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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.

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Human Resources Organizations Lack Critical Skills for Success in 2011

January 27, 2011 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Bersin & Associates, a world-class research and consulting firm that empowers HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced the launch of new research  that shows many HR organizations lack the skills they need to succeed in 2011.

The study, which included surveys and interviews with more than 720 global organizations, found that overall spending levels, organization structure, and team size have far less impact on business performance than the skills of the HR professionals themselves.  The resulting report, The High-Impact HR Organization: Top 10 Best Practices on the Road to Excellence is a foundational piece of research in Bersin & Associates' new HR Research Practice, which offers benchmarks, tools, case studies, operational frameworks, and proven service models that define best-practice human resources organizations.  

"This research clearly shows that the days of bloated HR organizations focused on administrative tasks are over," said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. "Lean, technology-enabled, well-trained HR teams are able to take advantage of modern talent practices and partner with business leaders to drive impact."

The research also determined that the decades-old "HR generalist" model is no longer effective unless these individuals are highly trained and connected to senior business leaders.  The key competencies that drive results today are familiarity with integrated talent management, understanding of workforce planning, and comfort with social networking and HR technology.

These findings emerged from a two-year global benchmarking study that looked at 14 talent management and HR effectiveness measures across global businesses.  The measures included a company's ability to source the best talent, hire and onboard top candidates, identify and develop leaders, build a culture of learning, allocate compensation effectively, and drive high performance through coaching and feedback.  

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Information on Trends, Regulations, and Issues Impacting the HR Industry

January 20, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- Last year, the human resource industry experienced a lot of change—from trends in diversity and hiring practices, to regulation updates—HR professionals have been busy keeping up. The fact is HR is evolving, and Berkshire's white paper series gives professionals the information they need to understand these changes, and keep their companies compliant and protected.

Written by expert human resource consultants, Berkshire Associates' white papers focus on the topics currently impacting our industry, and give practical advice, tools, and tips on how to handle these changes. Read up on the latest Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updates, or learn how social media is impacting your workforce. Berkshire's FREE white paper collection covers it all.

Read more and download your free white paper today.

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Interactive Training Helps Companies Better Manage Group Disability and Leave Programs

July 29, 2010 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Liberty Mutual has developed an online training program that provides human resource professionals and front-line managers with a better understanding of the fundamentals of disability and leave programs.

The online Benefits Done RightSM educational series from Liberty Mutual, provided at no cost to customers, highlights short-term and long-term disability, return-to-work and leave administration.

“Customers are looking for ways to simplify administration and reduce costs,” notes Heather Luiz, product manager for Liberty Mutual’s Group Benefits division. “Our goal is to partner with customers to better manage leave and disability programs—improving compliance, return-to-work rates, and productivity. Research shows that supervisors play a critical role in communicating with employees about absence and return to work.”

Benefits Done Right simplifies administration for employers by:

  • Delivering consistent training to managers in different departments and locations
  • Preparing managers to confidently answer employee questions about disability and leave programs
  • Reviewing a manager’s role and effective strategies for communicating with absent employees

“These modules can easily be integrated into a company’s existing training program. If a manager understands the basics of benefits programs, his or her ability to accurately communicate this information to direct reports can reduce the burden on human resources and benefits personnel,” said Luiz.

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