Human Resources Training

Piercings, Tattoos and More: Dress Codes For the Workplace – Legally Compliant Policies and Guidelines

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The dress code is an area in which an organization’s HR faces many questions. It will have to deal with posers relating to dressing by employees, such as: is only formal dressing allowed at the workplace? Is semiformal dressing also allowed? Do different positions have different dress codes? Finally, with the advent of the Millennials at the workforce, what policy does the organization have vis-à-vis tattoos and piercings for its employees?

The only way to address these and related issues is for the organization to be clear about these aspects. It should formulate guidelines for a formal dress code in a written form and publish it with the employees, as well as with the management. It is only when there is lack of clarity on these matters that the chances of creating unnecessary rifts and arguments are aborted. A written workplace dress code is also a strong line of defense for organizations if employees decide to take the legal route over this issue.

The ways by which to get a proper grasp of all the aspects of a legally compliant dress code, which will go a long way in avoiding unpleasantness between the employees and the management, will be explained at a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas, is organizing.

At this webinar, which will be on October 24, Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the expert. Please visit TrainHR to enroll for this webinar.

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Dr. Strauss will explain why a dress code needs to be put in place in a workplace and what benefits it offers. A dress code should reflect the organization’s culture and should show it in a positive light. It should put the employees at ease, and should also be appropriate for each generation that it is created for.

How to deal with matters that the present generations of the workforce consider important, such as tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols, will be addressed. At this webinar, Dr. Strauss will cover the following areas:

  • Reasons to have a Dress Code
  • Your rights as an employer to establish a dress code as a condition of employment
  • What to include in your dress code?
  • Defining business, business casual and casual
  • Professionalism: customer contact positions
  • Morale and respect among coworkers
  • Safety: office and manufacturing positions
  • Uniforms and logo wear
  • Piercings, tattoos and hair
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Hygiene
  • Cultural and religious considerations and other exceptions
  • Younger generation’s preference for informality
  • When companies have been taken to court about “dress”: discrimination cases related to sex or gender, religion, or race?
  • When does dress make a positive or negative impact on performance?
  • Designing a policy which corresponds to your business.

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About the expert: Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

 

 

 

 

 

Career Development, Human Resources Training

Harness your Energy – Build your Resilience – Lessons to De-stress, Decompress and Gain More Life

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Stress and anxiety are an indispensable side effect of our professional and personal lives. Almost no one is exempt from these. It is estimated that 20% of the people experience a mental health issue at some point of time in their lives. About a sixth of employees take off from work or school to deal with a mental health issue. If stress levels are such that they have consequences of such a profound nature, isn’t it time to do something about it?

Beverly Beuermann-King, an HR professional who specializes in working with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges and live healthy, will, at a webinar show how to cultivate the mind-set for handling stress through the S-O-S method.

This webinar, which is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the areas of human resources on October 25, is aimed at teaching its participants how to effectively manage their energy in order to be productive, motivated and happy. It will offer them a few practical tips that they can use while at work. Please visit TrainHR to gain the valuable learning imparted at this webinar.

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Anger, irritability and anxiety are but a few manifestations of stress. Stress is a fact of life, and nothing can be done about it. But we certainly can change the way we look at it and handle it. It requires resilience, focus and support. This webinar will explain how to attain all these using the S-O-S method. This method is aimed at helping people harnessing their energies and become resilient, which will help cope with bad situations.

It goes beyond being at the gym or taking a jog. It goes beyond even eating right. Discover the wonders of this outlook at this webinar, which has been designed to foster self-awareness among participants, imbibe them with new skills and tools to increase their energy, and encourage them to commit to a change.

These are the areas that this webinar will cover:

  • Proactively identify the various changes and challenges that are zapping their energy and negatively impacting their life
  • Understand the different types of stress busters that can be performed in the workplace that can release the physical effects of stress, protect your health and enable you to relax more and feel better
  • Recognize your energy cycle, avoid the afternoon slump and work with your body’s natural rhythms instead of against them to recharge yourself throughout the day
  • Utilize various resiliency strategies based on the S-O-S Principle TM to increase and restore energy such as power foods and adequate sleep
  • Utilize deep breathing as a primary relaxation and focusing technique, perform several types of ‘deskercises’ that can relieve tension and avoid various obstacles that prevent using the stress buster strategies.

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About the expert: Beverly is one of less than seventy Canadians to have earned their Certified Speaking Professional designation. A sought-after media spokesperson, she has made over 500 television and radio appearances on shows such as City TV and CBC, and in national publications from the Toronto Star newspaper to Chatelaine magazine.

For over 20 years, Beverly has used her S-O-S Principle with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges, and live healthy, successful lives.

