Rafting Main Blog Photo

This past summer, my wife and I went white water rafting on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, North Carolina (which I would strongly recommend, by the way). As the guide explained the safety instructions, the group was told that if you have an “out-of-raft-experience,” it is important to “Be an Active Participant in Your Own Rescue.” In other words, if you fall out of the raft, don’t just give up and hope for the best. The guide then proceeded to walk us through step-by-step directions about what we could do to “Be an Active Participant in Our Own Rescue.”

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Knowledge Management

When it comes to knowledge management (KM), not everyone agrees on its definition or value. Some people believe that KM is a stand-alone program or project, but that is incorrect. Knowledge management refers to the explicit and tacit information life-cycle that runs throughout the entire organization continually.

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Goals Graphic

Would you choose to take steps to strengthen your business and enhance its reputation if it meant improving your organization’s ultimate performance? The goal (no pun intended!) of this blog is to lay out the process you’ll need to do just that. Goal setting is important because it helps outline the specific path that an organization must take to achieve desirable outcomes. It helps provide direction and assess organizational progress.

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Unemployment Graphic

For the first time in over 20 years, the number of job openings equals the number of unemployed. As of March 2018, there were 6.5 million open jobs and 6.59 million unemployed! As of May 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.8%. This is considered a full employment market.

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Virtual Reality Main Blog Photo

EDSI is thrilled to announce a new virtual reality tool now available to jobseekers participating in pre-employment workshops in three offices in the Philadelphia, PA area. The idea came about when a company executive saw a demonstration of the technology on a Vice News YouTube video, and that started the ball rolling. The video highlighted tasks that were designed to teach prison inmates life skills so that they could return to the community after serving 20+ year terms.

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Apprenticship Graphic

This year I had the honor of attending the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association’s (MEATA) 2018 Spring conference in Traverse City, MI, attended by nearly 200 professionals. During the conference, the first Apprenticeship in a Day workshop was held, where 12 companies were given the opportunity to complete and register their apprenticeship standards with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Knowledge Retention

Is your workforce getting older? If you are like most manufacturers, your workforce is aging. In many situations, you may have critical positions and skill sets at risk of competitive poaching, retirement, illness or worse. The problem is common, yet most companies are not dealing with the issue proactively. Instead, they wait until a key employee’s departure is inevitable or has already occurred.

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Forest Path

In its most basic form, a career path is a plan for an employee to move through various positions to obtain an ideal career. The plan could move them vertically into a senior position, or horizontally into a different type of job role. Most successful companies develop career paths for their employees in order to provide a realistic picture of their position in the coming years.

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Time To Learn Clock

Corporate universities help bring structure to internal training efforts. They also assist in the effort of aligning the training arm of companies with the organizations’ strategy and vision. There are many different types of training which can be used as part of a corporate university.

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