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What do you do with employees who are not living up to expectations? Do you fire them on the spot? Do you give them another chance? How many chances do you give them before you terminate them? These questions and many more are being asked every day by supervisors and managers. This powerful program answers many questions supervisors have about handling performance problems with their employees and documenting the progressive discipline process.
Tackling difficult conversations is hard for just about everyone… especially when it comes to the trickier workplace issues that seem to pop up when you least expect it. Let's T.A.LK.™ Navigating Difficult Workplace Discussions is designed to assist managers and supervisors in dealing with difficult workplace situations. The program provides several difficult scenarios that managers may face when dealing with employees and each scenario utilizes an easy-to- use, four-step process for working through the employee situation.
If we're really honest with ourselves, we understand that leading and managing (even supervising) is not an easy task. There are all sorts of "gotchas" that wait for you in the workplace daily. Everyday Leadership™ was developed to help you, the leader/manager/supervisor, in your daily effort to foster better employee connections, communication and community within your organization - all the while working together toward one shared goal or vision.
Just Updated! In the ever-changing work environment, it's difficult to know - or understand - what's allowed and what's not allowed at work. This best-selling program brings greater awareness to the many types of harassment which can occur in the workplace. It dramatizes employee behaviors that can lead to formal charges and result in serious consequences for the individual... and the organization. Topics covered: protected classes (i.e. pregnancy, obesity), general harassment, gender identity, religion, free speech and more!
Organizations want productive and engaged employees who contribute to the bottom line... but just one aggressive employee can ruin it all. There are real consequences associated with crossing the line at work and more than money is what’s at stake for organizations of all kinds. The effects of bullying, abusive conduct and especially harassment can damage an organization’s morale, brand and leave targets unproductive and fearful.
Help newly promoted managers, supervisors and leaders navigate their changing roles and have immediate impact! Watch as Lindsey, a newly promoted manager, surfs the web looking for tips and insights about making a successful transition from peer to boss. This interactive eLearning course provides key strategies, activities and practical suggestions that make this program an excellent choice for organizations that promote from within or need to train new managers & supervisors.
Lack of solid documentation is the single most common mistake employers make when handling discipline or terminations. What if you need to justify an employment decision or termination long after it occurs? Not properly documenting can hurt you in unemployment compensation disputes, workers’ compensation cases and other legal matters. This course teaches importance of documenting your employees using the FOSA™ process.
This exciting new program is designed to teach people how to improve their relationships at work in order to become more productive and to achieve better results. We have to rely on and work with others in order to be productive and achieve results. The problem is that many work environments are not conducive to positive relationships. Instead, they are focused on the mistake, leading us to inadvertently reinforcing what we don’t want to happen - the negative behavior. This program shows learners how to improve workplace relationships and productivity by using the Positivity Approach.
Recognizing and stopping harassment is an essential component of a respectful and innovative workplace. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model along with thought-provoking questions on effective ways to address and prevent workplace harassment and bullying. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Affirmative action plays an important role within many organizations. The purpose of affirmative action is to establish fair access to employment opportunities to create a workforce that is an accurate reflection of the demographics of the qualified available workforce in the relevant job market. Affirmative action policies and programs are tools whereby additional efforts are made to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. This course provides an overview of affirmative action and it's role in diversity and EEO programs.
Bias is something we all have, and by itself, it’s neither good nor bad. It’s a conscious or unconscious judgment we make based on information we have learned from our own experiences or by what we have been taught by others. To further enhance our skills as a leader we must tackle any biases that create negative relationships or impede an inclusive workplace.
Everyone needs and wants to feel accepted, included, heard… and be a part of something bigger than themselves. It’s a basic human need - as important to us as food… clothing… or shelter. Helping others feel like they belong is the cornerstone of inclusive leadership. Part of how we define ourselves depends on what types of groups to which we belong: family units, social groups, religious affiliations, and common interest groups such as fitness, music or hobbies. The need to feel like we belong doesn’t end when we enter our place of work.
