Learning Management Systems for Staff Induction

Staff induction is one of the most time consuming and occasionally most troublesome processes encountered by organisations. Staff retention and worker compliance, happiness, and success, as well of organisational efficiency depend on a great deal on how well employees fare during the first days and weeks of employment. Zahhly and Tosi (2006) found that “formal collective induction contributed to higher job satisfaction and lower work/family conflict” when compared with informal induction processes.

induction-training-leeuwinAn electronic learning management system provides a controlled, consistent platform that includes all information required by new hires, is easy for trainees and trainers to access, provides solid interaction between trainers and trainees, and assists in reinforcing learning for better retention, all contributing to higher initial job confidence. New employees who feel more confident beginning a new job are more productive, happier, and appear to remain on the job longer.

A learning management system is a “platform” onto which information is loaded and managed whereby learners access information, communicate with instructors and one another, and engage in learning practices and behaviours by means of a computer connected to a local system (such as a network in a school or a business) or to the internet. The information is usually constructed as a “course” organized into chapters to break down the information presented into logical and coherent segments. Each chapter provides several means for learners to encounter and work with the information so that it is thoroughly absorbed and retained.

Newly hired personnel are often nervous and apprehensive: there is considerable paperwork to be filled out, they find themselves in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by too many new people with whom they must interact professionally in order to make a good impression. A group orientation is more a distraction than helpful, and much of the information provided is often lost in a blur of stress and too many tasks. Retention of important directives may be limited during the orientation phase, causing a loss of confidence from day one, which can impact employee confidence, ongoing comfort or discomfort, and even job longevity. The use of a learning management system has been found to eliminate some the difficulties listed here through reducing several of the stress factors involved.

One of the primary values of utilising a learning management system for staff induction process is that all the necessary paperwork can be loaded onto the platform, completed by the new employees electronically, then automatically saved into the company filing system. The new employees are able to take the time necessary to verify that information entered is correct and complete, which saves Human Resources staff considerable time and confirms that nothing is lost in the process as often happens when paperwork is handled by several people.

The learning management system also allows the new employees to access and learn vital information on their own terms, in their own time. The system provides readings, examples, questions for consideration, and other learning tools, as well as quizzes and exams to assist student learning as well as track and save learning progress for certification or accreditation processing.

While some learning management systems are self-contained, whereby learners simply work alone to access and integrate orientation information, other learning systems also provide the means for interaction, questions, and discussion both learner-to-learner and learner-to-trainer. This allows new hires to meet electronically with one another or trainers and to comfortably learn about one another and the new work environment, discuss important information necessary to individual success within the company, and gain knowledge of company structures, goals, and procedures in an environment less stressful than traditional orientation before they begin their new jobs.

Learning management systems may also be of great value long after new employees have been successfully integrated into the company. One of the most important advances in education at all levels has been the implantation of electronic learning. From preschool to graduate school, students may take entire courses or complete degrees in an online environment supported by a learning management system or take electronically based courses integrated with classroom learning or on the job training. Because training is such an important part of every business beyond the induction stage, from initial skills necessary to learn a new job or to trained for advancement, to ongoing training for certification attainment, introducing new employees to a company specific curriculum accessed the learning management system stabilises anxiety not only in regard to the first day on the new job but also develops a comfort zone with regard to a highly efficient in-house training protocol that employees can access on their own in groups to hone old knowledge and skills and learn new ones.

One of the most valuable aspects of learning management systems is their ability to increase information retention, both in the system and by its human users. Since information is loaded onto the platform, it is always available and can be accessed as often as is necessary by the employee, who can go over it as many times as necessary, to increase recall and clarity. Information can be updated as necessary to allow training updates and policy changes, and be made available to any specific employee on a one-time basis or all employees simultaneously. Learning modules can easily be updated with the most recent information in real time which is particularly important in companies in particular industries such as the financial industry where numbers change second-by-second.

Finally, a learning management system can be used to track ongoing processes for individual jobs, for work groups or teams, or for the entire organisation. In many organisations, it is essential that updates to ongoing work be made available to designated individuals, work groups, departments, management or other in-company entities. While such information is often stored in a static filing system, a learning management system can be adapted to update information daily and access through the learning platform for any employee designated to utilise the material.

