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Rescheduled Webcast - Disabled Veterans and Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace

February 10, 2012 15:54 by Brittany Banasik

We will be having our rescheduled seminar on reasonable accommodation in the federal workplace on Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. EST with our guest speaker Christopher Kuczynski, Esq. of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The event will be closed-captioned and a transcript of the conference will be available.

A description of the discussion topics can be found below. Please click here to register for this event through WebEx.

The audio will be through your phone; all attendees are muted on arrival. You will receive dial-in information in the Web Ex confirmation email for both the WebEx presentation on your computer and the telephone conference call dial in number after you register. We would suggest that you register in advance of the presentation start time to acclimate yourself to WebEx.

You will be able to ask questions of Chris during his presentations via Web-Ex e-mail which Chris will address every 15 minutes or so. We look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Jack Malgeri

 

 

As our society seeks to assist disabled individuals, including our noble disabled military veterans, to fully participate as members of the American workforce, the topic of reasonable accommodation in federal employment has become a topic of considerable interest for federal human resource professionals. Christopher J, Kuczynski, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be discussing legal requirements for reasonable accommodations in the federal workplace on Thursday, January 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. This free seminar will be hosted by the American Society for Training and Development and The Public Manager.

Key topic points will include:

  • Knowing the requirements of your agency’s reasonable accommodation procedures and follow them
  • Responding to requests promptly, as undue delay may constitute a denial of accommodation
  • Engaging in good faith in the interactive process
  • Construing “disability” broadly
  • Avoiding assumptions that individuals with the same disability need the same accommodation

To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit the EEOC website at: www.eeoc.gov

To learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, please visit: www.vba.va.gov

To learn more about government accommodations for veterans, read The Public Manager.

By Jack Malgeri


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Disabled Veterans and Reasonable Accommodation in the Federal Workplace

January 24, 2012 11:06 by Brittany Banasik

By Jack Malgeri

As our society seeks to assist disabled individuals, including our noble disabled military veterans, to fully participate as members of the American workforce, the topic of reasonable accommodation in federal employment has become a topic of considerable interest for federal human resource professionals. Christopher J, Kuczynski, Esq., Assistant Legal Counsel, ADA/GINA Policy Division, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will be discussing legal requirements for reasonable accommodations in the federal workplace on Thursday, January 26th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST. This free seminar will be hosted by the American Society for Training and Development and The Public Manager. Please click here to register.

Key topic points will include:

  • Knowing the requirements of your agency’s reasonable accommodation procedures and follow them
  • Responding to requests promptly, as undue delay may constitute a denial of accommodation
  • Engaging in good faith in the interactive process
  • Construing “disability” broadly
  • Avoiding assumptions that individuals with the same disability need the same accommodation

To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit the EEOC website at: www.eeoc.gov

To learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, please visit: www.vba.va.gov

To learn more about government accommodations for veterans, read The Public Manager.


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2011 Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference Highlights

November 18, 2011 16:26 by Brittany Banasik

On behalf of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and The Public Manager, thank you for participating in the 2011 Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference. Your innovative ideas and stimulating discussion are what made this year's conference a great success.

For Discussion Notes, White Papers from our sponsors, and Session Descriptions from the 2011 Program Guide for this year's conference, held November 2nd at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum, please visit our 2011 Conference Highlights page.

Miss the 2011 Conference? Interested in attending in 2012? Visit www.GovernmentWorkforce.org for the latest 2012 conference updates and highlights from 2011 for a preview of what's to come. For the latest news sent straight to your inbox, click here to sign up for our free monthly newsletter and be sure to follow @ASTDGov on Twitter. 


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You're Invited to Join in a Unique Learning Opportunity

June 24, 2011 16:12 by Kristen Fyfe

On June 29th, the ASTD Forum is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting a virtual panel discussion featuring industry veterans Ed Betof, Jeanette Harrison, and George Wolfe. The ASTD Forum is a consortium of senior practitioners and their vPanel discussions are usually closed to the general public.

