Habits can Build a Dream, Elite Team

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The ultimate aim of an organization has to be to build a dream team that can synchronize, coordinate and communicate with the confidence and aplomb of elite SEAL teams of the US navy, which are known for these qualities. This certainly is not wishful thinking. Corporate teams that go on to become this can indeed be built.

It takes time, effort, practice and perseverance to do it. Elite teams are a dream objective of any organization, but building and achieving such a team is by no means a dream. With all the qualities mentioned above, it is possible to mold a team to elite levels. It takes time, repetition and expert coaching and execution to do so.

Elite at all levels

An organization that does this is an elite employer, because the employer who coaches a team to such levels finds the task of having built such a team for the organization extremely rewarding and satisfying. Coaches and motivational gurus find nothing more valuable gratifying than in building another person by giving that person sincere, caring, thoughtful and accountable one on one time.

On the other hand, the team or individual that is raised to that level by persistent coaching feels that the effort has been worth the while, because the effort has helped the employee raise the bar of performance.

The result is that the organization is a valued one, which everyone likes to be a part of. It becomes known for its ability to leverage the talent of its employees through effective coaching and make them better professionals and employees.

Learn the ways of building an elite team

The ways of doing this important exercise of building elite teams will be taught at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry. At this webinar, David Rohlander, author of Amazon-bestselling book, The CEO Code and Idiot’s Guides: Management Skills, published by Alpha Books/Penguin in November 2014, will be the speaker.

In order to gain the benefit of this valuable learning session, please visit TrainHR

to enroll for this webinar and start implementing this important learning into your organization so that it has elite teams in its ranks.

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).

Contents of the learning session

Building and nurturing an elite team is a kind of step-by-step process that builds over time. It requires proper focus and channelization of talents and energies. It starts with inculcating a valuable and useful habit that will transform every person the coach directly works with. David will show how this can be done.

In time this habit will pervade the whole organization. As a result, communication will improve, and each member of the team will define the clarity of purpose. This will lead to dynamic results that will translate to an improved bottom line. The skills necessary for building and using this habit will be demonstrated at this webinar.

Breaking down the elements for effective implementation

This learning will lead participants to gradually enhance their ability and impact by constant practice. Since quality communication skills are a prerequisite for effective team building, David will break down each element to smaller pieces so the team is able to quickly implement this learning.

The habit that David will bring about among the participants is already being used by successful companies and has differentiated them from their competition. Participants of this webinar too, will have the chance to learn this habit and become unique in their settings, be it their industry or peer group. This will equip them with the ability to stay ahead of any kind of competition. It is all about the power of unlocking the potential of the organization’s people.

David will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Deliberate and Planned Appointment Setting, one on one
  • Having an Agenda that Matters
  • Exhibiting and Practicing TRUER Communication
  • The Art of Asking Questions
  • Reading Between the Lines and Hearing what’s not being said
  • Record Keeping, Responsibility, Accountability and Initiative
  • Feedback, 360s and Performance Metrics, Charts & Graphs
  • Organizational Culture, Values and the big Picture
  • Measuring Results and Training the Trainer
  • Let’s look at how to Form a habit. Why bother?

This webinar will be of very high value to anyone who wants to become part of or build an elite team, such as CEO, Vice President, President, Manager, Supervisor, and any high potential employee who is interested in self-improvement.

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Understanding payroll fraud and preventing it

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Payroll fraud is a matter of serious concern to the people affected by it, the organization in which it happens, and to the economy overall. It is estimated that payroll fraud is involved in around an eighth of all workplace frauds and makes up about a twelfth of all occupational frauds worldwide. On average, a payroll fraud case results in loss of $ 48,000 and avoids detection for about three years. Each payroll case fraud costs around $ 72,000.

It is rather unfortunate, but expected that small organizations bear the brunt of payroll frauds. The reason for this is not far to seek: They usually lack the requisite fraud detection mechanisms, making them particularly susceptible to payroll fraud.

Common methods for preventing payroll fraud

Many organizations take a few steps to prevent payroll fraud. Some of these include limiting access to the information relating to payroll, engaging different people for different levels and areas of payroll functions so that it acts as some kind of checks and balances system, conducting thorough background checks of the employees in charge of payroll functions, checking ghost employee accounts, installing automated clearing house (ACH) filters, and a few others.

Section 404 of SOX Act

Additionally, the Sarbanes Oxley Act, which was a landmark legislation aimed at putting checks on large corporate frauds, also requires companies to take a few steps to prevent payroll fraud. Section 404 of the SOX Act requires a few stringent steps:

  • Companies have to include an Internal Control Report in their annual financial reports stating that the management takes responsibility for implementing what SOX terms an “adequate” internal control structure
  • Management has to assess the effectiveness of this internal control structure
  • Deficiencies and discrepancies in these controls must be reported
  • These declarations by the management have to be attested by external registered auditors.