Decision-making is a daily occurrence in the workplace. Making ethical decisions is important not only to the organization, but to those who work for them and those they serve. We must ensure our team members are aware of the proper procedures for ethical decision-making and the numerous consequences that can occur if they are not followed. Big or small, an unethical decision can have a huge impact on the organization.
As leaders in our organization, we all get frustrated sometimes, but we need to be positive and professional in our interactions with our customers. Taking out our frustrations on a customer could cause them to seek services from a competitor instead. We need to make sure we are offering them the best experience. Without our customers, we wouldn’t have a business.
Have you ever received an inappropriate email at work? How about an email that has a graphic picture or makes fun of someone in your office? Do you ever hear inappropriate jokes or comments in the workplace? Unfortunately, the sometimes subtle nature of what constitutes harassment and discrimination can make it difficult to identify. Using a dramatic example taken from a real life situation, this short program provides a realistic scenario intended to generate discussion regarding what behaviors constitute inappropriate behavior at work.
Our workplace is full of employees from multiple generations. It is important to recognize and appreciate the knowledge, perspectives, and experiences that each generation brings to the table. Everyone has value, no matter their age. Creating a respectful workplace means leading others through biases and focusing on including others.
This new program has been designed to provide all employees with practical, inclusionary skills for recognizing and responding to tough situations they may face or witness within the workplace after a health scare or pandemic. After all, inclusion and respect are all about people having a sense of belonging; it gives people the feeling of being welcomed, respected, valued and treated fairly for who they are and what they bring or contribute to the organization.
When an employee refuses to sign a performance evaluation, you might be tempted to just say - okay, fine. I'll just make a note that you refused to sign, and you do what you need to do. But the truth is, when an employee won't sign it generally means there's a lot more going on that really needs to be out on the table so you can deal with it. And the best way to make that happen is to take the time to T.A.L.K.™ about it.
When an employee refuses to take responsibility for their performance problems, there are a couple of things you need to make sure you do. A quarterly or annual review shouldn't be the first time the employee is hearing about the problem or problems. The best way to correct a problem is to deal with it immediately, and document your actions. Then, make sure you keep your focus on the employee's behavior and don't get sucked into an emotional discussion about attitudes.
When an employee doesn't seem to care about setting goals in their daily work, it's easy to make assumptions about why they're acting that way. The problem is... you could be way off base. And your actions can actually end up making the situation worse. So, when you find yourself in this kind of situation, take a step back, and use the T.A.L.K.™ model to help find out why... Because once I find out why... then I can usually help the employee figure out how to move forward.
There are two keys to working with an employee who thinks the information you're using in your discussion is biased; the first is to take extra time to really listen to the employee's perspective. And the second is to be specific about the information you're basing your evaluation on. The key is to use the T.A.L.K.™ model to help the employee identify areas that need improvement on their own.
A tough conversation with a top performer can be difficult, especially when you really do need to ask that person to step up and give you a little more. The key is to use the T.A.L.K.™ model to help the employee identify areas that need improvement on their own. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but the results are definitely worth it.
Having active and respectful discussions are paramount to creating working relationships based on inclusive and trust. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (R.A.P.P.O.R.T.) along with thought-provoking questions on effective ways to tackle the tough discussions with grace and respect. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
We don’t like to think of ourselves as having biases toward others. The fact is many of these biases exist in our society and in our memory and are sometimes expressed unknowingly. By being self-aware and willing to engage with others when bias is unintentionally implied or expressed we can better resolve problems and promote more effective working relationships.
You have an employee who seems disinterested, apathetic, or just isn’t putting forth the effort. What do you do? This course provides the just-in-time information and tools needed to help a manager address the situation while maintaining a respectful workplace.
You have an employee who’s missed too many work days. What do you do? How much absenteeism is tolerated depends on your organization’s policy. This course provides the just-in-time information and tools needed to help a manager address the absenteeism while maintaining a respectful workplace.