Learning management systems are an ideal means of processing newly hired employees. These systems are both a data retention device and a complete learning system that eliminate many flaws in the traditional HR induction process as well as in-house training procedure. Utilising a learning management system in HR induction smooths record keeping and provides a less scattered and easy to access method to orient and train new employees who research shows are much happier and more efficient through the use of the system.

Source:
Zahhly, J. and Tosi, H (2006). Journal of Organizational Behavior 10:1, 59-74,

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Why upgrade to enterprise risk management?

The Global Financial Crisis taught us the importance of robust risk management practices in identifying and addressing issues that have the potential to impact on overall business objectives. Many organisations have implemented risk management programs, however a significant proportion of these have yet to realise the benefits of upgrading their programs to best-practice Enterprise Risk Management.

What’s the problem with traditional risk management programs?

Historically, risk management has tended to focus only on the negative – how do we identify what might go wrong? How bad will things get if it does? How can we stop it?

Another feature of old-fashioned risk management has been the tendency for it to be “siloed”, with each section of an organisation having its own approach to managing risk.

Modern, best practice Enterprise Risk Management has moved contemporary risk management programs and thinking beyond these limitations.

Why is Enterprise Risk Management better?

Enterprise Risk Management (also known as ERM) has a range of benefits for contemporary businesses:

  • ERM achieves efficiencies across the whole of the organisation by integrating a common approach throughout all functional areas.
  • ERM avoids the pitfall of concentrating on minor risks (such as slip hazards) at the expense of big picture risks (such as failure of critical infrastructure).
  • ERM captures the positive side of risk management, by also considering opportunities for new services, process efficiencies, improved methods of service delivery etc.

What strategies assist adoption of Enterprise Risk Management?

 

QRMC frequently assists organisations to develop or expand their risk management programs to embrace Enterprise Risk Management. Our experience suggests that useful strategies to successfully move to Enterprise Risk Management include:

  • Strong committed, visible leadership.
  • Recognising that risk management is an ongoing (not once-off) process.
  • Treating risk management as a tool to achieve business objectives, not as a compliance exercise.
  • Extensive consultation with, and training of, personnel (at all levels).
  • Consistently integrating ERM across all systems and functional areas within the organisation.

Special considerations for business or department amalgamation

 

A regular feature of contemporary business is the process of amalgamation, either of existing segments of an organisation, or of one business with a completely independent second business (M&A).

Determining the business objectives of a new organisation formed in this way is not always a straightforward exercise. The clarity provided by the risk management process greatly assists this determination.

However, amalgamation poses particular difficulties when it comes to the risk management program:

  1. There are often difficulties involved in assimilating risk-related information from different sources, produced using different methods.
  2. Amalgamation poses the threat of extending the commonly experienced problem of risk management “silos” (as mentioned above) even further by creating silos based on the original business or department entities.

On the positive side, these difficulties present an opportunity to reach solutions by upgrading existing risk management systems to Enterprise Risk Management. Moving the new entity to Enterprise Risk Management provides opportunities to:

  1. Clearly identify the objectives of the new entity, and what risks and opportunities exist in achieving these objectives.
  2. Break down barriers and foster a new organisation-wide approach to risk management and the determination of uniform risk appetite.

Next steps

 

Risk management as a discipline has proven its value over time. Now businesses can extend this value even further by upgrading to Enterprise Risk Management.

For more information on Enterprise Risk Management, safety management, business continuity management and management systems, contact us. We are experts in providing independent and objective facilitation of the process of upgrading or developing new Enterprise Risk Management programs. You can also access other informative articles on our News page dealing with Enterprise Risk Management, as well as newsletters downloadable from our Publications page covering Enterprise Risk Management issues.

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Advantages of Wearing Silicone Custom Swimming Caps

Almost every professional swimmer is using custom swimming caps these days. Even male swimmers are big fan of these caps especially silicone swim caps due to their lots of advantages. These swim caps are not only good for appearance and style but also have several major advantages over most swim caps. These are the advantages to swimmers of wearing a silicone swimming cap. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with each. To see photos of swimming caps, see this page: http://www.custom.zone/swimming.html

* They last longer (Durability)

One of the biggest advantages to swimmers of wearing silicone swimming caps is their durability than most swim caps because of their thickness. Most custom swim caps have a tendency to tear quite easily because they are so cheap but this is not the case with silicone caps. Silicone caps can last for many years when taken good care of because they don’t get attacked by chlorine hence no need to worry of the inconvenience of getting a tear in the cap while swimming.

