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Mar
12

True Organization Development

Is Organization Development the same as Human Resources? Some organizations view both OD and HR as a single entity, classifying OD as a subset of HR. So, what’s the difference between OD and HR? Let’s define the two terms and the key responsibilities for each one. According to Wikipedia, “Organization development (OD) is defined as the study of successful organizational change and performance.” It incorporates the environment within an organization and its influence on their employees.

On the other hand, “Human resources is defined as the people who make up the workforce of an organization.” The role of an HR lead mainly revolves around the labor force which includes recruiting, onboarding and related activities. Although OD and HR are often coupled together, their purposes are distinct. While HR oversees employees, OD goes beyond to evaluate the core values, policies, and ideal structures and teams within a company. What are your views on OD and HR? How are they similar or different within your organization?

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Sep
13

TrainingPros’ Copywriting Services

Most businesses would greatly benefit from hiring a copywriter to edit and author content for their companies. The value that comes from employing the services of a copywriter are priceless - from editing your website to precisely describing the purpose of your business and service offerings.

Here are three reasons to bring in a copywriter for your business needs:

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Jul
28

5 Traits Of An Exceptional Leader

There are numerous bosses in today’s corporate world, but many lack the qualities of a great leader. Leadership requires an attitude of humility and service while promoting commitment and growth within their teams. What are some challenges that you are facing in the leadership role? Here are five must-have qualities that every exceptional leader should possess:

Humility: A self-assured leader doesn’t require the constant praise and endorsement of others. They are confident in their expertise and abilities and also well aware of their deficiencies. A confident leader will not need to prove they are the smartest people in the room, yet their knowledge and expertise are recognized. How can you show humility as a leader? When situations arise, take a minute to observe your initial reaction. Do you tend to offer constructive feedback, or are you quick to show that you know all the answers? Choose to share criticism that is positive and helpful rather than reacting immediately. Finally, be flexible and unbiased in your opinions so as not to seem overbearing in your response.

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Jun
26

Workplace Applications of Virtual Reality

TrainingPros is excited to present our July webinar – “Through the Lens: Workplace Applications of Virtual Reality.” Join speaker Charles Palmer, Director at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, to learn the history of Virtual Reality, technologies used to create and inhabit these worlds, examples of VR titles being used today from large companies like the NFL to smaller just in time solutions. We hope you can join us!

  • Topic: Knowledge Through the Lens: Workplace Applications of Virtual Reality
  • Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • Time: 2:00PM EST (60 minute session)
  • Cost: Free, but space is limited. Please register early
  • Speaker: Charles Palmer, Director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies (CAELT) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Register: Through the Lens: Workplace Applications of Virtual Reality
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Dec
08

President’s Year-End Letter

As we finish the last chapter of 2016, it is time to take a peek at the prologue for 2017 in anticipation for what the next 12 chapters hold for all of us. I am in the unique position to observe what companies are currently doing and planning to do in the next 12–18 months in employee development. TrainingPros supports some of the most employee-focused companies in the world like AT&T, American Express, State Farm, Publicis Media, Atmos Energy, Synchrony Financial, Kimberly-Clark and many others.

These are companies that understand the value of investing in their employees. What we have observed is that, in general, the content and skills in which employees are receiving training is not changing. Organizations continue to provide training for onboarding, compliance, safety, job-specific procedures, new business applications, sales effectiveness, customer service, product knowledge, people management and soft skills. What is and has been changing is how training is delivered to employees AND the speed at which learning programs need to be developed. Faster deployments are in response to the speed at which businesses are now moving.

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