The impact of unconscious bias means that we are acting a certain way towards people or circumstances without realizing it. Although people may think conscious bias is worse because it is a conscious decision we are aware of, both can be detrimental, especially in the workforce. When unconscious bias affects our decisions, we are unaware of it, because it happens outside our control.
Communication can make or break a project. Ensuring our team members are communicating effectively, efficiently, and timely is a key to success in the workplace. There will be times when we must have difficult conversations, but we need to confront and resolve these issues, not avoid them.
Relationships between different departments in an organization can sometimes be difficult. In fact, issues between departments may be detrimental to the organization as a whole if not resolved quickly and respectfully. Every department must be able to work together efficiently and effectively in order for the business to be successful.
Stereotyping and inappropriate comments are all-too-common problems in the world today and is absolutely unacceptable in our organization. We must listen to and validate our employees concerns and act on them. As leaders, we can address and help prevent stereotyping by listening, speaking up, and treating ALL employees fairly, regardless of race. We also must address performance problems - even when there are other issues at play.
Our workplace is full of employees with valuable life experiences and ideas. It's important to recognize and appreciate the knowledge, perspectives, and experiences that team members of all ages bring to the table. Everyone has value, no matter their age.
Regardless of physical appearance and gender, we should treat each other with respect and dignity. We must acknowledge that each other’s achievements are due to nothing short of hard work and dedication, NOT appearance or sexuality. We are all on the same team.
Bias refers to the persistent, harmful and unequal treatment of someone based solely on some characteristic they possess or their apparent membership in or identification with a particular group. By being self-aware and willing to engage with others when bias is unintentionally implied or expressed, we can better resolve problems and promote more effective working relationships.
A conflict with a co-worker can be one of the most frustrating things we have to deal with. I used to try to avoid people I didn't get along with, and just hope they got transferred out of the department. But the truth is that costs the department and the organization big time. It's one of those "everybody loses and everybody is miserable" approaches.
Organizations are navigating a broad range of post-pandemic issues that span from keeping you and your customers safe to re-configuring business operations and getting things to a 'new' normal. This course is designed to provide you with practical inclusionary skills for recognizing and responding to tough situations you may face or witness within the workplace after a health scare or pandemic - as well as understanding the importance of new standards and policies (e.g. social distancing) put in place to keep the workplace safe.
Most of us know that we all share a responsibility for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. But one of the challenges we face on a day to day basis is recognizing it. It's not enough to understand the legal definition alone… we have to know what sexual harassment looks like in the real world… and its consequences on each other… and the organization.
Leaders and managers today are going at full speed - all the time. So, a lot of them think, "When do I have extra time to worry about redirecting employees?" Well, you can't afford not to redirect them! Positive redirection comes into play when you first notice that something's not right, it might not be completely wrong, but it's not in the direction you want. So…you redirect it.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another person's position. It’s a powerful tool to build and maintain relationships – both inside and outside the workplace!
Have you used More Than a Gut Feeling™ to maximize your interviewing process/system in the past? Here's the next step in reinforcing those behavior-based interviewing skills! Developed from and based on the world’s best-selling interviewing skills program, this new program leverages what was learned by showing specific examples and identifying and targeting the most common interviewing mistakes. It shows managers and other interviewers the most effective interviewing actions for hiring top-notch people-every time!
Equip employees to make the right choices in tough ethical situations. This updated eLearning course will help your employees learn how to recognize the most common business ethics and compliance situations they face every day. It provides a clear, easy-to-use model that will help them think things through to arrive at the most appropriate choice of action to take, ensuring the integrity of your organization.
Having active and respectful discussions are essential components of an inclusive and innovative workplace. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (S.P.A.C.E.) along with thought-provoking questions on effective ways to tackle the tough discussions with grace and respect. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Ever hear inappropriate gender-based jokes or comments in the workplace? Unfortunately, the sometimes subtle nature of what constitutes harassment and discrimination can make it difficult to identify. Using a dramatic example taken from a real life situation, this interactive program provides a realistic scenario intended to generate discussion regarding what behaviors constitute inappropriate behavior at work.
