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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?

June 19, 2013
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We want to conduct cross-training sessions to help some employees acquire new skills. We also have employees that already perform these tasks and don't want them thinking our cross-training is a reflection on their performance. How should we handle this to make sure everyone's on the same page? Is there a better alternative? —Don't Want Hurt Feelings, HR manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Grand Cayman
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How Do I Respond to Employee Concerns About SWOT Analysis?

June 19, 2013
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Some ideas have been presented by management to help employees identify areas of essential skills. One idea is to have employees complete a SWOT analysis. But employees have expressed a range of concerns about SWOT, including: • Since I'm already doing more with less, when do I find time to complete the SWOT worksheet? • If I identify threats, how will I be perceived by management? • Since we have limited funds and can't give raises, how could we capitalize on opportunities that emerge from the analysis? • Will I be considered a narcissist by management if I list things I do well? • How do I list my strengths when I'm not even sure what they are? —Can't Swat These Worries Away, OD director, government, Panama City, Florida
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Wal-Mart Drafts Leaders for Military-style Training

June 12, 2013
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A 16-week academy for leaders holds key to future growth, company officials say.
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Lars Living Large

June 7, 2013
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If you're done with the people-management realm, thanks for the memories, Lars. If not, I look forward to your next act.
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How Do We Develop a Solid Career Development Plan?

June 5, 2013
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How do we facilitate a discussion with our employees on the meaning of career development? We want to ask probing questions that give us a meaningful plan of action. We know from a recent employee survey that most of our staff is not satisfied with our career development and we need to start a conversation to make improvements. —Career Doldrums, assistant human resources manager, mining/oil/gas, Singapore
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Help Wanted: IT Recruiters for the 21st Century

June 3, 2013
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Information technology talent acquisition in the 21st century requires companies to rethink the role of the recruiter.
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LeBron James Seeks an Intern, So Here's an Assist

May 29, 2013
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Here's hoping some hoop dreams come true for some lucky basketball fans, but success comes with a well-drawn-out play for the interns.
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Five Ways to Improve Foreign Language Training

May 16, 2013
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Experts say goals, job-specific training and human interaction are key to picking up a foreign language for work.
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