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STEP UP!

How best to motivate employees and organizations to work together on career development and skills training.

No More Revolving Door

By Margery Weinstein Finding the right employees is a daunting task. It includes hours spent poring over resumés and much time spent on the phone and in face-to-face interviews with candidates, not to mention what sometimes amounts to months of training. The investment made in recruitment and training easily adds up to thousands of dollars for each new employee. With so much at stake, many companies—especially those in industries susceptible to turnover—are looking for new ways to keep thriving employees in place.

L&D Best Practices: July/August 2013

CAREER DEVELOPMENT By Sean Ramage, AVP, Talent Management, CarMax CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, we operate more than 120 used car superstores across the country and have sold more than four million cars. CarMax is a member of the Fortune 500 and a TrainingTop 125 winner.

A Feel for the Job

By Margery Weinstein A recent Columbia University Business School study found that people who rely on their feelings and intuition make more accurate predictions and do better at their jobs. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Training can help, particularly in teaching people how to slow down, increase self-awareness of internal energy processes, and find their connection to the world and the universe around them.

Soapbox: It’s All About the Manager

By Ross Tartell, Ph.D.,Technical Training and Communication Manager – North America, GE Capital Real Estate Business spends billions of dollars on training—more than $55 billion in 2012 alone, according to Trainingmagazine’s 2012 Industry Report. But does this enormous investment produce the desired results? Many would say no, a perception buttressed by the fact that 80 percent of training content is not applied to the job.

Soapbox: Riding the Technology Wave

By Marty Nowlin,Vice President, Human Resources - North America, ManpowerGroup We are living in a time when the world of work is changing, when the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty. These changes have affected the workplace and have led to the evolution of what we today call The Human Age.

Skills Gap Part 2: Schooled on Skills

Corporate/academic partnerships may be a big part of the solution to the skills gap. The key to success lies in understanding the challenges, choosing the right partners, and measuring effectiveness.

Secret Sauce for a Better Boss

Bosses who know their strengths, have the tools they need to succeed, and are adaptable enough to try out different job roles are leaders your organization and employees will respect and admire.

Farmers’ Presidential Leadership Program

Edited by Margery Weinstein To reach aggressive business goals, Farmers Insurance says it needs leaders who understand the destination and can inspire others to reach objectives as a team. Launched in February 2011, Farmers’ Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) develops emotionally intelligent, “whole” leaders who will engage the company’s employees to exceed business goals.

MassMutual Fosters Open Communication

Edited by Margery Weinstein Through employee engagement survey feedback, MassMutual Financial Group saw an opportunity to improve its ability to foster open and direct communication. This includes peer-to-peer and employee-to-manager communications.

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