Business writing should be focused on fetching results



Creative writing is for those who want to express themselves by fulfilling their creative writing urge. Investigative writing is for those who want to expose a crime and hold it for the world to see. What about business writing? Business writing is purely for getting results, something that should not be lost sight of.

A business writer can be creative within certain parameters and boundaries, but the central purpose of business writing is to write for business results, rather than make the writing fit for a literature person to applaud. This is the core aspect of business writing. Business writing skills have to thus be tuned from this all-important perspective: If the business writing is not oriented towards business results, it serves hardly any purpose.

Understand the audience and purpose of business writing

Once a business writer understands the core purpose of business writing, it becomes easier to give shape to the writing. First of all, the writer has to understand the audience, because without knowing for whom the writing is being done, there is no purpose or usefulness in the writing exercise. The business writer needs to think whether the business writing is for the Board of Governors, for managers, for colleagues, for the clients, or for the lay person interested in business matters.

Secondly, the business writing should have clarity. Any business writing that is fluffy and stuffed with jargon is a put off, even if the audience is well-versed with the subject and its cant.

Being as brief and to the point as possible without being too roundabout qualifies as another important characteristic of business writing.

Attend a learning session on how to get business writing right

Want to know more on how to finesse business writing skills, so that you attain a level of writing with which you can confidently lay hands on obtaining results? Then, you need to attend a webinar from TrainHR on this topic. TrainHR is a highly popular provider of professional trainings for all the areas of human resources.

At this webinar, Philip Vassallo, who has developed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for a wide range of managerial, administrative, and technical professionals, will be the speaker.

To gain understanding on this topic of business writing, just register for this webinar by visiting

The pillars of business writing

At this session, Philip will explain the two pillar of business writing, namely the product and the process. This webinar will be a session in which he will offer tips, practical strategies and techniques for honing the writing skills needed for becoming a successful business writer. He will explain how to plan the stages of business writing, which will help eliminate the writer’s block.

Philip’s insights into business writing will offer clarity to participants, who will learn how to draft the writing to promote efficiency; revise to make the writing complete and structured; edit to give it clarity, conciseness, and consistency of expression; and proofread to check and correct unnoticed errors in grammar, diction, and mechanics.

Attending this session on business writing skills will help the participants:

  • Jumpstart the writing process with an efficient method
  • Draft messages prolifically to enhance productivity
  • Revise for focused paragraphs and solid structure
  • Edit sentences for clarity through active voice
  • Apply the principles of conciseness to get to the point
  • Maintain a consistent message through parallel structure
  • Remedy the most prevalent syntax and diction errors that compromise quality.

Philip will cover the following areas at this session on business writing:

  • Use the writing process to compose efficiently
  • Determine the most important qualities of effective writing
  • Organize ideas for a solid structure
  • Express information with a focused, powerful style.

The Millennials at the workforce

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The Millennials are set to become the next wave of the American workforce. They are set to make up fifty percent of the American workforce by 2020-21. The Millennials, as we all know, are those who were born roughly from 1982 to 2004. Given the coincidence of explosion of technology typified by the widespread prevalence of a multitude of personal devices and the social media with the maturation of the age at which these Millennials have joined the workforce; the workforce of this generation brings its distinctiveness and uniqueness.

Understanding the unique characteristics the Millennials bring to the American workforce is very important if organizations have to get the most out of this workforce. Further, this will be the key to making the kind of adjustments that help accommodate the Millennials at the workplace. Organizations that overlook this important factor could end up losing out on the potential benefits the Millennials bring to the workforce.

Learn more about Millennials at the workforce

A webinar from TrainHR, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be imparting all that it takes to understand the ways and peculiarities of the millennials at the workforce. At this webinar, Dr. B. Lynn Ware, CEO and President, Integral Talent Systems, Inc., and an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and thought leader, will be the speaker.

