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Emotional Intelligence: The Benefits of Singing the Blues

November 14, 2011 15:34 by vstgerard

(From CNN) -- The concepts of emotional intelligence (EI), self-worth, authenticity, and employee meditation rooms might conjure up thoughts of new-age healing centers. But the benefits of tapping employees' emotional happiness mean the ideas are now being picked up by mainstream corporations.

Brochner Hotels, one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most successful boutique hotel chains, is one business discovering the benefits of EI. Karim Nielsen, the chain's CEO, says he introduced the strategy to shift the company's culture. Nielsen points to a reluctance, at times, of staff members to engage with customers, to sell its products and promote the brand. "The front desk is like a stop sign they don't go beyond," he says.

Now, Nielsen is sending all hotel employees through EI training to help them become more open and confident, understand their own limitations and fears, and to boost their self-worth and comfort in dealing with other people.

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Tips for a New Hire’s First 90 Days on the Job

November 10, 2011 16:37 by vstgerard

(From The Globe and Mail) -- The first 90 days are crucial when it comes to a new hire. If the fit is right, it can be the beginning of a successful long-term work relationship that benefits both employee and employer. If the fit is wrong, it can cost a company a great deal—both in time and money.

“Turnover is upwards of 30 per cent in the first three months,” says Christian Codrington, senior manager of operations at the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association. He explains that the cost of replacing a new employee is one-and-one-half times the cost of any new hire, because “you have to recruit and hire a replacement while the work’s not getting done.”

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Discovery Communications Expands 'Discover Your Skills’ Job Growth and Skills Development Initiative with New Resources and Programs for Veterans

November 9, 2011 13:44 by vstgerard

(From -- Discovery Communications announced the expansion of its “Discover Your Skills” public affairs job skills program with new resources and programs to support veterans in locating and accessing the training and resources to translate their military skills and experience into civilian job opportunities.

The veterans-focused initiative includes new training and resource information specifically for veterans on, as well as on-air public service announcements on Military Channel, featuring Lou Diamond Phillips of Military Channel’s “Officer and a Movie,” to direct viewers to the new resources.

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New Department of Labor Grants Offer Training and Certification Opportunities for American Workforce

November 9, 2011 09:18 by vstgerard

(From Business Wire) -- Training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor are creating new opportunities for American workers to build skills, attain professional credentials, and fill job openings in a job market that is calling for greater specialization.

In early October, the Department of Labor announced $159 million in H-1B Technical Skills Training grants to 36 job training and placement programs throughout the country. The program aims to increase access to training and certification for Americans in occupations where specialized skills are needed and demand is highest.

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NIIT sells Element K to SkillSoft for $110 million

October 17, 2011 11:42 by jllorens

NEW DELHI: IT training company NIIT today said it has divested its entire stake in the US-based subsidiary, Element K Corporation, to SkillSoft Corporation for USD 110 million.

Element K provides management training services and builds content.

NIIT has also signed a long-term strategic and licensing agreement with SkillSoft to become a product and content developer for the Irish firm, NIIT said in a statement.

"This partnership will enable NIIT to rapidly expand its managed service business," NIIT CEO Vijay Thadani said.

The two companies have a history of working together on multiple product development initiatives to create e-learning products.

In addition, the two companies intend to collaborate on R&D initiatives for technology-enabled learning and performance support.

"By leveraging SkillSoft's and NIIT's joint experience and know-how, we believe there is great opportunity to create new innovations that will make online learning even more broadly embraced by the global market," SkillSoft CEO Chuck Moran said.

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