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Why Corporate Training is a Must [INFOGRAPHIC]

Corporate Training, Infographic, KAI Partners, KAIP Academy, Learning, Training

Corporate training or career development is important for all employees at any stage of their career. As professionals, it is critical to stay on top of emerging trends, changes in the field, and advancements in technology.

Training is seen as a benefit to potential and existing employees. When job hunting, candidates want the ability to continue to grow and learn in their field and training is a great way to accomplish that. A candidate who sees that an employer offers training is more likely to take that position than with an organization that does not offer training or training incentives such as reimbursement.

The ability to learn and grow personally and professionally is an important factor for many. As a result, it is just as important for employers to offer some type of training program to their employees…Or they run the risk of losing valuable talent.

This infographic from Human Capital Development goes over some corporate training stats, including what kind of ROI you can see from corporate training, popular training areas, and more.

Do you offer training to your employees? How have you found a training program to work for your business?

A Sno Ball’s Chance (in Effective Communications)

Communications, Infographic, KAI Partners, Organizational Change Management (OCM)

By Diane Dean-Epps

Or, you could call it the Coconut Communication Effect.

Life should be simple.

Things in life we do should be simple.

Things in life we do, eat, feel, experience should be simple.

And maybe make sense along the way. And yet they aren’t simple. And they don’t make sense.

Take my love of coconut, for instance. I love coconut. Simple.

Hostess Sno Balls are made up of approximately 92% coconut. (This is a very scientific calculation.) That’s simple.

However, I don’t like Hostess Sno Balls one little bit. In fact, if they were the last foodstuff left on the Planet Earth I would not eat Sno Balls. Not so simple.

I thought I just said I love coconut. That doesn’t make sense.

See? Simple. Not so simple. (I probably don’t like Sno Balls because the coconut is sulfite-treated, but who knows?)

My love of coconut, and dislike of Sno Balls actually reminds me of communication. Why? Because I’m very imaginative in utilizing metaphors to illustrate a point? Sure. You’re right on that one. It’s also because communication is simple, and yet not so simple. I call this the Coconut Communication Effect.

We all love (translation: engage in) communication in some form.

When you take into consideration the Webster’s dictionary definition that communication is “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs or behavior” it’s that “common system” part of the equation that’s the sticky wicket.

Simple. Not so simple.

We have to make sure we’ve established that common system of which our friend, Webster, spoke if we want a “Sno Call’s Chance” in communicating effectively. This is especially true in business. Any labor sector requires level-setting of criteria, norms, and standards in order to establish a common language. The ol’ “who-what-when-where-why-and-how” of messaging is always in play.

Unlike choosing to eat coconut, in Work World we’ve got to take the proverbial big bite, fully engaging all communication channels to achieve efficient information flow.

As a communications warrior who finds yourself leading the charge in fostering rich internal and external communications for your client, you have to be ready to explain organizational communications. Oddly enough, that may be the toughest challenge you face in your role. I want you to know it is possible to speak simply and succinctly on this topic. Have I got a chart for you.

I’m a big fan of visuals, and in the Digital Age never have truer words been spoken than “a picture is worth a thousand words.” For the purposes of this article, a picture is the aforementioned chart capturing four different types of communications that you’ll see below.

It’s simple. Very Simple. And the best part? You can co-opt it as your own, referring to it as “The Coconut Communication Effect.” Or not. My treat. I’m 92% sure it’ll be useful.

About the Author: Diane Dean-Epps is a Communications Specialist and newly certified ScrumMaster—who currently works for one of KAI Partners’ health care clients. Diane is a teacher and novel writer with numerous publishing credits, including MORE magazine, NPR’s This I Believe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bigger Law Firm magazine, The Sacramento Business Journal, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, and Sacramento magazine.

How to Engage and Motivate Employees [+INFOGRAPHIC]

Best Practices, Communications, Employee Engagement, General Life/Work, Human Resources, Infographic, KAI Partners, Managing/Leadership, Onboarding, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Small Business, Startup Company, Team Building

Our partners at BambooHR created an infographic outlining what employees really want. According to Bamboo HR, “Employees must be valued and respected at work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance or they won’t stay at a job. As long as employees’ pressing needs—empowerment, flexibility in the workplace and fair wages—are met, they’re more willing to tolerate lesser annoyances.”

So, how do you make sure your workforce is engaged and satisfied? Let’s revisit some tips and tricks for keeping your employees happy, whether during times of organizational change or just in their day-to-day work.

Via: BambooHR

So now we want to know: As an employer, how do you keep your employees happy? And as a employee, what do you want from your employer? Tell us in the comments!

20 Ways to Reward Employees Without Spending Money [INFOGRAPHIC]

Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Infographic, Managing/Leadership, Small Business

With a new year upon us, you may be wondering how you can help grow your business while keeping overhead low and achieving the holy grail: Employee engagement. After all, according a recent Gallup poll, “The majority (50.8%) of employees were “not engaged,” while another 17.2% were “actively disengaged.” And disengaged employees can ultimately cost you, so it’s in your company’s best interest to keep engagement high. Luckily, this infographic from Officevibe gives some great tips on how to increase employee engagement without spending [much] money.

Via: Officevibe

3 Top Cyber Security Infographics

Best Practices, Cyber Security, Infographic, Information Security, Information Security Management System (ISMS), Information Technology, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Ransomware, Risk Assessment, Small Business, Technology

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! While we think cyber security should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds every day, we are glad to see a month dedicated to all things security. To help you be aware of the best insight and advice on this subject, we’ve rounded up some great infographics from around the Internet to share with you today. Take a look at these infographics to make sure you are applying the most up-to-date best practices to protect you and your business.

Remember, KAI Partners can help you to identify gaps in your security efforts. Email us at info@kaipartners.com to address and help minimize your cyber security risks.

Via Stay Safe Online (National Cyber Security Alliance)


Via Digital Guardian


Via Trend Micro

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