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Documentation of Employee Discussions is all Important

 

As with law, the dictum for management is this: What is not documented does not exist. One can look back at the age-old Latin adage to this effect -Verba Volant, Scripta Manent, meaning “what is said flies, what is written stays”. This just about summarizes the need for documentation in organizations.

Documentation is at the heart of organizations, because when employees take an organization to court for some strong reason such as termination -and there is no…

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Added by TrainHR on September 22, 2017 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Habits can Build a Dream, Elite Team

The ultimate aim of an organization has to be to build a dream team that can synchronize, coordinate and communicate with the confidence and aplomb of elite SEAL teams of the US navy, which are known for these qualities. This certainly is not wishful thinking. Corporate…

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Added by TrainHR on September 8, 2017 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Getting the Elements of Pre-Employment Testing Right

Pre-employment testing is an important and integral testing in the process of hiring the right candidate. It is aimed at gauging the potential or proven abilities of a candidate who the organization has zeroed in on, in relation to specific abilities and faculties. Pre-employment testing is…

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Added by TrainHR on September 7, 2017 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Understanding and Ways of Dealing with Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious area of cybercrime. In simple terms, identity theft, as the term suggests, is committed when a cyber thief impersonates a person’s identity and obtains important personal information such as Social Security Number, health records or debit or credit card details, and opens a financial account or starts spending using the victim’s information. When identity theft happens, people realize that the money in the bank account or credit cards is siphoned off. More often…

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Added by TrainHR on September 6, 2017 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Deeper Understanding of The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is an important, recent legislation passed by the American Congress. Having come into effect from mid-2008; GINA is closely tied to, and is, in fact enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). GINA applies to…

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Added by TrainHR on September 1, 2017 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Succession Planning is Important. It is more Important to get it Right.

Among the many epithets that have been part of organizational lore is that invaluable one from Peter Drucker, of change being the only constant. We heard this adage decades back, but it is worth repeating many times over, because the truth behind this dictum is not likely to change.

When organizations know that change is a certainty about any aspect of their business; it makes sense to keep in mind that leadership…

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Added by TrainHR on August 30, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Making the Job Interview More Effective

Ask an HR professional which the most important tool for selecting a candidate is, and the pre-employment interview is likely to emerge as the overwhelming answer. Few other means get close to the interview as a tool for helping an organization with the hiring. No other method…

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Added by TrainHR on August 29, 2017 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Hiring the Right People is at the Root of Building a Great Organization

Great people make great organizations. This is universally true, no matter what kind of business the organization does, and what its size. Having great people in organizations is like a sportsman having an optimum level of fitness. Just like how injuries or illnesses impede her ability to compete; the same…

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Added by TrainHR on August 11, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Endless “Born or Made” Debate about Leadership

Leadership, as we all know well, is the biggest factor in an organization. It is the most significant ingredient in an organization’s success or failure. An organization is known by its leadership ability, just as a nation, too, is known by it. Some organizations, like nations, have shown exemplary…

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Added by TrainHR on August 10, 2017 at 11:47am — No Comments

Best Practices for Dealing with Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is one of the most serious issues facing the American workforce. Workplace violence manifests itself in a multitude of ways. Threatening to carry out or carrying out an act of physical violence, intimidating, harassing or disrupting the activities of colleagues at the workplace come under…

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Added by TrainHR on August 9, 2017 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Guarding against Ransomware

Ransomware is a malicious software that attacks the vital IT systems of organizations. Most ransomware attacks come in the form of normal mails, eliciting that the user open an attachment. When unsuspecting employees or individuals do so, the virus blocks their access to files in the system. The attackers unlock or release the access to the files only when the ransom, usually in the form of money, is transferred to their account through surreptitious means. Hence the name.

Typically,…

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Added by TrainHR on August 8, 2017 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Balanced Scorecard is a Good Tool for Optimizing Organizational Performance

The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) can be a good metric to have in an organization. It is not really a new concept, as it has been in use for about a quarter of a century, when the Harvard Business Review published a paper on this topic from Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. Initially…

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Added by TrainHR on August 7, 2017 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Dealing with Disruptive and Dysfunctional Coworkers

Let’s admit it. Not all bosses and coworkers are pleasant. Many are, but many others are offensive, uncooperative, jealous, rancorous, cantankerous and what not. In workplaces, in which we spend a major part of our lives, having to deal with these kinds of people is necessary, because it is…

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Added by TrainHR on August 4, 2017 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Employee Engagement is the Finest Art for an Organization to Cultivate

No organization can be more blessed than those whose employees want to contribute their best and feel excited and motivated to come to work, are absorbed in the work they are doing, and feel like giving new and fresh ideas that work.  Employees who go out of their way and contribute work and ideas towards improving the bottom line or enhancing its standing in the market are priceless.

Yet, such an organization is not one that is created in the heavens. It becomes so by…

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Added by TrainHR on August 3, 2017 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Learning to Deal with Emergencies at the Workplace

Most managers and employees learn the skills related to their work and try to excel there. While there is no argument on the need for this, there are a few special skills that employees at all levels, be it managers or the sub staff, need to learn and be familiar with. It is a skill that is useful to such…

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Added by TrainHR on August 2, 2017 at 11:17am — No Comments

Getting the Most of Telecommuting

With telecommuting and remote working gaining in popularity as a mode of work; it is essential for managers today to add one more skill to their resume: the ability to manage remotely located teams effectively. This ability is not rocket science or a faculty present in only select individuals. It can…

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Added by TrainHR on August 1, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Managing Workflows Requires Quite an Ability

Managing workflows is a serious talent. Managers and many other employees are required to handle umpteen tasks, all of which need to be completed at more or less the same time. When tasks are scheduleding tightly, most of the…

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Added by TrainHR on July 31, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Meetings Have to be Effective if They Have to Serve Their Purpose

Meetings, meetings and meetings. Many organizations seem to have unlimited numbers of meetings all day, to such an effect that meetings have more often than not become the butt of office ridicule. Many jokes about the total waste of time that meetings do the rounds. Sample a…

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Added by TrainHR on July 28, 2017 at 11:01am — No Comments

Onboarding New Hires is a Skill

Onboarding starts with the induction of the new hires. It includes their acclimatization with all the important aspects of the new organization, such as the business, the organizational culture,…

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Added by TrainHR on July 27, 2017 at 12:08pm — No Comments

An Explanation of the D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment

A 100-employee business spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week on just clarifying communications. In the process, it ends up losing over half a million dollars annually on this exercise. The reason: Lack of effective communication. This is at the heart of the problems that most organizations face. About 70% of small to mid-size businesses admit that communication is their primary problem.   

The cost…

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Added by TrainHR on July 26, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

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