This is the essence of what Dr. Ware will teach at this webinar:

  • Understanding what it takes to hire Millennials at the workforce
  • Ways of creating a Millennials-friendly work environment
  • Building an employment image branding to accommodate the new workforce
  • Revamping strategies to include all that the Millennials at the workforce consider necessary for development.

To gain the crucial insights into understanding how to deal with Millennials at the workplace, getting to understand how to utilize their talents better, and to leverage their unique abilities into your organization, please register for this session by visiting .

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 the workforce

Dr. Ware will explain the five easy steps for retaining Millennials at the workforce. This is the result of a comprehensive study she carried out to explore how millennials view the workplace and what motivates them to change jobs. Frequently quoted aphorisms in corporate circles, “employees leave managers, not companies” may not necessarily be true with the Millennials.

All these point to the fact that Millennials have to be approached and dealt with differently if their abilities have to be utilized by the managements. HR professionals and senior managers will derive enormous benefits from this webinar on Millennials at the workforce.

In the course of explaining the dynamics of Millennials at the workforce, 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.

Overcoming rejection takes positivity and determination

Rejection is usually associated with negativity. But in reality, it need not be so. Overcoming rejection need not be as difficult as one thinks it is. Rejection may not turn out to be as bad as one thinks initially about it. More important than rejection itself is our response to it. What we associate with rejection and make out of it is more important than the rejection itself.

Overcoming rejection is important for any person, because rejection, even if it hurts, has to be handled. The more seriously one takes rejection, the tougher overcoming rejection will be. Those who are rejected have a choice of either overcoming rejection or letting the rejection destroy them with the heap negative thoughts that it brings. Although overcoming rejection is not the easiest of things, it can be done over time and with the inculcation of the right thinking.

Rejection need not be so bad, after all

Like conflict at the workplace, rejection need not be the worst thing to happen to a person. Overcoming rejection takes a good amount of determination, will power and positivity. If rejection is handled properly, it can be the launchpad for developing a mindset that will help people look at life in a different light.

American history is replete with examples of people who have emerged successful after a number of failures. The key to this was their ability at overcoming rejection. Abraham Lincoln and Walt Disney are perhaps just two shining examples of people how have turned rejection into stepping stone to success. Overcoming rejection requires grit and perseverance. They should not get bogged down with the prospect of failure arising out of rejection. Instead, they should take it as a challenge and surge ahead with determination.

One of the most important outcomes of overcoming rejection is that rejected people gain something out of the rejection. They don’t rely on self-sympathy or pity. Instead, they bounce back and emerge stronger, with renewed focus on what they are doing. This is the hallmark of success at overcoming rejection.

A highly energetic webinar on ways of overcoming rejection

The ways of overcoming rejection will be the topic of a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry. Jeff Davidson, the Work Life Balance Expert®, who has, through his award-winning books helped over two million professionals, will be the speaker at this webinar.

To gain complete insights about the topic of overcoming rejection, please enroll for this webinar by visiting .

At this lively and highly interactive session on overcoming rejections, Jeff will show how to cultivate the resilient mindset needed for overcoming rejection. He will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Adopting the Mindset of an overcomer
  • Spotting the rejection and future success
  • Capitalizing on criticism
  • Not taking it personally (really)
  • A key phrase to recite to yourself whenever you encounter rejection.


It is important for organizations to know how to financially handle terminated employees



Terminations are common in organizations across the world. The emotional aspect of handling a termination could be a little unsettling at times, depending on the kind of person terminated. Yet, there are a few financial issues that need to be sorted out in the proper manner when settling a terminated employee’s financial connections with the organization.

When termination has been carried out legally, meaning that legally justifiable grounds have been provided for a termination and due process has gone into it, the important element that comes up for consideration is settling the terminated employee’s finances.

The reason for termination is a major factor

There are several components of the employee pay that come into play when a financial settlement is being made after termination. The important ones among these include benefits like accrued holiday benefits, health insurance coverage, severance pay, and other perks and benefits like education allowance for children, etc. In many instances, the employer has to pay a few mandatory benefits to terminated employees, which again is based on the State and also on the employing organization’s policy towards terminated employees.

