Dozen Ways To Promote Informal Learning

Learning management systems and learning content management systems are the centerpiece for many learning departments, but most organizations are unaware that these systems have capabilities to support informal learning. Learning leaders can support informal learning within systems, but all solutions are not rooted in technology. Some tactics require only that managers and employees revisit lessons when and where appropriate and provide adequate learning support or access to developmental resources. What follows are 12 ways to engage a workforce in informal learning tactics.   1. Encourage learners to continue learning after formal courses. Most enterprise learning systems provide a variety of communication capabilities that not only share administrative information about course…

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15 Habits that contributes in individual’s success

Attitude matters a lot at workplace. Various studies have proved that one most important ingredient that may turn a failure into success is attitude but at the same time, the study has also explained how our attitude is affected with individual’s habits. In a nutshell we can never ever neglect our habits as they are directly responsible for our attitude. Following are few habits that tops the list, read the, enjoy them and try to implement:- 1. Measure Success in Happiness Rather than Wealth The modern generation of employees are increasingly motivated by factors other than wealth, with job satisfaction, benefits and empowerment all key considerations. This also represents a shift…

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Seven Ways to Use Rewards to Fix Employees

1. Understand why the employee is having issues. Communication is the first step. Incentives or rewards will not engage problem individuals if they are struggling in other areas, so identify the root of the problem. Why is the employee struggling or not living up to expectations? Is it a lack of skills that can be solved with training? Is the employee’s personality creating obstacles to learning or improving? Are personal problems creeping into the office and causing performance issues? 2. Know the corporate culture. To build an effective rewards and incentives program, know employees and understand the culture in which they work. Many variables contribute to corporate culture, and demographics…

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10 Best Practices for Your Human Resources Department

1. HR is a potential employee’s first impression Human Resources departments should strive to not just be super efficient and organized with new hires, but should really think of themselves as the first ones to welcome a new employee and make a positive impression. Taking care of a new employee/intern’s unique needs is an important responsibility that should be done carefully. 2. Put it in writing and set expectations upfront Don’t assume new hires know what your organization expects. What may appear simple to you is foreign to the next person. So develop a straight forward employee handbook or manual to address the basics including job descriptions, attendance expectations, e-mail communication etiquette,…

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How to Create More Value From Employee Surveys

CEOs often proclaim that “people are our most important asset.” Yet many HR departments find themselves unable to play a significant part in translating these words into reality for several reasons: Some HR departments rely so heavily on bench-marking that they fail to customize their strategies to their organization’s unique circumstances, thereby almost guaranteeing they will, at best, stay average. Others get too caught up in the flavor-of-the-month programs. Many are so busy putting out fires they have no time to address what’s truly important – drivers of business results. Despite its potential, too often the only thing that comes out of the annual employee engagement survey is a big…

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Assess if Employees Are Really Happy

Happy Employees are considered to be the most productive. When it comes to a new employee’s journey with an organization, recruiting and on-boarding are top priorities in laying the foundation for human resources in making a new team member happy. But sometimes companies focus too much on making a great first impression, overlooking the opportunity to validate how new employees are feeling in their job in that initial period. According to Right Management, a subsidiary of the staffing firm Manpower Group, 44 percent of employees say they are “unsatisfied” and not happy at work. One way to reverse such a discouraging number is to invest in a 90-day happy check…

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How to Create a Culture of Succession Readiness

Let’s start with a quote “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. Every day for the next 18 years, 8,000 Americans will turn 65. That demographic includes today’s 47-year-olds. The AARP estimates only about 37 percent of companies have considered how this brain drain will affect them in the next five to 10 years. The situation is not very different in India where retirement/superannuation age for central Government and Public Sector Undertakings employee is 60 years. A big chunk of employees are going to depart from the organizations in next few years. The skills leaving the workplace will create a knowledge gap that is hard to fill. Therefore, leaders must…

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Skill Up on Office Politics

Whether we like it or not, office politics is everywhere. Turn on the TV, any channel really, and there it is: politics. Get up and go to work, and there it is again: politics. Despite its initial stench of nastiness, betrayal and lies, politics is actually a skill – and a worthwhile one. Seldom have leaders or managers in any business or organization gotten to where they are without playing some form of office politics. And if they managed to get by without doing so, it’s likely they got lucky, some experts say. One such expert is Jack Godwin, a political scientist and author of “The Office Politics Handbook: Winning…

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Amendment in Labor Laws 2010- ESI Act, 1948 in India

The Government of India through its notification in the official gazette dated: 25th May, 2010 has enacted The Employees’ State Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2010 to amend the earlier ESIC Act, 1948. The ESIC (Amendment) Act, 2010 has received assent of the President   on 24th May 2010. Further, as per the Government of India Gazette Notification No. S.O. 1296(E) dated: 1st June 2010, the Central Government has appointed the 1st day of June, 2010, as the date on which the said Act, except Section 18 thereof, shall come into force. Amended Section 18 comes into force on 3rd July, 2010. Following inter alia, are the salient features of the Employees’…

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The Industrial Disputes (Amendments) Act, 2010 No.24 of 2010

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT NOTIFICATION New Delhi, the 15th September, 2010 S.O. 2278(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2010 (24 of 2010), the Central Government hereby appoints the 15 th Day of September, 2010, as the date on which the said Act shall come into force. [F.No.S-11012/1/2007-IR(PL)] RAVI MATHUR, Addl. Secy. An Act further to amend the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. Be it enacted by Parliament in the Sixtieth Year of the Republic of India as follows:- 1. (1) This Act may be called the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2010. (2) It shall come into force…

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