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By Kelly Cave and Madison Hanscom Training is an effective way for companies to facilitate knowledge and skill development in their employees, which in turn, helps them remain competitive in their respective markets. The extent to which knowledge and skills learned in training are used on-the-job is commonly referred to as training transfer (1). Unfortunately, studies indicate that significant amounts of training content do not end up transferring to the job (2). This lack of transfer is a major concern, in large part because companies spend significant amounts of money on training. According to the Association for Talent Development, each year

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman In more recent years, companies have been starting to realize just how important workplace culture is, and how fundamentally it is tied to the success of the business. Where companies were previously attracting top talent on salary and benefits alone, it now takes more than that and something exponentially harder to offer: potential employees want to know that they’ll be happy in the workplace and experience job satisfaction in their role—no easy feat. Workplace competition is a big part of the company culture, and it’s been the subject of debate for many industry experts as of late. For the

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By Brie DeLisi In many organizations safety and operational excellence are two separate functions, any overlap is deemed coincidental. However, these two functions are incredibly interrelated when it comes to the actual practice and the related values. At the most foundational level, lean processes and safety culture both rely on the same thing: the employees. The goal of lean manufacturing and operational excellence is simultaneously to minimize waste without sacrificing productivity. This benefits employee safety in a number of ways: 1. The employee is essential to production. You need employees, and not only does an injury impact the employee and their family, it also

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By Brie DeLisi Most organizations believe that having ‘safety’ as a company value and conducting annual safety training is sufficient to drive the message that safety matters. At Propulo, we’ve heard time and time again that “it goes without saying” and “employees know that safety matters” when we ask about a lack of safety conversations. However, the human brain doesn’t quite work like that – the brain prefers to prioritize what is considered important. Imagine the following scenario: As an employee of Widgets and Co, you received new employee training on safety (delivered by the safety professional) and heard from HR that safety

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By Martin Royal It's been well established change initiatives have high rates of failures. It is well documented that the costs of poorly managed change initiatives measure in the millions. Therefore, understanding the reactions of employees to planned organizational change is a significant concern for many organizations. Many organizations are confronted with swift environmental, industrial and technological changes that challenge them to continuously adapt their processes. Effective organizational changes rely on the cooperation and engagement of employees. Poorly managed changes may lead to a variety of unwanted outcomes. These may include decreased workplace satisfaction rates, reduction in both individual and overall

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By Kelly Hamilton, Madison Hanscom, & Josh Williams, Ph.D. A critical skill all leaders must develop is the ability to provide high-quality feedback to their team members so they can perform their jobs well and grow and advance in their careers. When leaders do this well, it can fuel employee motivation and commitment, as well as positive safety outcomes. Fostering growth contributes to an overall sense of organizational and supervisor support, which is important because employees want to feel they are valued by the organization. Employees who report feeling valued by their employer are 93% more likely to report they are motivated

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