Dreading that difficult discussion with an employee or coworker who just isn't engaged or performing as expected? These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (T.A.L.K.) along with thought-provoking questions on starting those tough conversations. Great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a discussion generator.
It's not rocket science... or is it? By treating our customers right and going above and beyond, we can create a relationship that lasts for years to come. These returning customers will choose us over any competitor if given a choice, allowing our business to grow and creating more opportunities for our employees.
Having quality customer service is critical to any business. It's your job as a leader to set and maintain the organization's expectations when it comes to servicing customers. Those that are willing to go the extra mile for their customers will have customers for life. It is important to realize the consequences of our actions and know there is always more we can do.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another person's position. It’s a powerful tool to build and maintain relationships – both inside and outside the workplace! This course will teach you that there are three basic types of empathy.
Help newly promoted managers, supervisors and leaders navigate their changing roles and have immediate impact! These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model along with thought-provoking questions on better understanding what it takes to truly and successfully lead other. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Communicating plans for change in the workplace is no longer just an event or an initiative. As a manager or leader, you'll need a strategy and a plan. This course provides the just-in-time information and tools needed to help a manager address the situation while maintaining a respectful workplace.
Whistleblowers perform an important service by bringing to light allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and by reporting what they reasonably believe to be evidence of wrongdoing. They must not be subject to or threatened with reprisal for doing so. Employees who blow the whistle play a critical role in keeping our organization’s programs and operations honest, efficient, and accountable. Federal laws (such as the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act) strongly encourage employees to disclose wrongdoing and protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
We’ve all felt nervous... even anxious about an upcoming event. Anxiety is something we all encounter as a normal part of life. Anxiety can actually be a motivator… helping us accomplish a task at hand that needs to be done. But many times, we experience the negative side of anxiety. this quick course provides a great overview of anxiety and how we can effectively tackle it.
We've taken of our ten best-selling discussion cards and created a pack of powerful, poignant and easy-to-use triggers for getting diversity, equity and inclusion conversations started! Each of the ten cards provides a simple model along with thought-provoking questions on various topics that will drive team cohesiveness. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement, performance management or as a conversation generator.
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and illnesses are spread by not properly washing hands. In this SafetyByte module, we’ll discuss the importance of handwashing.
Updated with the US Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ+ workers! In the ever-changing work environment, it's difficult to know--or understand--what's allowed and what's not allowed at work. Using this new course, bring greater awareness to the many types of harassment which can occur in the workplace. Use with employees organization-wide for annual training or new employee orientation.
New Micro-Learning! Unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick decisions from data it gathers and then adding meaning to it.
Experience has taught us to respect chemicals and the hazards they can pose to human health and the environment. In this SafetyBytes® course, we will look at the appropriate actions to take during a direct chemical spill.
New Micro-Learning! The pressures we face in the workplace can put a lot of strain on our relationships with our coworkers that might even prevent us from getting our work done. It’s not easy confronting your coworkers when you are having problems… but it is possible.
Many jobs have inherent risks. Some people consider them occupational hazards and while you might pay close attention to the obvious risks, you’re more likely to ignore the subtle, equally dangerous risks. In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll review why and how falls happen.
Mistakes happen. Discussing them and correcting them is a natural next step. Getting personal and calling out someone individually in front of their peers for that mistake… ruins morale, is unfair and amounts to a lack of control.
When a person in a position of power decides to target an employee, they are often hurtful and clearly inappropriate — just like a schoolyard bully. This is compounded by the situations where the bully is also the boss. But the situation can and should be addressed. Like other bullies, a boss who’s out of control needs to be reminded when they cross the line.
Sexual harassment can happen in many different forms. While it can be shocking to encounter and/or witness blatant sexual harassment, having an uncomfortable conversation with the perpetrator can help to redraw the lines.
