Footprints – Employee Training Blog

How do I Get My Employees to Work as a Team?

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Tue, Sep 25, 2018

Here’s something most of us can agree on: teamwork is essential in the workplace. Among other things, teamwork can boost productivity and create a better work environment for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that working together as a team happens naturally. In many cases, managers have to encourage everyone to work together to reap the rewards of a collaborative effort.

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Mistakes Happen - Here's How to Best Handle Them

Posted by Carly Weisengoff on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Everyone makes mistakes – there’s no denying or getting around it. In fact, it can be argued that an employee who makes mistakes may be better in the long run than an employee who always plays things safe in order to avoid the risk of possibly messing up. Mistakes are required for growth, and growth is always a key part of the equation for success. No risk, no reward.

That being said, one of the most important things to know is how to handle a mistake once it’s been made. For most careers, handling mistakes in a calm, collected, and competent manner is seen as an invaluable skill. This goes double for those of you in a leadership position.

The question is: When a mistake happens, what is the best way to handle it?

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How Overworking is Actually a Detriment to the Workplace

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Do you check your emails constantly after your work day is done? Do you spend late nights getting a jump start on the next day’s workload? Do you avoid taking vacation days or sick days because you feel you’ll fall too far behind in your projects?

You’re not alone. The average American worker has a 47-hour work week, which equivocates to about 9.4 hours per day for a 5-day week. Furthermore, an alarming 24% of Americans report that they haven’t taken a day off in more than a year, despite an increase in overall vacation days taken in the US. If you’re one of those people, consider how overworking can be detrimental to both your career and your health.

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Online Training Q&A: What Users Need to Know

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Do you have a question about how to register for an online training course or navigate the training once you’ve made your purchase? If you do, you’re not alone. Even the most computer-savvy learners have questions for us every now and then.

First things first: you’re always welcome to call us (844-756-7500 or 410-308-8703) or email us (info@yourtrainingprovider.com). But we also wanted to provide this list of frequently asked questions for those of you who want an immediate answer to what seems like a simple question and those of you who prefer to solve problems on your own, without any interaction with customer support.

Here are some of the most common questions we get from clients. If your question isn’t on this list, leave it in the comments section so we can update this information and make life easier for everyone!

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Learning Styles: Myth or Method?

Posted by Adam Fusco on Tue, Sep 11, 2018

That shiny new coffee maker you bought is just begging for you to brew that first cup of joe. Small problem: you don't know how to use it yet. How do you learn to operate it?

Say the owner's manual has both text instructions and visual diagrams. Which do you gravitate toward? Do you learn by doing or by verbal instructions? Does the owner's manual fit your learning style? 

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Diagrams, Doodling, and Docentry: Taking Notes the Visual Way

Posted by Adam Fusco on Thu, Sep 06, 2018

Are you a doodler? When on the phone, or even in a learning environment, do you suddenly find interminable boxes and palm trees and Slinky coils festooning the margins of your paper? Well, don't go erasing them out of embarrassment just yet. Harnessing the tendency to doodle just might give you an edge when it comes to retaining and applying information.

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Why Do We Need Coaching in the Workplace?

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Tue, Sep 04, 2018

We hear the word “coaching” used all the time, most often in conversations about sports, but also in the context of an office setting. When it comes to the professional environment of the workplace, it’s widely believed that coaching is a powerful way to impact employees and help them reach their full potential. But what exactly does that mean?

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Coaching vs. Mentoring: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Thu, Aug 30, 2018

We hear the words “coaching” and “mentoring” thrown around quite a bit – and they’re often used to describe the same thing. But are they the same? Despite being used interchangeably, there’s actually a stark difference between them.

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Online Training Q&A

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Online training is more common than ever before with more and more companies offering training digitally and nearly every college and university offering fully online courses. But like everything new, there are skeptics – those who think online training isn’t effective, doesn’t engage learners, and doesn’t lend itself to knowledge retention.

So how do you decide whether or not online training is right for you and your employees? Here are some of the most common questions we get about online training – from making the jump to ensuring no one cheats.

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Effective Note Taking for Online Training: Going Beyond the Outline

Posted by Adam Fusco on Thu, Aug 23, 2018

In any learning situation, the material presented is only useful if it can be remembered and applied at a later date. In the case of online training, learners need to apply that information on the job when the source material is out of reach. And this is where note taking comes in - taking notes is important for processing information for later application. One study found that information taken down in notes has a 34 percent chance of being remembered, as opposed to five percent for information not recorded in notes.

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