Optimizing Telecommuting for Higher Productivity

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As the 21st century workplace evolves with the enormous changes being brought about by technology; the virtual workplace is now a reality. As more and more employees and organizations adapt telecommuting and remote working; managers have to bring in changes into their mindsets. Like all new introductions; this activity too, comes with challenges, but these can be overcome with some thoughtfulness, practice and persistence.

Organizations that manage their telecommute policy efficiently enjoy many benefits:

  • Employees work in an organization whose culture and environment they are familiar with. This eliminates the need for acculturation or acclimatization

 

  • Employees who are permitted to work from home will be able to balance their work life situation, which results in greater productivity. Work life balance is proven to be a crucial factor for facilitating and boosting productivity

 

  • They will be relatively fresh over longer hours of the workday, since they spend much less on stressful activities like travel

All these, it goes without saying, can only be achieved if the managements in a company understand the ways of making telecommuting work. Management needs to be openminded and flexible in understanding the elements of telecommuting, failing which the entire process produces the antithesis of what it should: lack of coordination, poor or untimely communication, delayed delivery, and many others.

Knowledge of how to derive the advantages of telecommuting

The dynamics and intricacies of telecommuting, understanding which is necessary to help organizations get the best out of it, will be offered at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry.

The speaker at this webinar is Chris DeVany, founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development. Please register for this webinar by visiting  TrainHR .

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.

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).

Addressing the areas of concern

At this webinar, the speaker will teach participants the ways by which they can acquire and hone the skill of managing teams remotely. Chris will pack this hard-hitting workshop with powerful exercises, models and case studies specifically designed for managers of multiple locations to heighten the learning and make it relevant and meaningful.

Chris will detail what it takes to manage telecommuting and remote working, which will enable employers to understand how to get it right. He will take up for clarification some of the core concerns of managers who manage teams remotely, such as

  • The possible loss of time and productivity lost by members of the team because they are spread out and work in different time zones
  • The need for added paper work
  • Lack of communication with team members that are located far away.

Almost real life-like

Chris will arm the participants of this session with a practical method of fine-tuning off-site management skills in a simulated, almost real-life environment where they will not need to bother about making a costly mistake. It will be an effective dress rehearsal for the real assignments that they can handle immediately after attending this session. This webinar will impart proven, effective strategies that they can implement into their real-life situations as soon as they have finished this learning.

This session will help participants:

  • Raise the productivity at every location
  • Reduce paperwork
  • Be aware that off-site employees are following the rules, period, including home-office rules
  • Spot problems even before they manifest

At this webinar, Chris will cover the following areas:

  • Maintain Order While Managing Long-Distance
  • Stay In Touch – And Control – No Matter What
  • Establish Quality-Minded Teams You Can Rely On
  • Troubleshoot Off-Site Problems Like A Pro

CEOs, Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, Managing Directors, Regional Vice Presidents, Area Supervisors and Managers, who are involved in time management and efficiency of their employees, will benefit in a big way from this webinar.

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Thorough Proofreading Finesses Documents, Raises the Organization’s Reputation

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Proofreading qualifies for being both a process and an art. It finesses and trims important documents and gives them shape and proper form. It is essential for creating a good impact. It is necessary to cut out the errors that could cause embarrassment to the presenter. Sound proofreading, when combined with strong vocabulary; also helps to insert the most appropriate word in the right place in a document.

Proofreading is a must for almost all kinds of documents that are used in a work environment, whether they are outgoing correspondences, paperwork, project proposals, or just day-to-day emails. It entails giving attention to the smallest details in all aspects of communication, be it syntax or punctuation.

A badly proofread document, when it goes out from the organization; dents its reputation. When important documents such as mission and vision statement, or proposals, or business plans or even websites have errors; it reflects badly on the organization.

A course on how to fine-tune proofreading

Although the sad fact is that very few organizations pay complete heed to inculcating this art; proofreading can easily be wired into one’s system with some level of systematic training. This is what TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources arena, will offer at a webinar it is organizing.