A complete discussion of the ways of preventing payroll fraud

A thorough understanding of all the elements of payroll fraud and the ways of preventing them will be discussed at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry. At this webinar, Dayna Reum, who is Payroll Tax Manager at PetSmart Inc. and has been heavily involved in the payroll field over 15 years; will be the speaker.

To get an in-depth idea of payroll fraud and to understand the ways of dealing with it, please register for this webinar by visiting TrainHR

Tools for detecting payroll fraud

The purpose of this session is to help participants gain an understanding of the legal rules around detecting and deferring payroll fraud. Dayna will review tools that companies can use to detect or deter fraud with immediate effect. She will take up Section 404 of the SOX Act for detailed discussion and examine the requirements in it that publicly traded companies have to meet. She will also explain how the provisions of the Act are designed to check payroll fraud.

This webinar will be of high value to professionals involved in payroll functions, such as Payroll Professionals, Compensation Professionals, HR Professionals, and Benefit Professionals. In the course of this webinar, Dayna will cover the following areas:

  • Payroll Fraud Statistic’s-How big of a problem is it?
  • How does payroll fraud occur?
  • Preventing Payroll Fraud
  • Internal Controls
  • Tools (Process Maps, Business Continuity Plans, Process Documentation)
  • Audits
  • Sarbanes-Oxley 404 Requirements
  • Ethical Business Practices.

Behavior based interviewing for selecting the right candidate

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Many organizations make the mistake of basing the suitability of candidates purely on their skills and the knowledge they bring. This measure goes only half the way, and is incomplete, because many organizations fail to take into consideration the fact that behavior is a stronger and more reliable indicator of the person’s suitability to the organization than just academic qualification or skills.

Behavior indicates the cultural fit of the candidate more than these other criteria and even experience. It is an often overlooked parameter for judging the suitability of candidates, but this is more important than the other criteria mentioned here because many candidates appear very well qualified and skilled, but have gaps in their behavior.

Behavioral mismatch is a serious error

Candidates with a behavioral mismatch are more likely to leave the organization or create problems for it than others. They are most likely to get fired, because they are not able to bring or reflect the organization’s thinking in their work.

Attitudes and behaviors are more vital to perform at a higher level consistently than just skills and experience, which most candidates more or less gain over time anyway. Candidates with unsuited behaviors are likely to cost organizations millions of dollars. Yet, many organizations overlook this important aspect of selection.

Asking the right questions is the key

Hiring the candidate with the right behavior involves assessing them with relation to a set of behavioral patterns and predicting their response to it in real life situations. This will help the organization gauge the suitability of candidates from the behavioral perspective.

This involves framing and asking the right behavior-based questions and evaluating the responses. Of course, doing this accurately is important, because if the behavioral test is not framed rightly or is not implemented properly; it can misfire and can lead to a less than thorough or incomplete assessment, making the whole exercise futile.

Learn the ways of assessing candidate behavior

How do organizations get this right? How do they frame the right behavior-based questions that lead them to measure the candidate in the right way? This is the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be providing.

Grant Schneider, president and founder of Performance Development Strategies, which helps organizations achieve greater results by aligning people in the organization with the organization’s mission and strategy, will be the speaker at this 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).

To get a proper understanding of the ways by which your organization can implement the strategies needed for framing the perceptive questions needed to point to behavioral attitudes, please enroll for this session by visiting TrainHR. Grant will help participants understand the ways by which they can avoid costly errors in the future by hiring candidates without the right behavior sets needed for being the right fit.

Everyone involved directly or indirectly in hiring and dealing with its effects on the organization, such as HR Professionals, CEO, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Executive Directors, Managing Directors, Regional Vice President, Area Supervisors and Managers will gain important insights into this topic.

Grant will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • How to create and ask open-ended questions
  • How to solicit examples of past behavior to predict future behavior
  • How to take useful interview notes
  • How to get beyond the rehearsed answers to find out what a candidate is really thinking
  • How to establish interview evaluation criteria
  • How to identify and evaluate skills objectively.

Thinking and planning strategically is needed to become successful

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Strategic planning can be understood as the means by which organizations conceptualize and visualize their long term plans and the way by which they plan to go about achieving them. To implement strategy, organizations need to implement strategic planning.

Strategic thinking is absolutely necessary and important for an organization. Unless the management thinks strategically, the organization cannot expect to see much success in the long run. An organization that has no strategic plan cannot gain the edge over the competition and succeed in the long run. To think strategically, management has to have a sharp ken for the opportunities, challenges and threats and should be able to anticipate the prospects for the organization in relation to its existing and future strengths and weaknesses.

A means to elevate the organization

Good strategic planning takes into account all these factors and makes decisions that help the organization take the growth path. Strategic planning, when done taking the right inputs and factors into consideration and with the right decision, can elevate the organization to higher levels and help it achieve its long term objectives and goals. To do this, managements should be farsighted and perceptive.