* Protects the hair from chlorine and salt water

If you are pool swimmer then you must be aware of the different chemicals such as chlorine used to keep pool water safe and clean. Chlorine may damage your hair so badly especially if you are a frequent swimmer. On the other hand, if you like to swim in sea water or open water the salt in the water can affect the health of your hair too. Silicone caps have a panel of thicker silicone cover and a little bit thicker than most other swim caps hence they are the best when it comes to protecting your hair from chlorine and salt water.

* They do not generate allergic reactions

Silicone caps are best suitable for people who develop allergic reaction with latex swimming caps. This is because they are thicker and slightly less elastic than their counterparts- which mean they don’t really generate allergic reactions. More so, they provide a sleeker profile in water thereby preventing any kind of allergic reaction.

* Keeps the head warmer in cold water

Cold water swimming is not that easy especially if you cannot keep yourself warm while swimming. Silicone swim caps are especially designed for this purpose since lots of heat is lost through the head while swimming. They are a little bit thicker and very comfortable inside compared to most swim caps to keep you warm while swimming during spring or fall months. They also have a greater thermal insulation capacity. This is the reason why they are a bit expensive.

* They can be put on easily

So many swimmers struggle getting in and out of their swim caps and it is very annoying. However, silicone swim caps can be placed on the head more easily. They will not pull on the hair so much as they are easier to put and take off.

Bottom line

In conclusion, silicone swim caps are top of the range and the most expensive but they are becoming ever more popular because of their durability. They are available in a variety of colours and designs hence they should be the first choice if you are allergic to latex.

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Communication: a fundamental ingredient in a successful relationship

It’s a well-known fact that communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage. Without effective communication, a couple is unable to discuss important issues and resolve their disagreements. This can often lead to feelings of detachment, anger or resentment in the long term. Although I refer to communication in relationships these tips are equally important in any important relationship in your life.

Communication can be tough, especially if it is with someone you have been in a relationship with for a long time. After a while, couples get comfortable with each other and, as a result, the level of communication tends to decrease. Assuming your partner already knows something or not taking the time to communicate with them can lead to a relationship breakdown over time.

Comfort should not equal less communication. There are many issues that may arise if you don’t keep yourself open and make an effort to communicate with your partner. Follow these simple tips to keep the communication lines open between you and your partner.

1. Never Assume
It’s important not to assume something unless you’ve communicated directly with your partner about it. This could be anything from a roster of household chores, to making assumptions about the way your partner thinks or feels about a particular issue. If you’re unsure, ask your partner and avoid arguments or misunderstandings.

2. Say what you mean
If you have something to say, say it. But make sure you’re clear with your communication and that you’re actually getting the right message across. There’s nothing more confusing (and frustrating) than receiving conflicting messages from your partner. In some cases, it may even help to write your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper. By writing it down you are able to construct your thoughts in a clear and concise way and ensure you’re getting all the important bits of information across.

3. Don’t be afraid of a disagreement
If you disagree with something your partner has said or done, you should let them know in a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t avoid these conversations for fear of a disagreement. While a disagreement may be difficult to deal with in the short term, an open dialogue about such issues will do wonders for your relationship in the long run. By staying quiet about issues that are important to you, you will only become resentful and angry.

4. Communicate the good, not just the bad
Communication in relationships is not just important when there is an issue to address. If you have something good to say about your partner, say it loud and often. By communicating feelings of love and appreciation with your partner you will nurture the love and trust in your relationship.

5. Make time to communicate
With work and kids and extra curriculum activities it’s easy to see how some couples can’t find the time to communicate with each other. It’s very important you set aside some time on a regular basis to reconnect and communicate with your partner. This may be every day or simply on a weekly basis. Make sure you shut off all electronics and remove yourself from distractions to really focus on what each other has to say.

AusPsychology offers professional counselling services to people having communication difficulties. Their experienced counsellors can help you improve your communication skills and work towards better relationships with your partner or significant others. If you would like to talk to someone about relationship counselling , contact AusPsychology today.

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