Mandi Stanley, a Certified Speaking Professional who works primarily with business leaders who want to boost their professional image and with people who want to be better speakers and writers, will be the speaker. Just visit TrainHR  to enroll for this highly valuable learning session and to get a complete understanding of how to hone proofreading skills.

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.

Overlooking small mistakes can make an enormous difference

Mandi will dwell on the most common proofreading-associated mistakes people do, such as forgetting to attach a document to a mail and then realizing it got left out. Or, it could be making simple mistakes even when the spelling is right, such as “form” instead of “from”, using “you” instead of “your”, and most embarrassing of all, overlooking the crucial letter “l” in “public”!

Proofreading is all about being attentive to aspects such as these. At this webinar, Mandi will explain how to overcome errors of this kind. Two important and tangible proofreading tools to help participants understand and overcome these problems will be taught.

Personnel in positions in organizations, such as Chief Human Resource Officers, Senior Management Team, HR Managers, Directors, and Administrators, Employment Managers, Training Directors and Supervisors, for whom proofreading is very crucial; will gain value from this session.

The following areas will be covered at this webinar:

  • How to make sure documents leave your office error free
  • The “Newspaper Proof”: A fail-safe three-step approach to proofreading
  • The “Proofreader’s Power Pack”: Which tools and resources are indispensable to a proofreader
  • How to proofread in a distracting office environment
  • How to spot errors of omission
  • Why you never should proofread directly from your computer screen
  • How to catch the bloopers before the bloopers catch you.

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a means to build Greater Team Effort

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is considered the world’s most popular personality test. The main reason for its popularity is the empathetic and comprehensive nature it takes. Many organizations, as well as important social areas such as family, marriage, and career counseling continue to deploy it for the in-depth perspective it offers the assessor in understanding the assessee.

Generally, when we assess others; we fail to take the unique situation that led them to taking a decision into consideration. This situation could be different to the one we may have been placed in. The experiences they gained there may have shaped their thinking. The failure to understand this often leads us into a problem in understanding or appreciating those who are quite different from us. The MBTI method helps explain this issue in a broader perspective.

Using MBTI to understand others

TrainHR, a very popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will offer understanding on this very crucial means of human understanding at a webinar. Harry Brull, who is President, Laurdan Associates, Inc. and Co-Founder of BCG Consulting Group, will be the speaker at this session, where he will offer thorough understanding of the implications of interacting with others who differ. Please visit TrainHR  to register for this webinar on MBTI.

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.

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).

An understanding of “types”

An understanding of the MBTI, which will equip them with a better understanding and appreciation for diverse types; will be imparted at this webinar. This will serve as an introduction to the instrument and the world of “Type” and deepen their understanding of the unique perspective on the world around them, irrespective of whether they have an in-depth knowledge of MBTI or not. It will help participants get an understanding of how to use the MBTI to slot a “type”.

Harry will equip the participants of this session with tools for communicating more effectively and using the talents of everyone in the team. This will enable greater empathy and understanding of others, which is at the root of the MBTI technique and will lead to higher acceptance of others around them, irrespective of their type.

With the knowledge of MBTI that Harry will offer to participants; they will be able to better understand how to approach the world and how others may view it differently. In order to make interaction and communication with others more effective, align the actions and thoughts of the other members of the team with one’s own, and lower the frustration the people often experience when dealing with people who have a personality that is different from their own; a healthy appreciation of the differences is needed. Harry will show how to inculcate this attitude.

Harry will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • What is personality
  • The background of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • The four dimensions of Type
  • Extraversion vs. Introversion
  • Sensing vs. Intuiting
  • Thinking vs. Feeling
  • Judging vs. Perceiving
  • Putting it together – the 16 types
  • Type and decision – making
  • Communicating with different types.

