Five Reasons Why Your Workforce Should Include Freelancers

With the invention of the internet and the endless and ever expanding list of business tools it has come to support, virtual workers have become a very important part of the job market. As one would expect, a good number of business savvy entrepreneurs saw the potentials that this opening held and quickly invested in it, giving rise to freelance sites like Elance and oDesk. The result is an abundance of workers from all over the world, fully prepared to do everything on your behalf, even make your morning coffee if that were possible through the internet.

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5 Steps for Implementing Your Skills Tracking System

Last week I was on the phone with a potential client and they asked me to explain in one page the advantages and practical steps to implementing a skills tracking system in their company.  Here it is I hope you find it useful.

The benefits of a skills tracking system are considerable. The enterprise receives an in depth picture of where skills fulfill specific requirements and where they fall short (gap analysis). A skills baseline is developed. Responsibilities are put in place for fulfilling baseline requirements.

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“How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass” Managing Your Employees in the New Millennia

I needed to get out of my office for a bit.  For a small town, Bozeman, Montana has an incredible library.  It is often my place to hide when I need to get a bunch of uninterrupted work done.

I got up for a stretch and there it was in front of me in big bold letters:

The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass” By Bill Maher.

With a title like that I really needed to give this book a once over.  I dug into it and had a good laugh for quite a while.

Now you are probably asking yourself at this point “Why is this software Skills Management, Training Management, Competency Management, computer programming nerd writing about a book by Bill Maher?”
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Don’t be a Jerk: 3 Great Arguments why you should not “Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills”

So there I am with my wife.  We have the stereo on pretty loud, I am rocking out and jamming around the house.  My wife looks at me and asks “Are we listening to the same song?”

Unfortunately, I was born with a disability. For whatever reason, from the day I came out of my mom’s womb, God denied me the pleasure of having any rhythm.  To picture my dilemma more clearly think of Steve Martin as Navin Johnson in the “Jerk”.    As Navin says “It was never easy for me…?”

Yes, neither Navin or I will ever have Rhythm.
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Skills Gaps Ahead! – The surprising workforce crisis of 2030- From Ted Talks

After posting my blog on December 1st 2014 titled “Skills Retention – The Baby Boomer Crisis” a colleague sent me the below video.  This video from Ted Talks is the perfect add on to that blog. Rainer Strack explains that workforce skill gaps are certainly coming in the near future because of a quickly retiring workforce.

In this data-filled — and quite charming — video, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests that countries ought to look across borders for mobile and willing job seekers. But to do that, they need to start by changing the culture in their businesses.
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How to Determine if a Candidate’s Skills Meet Your Job Requirements

Bad hires cost businesses a great deal of income in training time, reduced effectiveness, and aggravation suffered by colleagues that have to bear the responsibilities for a marginal employee. In a lot of companies, supervisors perform staff interviews by presenting their go to questions to candidates. For example, what can you offer us that someone else cannot? Or even trying to get a feel on how exactly a prospect can fit in. These strategies normally lead to uninspiring and harmful outcomes.
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ROI for Performance Management Systems

Figuring out the Return On Investment (ROI) For Performance Management Systems is at best a difficult proposition.

If you have at least some experience resolving HR dilemmas, you certainly know how much time and effort it takes to hire prospective and fire unproductive personnel. If your organization is medium or large, then you probably spend days and even weeks, trying to figure out the truth about your workers. Meanwhile, your competitors successfully reduce their HR costs and enhance workplace productivity. The secret is, actually simple: even a simple performance management system provides a positive ROI.

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What does it take to be an Effective Employee?

Are you an effective worker? Almost everyone has to answer this question at least once in their life. Workplace effectiveness has become a buzzword in organizations and businesses, but not everyone can boast being ideally effective at work. The thing is that no one is 100 percent effective. We have talents and skills, but we also display weaknesses and character drawbacks. These weaknesses negatively impact our performance in the workplace. This is why we need to expand our strengths and performance potentials to reduce, and even get rid of, our weaknesses.

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Training Needs Analysis – The Why and How

Do you have the answers to the questions below?

• Is our focus and investment in training aligned with our business goals and objectives?
• What skills gaps are preventing us from achieving or exceeding our objectives?
• What are our core competencies and are we leveraging them?

If you don’t have the answers to these question how are you going to get them? Maybe a training needs analysis is the answer.

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