing these technologies until the business benefits are clear. Although attitudes are slowly changing, many employers still fear the potential for lost productivity and disclosure of intellectual property." More

An assessment of internal audit
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PricewaterhouseCoopers has been conducting the State of the Profession survey since 2005 to provide audit leaders with important data and insights into current issues affecting the internal audit community. The business environment has become more challenging for many organizations, and the expectations of internal audit's stakeholders have increased significantly in the wake of the economic crisis. Although internal audit has not been immune to cost-cutting measures taken by many companies, the impact has been less severe than on other parts of an organization and include reductions in travel and training, delays in staffing open positions, and, in some cases, the elimination of positions. Internal audit teams are also being asked to take on additional responsibilities such as integrating other compliance and assurance functions and expanding the scope of internal audit's work. More

ISPI SkillCast: Working together when you are apart: Web-based collaboration tools
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The cost of travel means teams that are not co-located must rely on collaborating via the web. Unfortunately, this sounds better than it works. You can waste a lot of your team's time just trying to operate the web tool. This session will provide a decision matrix to help you evaluate your needs and the tools that will help meet them. We'll discuss how these tools can help your distributed work team be productive virtually. More

Why organizations fear change and tips to change that
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After decades of probing the elusive concept of change, experts agree about one thing: Organizations must change or else they'll perish. And that change involves the entire organization. Yet, the biggest stumbling block is implementing it. This is where the change issue gets sticky, because the pundits have yet to come up with template-type solutions for making it happen. Researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania found that only about 20 percent to 50 percent of major corporate re-engineering projects at Fortune 1000 companies have been successful. "Mergers and acquisitions fail between 40 and 80 percent of the time," they say. More

Udemy collects $1 million to expand casual learning platform
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Great teachers prepare their students to be lifelong learners, even after they leave the classroom. And judging from the $9 billion that Americans spend each year on “casual learning” products—that is, courses, conferences, seminars, DVDs, self-help books, and other forms of instruction outside of formal educational institutions—they may be succeeding. One small company tapping that phenomenon just got a big boost. It's a Palo Alto, Calif., startup called Udemy — the name is a mashup of “you” and “academy” — and it announced recently that it has collected $1 million in seed funding from a group of angel investors. The funds will help Udemy scale up its Web-based courseware platform, which can be used by anyone with expertise they want to share. These DIY instructors can develop online courses consisting of videos, PowerPoint presentations, and text files. More
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