Our new accountants generally do a fine job dealing with routine compliance issues. When it comes to analytical skills, however, most of them are severely lacking. They are unable to project or think beyond the basic answers.
It's easy to test for and to teach basic skills. But how do we test people's analytical skills?
—Final Analysis, hiring manager, financial services, Plantation, Florida
The only way to create an ethical workplace is by rewarding the right behavior—even if it means losing business.
Our company has been successful because we keep things on a personal level between our senior managers and employees. We don't want to lose that close-knit feel, but we also see the value of using virtualization. How do we incorporate the technology while preserving our culture?
—Vexed by Virtualization, HR generalist, construction/engineering, Indianapolis
Some of our employees are set in their ways, and it's hard to persuade them to learn new things. What can we do as an organization to help them adapt to dynamic situations?
—Stuck in a Rut, learning and development specialist, Milan, Italy
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Factory jobs demand more math and science skills than most Americans possess. Meanwhile, young people have turned their backs on manufacturing.
During management meetings, discussion invariably turns toward the subject of continuous change. We want to become a learning organization, making any necessary changes that will help us be more customer-oriented. We're having trouble getting beyond the discussion phase, though. How do I persuade our management team to let human resources spearhead this cultural change?
—On the Sidelines but Hoping to Play, HR manager, publishing, Sydney
What does fly fishing have to do with workplace learning, particularly on topics where leadership skill and communication are involved? Everything.
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