(Part 2) Integrating a Competency Management Method: Why It Results in Success

While competency management is sometimes seen as a “complementary” resource to existing human resources functions such as acquisition, training, and succession planning, it is, in fact, much more important than that. Employees and their skills are among the most important assets in any organization, and investing to improve that asset is essential for the growth… Read More

Why Do Companies Commit to the Greater Good?

Support a colleague in a 5K charity race. Donate lunch-time fitness classes to nursing home residents. Lead a team of colleagues to build homes for struggling families. Fly aid workers to hurricane-torn communities on the corporate jet (for free). Make a corporate donation to support an up-and-rising charity. This giving season, one can’t help but… Read More

Integrating a Competency Management Method – 5 Steps (Part 1)

It would be hard to argue against the many benefits of effective competency management. Access to the skills inventory of a workforce to use for performance improvement alone would be enough reason for any organization to implement a competency management method. Integrating a Competency Management Method with workforce development and training requires a specific process… Read More

10 Favorite LMS Features and Why We Love Them

As a competency management company, we talk to business and learning leaders all the time about their workforce development programs. Our conversations often center on how they can maximize their learning management systems (LMS) to advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their employees. People want to understand the big picture – and specific LMS… Read More

5 Tips for Doing a Reduction in Force (RIF) the Right Way

Low unemployment rates and a scramble to close the skills gap are top-of-mind trends among HR professionals and business leaders. Against such a backdrop, thoughts of reductions in force (RIF) and layoffs are largely ignored. True…in September, there was a brief threat of a federal government shutdown. But that was quickly resolved before it ever… Read More

Disaster Planning: Ask These Critical Questions for Successful Preparedness

How does your organization react when employees are out of work for several days for something as simple as the seasonal flu outbreak? It’s common to deal with these types of absences by shifting workloads within departments or peer-groups. But what if a larger group of employees — or a whole location, branch, or division… Read More

Contemplating Competencies: What Are the Best Companies Doing Now?

  We recently spoke with Avilar’s CEO, Tom Grobicki, to discuss what he’s seeing in the world of workforce competencies. What’s happening? What’s next? Any best practices from companies that are doing it well? Here’s what he had to say. Q. How are organizations putting workforce competencies to work today? A. Companies still use competencies to… Read More