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May
26

Continuous Training for ERP Systems

ERP software systems need to be updated regularly for many reasons: to improve security, resolve existing bugs and add features. However, each software update requires further employee training and drives the need for sudden adaptations. Often, proper and consistent training can fall through the cracks. Here are three reasons to achieve an environment of continuous training for ERP systems that makes good business sense:

Reduce training gaps

Preparing for regular training sessions before implementation and after you go-live is crucial. Recurring training helps reduce and even alleviate the training gap and increases the efficiency and productivity of employees.

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May
08

Mindfulness During Challenging Times

During these uncertain times of Covid-19, many of us find ourselves feeling unmoored, unable to plan and predict, stripped from our trusted ways of interacting and getting the job done. A colleague of mine used the term unsettled recently to describe how she was feeling, and then backtracked, “I don’t think unsettled even begins to address the range of emotions we’re experiencing. We’re in new territory here.”

As we all look for ways to mitigate what may feel like the constant low-level hum of our stress response, mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help us navigate this new territory, a buffer, and a guide during these times of upending change.

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Apr
03

Free Technical Tools

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, businesses have had to move quickly to working remotely. Many organizations have initiated efforts to support individuals, businesses, schools and non-profits by offering free versions of their tools for a limited time. Here’s a list of free tools to help you get organized and stay on top of business in a remote setting:

Video Conferencing:

  • Tandem allows remote workers to connect with one click making it easier to meet and collaborate in a virtual setting and is waiving their fees to all customers for the next few months.
  • Avaya is offering free access to the business edition of Avaya Spaces until August 31, 2020 to educational and non-profit organizations around the world. Their cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration app helps bring teams together virtually.
  • Microsoft Teams is presenting a free version with restrictions removed that is now available to everyone. The company has also provided a list of FAQs and other information for users.
  • Cisco WebEx is a free video conferencing tool that many are already familiar with and use regularly. They are offering additional tips for users on how to stay connected and have the best meeting experience. Our TrainingPros President is a big fan of WebEx.
  • Adobe Connect is providing a 90-day access for free until July 1, 2020. The access allows individuals and businesses to use Adobe Connect with meeting groups of up to 25 people. TrainingPros uses Adobe Connect for its free webinars that we co-produce with Harrisburg University.
  • Google G-Suite and G-Suite Education as well as the advanced version for Hangouts Meet is now available for free to all customers until July 1, 2020 to help them stay connected during this time.
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Mar
31

Virtual Team Productivity

TrainingPros has been a virtual company for 23 years. We have 30+ people all working from their homes and being extremely productive. We think we have this system worked out pretty well after all that time. I thought our team might be qualified to offer some advice beyond what virtual tools to use. After all, it’s still about the people.

Trust: The first rule when managing a remote team is trust. When working virtually, it’s impossible to look over shoulders which means you have to trust your employees. A model I’ve found to be useful is using the Results-Oriented approach to work (Results Oriented Work Environment or ROWE). ROWE means that you give the team members a result they are expected to achieve in a specified period rather than specific hours to sit at their desk and work. I find this even more useful now that everyone’s kids are home and must be tended during work hours.

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Feb
27

Unifying Remote Teams

The concept of remote work has allowed companies to operate in ways they may have never even considered. Talent acquisition is no longer limited by geographical constraints, therefore allowing companies to hire more diverse workers who may be able to bring more to the table. Because remote work also helps restore work-life balance, employee attrition rates may also be reduced.

However, the task does not stop with the decision to shift to remote work, as companies still need to make concerted efforts to unite their remote teams. A previous TrainingPros Thought Leadership Article covered how ATD Research in Frontline Leaders: Developing Tomorrow’s Executives said that talent management necessitates that workers in an organization have proper awareness and understanding of their roles and duties. This is one challenge faced by today’s companies. In this regard, here are some suggestions on training modules to unite remote teams:

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