This is your chance to hear from some of our profession’s most experienced leaders as they discuss what their experience has taught them about the learning field and what they think learning professionals ought to know.

 Use this link to register for the session: http://bit.ly/j8gI50


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SA Learning & Development managers exceed global stds despite skills crisis

June 2, 2011 13:35 by jllorens

(From SkillsPortal.co.za) The 8th annual ASTD State of the South African Learning and Development Industry Report has been released. While growth in the South African economy is impeded by the skills crisis, skills development managers have risen to the occasion and implemented exemplary L&D practices in their organisations.

This annual survey questionnaire is sent to a sample of organisations both private and public to determine the state of skills development in the workplace. This survey is generally completed by the L&D departments and in many cases by the skills development facilitator or training coordinator.

Read more.


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ASTD 2011 Begins!

May 22, 2011 12:38 by Kristen Fyfe

The energy in the Orange County Convention Center has been building at a steady pace all morning. It is so great to be in the halls and see people greeting colleagues that they haven't seen since last year's conference! So far I've met people from the U.S., Korea, China, Denmark, Germany, England, Thailand, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, Mongolia, ... I think that's all, so far! The networking opportunities that the ASTD International Conference & Exposition provide are rich and rewarding.

And the learning is awesome!

As I type this I'm seeing a steady stream of tweets from people who are sharing what their learning in sessions with Marshall Goldsmith, the MilSpace community, and more. If you're on Twitter and are interested in the backchannel, be sure to search #ASTD2011 for conference related posts.

@BenjaminMcCall - the guy who is organizing the #ASTD Tweetup on Monday night was just in the Press Room (my home for the conference) to pick up his materials. It was like a little mini Tweetup - putting a real person to the Twitter Avatar!

Of course today is just a warm-up. Vendors are putting the finishing touches on their booths so they'll be ready when the EXPO doors open Monday morning.

A shout-out to my ASTD colleagues. One of the best parts of the conference, for us, is seeing how much a year's (or more) worth of hard work pays off in the faces of conference attendees. This is the time of year when it all comes together. The days are long, but the rewards are immeasurable!

So Kudos to the ASTD staff and volunteers that make it all possible and make it all happen.

And to our ASTD 2011 attendees -- Enjoy the learning! 


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Help Write a Book! ASTD Author is Looking for Social Learning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

May 10, 2011 15:52 by Kristen Fyfe

Darin Hartley, author of 10 Steps to Social Networking for Business is writing a new book on social learning and wants the input of learning practitioners who are using social learning every day. Here's Darin's message:

I am working on a follow-up book to 10 Steps to Successful Social Networking for Business (ASTD Press, 2010) called: 101 (or so) Tips, Tricks and Tools for Social Learning (ASTD Press, 2012). The market is saturated with books on social media and networking in general, but there are fewer books available on the practical application of social learning. Many of you are interested in leveraging social media for learning…but aren’t sure of some of the capabilities of the technology or your own capabilities to implement. You want to use the technology but might not be clear on some ways to harness the power of these systems to help support learning readiness in your organization. This book will be full of ideas (101 or so) for lots of ways to implement aspects of social media into your learning and performance programs.

In the spirit of these technologies, and because, I believe that real-world practitioners, like yourselves will have the best, most practical tips, I’m reaching out to you for your input. Please send me your social learning tips, tricks, and tools—I have created an intake survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMKFC5B

The survey can be used to gather contact information and the highlights of the social learning best practice you want to share. The best part of this is if your input becomes part of the book, you will be recognized in the book, as well as receive a copy after publication!

Join our Facebook fan page to receive updates and special offers: http://www.facebook.com/pages/101-or-so-Tips-Tricks-and-Tools-for-Social-Learning/161117477286324?sk=info


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Students Get Super Savings on ASTD 2011 Conference

March 29, 2011 15:21 by Kristen Fyfe

Students enrolled in programs and courses that focus on human resources and workplace learning and development have the opportunity to attend the ASTD 2011 international conference at a steeply discounted rate and enjoy special programming on May 24 – Student Day.

