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Sonic Automotive’s greatest challenge recently has been a decreasing SAAR (Seasonally Annual Adjusted Rate) of new car sales, as the United States is selling fewer new cars year-over-year. To overcome this, Sonic Automotive had to make wise training investments focused on maximizing ROI.

In an automotive retail industry that traditionally has limited its investment in training, Sonic Automotive boosted its Training team and spent $150 million on iPads and iPhones for all Sales and Service associates.


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) lives up to its name—and more—as it moves into the No. 1 spot on the 2018 Training Top 125, underscoring its firm commitment to best-in-class employee training and development.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World moves into the top spot on the 2018 Training Top 125.

Community Bancorp

With offices across multiple states, New York Community Bancorp, Inc., faced the common challenge of delivering consistent training within the organization. In response, the company distinguished itself by offering future-oriented technology solutions while expanding on the diversity of content and programming.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc., used the last year to firm up its position as a 21st century provider of learning solutions, offering employees the latest technologies and innovations for growth.

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When new hires choose your company as “the one,” it’s a big deal for them and you. And it’s personal. There’s nothing they want more than to belong — to fit in, understand their role, learn the ropes, and add value to the organization right away.

Because it’s personal, one-size onboarding isn’t going to work. Organizations should look at the new hire onboarding process as a complete experience. In fact, onboarding should begin from the moment the candidate says, “Yes.” That means personalizing the offer letter and pre-boarding experience and creating more than a task checklist about workspaces, computers, and paperwork. Strategic onboarding rapidly engages enthusiastic new hires into the life of the organization and keeps them continuously engaged with every career move or transition.

Why is it so important to get onboarding right?

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Events to Remember

By Kristen Coulter, Director of Communication, JP Horizons Business leaders often attend a professional development seminar, write down some notes in a binder, put it on a shelf when they return to the office, and get back to the daily grind. It’s a situation that costs companies money without producing many results.

Break Your Own Rules: Proceed Until Apprehended

By Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt There are plenty of instances in life when proper protocol entails obeying the rules. However, there are many othertimes when you need to give yourself the green light to proceed. Being bold and resolute takes practice. The best way to add assertiveness to your repertoire is by looking for opportunities to flex your muscles. Here are some hints to help you proceed until apprehended:

Ethical Lessons from the Penn State Case

By Darnell Lattal, Ph.D., CEO and President, Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) Penn State’s story of bad decisions and bad behavior sparked a national debate about personal moral conduct and the school’s perceived institutional failure to do the right thing. There were tremendous failures of judgment, of action, and of inaction. Since none of us are immune from acting unethically, what can we do to ensure our workplaces are not caught in our own failures of judgment, of action, and of inaction?

Hidden Costs of Temporary Workers

By Randall Hatcher During the early days of temporary staffing in the 1960s and ’70s, most companies turned to this option on a short-term, project, or seasonal basis only. As they started to increase their number of temporary workers, the enormous cost savings caught the attention of the number crunchers. Before long, some “temporary” jobs were lasting two, three, or five years, and others would end only if the business folded.

Domestic Violence Contributes to Workplace Violence

By Rich Cordivari, Vice President of National Accounts Business Development, AlliedBarton Security Services Violence in the home can lead to violence in the workplace. Employees are at risk for facing workplace violence where they, or their co-workers, are experiencing domestic violence situations. A violent spouse or significant other can come to the workplace to check up on, harass, threaten, or act out against their partner.

The Boss as a Mentor

By Jeff Kortes, President, Human Asset Management LLC

Supercompetent Speaking: Breaking the Ice

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP Connecting with your listeners can be the hardest part of presenting, especially if they don’t already know you. They might come into your presentation thinking, “Oh, boy, another dull speech.” Or they may feel alone, out of place, or unprepared for the experience. Worse, if your session is mandatory, and they have “better” things to do, they might even feel a little hostility toward you.

Developing Community Support

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist Everyone needs a friend to speak on their behalf. Especially when things get tough, it’s nice to have someone to count on. Companies—like individuals—must bank support. Times to call for endorsements inevitably arise. The time to build bridges is today...not when crisis strikes. In selling goods and services, third-party support may include past and present clients, suppliers, and industries affected by your customers.

When Did Robots Take Over Customer Service?

By Scott T. Merrick Training Account Manager Signature Worldwide On a recent trip to a well-known big-box retailer, I noticed with much pleasure a small child goading his mom into letting him scan their purchases through the self-service checkout. All I could think of was as a child I would have loved this, and now as an adult I was equally intrigued, so I went to one of the available self-serve kiosk and followed the instructions.

UPS Tranforms Its Talent and Performance Management Process

By Margery Weinstein Over the last few years, UPS has transformed its Talent Management and Performance Management Process to align job models and leadership competencies to attract, develop, retain, and reward its future leaders. In late 2009, the company implemented training to all U.S. full-time management to give them a clear understanding of why the changes were made, demonstrate the link between performance and pay, and to help everyone identify their skill gaps and areas of strength.

Maximizing Learning Transfer

By Raed S. Haddad, Senior Vice President, Global Delivery Services, ESI International It’s not just what you know; it’s how you use what you know. Attending a training class without proper post-course knowledge application and integration is a futile, yet common practice. In fact, a recent study shows that organizations estimate a high level of learning transfer to the workplace, but the reality does not bear that estimate out.

Bust Out of Recession Mode—How to Rally the Troops

By Mike Noble, Managing Partner, Camden Consulting Group Leaders must be able to help their employees see the possibility and promise of what is to come, while making peace with the past. A company can’t succeed unless its employees are invested in its success, and they need to get into the right mindset. An organization’s leadership team must have the ability to motivate and inspire. Here’s what leaders need to do to rally their troops and get them excited about the future:

Maintain Workstation Posture

By Michael Rich Millions of people each year sit in front of a computer with an arched back, crooked neck, and other poor posture habits. While many may view the threat of ergonomic-related injury as some type of a fairy tale, the potential for injury from repeated muscle stress is a scientific fact. To help protect your workers and ensure their productivity, follow these simple tips when at a computer workstation:

Effective Leadership Coaching Starts with the Right Culture

By Michael Stewart, Managing Partner, Work Effects One area of human resources that has grown considerably in recent years is leadership coaching. Coaching leaders isn’t about teaching a leader to do the things they already know how to do but just a bit better. It is about putting the ball in the hands of their teammates and guiding them to victory.

Making It Stick

By Kevin R. Glover, M.S., M.Ed., Vice President, Corporate Communications, Clinical Education and Sales Training, and Connie Murray, R.D., M.Ed., Director of Clinical Education and Sales Training at B. Braun Medical Inc.

What’s Your Refresh Learning Strategy?

By Dan Cooper, CEO, Ask a training professional about a certain skill set for employees and you’ll often hear something like, “Oh, we trained them on that two years ago.” The built-in assumption is, once you train employees on a topic, they’ve mastered it forever.


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