Given the importance of strategic planning, an organization needs to think of implementing strategies that create value, generate growth and result in profits. Strategic planning should be an outcome of strategic thinking, and these should keep pace with changes taking place in the organization and outside. Strategic thinkers in the organization should be equipped with dealing with the questions relating to strategic planning. They should also be aware of how to adapt and implement the tools that help in the development of strategy.

Learn the aspects of strategic thinking and planning

All the new approaches the organization might need to kick start the strategic plan and to move to a new level of high performance will be the topic of a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings in the human resources area, will be imparting.

The speaker of 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. 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. Pinnacle’s clients include over 500 other organizations in 22 countries.

To gain vital insights into how to adapt and implement strategic planning for your organization, please register for this webinar by visiting http://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=701710?wordpress-seo .  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).

Blending proven practices with current thinking

At this webinar, the speaker will blend new insights which have been proven by practice with ideas from a wide range of current strategic thinking. He will help managers expand their horizons and gain a wider perspective of management practice with the help of breakout sessions, practice exercises and case applications. He will help them gain direction into their dilemmas concerning strategic thinking and planning.

Among the major benefits participants of this webinar will gain is in identifying the benefits of focusing on strategy. They will learn the different ways in which vision can be used in the organization. Participants will be able to integrate strategy, objectives, metrics and performance and learn the new strategic patterns that are evolving in the business world and develop ideas on how to apply these into their organization.

They will understand when to use action plans to implement strategy and when a more relaxed system is required. They will also have clear vision about when it is time to rethink their strategy with which they can reinvent their organization. Chris will help them to gain a clear perspective on their organizational role in the development and implementation of successful strategies.

He will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • How to structure the development of strategy for an organization
  • How to ask strategic questions
  • How to generate sufficient data and organize it into relevant information for use in developing strategy
  • How your organization and the business environment in which it exists interact through strategy formation and implementation
  • How resources reinforce strategic direction and influence results
  • Positive means of engaging the organization in strategy formation and implementation.

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Conflict Management is an inevitable fact that needs to be Handled Tactfully

Key Takeaway:

 

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Conflict Management is considered indispensable to growth in organizations. Prudent HR professionals understand how to use this for the organization’s growth.

Like change, conflict too, is an integral part of an organization. Why is there conflict in managements? To understand this question, one needs to understand the meaning of conflict in the perspective and spirit in which the term is understood in management.

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Considered an unwanted aspect of life not always considered unwanted
It is understood to mean hostility understood to be a result of differences in outlook between people
Conflict is considered negative understood as a positive or meaningful difference in outlook or perception of organizational goals and objectives.

Techniques of Conflict Management

Leaders and managers use various techniques in conflict management. Each technique varies according to the individual leader’s attitude, temperament, experience and outlook. In a broader sense, these techniques are generally accepted as the most common means for managing conflict:

 

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5 attributes for employee assistance program

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a program that an organization implements to ease some of the personal problems faced by its employees. An employee assistance program is largely voluntary, in that it is not mandatory either for organizations to implement it, or for very employee to avail it.

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According to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, here’s what to look for:

  1. 24/7 phone response. Seek out providers that have trained counselors on duty answering a toll-free phone line at all times. Avoid EAPs that require users to navigate an elaborate phone tree before reaching a counselor.
  2. Confidential services. Licensed, professional counselors should deliver assessments and face-to-face counseling sessions in safe, private and confidential offices. Make sure there are enough counselors in your area to deliver timely services in both urgent and nonurgent cases.
  3. Referral support and follow-up. The EAP should assist employees by providing referrals for long-term or specialized care based on assessed needs, recommended treatment and employees’ financial resources. The EAP should provide follow-up and ongoing support for employees.
  4. Crisis intervention. Will EAP counselors come to your facility if there’s an emergency, such as an incident of workplace violence? Good EAPs can provide counseling for traumatized employees. They can also help management coordinate emergency-response plans.
  5. Substance abuse expertise. Given their disproportionately great impact on the workplace, drug and alcohol abuse problems often represent the bulk of EAP cases.

How to classify exempt and non-exempt employees

This is one area that payroll professionals dread: classifying employees as exempt and nonexempt. On the surface, it looks fairly simple, but dig a little, and even experienced professionals get the jitters.

This is primarily because classifying employee into exempt and nonexempt categories wrongly and its concomitant compliance infringement lead to the following situations:

  • In the case of exempt employees, penalties for errors apply to both the classification of the worker and the actual payment of salaries;
  • In a worst case of punishment, it is not just making one wrong classification that is considered a mistake; all workers in the same job classification under the same manager are penalized!

The way ahead is to understand the following:

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To get a complete understanding of these confusions regarding payment of exempt employees, an interactive session (link) would be highly useful.

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