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Managing Work Smoothly without getting Ruffled

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It is not an exaggeration to say that those in managements have their hands full during almost any working day. Dashing to finish tasks makes it chaotic for managers and other employees to stay focused on their core work. As a result, their work gets delayed or its impact gets diluted. They are forced into a situation where work keeps piling up and their daily routine gets chaotic. This becomes more pronounced in the backdrop of a changing work environment.

The result of being disorganized is that employees feel pressure all the time, making the workplace disorganized and unruly. Managers and other employees need to understand how to handle and manage priorities. Or else, they can never overcome the problems associated with poor planning and haphazard execution.

Delegation is a useful tool in helping to relieve the tensions of work. Of course, like everything else, it needs to be done right. If delegation is done effectively, it is a very important help for managers. Done wrong, it has an adverse effect and bungles things further. It leaves the employees to whom the work was delegated feeling disenchanted and resentful of the management.

Learning session on smoothening work

A meaningful and highly interesting webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will explain all the elements of managing work in such a way that it becomes orderly and well-oiled.

The speaker at this webinar is Chris DeVany, who is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development. Pinnacle’s clients include more than 500 organizations in 22 countries. Please visit TrainHR to register for this webinar.

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.

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).

Solution for the overworked and overstretched  

This webinar offers a solution to those who feel that they are overtasked, over-worried and overdone. This course will be a refresher on handling multiple priorities, so that they get a better hang of their position. It is suited for those who like to brush up their management and delegation skills. Chris will offer participants an array of practical tools that will help them sift through the rubble of work and get things done in today’s chaotic and constantly changing work environment.

He will show practical techniques for making structured and well-informed decisions and get management buy in, even when they are under pressure. This webinar will be held in a workshop environment, where the participants can study and take part in valuable exercises utilizing real-world case studies. Chris will equip them with an action plan that they can use right away to master expanding workloads and complex decisions.

As a result of this learning, participants will be able to:

  • Become more productive by prioritizing work and maintaining focus
  • Become a stronger communicator with techniques that enable them to question and clarify priorities
  • Make better decisions based on consistently good analysis
  • Become more decisive and make better decision makers by gleaning the right information and appraising the situation more effectively
  • Gain the cooperation of others by communicating the risks and gains of decisions
  • Learn stress survival techniques to help them balance work and life when they must make tough choices they face every day

Chris will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Managing Escalating Pressures
  • Gain Certainty about Priorities
  • Prevent Collisions among Customers, Internal and External
  • Manage Traffic While Meeting Needs
  • Communicate Powerfully Despite Pressure
  • See How Your Values and Thinking Styles Drive Decisions
  • Learn the Decision Guide
  • Apply the Decision Guide to Your Own Case
  • See Others on Options
  • Fast Focus Analysis.

This webinar will greatly benefit those who are hard-pressed for time at their work in the organization and need to sort things out for their own and the organization’s benefit. These include CEO, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Executive Director, Managing Director, Regional Vice President, Area Supervisor and Manager.

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The Importance of Getting Succession Planning Right

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We all know that change is the only constant in business. Organizations know it, too. Yet, many are hesitant to bring about and embrace change until they are compelled to. This is a fundamental mistake from managements, because organizations that are resistant to change are not likely to flourish in the long run.

Many organizations tend to equate change with the introduction of new, untried products and services. This may be great for the business, but organizational change goes beyond this. It covers leadership, the most invaluable aspect of an organization. Leadership may be great in a company at a point of time, but instead of being smug about it; they see what change can be brought into it, so that the next crop of leadership is waiting in the wings, fully geared and fully equipped to take over the reins. Successful organizations know that leadership, like products, don’t last a lifetime, no matter how good it is.

Such organizations know that leadership may be exceptionally good in a certain set of situations and circumstances, but when these factors change; the leadership may not be able to deliver with as much effectiveness in changed scenarios. The organization that prepares for the next steps of leadership change even while the present stock is fully fit and steering the organization through its growth path is one that has got its succession planning right. The success of succession planning truly lies in this ability.