Beverly launched her company, R ‘n B Consulting, in 1995, and since then she has helped teams from a wide range of industries (including healthcare, education, government agencies, finance, and not-for-profit) to shift from stressed out to resilient, enabling them to be happier, engaged, and successful.

Human Resources Training, Leadership

Get the Edge: Become a Discretionary Effort Leader

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There is something called discretionary effort that employees should bring at work. What this means is that, as somewhat opposed to smart work, which is essentially about being intuitive and tactful at doing an assigned task rather than toiling at it; it is mainly about an employee making up her mind about how much she is going to contribute to the work on a given day.

Why is this kind of outlook important? It helps to clear the clutter around tasks. It helps the employee to channelize her energies and creativity towards a chosen task, which will help her give her best to it, instead of dissipating energies into a whole host of diverse and often unneeded tasks. When the latter tactic is employed, the result is that the strengths are wasted on doing what is not going to produce results, and instead, spent on what is less productive.

Karla Brandau, CEO of Workplace Power Institute, will be the expert at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on October 22, at which this concept will be explained in detail.

Please log on to TrainHR to enroll for this valuable session.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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Discretionary effort is set to be a leading principle of the 21st century workforce. When exercised in the leadership position, it will help propel organizations into leading positions and will be the distinguishing factor between mediocre and excellent organizations.

Over the sixty minutes of this presentation, Karla will explain how employees can put in minimal effort at their chosen work and become a lot more productive naturally and smartly instead of having to grind it out. The result of following the principles of discretionary effort is that with less effort, employees can contribute more to the organization, increase profit and present themselves and the organization better with their customers.

This webinar is based on the book, “How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort”. Its principles, which are based on the Ross Brandau Discretionary Leadership Model TM, will help the participants to:

  1. Create a workplace where individuals feel safe, not only physically but safe to surface the truth
  2. Build a workplace where employees want to come to work and are challenged and supported in their professional growth
  3. Assess and understand the strengths and limitations of individual personalities enabling them to better communicate on a personal basis
  4. Refine the process of rational alignment of all teams and employees when providing vision and direction.

About the speaker: Karla is a thought leader in management and team building techniques. A specialist in personalities, communication skills, and leadership principles, she has authored the book, How to Earn the Gift of Discretionary Effort, which aims to teach managers how to be the leader people CHOOSE to follow, not have to follow because of their position on the organizational chart.

 

business communication, Human Resources Training

Extended DiSC: Improving Communication – Achieving Success

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Among the many methods of communication, the Extended DiSC assessment tool is considered an effective one. Using this methodology, people can understand and strengthen their core areas and their challenge areas. More importantly, they would be able to adapt their communication style to that of the person they are speaking to, an art that can be a potential life changer if cultivated right.

Want to understand how all the elements of DiSC can be used for improving communication and achieving high success? A webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the areas of human resources, on October 23, will show how.

Certified life coach, motivational speaker, trainer and author, Jennifer Slay, will be the speaker at this valuable session. Please enroll for this learning by visiting TrainHR.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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Why is it that with some people, our communication just flows, while with other, it is stilted? In the context of a business communication, a difficult conversation can be frustrating, as it can lead to loss of a valuable customer, leading to not just a lost sale, but also causing a blot on the organization’s reputation.

The learning offered at this Extended DiSC assessment report and self-development webinar will offer participants a map by which they can increase their effectiveness in successful interactions with others.

A self-assessment tool that measures how an individual prefers to interact with others; Extended DiSC creates a common language and a degree of self-awareness to better understand ourselves and others. It drastically increases the user’s willingness and ability to effectively relate, communicate, influence and motivate others. The result of doing this it that successful relationships are created with customers, prospects, colleagues, subordinates, managers, friends and family members.

For all the benefits it gives, the online DiSC questionnaire takes all of 10 minutes to complete. The comprehensive assessment report that will be generated after completion can be stored for future reference. The DiSC test is extremely helpful in supporting people who take it up in all walks of their life.

This webinar is of high value to all personnel in positions in which communication plays a key role. These include CEO’s, Middle Managers, Managers, Supervisors, Employees, Sales Force, HR Professionals, and Hiring Managers.

At this presentation, Jennifer will cover the following areas:

  • Developing an understanding of the different behavioral styles using the Extended DiSC framework
  • Identifying your own style
  • How to identify other people’s styles
  • Adjusting your communication style for success.

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About the expert: A certified Extended DiSC trainer, Jennifer has spent the last 20 years as a registered social worker working with various populations.

Jennifer was chosen as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth the II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her community work and as one of Canada’s women of confidence in the national publication, Chatelaine magazine.

Jennifer has a private practice in coaching and counselling, has taught online courses, and has been invited to speak in various settings from service clubs to major corporations.

Human Resources Training, Leadership

How to Prepare Millennials for Leadership

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A new generation is emerging at the American workforce: the Millennials. Who are these Millennials, and why are they important? Roughly, those born around 15 years from 1981, are classified as the Millennials, also called Generation Y or just Gen Y.