Shortcuts can kill. This SafetyByte demonstrates the lethal result of ignoring signs and taking shortcuts in the workplace.
Asking the right questions in an interview is your single best way to get the right kinds of information... the kinds of information that will lead you to the best hiring decision. But how do you know what's legal... and even illegal to ask during an interview? This short video provides up-to-date do's and don'ts when it comes to interview questions and is a comprehensive resource for all managers and/or supervisors involved in the hiring process.
Signs, tags, labels, and placards convey information that is intended to change behavior, give instructions, and/or convey important safety information and warnings. In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll discuss the NFPA 704 Hazard Identification System.
Discussions with co-workers that ridicule or disrespect anyone because of a protected class status can be offensive and lead to an accusation of discriminatory harassment. Insensitive remarks about an overweight co-worker can lead to the perception of harassment.
We can’t listen to whatever we want at work if it offends others; while we do have more freedom to say or do things outside the workplace, we still need to keep in mind that if our behavior offends or discriminates against someone, then it may be grounds for disciplinary action. We all must be respectful of others in the workplace.
It can be one thing to casually invite someone to attend religious services with you, or to occasionally mention a religious belief or practice. But when you repeatedly and openly talk about your religious beliefs, or proselytize, to the point that it offends a co-worker, you can easily be accused of harassment.
You know, some of us figure a pregnant joke or two is just something that comes with the territory. It's no big deal. Well, those days are over. This video shows how a simple joke or two might lead to harassment. Remember, when it comes to your co-workers - the safest thing to do is… if you can't say something nice... just don't say anything at all.
Transitioning to a different gender is a deeply personal decision. There are many unknowns and the added stress of how the workplace, and even customers, will accept the transitioning employee is very real. There are a variety of Federal, state and local laws that expressly protect workers based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
It shouldn't surprise you that making employment decisions because you think an employee is too old can get you into a lot of trouble. Bottom line, if you target someone for negative treatment because of their age - sooner or later, you're going to end up defending yourself to your employer, to an opposing attorney, a government agency, or even a judge or jury.
We all bring our own view of the world into work every day. And sooner or later, we're going to work side-by-side with someone whose background and experiences are light-years different from ours. But treating somebody with anything less than professionalism and respect - for whatever reason – is a big mistake.
With all the court cases that have been going on and the changes in the laws, there are a lot of different ways that people can end up doing something that can get them into trouble. This video shows how joking and innuendos could lead to sexual harassment.
Could an unwelcome pursuit can become harassing behavior? What if it was a manager pursuing an employee? Fishing in the company pond for romance does happen, but there is more at risk than just rejection. Supervisors and managers should never proposition subordinates. Even social invitations between co-workers need to be carefully asked.
This SafetyByte points out that good housekeeping reduces operating costs, increases production, opens aisles to permit faster traffic, lowers accident rates, reduces fire hazards, and raises employee morale.
Even when subtle in nature, comments, body language, and tone of voice that imply something sexual is not appropriate in the workplace. These kinds of actions can easily lead to charges of hostile environment sexual harassment.
The major objective of process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals, such as ammonia, is to prevent unwanted releases of hazardous chemicals especially into locations that could expose employees and others to serious hazards. In this SafetyBytes® course, we will discuss the tasks of an ammonia safety management team.
This SafetyByte shows the results of failing to lock and tag office equipment before attempting a repair.
It seems that almost everyone around us has back pain or a tender back. Yet we all take our backs for granted, until they give us problems. In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll discuss some of the factors which contribute to the risk of back injury.
Have you ever wondered how and where back problems occur? In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll discuss the mechanics of how your back works.
In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll discuss some of the common issues that cause back problems.
A confined space + lack of personal protective equipment spells disaster in this SafetyByte.
In this SafetyBytes™ module, we’ll look at the seriousness of unsafe work practices and the reality of ignoring the safety message behind a no injury accident.
