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Training magazine’s Training Top 125 Award winners are the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world. The 2018 winners were recently announced.

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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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Does the Workplace Need More Casual Conversations?

I’m hopeful that a social media platform such as Workplace by Facebook might curb pretentious, overly formal e-mails and result in more workplace collaboration and higher productivity.

3 Tips for Creating Your Corporate Wellness Plan

The idea of your workplace having a wellness plan might be a radical notion, one mostly affiliated with big, tech corporations. But any company—from a small home-run business to a hip start-up—can craft a great wellness plan with a little bit of research, inspiration, and effort.

4 Ways to Create an Intrinsically Motivated Workforce

The fundamental flaw with most employee recognition programs today is that budget allocations largely ignore the informal social systems that successfully power human motivation, including feelings of appreciation.

Developing Leadership in a Growing Family Business

How do you keep your best people who are already great cultural fits engaged and growing to their fullest potential in an organization? The answer is through intentionality—that is to say, understanding how to define leadership and develop it.

The Soft Chauvinism of Low Expectations

As a woman, when I do a good job with my work, I find there’s always an element of surprise from my boss and the department head—as if to say, “Wow, who knew you had in you?”

Recruiting Emerging Producers and Experienced Advisors to Edward Jones

We continue to hire and train career changers, recent college graduates, and military veterans in large numbers, but we can accelerate our growth by also attracting a small but steady stream of already-successful financial advisors to join Edward Jones.

Training To Be Prepared

The key is momentum. It’s easier to keep your balance on a bike that is moving. A wrong decision can be changed. No decision leaves you with the problem.

Start With Seeing

An outward mindset begins with making more of an effort to see and understand others—their objectives, their needs, their challenges, and their circumstances.


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2017 Training Top 125 winners demonstrated a strong focus on effective training and employee development tied to corporate strategic goals and business impact.

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