September 2011 newsletter

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Dear Readers,

The growing use of contingent labor presents a considerable opportunity for HR to strengthen its stature as a key strategic player in organizations. Companies can save millions through wise use of these employees, but it first requires having the right systems in place. Those who automate contingent workforce hiring processes, for example, enjoy an average savings of  more than 10 percent by gaining control and visibility over that spending.

For a review of best-practice approaches to such automation, read this month’s lead article, and then consider how you might create such efficiencies in your own company.

Dave Zielinski, Editor


Contingent Labor Contracts: Do It Right, Save Millions; Do It Wrong, Spend Millions
By Seth Wolins

Hiring contingent workforces and managing related compliance issues accounts for significant human resources department time and resources but can also present a considerable opportunity for executives to wring out large cost savings. Securing workers for categories including manual labor, clerical, information technology, and consultants account for 30 to 60 percent of a Fortune 1000 company’s expenditures, representing billions in spending.  Learn More


Hands Off the Talent: Tread Carefully When Shuffling Employees
By Kevin D. Wilde

Jim Collins’ best-selling book Good to Great was published 10 years ago and quickly became a major force in leadership development, not to mention the catch phrase of the decade. I am happy when a newly appointed leader aims to take an organization from good to great, applying many of Collins’ principles. But I counsel the leader not to put on the "bus driver" uniform too soon. Learn More


Apps: Delivering Learning at the Point of Need
By Ladan Nikravan

Organizations are harnessing the smartest smartphones, handheld PCs, tablets, the iPad, netbooks, as well as devices such as the iPod touch to deliver mobile learning applications.  “This is a resurgence and change in something that’s been proven for many years to work — electronic performance support,” said David Metcalf, director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training.  Learn More


Employers to Ramp Up Voluntary Benefits Offerings
From Employee Benefit News

As open enrollment season approaches, employees likely will see that they have more voluntary benefit options than in previous years, a survey by Colonial Life concludes. The insurer’s poll of more than 750 HR managers and benefits administrators found that almost half (49%) expect to add voluntary benefits to their plans within the next year.  Learn More


Product Review: Leading Virtual
Classroom
Instruction

From Training Media Review

Review by Mirellie Massue

Teaching with web conferencing applications like Webex, Adobe Connect, and Elluminate is the most successful use of e-learning for corporate training. However, teaching online is very different from
teaching face to face in a classroom.

For anyone transitioning to teaching in the medium, Cisco’s Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction is worth attention.

The course is designed to change the way you teach, educate, and interact online. By combining adult educational techniques with the collaboration and communication features of Cisco’s Webex Training Center, it assists instructors and educators in creating productive learning online environments.

Editor’s Note: Training Media Review, which features unbiased reviews of training products by working HR and training professionals, is now offering a FREE 3-month subscription. To sign up, click on this link, http://tmreview.com/promos/3monthsfree/index.asp

Click here for the full Leading Virtual Classrooms review

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September 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:

Managing Contingent Labor Contracts

Hands Off The Talent

Delivering Learning at the Point of Need  

Employers to Ramp Up Voluntary Benefits 

Product Review: Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction

 

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