Different States have different rules for what benefits a terminated employee receives. In some States, employers are bound to pay some benefits. In some western countries, the State also plays a role in the terminated employee’s finances, making some kind of temporary allowance till the next employment is found. In some instances, a few benefits may simply pass over to the next employer. Pension, payment for vacation and health insurance under the terms of COBRA are some of these. This is just one of the aspects of financial settlement that a terminated employee goes through.

Almost invariably, the causes for dismissal play the deciding role in what kind of financial settlement a terminated employee is entitled to. An employee who is fired for reasons of performance rather than for acts of dishonesty is likely to get relatively more benefits than one who has been terminated for misconduct.

Learn the elements of financial settlements for terminated employees

All the intricacies of the financial settlement for a terminated employee 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., will offer complete understanding of the topic of the right method of financial settlement for terminated employees. In order to gain a thorough perspective of this topic, please register for this webinar by visiting .

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).

Issues facing employers

The important learning this webinar will offer is on the issues employers face when paying terminated associates. Dayna will review everything to final pay to stock options and payments to employees that may occur years after they terminate. She will explain the matter of paying the terminated employee’s legal settlements. Another important learning this webinar will impart is the tax implications for terminated employees, and how to handle taxes for several different types of termination pay.

Given the complex nature of laws concerning payments in several states in dealing with terminated employees; payroll has to understand the complete nuances of these laws. If payroll falls short of meeting compliance requirements, it lands the organization in trouble.

At this webinar on handling terminated employees’ finances properly, those concerned with this aspect, such as Payroll Professionals, Compensation Professionals, HR Professionals and Benefit Professionals will gain insights into how to deal with this issue in a legally compliant manner.

At this session, Dayna will cover the following areas:

  • Review of different types of term pay from vacation pay to golden parachute payments.
  • Discussion around Stock options and deferred compensation after termination
  • Taxation concerns in regard to payments made to terminated employees
  • Timing of final pay for terminated employees including state law requirements
  • Yearend concerns
  • Discussion around death payments paying and reporting
  • How to handle legal settlements
  • Record Retention Concerns
  • Best Practices.

Understanding the roles of mentor, coach and manager


The mentor, coach and manager are all important in an organization. Although to a lay person, these terms appear similar; in reality, there is quite a difference between each of these. There exists not only a difference in what each term is; there is considerable difference between each of these as regards what role each has in an organization.

Each has a role to perform in bringing about team engagement in the organization and in helping the organization reach greater heights. A mentor, coach and a manager are all required to perform different roles and display their skills in helping the employees produce high quality work and stay motivated while doing so.

Generally, these are how the three roles are performed:

Managing: A manager is well-suited for helping the organization carry out its day-to-day functions. A good manager is a good operations person. A manager is one who helps the organization attain its goals in a systematic and disciplined manner. In the course of helping the organization do this, the manager could be performing a number of tasks, managing people being one of them. The manager is also required to manage a whole host of other functions and activities.

Coaching: A coach is one who partners with the employees and motivates them to reach their goals and enhance their performance. A coach puts various coaching theories into practice and helps the team overcome challenges and obstacles, but rarely sets the goals herself. Coaches are focused on motivating the team and helping the team members attain their specific, set goals. A coach need not be an expert in the skill needed for helping the organization; it is enough if she knows the art of helping people get there.

Mentoring: Mentoring is a process by which the wisdom and intelligence needed for performing are imparted by a person.  Mentoring usually involves “give and take”, meaning the mentor, in the process of mentoring employees in helping them reach their goals, also gains from the mentees in some or another way. Mentors usually do what managements term as handholding for a while after they have identified the talents that needs to be mentored. Usually, mentoring is done over long periods of time.