The ASTD 2011 International Conference & Exposition is the premier event for thousands of workplace learning and development professionals who come from more than 70 countries. It will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from May 22-25.

For the second year the ASTD is hosting Student Day and offering students an affordable way to network with learning and development professionals, attend educations sessions, and interact with more than 300 leading vendors. There are several registration options from which to choose.

• Student Day half-day registration: $30
• Student Day full-day registration: $120
• Student member rate full conference registration: $350; Student non-members: $450

Student Day activities include a networking coffee and welcome; attendance at the General Session featuring Campbell Soup Company CEO Doug Conant; a student-focused information session; tour of the EXPO; and a networking lunch with keynote speaker and strategic leadership expert Mette Norgaard. Full-day attendees will have access to educational sessions in the afternoon.

To qualify for a student registration, one must maintain an active ASTD chapter student membership or be taking a minimum of 12 hours per year at an accredited college or university.

More details can be found at www.astd.org/students.

 


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Change the Way You Think About Change

February 15, 2011 11:28 by Kristen Fyfe

Change is hard, but learning more about it doesn’t have to be boring. ASTD's newest title, The Change Book, helps you get smart on change management without the pain. It also happens to be one of the most unique LOOKING books we've every published. When I first saw it I thought of The Very Hungry Catepillar, which if you think about it, is a book about change too.

The Change Book, addresses framing your change, leadership, resistance, culture, communication and more. Flip it open to any page - literally -  and you’ll find powerful, concise and easy advice from battle-tested practitioners. Authors Tricia Emerson and Mary Stewart make learning about change fun while asking important questions and providing sage advice.

  • Why aren’t your communication efforts working? The book addresses common pitfalls, like waiting too long, delivering “bad” news and hitting people with the wrong kinds of information.
  • How many people should you involve in your new effort? There’s advice on engaging the masses and there are real stories of organizations who harnessed the power of their people.
  • What should you do about those who resist? Do you have to turn all of them into supporters? Read about finding the people in your “sweet spot” and focusing on them. 
  • How will you keep people excited and engaged? The book offers tips for getting buy-in and maintaining momentum.

Each short chapter holds a nugget of wisdom on subjects like these. A great resource for seasoned change management professionals or the newly initiated, The Change Book provides tips, tools and bits of wisdom from those who have been there, helping to transform some of the most widely recognized organizations in the country.


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New ASTD Study a 'Wake Up Call" for Sales Teams

December 16, 2010 12:07 by Kristen Fyfe

Successful selling organizations depend upon sellers’ abilities to shift strategies in a changing sales environment. New research from the American Society for Training and Development indicates that current sales training needs improvement to help sellers effectively confront these changes. 

Technology available to buyers, buyer and seller behavior, and the sophistication of the marketplace are underlying causes of the rapid evolution of the sales profession. Sales training must now address these factors.

In Accelerating Revenue Through Learning: Developing Sales Teams that Win, researchers found that 96 percent of survey respondents think continual learning is critical to their success. However despite recognizing the importance of training, only 44 percent of survey respondents attend any kind of formal sales education. Other key findings include:

• Salespeople need customizable frameworks, approaches, and methodologies to effectively leverage the sales training they receive. 
• Relationship building, problem-solving/diagnosis, and listening are three critical sales skills.
• Digital content is a valued delivery method. 44 percent say they learn by listening to digital content.
• Nearly half of the respondents feel a lack of support in being agile, creative, and flexible with their clients and prospects. 
• Many salespeople are uncomfortable with how their companies and management define the role of a sales person.

The study also offers recommendations for taking a strategic approach to sales training, assessing training requirements, implementing appropriate support systems, and building performance measurement systems.

Accelerating Revenue Through Learning: Developing Sales Teams that Win is free to ASTD members and may be downloaded from the ASTD store at www.store.astd.org.


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