Why is this generation being talked about so much in the work circles of the US? Not only because they are set to become the dominant generation of the workforce once the generations that are active at present phase out, but also because this is the first generation that was born with complete access to technology and tools from very nearly the time of their birth.

This bodes special significance to the workforce in the US, a technologically developed and technology-driven society. This generation, unlike the previous ones, has never been required to be formally taught about technology only after it has entered the workforce. It has brought sufficient, in fact, sometimes, an overdose of exposure and knowledge about technology into the workforce. This is a key differentiator that Gen Y brings.

Since the exposure to technology has been almost natural, it is up to the management in organizations that hire them, to understand the standout characteristics this generation brings. Unless this is done, organizations will never be able to realize the potential this generation carries.

How do managements in the present-day organizations understand what it takes to make the best out of these Millennials? This valuable topic will be explored at length at a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing on October 17.

Tonia Morris, Founder of Simply HR, LLC, will be the expert at this webinar. Please visit TrainHR to register for this sixty-minute webinar.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The American workforce is going through a churn at this time. As many as five generations work in it at present. By around 2020, half of these will comprise of the Millennials. This calls for a fresh look and perspective about how to make the best out of their abilities. This calls for clarity in understanding their aspirations and expectations.

At this session, Tonia will dwell on this issue. In the course of this discussion, she will cover the following areas:

  • Mentorship
  • Think Laterally not Vertically
  • Meaningful Leadership Role
  • Feedback on Demand
  • Project Base Role
  • Develop Soft Skills

This session is aimed at the benefit of personnel who work closely with the workforce, such as Managers, Supervisors, Leaders, Human Resource Professionals, and Shift leaders or Team.

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About the expert: Tonia describes herself as a “Generational Connector”. The company she founded, Simply HR, LLC, is not only a consultant and management firm; it is also a speaking and training company.

Predictably, Tonia is at home with speaking and providing leaders with training solutions that cultivate a generationally-inclusive workplace. Her observation of the diversity and generational gaps in the workplace made her determined to start an organization of her own in which she could offer solutions to problems arising from this situation.

With more than 20+ years of progressive HR experience, Tonia provides keynote speeches, lunch-and-learns, and workshops for organizations and associations across the Southeast.

 

 

Human Resources Training, Leadership

Moving From an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader

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There is no debate on the importance a manager has for an organization. Being the personnel that run the organization; it is managers who carry out the vital organizational work, during the course of which, they have to take crucial decisions. Their work, needless to say, has a very strong impact on the organization.

Yet, for all the importance managers carry with organizations, they are not as critical to organizations as leaders. If the manager carries out work that the organization needs to sustain itself at the operational level, the latter visualizes and strategizes the organization’s very future, and takes it there. While the manager is important, the leader is stellar.

Having said this, these roles need not be seen or set in silos. A manager can become an effective leader, too. Proper orientation and training helps them to transition from being operational managers who manage and run the daily aspects of the business, to effective leaders, a role in which they develop a vision for the organization and take it to the target it is destined to.

The starting point of this change is for managers to move out of their operational mind-set to cultivating the leadership outlook. This role equips them with the power needed for anticipating, initiating and managing change needed to ensure that the organization grows to a point where it reaches high levels of competitiveness. Redefining and refocusing their thinking from time to time and sharing their ideal with the team, motivating it and taking the team members along the growth path are required for this.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the areas of human resource, will offer this valuable learning. At this webinar, which is being organized on October 25, Chris DeVany, the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, will be the expert.

Please enroll for this webinar by visiting TrainHR .

This webinar has been approved for 3 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The learning offered at this webinar will help participants move from being good managers to becoming great managers. It is designed for managers who want to raise their competitive edge by anticipating their customers’ priorities, needs and expectations. This learning is meant for managers who want to able to differentiate between operational and strategic data.

Chris will help managers broaden their perspective, cultivate a sense of flexibility without compromising quality, and increase their respective department’s value to the organization. This course is extremely useful for Managers that want to creatively develop sources of information and increase their staffs’ flexibility and responsiveness.

With the learning gained at this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Inspire and direct their team to greater readiness and competitiveness
  • Add value to their organization by understanding the needs of your customers
  • Anticipate, create and encourage change
  • Spot opportunities for successful strategic alliances
  • Become an innovative, visionary leader
  • Establish a strategic culture
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses in their work unit
  • Keep their unit moving forward
  • Take risks with confidence.

CEO’s, Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, Managing Directors, Regional Vice Presidents, Area Supervisors, and Managers, personnel who are required to take strategic decisions, will benefit immensely from this webinar.

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About the expert: Chris’ firm focuses on management and organizational development. He has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management.