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

4 Unrealized Benefits of a Competency Model

Every day, savvy organizations make investments in their future. As technology compels business to move faster, and new generations of employees comfortably jump from company to company, smart organizations must continue to ensure that their assets are more than just adequate to move them forward. They must focus their assets toward achieving the organization’s goals.… Read More

Hurricane Harvey and How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Disaster Today

Image credit: U.S. Air Force by 1st Lt. Zachary West, via Creative Commons. We all knew Hurricane Harvey was coming. Weather forecasters had been tracking the storm and projecting its path for days. Still, there were some surprises – such as strengthening to a category 4 before making landfall the first time. And some unprecedented… Read More

Why You Need to Train for Competencies, Not Skills

According to industry prognosticators, the future of learning looks something like this: Microlearning. Millennials and Centennial (Gen Z) digital workers. Personalized learning plans. Virtual reality. Artificial intelligence. Multi-cultural, multi-generational, geographically dispersed networked teams. It’s a vision of who is learning and how they’re learning. What’s missing is the what of training in the future. We… Read More

How to (Really) Get to Workplace Satisfaction

It’s no secret that happy employees perform better than their dissatisfied counterparts. They are more loyal. It’s less likely they’ll leave the organization. Keeping employees satisfied can result in higher sales, lower costs, and overall greater profitability. It’s a no-brainer, then, that companies should do all they can to keep workers satisfied, right? Perhaps. With… Read More

Why Good Managers Really Do Make a Difference

Top companies know that investing in great management is essential for a thriving business. Management can make a huge impact on your business as a whole and certain manager traits can dictate whether or not staff are motivated, morale is high, and teams are effectively working toward goals. Read More

Developing Strong Leaders Through Strategic Mentoring

Having less experienced employees come aboard isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What they lack in experience they may make up in a fresh perspective, dependability, work ethic, and drive. One of the most enticing aspects of hiring a less experienced candidate is the benefit of being able to mentor and mold them into the employee that you really need for the position. Read More