Footprints – Training & eTracking Solutions Blog

Giving Thanks to Our Teammates

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

When someone goes the extra mile for someone else – especially when they didn’t have to – it’s reassuring to feel appreciated for those efforts (not to mention how they can benefit performance reviews!). If your coworker helped you out and saved the day, here is a cornucopia of ways you can say “thank you.”

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

How to Improve Your Listening Skills

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Effective communication is one of the most important pillars in any successful workplace. But communication is at least a two-sided conversation. Being a good listener is frequently more important than your ability to convey information, and it’s a skill that should be nurtured whenever possible. Whether you’re brushing up on your team coaching skills or just trying to be a better leader, use these tips to beef up your listening game. 

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Tags: management training, effective communication, employee training

7 Common Listening Problems

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 19, 2019

When you’re discussing something with someone, an important aspect of it is that you’re listening to them. It can be too easy to not actually listen to someone; you may think you are, but if you do any of the following, you’re not really listening effectively at all!

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

Effects of Bad Training vs. Good Training

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Poor training can have long-lasting negative effects on your business – after all, reputations can be destroyed in seconds. When you first think about how you are going to train your employees, you might not think much of it. But it’s important to consider the long-term effects of bad training and good training. Remember, your business is only as good as your employees.

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Tags: online training, management training, employee training

Advantages of Online Training

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Are you on the fence about switching to online training? We get it – there’s a lot to consider! The pricing, monitoring your employees, certifications, it’s a big change to make. The truth of it is, online training is an excellent way for employees to develop vital skills – and more! We’ve compiled a quick list of just some of the advantages of online training.

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Tags: online training, eTracking, management training, employee training

How to Create a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Nov 07, 2019

When an employee’s performance starts to dwindle, it not only impacts your office, but your business performance too. It isn’t always easy to address these types of issues, but it’s necessary. Generally, Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) are developed by the employee’s supervisor to identify specific areas of poor performance, documents actions and measures, as well as the deadlines as to when the performance needs to improve. This is the bare-bones formula, but how do you tailor it to your employee?

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

Crash Course in Employee Performance Reviews

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Some people love them, some people hate them, but employee performance reviews are incredibly valuable to employees and management alike. Performance reviews are an opportunity for employees to learn where they need improvement and where they excel; for managers, performance reviews allow a chance to voice concerns and set expectations. If you’re unsure how to handle performance reviews, take a look at these tips!

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

Using Effective Communication to Embrace Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Maintaining healthy and clear communication is one of the — if not the — hardest barriers in a diversified workplace. Cultural differences, generation gaps — literal language barriers. These can all cause strife in the workplace, and can lessen the otherwise advantageous situation of being a diversified team.

The answer to most issues in diversification is clear communication. So, how do you use communication to embrace diversity, rather than treating it as a complication?

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

Barriers to Cultural Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The modern workplace is a melting pot of different cultures, races, genders, age groups, and belief systems. These differences, and workplace diversity as a whole, can provide noteworthy advantages to a team. Different viewpoints spark creativity and advanced problem solving, and offer ways to learn new skills and become more productive overall. It helps the reputation of your company, too!

All of this said, there are undeniably some hurdles and barriers to overcome when it comes to integration and establishing a cohesive workplace when diversity is involved — particularly if it’s a new thing for your team.

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

How to Be a Better Coach

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 24, 2019

A great coach in the workplace can inspire us; help us to learn and grow; to reach our full potential. Trouble is, not everyone’s coaching game is quite as strong as it should be in the workplace. If your goal is to equip your team with the positive vibes and tools they need in order to work at their best, then it’s time to brush up on how to be a better coach!

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Tags: management training, employee training