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The Power of Community

March 3, 2009
Online communities of practice give far-flung employees a chance to network, share knowledge and communicate best practices that trainers can capture and incorporate into future learning events.
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Don't Cut Legal Compliance Training

February 5, 2009
Commentary: A recession is exactly the wrong time to cut the budgets for training in support of legal compliance issues. In addition to preventing management mistakes that may give rise to legal claims after a negative job action, training can provide an important affirmative defense. Should a company be taken to court, every training dollar spent can be cited as proof of a good-faith effort to comply with worker protections.
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Training Adapts to the Downturn

February 5, 2009
During economic downturns, training dollars usually are a tempting line item to cut. But in this downturn—at some companies, at least—there appears to be a different approach at work. One expert says corporate leaders are more inclined to use ‘a scalpel,’ picking and choosing programs to cut or trim back based on long-term strategic goals. Here are the approaches such companies as Southwest Airlines and Paychex are taking.
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A Blank Slate for Training

January 26, 2009
DCP Midstream sets aside the approaches of its former parent company and faces the challenge of ensuring that its far-flung employees are learning the same important technical material.
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