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Articles by Garry Kranz

ASTD Reports That Learning Investments Held Steady in 2008

November 19, 2009
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The American Society for Training & Development reports that 2008 was a year of stark contrasts for learning and development. Increased investment in learning was evident early in the year, only to be followed by cuts as the economy foundered last fall, leaving learning professionals to deliver effective employee training despite reduced resources. Also, for the first time in the survey, the use of e-learning declined.
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Tricks of the Trade Show Innovation and Informal Learning

November 16, 2009
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Most employees rarely get to attend their own organizations’ trade shows. But if the trade shows come to them, there’s an opportunity for informal learning that can spark innovation. Here’s how three organizations make ‘internal’ trade shows work for them.
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Downturn Prompts a Change in Learning Initiatives

October 27, 2009
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A 2009 study by Bersin & Associates, done in conjunction with Workforce Management , shows steep drops in training and development spending. Instead of spending on come-one, come-all programs, organizations are taking more prescriptive approach that seeks to match high-potential employees with development initiatives that tackle strategic business issues.
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A Small Government With Big Training Goals

September 14, 2009
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Amid government cutbacks, Chesterfield County, Virginia, relies more than ever on corporate-style learning to cultivate employee skills.
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Training That Starts Before the Job Begins

July 20, 2009
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Even in a recession, some companies are still hiring in sizable numbers. Two of them—Booz Allen Hamilton and Vestas Wind Systems—start training new employees in culture and processes well before their first day on the job.
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Assurant Hits 'Play' for Painless Learning

June 22, 2009
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Assurant Employee Benefits' suite of customized video games tackles weighty issues such as Assurant's financial strategies and the impact that individual employees have on success. They're a hit, with employees vying to be at the top of the leader boards.
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Spurred by Hiring Binge, Geico Makes Training a Priority

May 14, 2009
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The car insurance company with the quirky ads hires and trains with advancement and retention in mind. New employees average two to three promotions within their first three years, and many people have been with the company for decades—including CEO Tony Nicely, who started as a clerk with in 1961.
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Tutoring Benefits Give Employees Peace of Mind

April 16, 2009
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At a time when many companies are curtailing benefits, a few firms are offering tutoring assistance to employees’ children.
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Aetnas Odyssey Comes Full Circle

March 22, 2009
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The nation’s third-largest health insurer forges ahead with systematic learning and career plans in 2009, despite the rocky economy.
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Absence Makes Companies Grow Tougher

March 15, 2009
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Harsh business conditions are forcing companies to take a more penetrating look at absenteeism and its underlying causes.
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