In all these, it goes without saying that the factor of commonality of the goal and the desired outcome has to be present. Although one may theorize about the nature and role of each of these; each of these is required for organizations for different purposes and for meeting different goals.

Learn the ways of knowing the roles of mentor, coach and manager

How does an organization decide which of these is what it needs? Does it need a mentor, or a coach, or a manager? What is its expectation about each of these roles at different points of time? These and related aspects will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a highly popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources area, will be offering.

At this webinar, Valerie Pelan, who has been consulting and providing Executive coaching for over 10 years, at which she has been combining her business experience working in Fortune 100 companies and her experience as an entrepreneur, will be the speaker.

To gain insights on how to understand the nature and role of coaching, mentoring and managing, please register for this webinar by visiting

The differences between mentor, coach and manager

At this webinar, Valerie will show the difference between being a mentor, coach and a manager, and how one can use the skillsets of each of these to engage employees better. She will explain how to manage one’s career using a mentor, coach or a manager.

She will cover the following areas at this session:

  • Learn the different skills to Mentor, Coach, and Manager.
  • Learn the role of a Mentor, Coach and Manager in team engagement and employee loyalty
  • Successful career management by employees means accountability and getting formal and informal feedback
  • Learn how to use all three skills and what to expect from each different role in providing career enhancement
  • Learn the role of feedback from the three different types that can enhance your career.


Tips for successful Payroll Management



Tips for successful payroll management are necessary to ensure that the organization’s payroll function goes on smoothly and without hiccups. Tips for successful payroll management are necessary because an error from the payroll manager can send the payroll system into utter turmoil.

The basic function of a payroll manager is to administer the financial aspects of all the employees’ wages, salaries, allowances, bonuses, benefits, and deductions. This is where the need for tips for successful payroll management arises. These functions are rather complex and need expertise. Tips for successful payroll management are necessary to help understand how to compute the various kinds of taxes at different levels.

Complex types and levels of payroll management

For instance, certain kinds of wages are part of the payroll in some States, while they are not in others. Also, some kinds of wages are deducted when the work is carried out in a State different from the one in which the company is based. The same goes for certain kinds of allowances.

Payroll rules regarding travel are another category in which there is sufficient diversity. When it comes to social security, child protection and garnishment, as well as for alimony, payroll has a very major role to play. Wage and Hour is a crucial component of payroll, as well. In this way, there are a number of aspects that need to be studied and kept in mind when dealing with payroll management.

Tips for successful payroll management as a learning session

Useful tips needed for being successful at payroll management will be imparted at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a very well-known provider of professional trainings for the different disciplines of human resources. Dayna Reum, who is currently the Payroll Tax Manager at PetSmart Inc. and has been heavily involved in the payroll field over 15 years, will be the speaker at this session. To gain the advantage of her experience in payroll, register for this webinar by visiting .

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).

Making sure mistakes don’t happen with payroll

The aim of this TrainHR webinar is to familiarize participants with the nuances of payroll management. The tips for successful payroll management from the speaker will go a long way in helping them understand the aspects of payroll management to the extent that payroll does not go wrong at any point.

The tips for successful payroll management offered at this webinar will help participants understand how to overcome the challenges of being a payroll leader/manager. With these tips for successful payroll management, Payroll Professionals, Compensation Professionals, HR Professionals and Benefit Professionals will be able to handle payroll in a much smoother manner.

Helping to lead and manage a payroll department

The tips for successful payroll management offered by Dayna at this webinar will explain the details of what it takes to lead and manage a payroll department. She will explain the responsibility of a payroll manager, along with how to build a strong payroll team.

These tips for successful payroll management will help participants understand the ways of properly prioritizing tasks and analyzing processes to make effective improvements to the payroll processes. A proactive manager is one who anticipates and acts rather than do the firefighting after the fire breaks out. This webinar will show how to acquire these skills.

Dayna will show how to properly communicate for success and how to run a meeting for the most efficient outcome. The most important outcome of these tips for successful payroll management is that payroll managers will learn to become more effective.