Some organizations bring about hurried, ad-hoc changes into leadership when in a crisis. This is more of crisis management and firefighting, and does not qualify for succession planning. The foundation to successful succession planning is the realization that leadership is not permanent and has to change.

Successful organizations devise ways and take time to identify the right persons to take up leadership positions in the future. The leadership potential is identified quite early on in the tenure of the future leader. In this sense, leadership planning is not something that develops overnight. It could take years for this to happen. Ideally, the emerging leader should be exposed to the realities of the future role in a phased and realistic manner.

Valuable learning about succession planning

TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of human resources, is organizing a webinar, at which the topic of succession planning will be explained in detail. The speaker at this webinar is Marcia Zidle, CEO of Leaders At All Levels. Please visit TrainHR  to register for this webinar.

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.

This activity 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).

Learning on how to make succession painless

Marcia will impart best practices that go into succession planning. She will discuss the core areas of succession planning, such as how to identify potential leaders who can assume greater responsibility in the organization, the variety and impact of various development experiences on those that can move into key roles, and how to engage the leadership in supporting the development of high-potential leaders.

Marcia will cover the following areas:

  • Discover the Seven Deadly Sins of Succession Planning: What not to do
  • Examine the Pros and Cons of Insiders vs Outsiders to fill specific positions: Which is better?
  • Understand the 70-20-10 rule for Developing your Future Leaders: What it is and how to use it
  • Identify the 10 best Practices that High Performing organizations use for grooming outstanding leaders
  • Review the 5 steps that must be followed to build a culture that supports development from the top down
  • Utilize the Center for Creative Leadership’s 3 key elements for successful leadership development Assessment – Challenge -Support
  • Recognize a variety of learning and on the job opportunities for professionals and managers and how to implement them for ongoing leadership development.

Personnel such as CEO’s, COO’s, VP of Human Resources, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers and Supervisors, Team Leaders, and Human Resources Professionals will find this webinar highly valuable.

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The use of the “Beforehand” Technique for Optimizing Time

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As professionals, many of us find it hard to manage our time. One of the constant thoughts in the back or front of our minds is about how to complete tasks within the given timeframe. If there is one resource we seem to be eternally short of; it is time. We are among millions of professionals who have a very difficult time managing their time. Yet, some people seem to be at ease with this element. They seem to have a great knack of managing time better and more efficiently.

Even though we may feel like admiring this quality of theirs because we don’t have it and this ability enables them to be a lot more efficient at what they do; the good news is that we can get it, too. People who manage time better were not born with that special talent. With some conditioning and practice, we can get it, too. It requires tact, patience and common sense.

Enter, the beforehand technique of time management

In managing time, what most of us, those who are not good at it, need to realize is that we take the aftermath approach to time management. What this means is that we respond to a situation after it arises. This approach lies at the root of successful time management or otherwise. Because we respond to situations, we are constantly hard-pressed for time, we are unable to meet deadlines, and we are inefficient at completing our tasks optimally. What is needed is a shift in technique -the ability to be able to manage time beforehand. This simple approach is fundamentally different from that of the aftermath approach, and is a major determinant in how we manage time.

The main leverage that the beforehand technique gives us that it we are left with the precious comfort called space. The mental and physical that the beforehand technique gives us helps us to anticipate the next moves. Anticipation, vision and foresight are required and are the cornerstone to bringing about this thinking.

Proper training on how to inculcate beforehand technique 

TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be organizing a webinar at which the fundamentals of how to apply the beforehand technique will be taught. The speaker at this webinar is the Work Life Balance Expert® Jeff Davidson. Jeff is a very popular name in management circles in the US, who is frequently quoted or featured in USA Today, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times; in Fortune, Forbes, and Businessweek; and has appeared on 175 talk shows. More than 2,316,000 people have found Jeff’s award-winning books (cumulatively selected by book clubs 41 times), audio-books, videos, keynote presentations, and executive seminars transformational.

Want to understand how to adapt the beforehand technique into your work and life? This technique can easily be yours. All that you need to do is enroll for it by visiting  TrainHR   . 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.