Every 20 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. Once a minute, a fire occurs in a structure. Although fire's toll has declined steadily over the past two decades, fire continues to cause major losses. In this SafetyBytes® course, we’ll discuss fire classifications.
Just how important are fire extinguishers? It turns out very important! Often ignored, these life saving devices play a vital role in keeping us safe. It is time for fire extinguishers to get the respect they deserve. In this SafetyBytes® module, we’ll review the important things you must consider about your fire extinguishers.
Fire is among the most serious hazards that you may face in the workplace. While proper procedures and training can minimize its likelihood, you still must be prepared to deal with a fire emergency should it occur. In this SafetyBytes® lesson, we’ll review the procedures you should follow in the event of a fire.
“Oh, my aching back” is one of the most common complaints heard in the workplace. This SafetyBytes® course introduces the importance of proper lifting.
This SafetyBytes® module discusses the importance of wearing the proper footwear on the job site.
Falls. They can be prevented! This SafetyByte discusses the importance of paying attention while on the job - to avoid slips, trips or falls.
The performance appraisal is one action tool that helps facilitate communication. It helps establish goals, it allows you to exchange feedback, and it is an excellent opportunity to revisit position expectations. Knowing how to navigate through a difficult performance appraisal is very beneficial in keeping “good” employees, identifying areas of opportunity, and redirecting employees who could improve in some areas such arriving late to work, missing deadlines, or displaying a negative attitude.
There are different classes of fire as well as different types of fire extinguishers for each class. Using the wrong type can make the fire worse and cause serious injury to you or the people around you. In this SafetyBytes® lesson, we’ll review the different types of fire extinguishers.
New Micro-Learning! When an employee doesn’t seem to care about their job, it’s easy to make assumptions about why he or she might be acting that way. The problem is, you could be way off base and your actions could end up making the problem worse!
Continuous learning is the motivation and ability to take responsibility for ongoing learning and personal development in job-related knowledge and skills. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the importance of continuous learning and the techniques that will enable you to continually learn on the job.
Customers are the lifeblood of the business; customers are the reason the business exists; and customers provide the revenue that pays the salaries of the people who work within your organization. Caring for customers should then seem natural, but distractions, the demands of the job, and the pressures of the day often detract from the high level of service customers have come to know and expect.
Communication is the core one-on-one verbal and written skill a sales person must have to successfully complete customer interactions. This includes telephone, face-to-face conversation skills, and simple writing tasks such as composing an email. Listening skills are also a part of communication. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the importance of communication, and the techniques for effective communication.
Cross- and up-selling offers customers additional value by exposing them to solutions they might never have considered. They are both key to the selling process. By the end of this module, you will be able to identify the difference between cross-selling and up-selling, their importance and their techniques.
After you’ve proposed a solution, answered any customer objections, and tied up any loose details, it’s time to ask for the order to close the sale. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the importance of closing and the techniques to apply when closing a sale to make closing simple and non-confrontational.
In consultative selling, customer needs are the basis of the sales conversation. The salesperson doesn’t present product or service solutions without first making sure they address a customer need. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the reasons you should sell consultatively and the techniques for doing so.
Customer business understanding is the preparation, study, and questioning required to determine and document the unique business issues for a specific customer. This includes developing solutions tailored to the customer’s individual business requirements. understanding the nuances of the customers you serve can be challenging. The techniques in this course are designed to help you with this task.
When we have a conflict at work, a natural reaction is to ignore the problem or wait for it to go away. This approach to conflict creates a “lose-lose” situation for you, your coworker, and your employer. After completing this module, you will be better equipped to see past the conflict and work to address the real issues. You will also learn a step-by-step approach to resolving conflict.
Workplace privacy issues can be tricky—in large part due to expectations on the part of employees of having the same rights to privacy at work as they do at home. From things such as appropriate handling of employee records and information to the need of the company to track the use of technology, privacy definitions and expectations can raise many questions for which managers need to have the answers.