This webinar will offer Payroll Managers of all levels, the new and the experienced ones alike, a tool kit of skills to handle specific challenges in leading a payroll team. These tips for successful payroll management will arm them with the knowledge and common sense required to face some of the challenges of payroll management.

During the course of this discussion, Dayna will cover the following areas:

  • Responsibility of a Payroll Manager
    • Suggestions of a Payroll Manager
    • Primary Duties
    • Building a Strong Payroll Team
  • Payroll Specific Management Skills
    • How to prioritize tasks and/or issues
    • Following state and federal laws and how to keep up to date
    • Reporting Compliance
  • Management Tool kit
    • Fixing inefficient processes
    • Building strong relationships with vendors and/or other departments.


Technical writing for HR professionals


Technical writing and HR professionals? Could one think of a link between the two totally disparate disciplines? Well, strange as it may seem, there is a link between technical writing and HR. Technical writing for HR professionals is a skill that needs to be perfected and a field that needs to be pursued to its logical end, because HR professionals, especially those who work in technology companies, need to draft many write-ups that are of a technical nature.

These write-ups could be in the form of instructional guides, technical reports, procedures, many kinds of correspondence, and sometimes just emails. Throwing the hands up and giving up is of no help or value to either the organization or to the HR professional who shows this kind of negativity. Rather, the need for HR professionals is to learn the art of technical writing. This is what makes technical writing for HR professionals an important learning.

Understanding the reader’s mind and needs

Any write-up of a technical nature from HR has to be tuned to the needs of the reader. Technical writing for HR professionals is important for a number of reasons. Technical writing from HR professionals has to be polished to make sense and be readable. Getting the people for whom it is intended to pay attention is a challenge, which is why technical writing is important for HR professionals.

Moreover, when technical writing goes out from HR to some destination outside the organization, it will make or break the impression created about the organization. Even a shabbily worded email can damage the reputation that HR has with the organization. The technical writing from HR professionals has to be absolutely error-free, very precise and pleasing. This is why technical writing skills for HR professionals are a must.

How are technical writing skills for HR professionals to be honed?

Technical writing for HR professionals can be practiced and honed in a number of effective ways. A highly educative webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will explain the importance of technical writing for HR professionals.

At this webinar, Mandi Stanley, who brings more than 16 years of experience on the seminar circuit and is Mississippi’s first ever Certified Speaking Professional, a designation conferred on one in eleven speakers worldwide, will be the speaker. Want to gain the benefit of the experience Mandi brings and understand how technical writing benefits HR professionals? Just log on to to register for this webinar.

Making technical writing from HR more effective

At this webinar on technical writing for HR professionals, Mandi will explain that the secret to a writer’s success lies in segmenting the prewriting, writing, and rewriting phases to produce shorter, and clearer, more meaningful documents. She will show participants of this webinar on technical writing for HR professionals how they can learn to “Write It So They Read It”, even with technical documentation.

This webinar on technical writing for HR professionals will benefit professionals such as Human Resources Professionals, Administrative Professionals, Training Specialists and Learning and Development Specialists immensely. Mandi will cover the following areas:

  • A proven technique for writing crystal-clear reports, including good and bad examples
  • How to describe a complicated subject in clear and concise terms
  • What to do when you can’t avoid using technical jargon
  • How to eliminate clichés, wasted words, and “smothered verbs” in technical writing
  • AUDIENCE FAVORITE: The five new guidelines for using bulleted lists in your message
  • Language guidelines for better receptivity such as non-inflammatory language, gender-neutral references, and attention to tone
  • How to use mapping for instructional writing in technical documents
  • The secret to organizing your ideas quickly
  • How to distinguish among the prewriting, writing, and rewriting phases for reports and projects
  • A step-by-step process for editing and proofreading your final draft (it works every time)
  • How to make sure technical documents with your firm’s name and seal on them are absolutely error free.