Setting up personal “systems”

Jeff will explain a method of integrating time managers’ priorities and goals with what he calls their personal “systems”. These are objects that show how we manage our time. It is reflected by ways such as how to keep our desk, office, closets, car and other spaces. The basis to managing the beforehand lies in getting organized. This quality gives some people the ability to stay in control of their time and on top of things without any difficulty. Depending on how well one adapts this, this exercise could take as little as just one weekend and some weeknights.

Removing fear is the key

When inculcated without letting fear creep in, the “beforehand” insight and strategy will help us face the challenging work environment in which we find ourselves all the time. When we adapt this technique, we find that we have a lot of time and the ability to rise above the prevailing norms in the industry and consistently exhibit high productivity. Jeff will offer simple measures that will be very effective and will go a long way in helping us tackle many issues relating to time.

Jeff will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • How to emulate the best practices of others
  • How to manage the beforehand for optimal productivity gain
  • Where to find technical gurus if you’re not strong in this area
  • How to marshal your resources to meet or exceed your challenges
  • How to proceed with confidence each day
  • How to use a timer to dramatically increase your productivity.

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Creating a Work Environment Conducive to the Millennials

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The Millennials are the next big thing and the next big wave of the American workforce. Fifty percent of the American workforce will consist of the Millennials by 2020-21, by some estimates. What makes the Millennials unique and different from the earlier generations? Well, their arrival on the work scene and the explosion of new, often path breaking technologies of the kind the world had not seen till then, have been more or less contemporaneous.

The arrival into the workforce of the Millennials –those born roughly from 1982 to the mid-2000’s–has happened at a time when the use of a several personal devices and the social media has become so prevalent that the workforce and people’s lives are unthinkable without them. This is the factor that makes the Millennials different: They are the first in a generation which has entered the workforce with enormous exposure and knowledge of the technologies that power their careers. This is a generation, having grown with technologies, that is not overwhelmed by its glut as much as the previous ones were. This brings a distinctiveness and uniqueness into this generation.

Since the Millennials are going to be such a major force at workplaces; organizations need to get a proper and in-depth understanding of the unique characteristics and features that this bunch brings to the American workforce if they want to derive benefits from the productive and inventive capability of this generation. This is where their skill in making the kind of changes and adjustments that will help organizations accommodate the Millennials at the workplace lies. Organizations that take this issue lightly and shrug the Millennials off end up on the losing side, because they deny themselves a potential beneficial partnership with the Millennials.

Ways of handling Millennials at the workforce

Dr. B. Lynn Ware, CEO and President, Integral Talent Systems, Inc., and an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and thought leader, will offer valuable guidance on the ways of handling Millennials at the workforce at a webinar that TrainHR, a very well-known provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, is organizing a webinar.

Does the prospect of making the most out of the talents that the Millennials bring to the workforce excite you? Want to know more about how to deal with this workforce group that has potential, but has its idiosyncrasies? Then, enroll for this webinar by visiting TrainHR .

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.

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).

Five easy steps to hiring and retaining Millennials

At this session, Dr. Ware will explain the five easy steps for retaining Millennials at the workforce. This knowledge is gained from a comprehensive study she carried out over 14 months to explore how millennials view the workplace and what motivates them to change jobs. One of the misconceptions that she will help participants remove is the frequently quoted aphorism, “employees leave managers, not companies”, which may not necessarily be true with the Millennials.

Dr. Ware will cover the following areas:

  • The most important job factors for attracting and retaining early career talent
  • Employment branding strategy and messaging for Millennials
  • Career support strategies that work for Gen Y employees
  • Use of integrated talent management technology for Gen Y self-service career development
  • Use of gamification platforms for career development
  • Use of mobile toolkits for career development applications
  • How to teach Gen Ys to navigate their careers
  • End-to-end career development ecosystems
  • What to do about career development if there are no advancement opportunities
  • The trendsetters Case studies from tech companies in California; what they are doing to attract and retain early career employees.