Thursday December 12, 2013
Anyone who has ever worked in training can identify the trainer's eternal dilemma. How do you help the pumped up, happy trainees, who pass their training session end test with flying colors, apply the new knowledge back on the job?
You can follow my recommendations about what to do before, during, and after the training session to facilitate the transfer of the training to the job. But, even when you do the right things right to foster training transfer, you do not control the environment in which employees must try to apply the new knowledge.
All components of the work environment affect the trainee's application of skills. Work environments are ready to foster change or they are not. Supervisors may resist employees performing in new ways. Employees have varying degrees of motivation to practice new skills. New ways of doing work may require more time. The employee may receive no recognition for applying new skills.
The above training transfer tips develop an environment that supports skill practice. If the trainer can impact the trainee's workplace, training transfer is more likely to occur.
The trainer's dilemma never ends. Your thoughts about training and training transfer? I've become a serious fan of on-the-job training opportunities versus seminars and training classes.
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Training Success Tips
Wednesday December 11, 2013
At some point in your working career, you will have a difficult boss. It's guaranteed. He or she may not be a nasty or critical boss, but perhaps they don't set clear direction, provide useful feedback, or offer praise and recognition. Difficult bosses come in all shapes and sizes and what's difficult for you may not be difficult for other employees.
Or, the difficult boss may just be unknowing, untrained, and clueless. Each circumstance differs, but one factor remains the same. If you have a difficult boss, you need to know how to most effectively work with the boss. You will benefit from my tips about working successfully with a difficult boss.
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Wednesday December 11, 2013
Not everyone will end up in the same career when this economic downturn improves. Perhaps your individual job no longer exists - even your field may undergo vast changes as employers struggle to remain competitive.
To compound matters, few employees stick with their current employer for their entire work life. Employees today, are likely to change jobs - and even, careers - many times.
In addition to keeping your resume constantly updated, pay attention to the hints and clues in your workplace that tell you whether your job is safe. While many employees claim that they never saw a layoff coming, these are actions you can take to stay mindful about the status of your employment. Are you in danger of getting fired or laid off?
Dawn Rosenberg McKay, who writes the career planning site for About.com has pulled together a terrific set of resources about adapting your career to a tough economy. No matter what looms on your horizon - even events you plan and are excited about - these resources will help you adapt your career to the new economy. They're worth your time.
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More About Careers and the Tough Economy
Tuesday December 10, 2013
On occasion, an employee or a former employee will ask you to write a reference letter to help improve their job searching success. If it's an employee that you valued, you'll want to help him or her out by writing a reference letter.
Here are a couple of tips about writing reference letters. More reference letter writing tips.
- Check with your Human Resources department to see what the company policy is about written references. They may be forbidden and your company policy may require that you send all such requests to HR.
- If reference letters are okay, determine whether you can write an honest, helpful reference letter. For a good employee, it's easy; for a so-so employee, the words become more difficult. If the employee was an underperforming, not-very-successful employee, I'd pass on the opportunity. Tell the individual that you don't feel that you can write a helpful reference letter.
- Because reference letters live forever and develop a life of their own (which is one of the reasons that I don't like them and I'd really rather talk to former supervisors), carefully date them. They will be photocopied for years. I've had applicants give me reference letters that are 20 years old (a practice that I also don't recommend).
- In your reference letter, speak truthfully, give examples, and where possible, provide numeric or verbal descriptions of the employee's achievements.
- Use these sample reference letters as a guide when you write your own. Here's my newest sample reference letter for an employee that you hated to lose. This new reference letter is for a marketing generalist.
More Sample Reference Letters
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