Calling All Business/Organization Administrators

 

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”  — Benjamin Franklin

 

Want to provide consistent, immediate (on-demand), sustainable, and credentialed staff development without the time commitment and financial outlay for on-site or off-site training?  MyCourseRoom has the answer.  Your employees can take online, skill-based, professional development courses 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.

We invite you to visit http://www.mycourseroom.com/businessPremium.htm and see how MyCourseRoom can help your business succeed through a consistently trained workforce.  For an annual subscription fee of $150, our Basic Plan allows you to enroll 10 employees from 1 location and add 25 clock hours in your privately branded catalog.  Our Basic Plan can be customized to meet your needs.

Consider the following benefits of using MyCourseRoom’s Business Premium services:

  1. Your employees receive consistent and sustainable training by taking the same course, presented the same way, and, if needed for remediation, an employee can take a course a second time.
  2. New employees can be onboarded immediately, even before their first day on the job.
  3. The cost of the trainer, transportation, room, presentation equipment, physical materials, etc. is eliminated.
  4. You select the courses from the MyCourseRoom inventory that you want in your privately branded catalog.  The courses can be rotated in and out of your catalog as needed as long as you don’t exceed the total number of clock hours in your subscription plan at any given time. We offer global learners over 40 skill-based courses that meet professional development requirements across industries.
  5. You can assign subject matter experts (SME) to write business-specific courses that they can deploy through MyCourseRoom’s online Course Builder without the cost of downloading or implementing any new software.
  6. You have access to a sample staff handbook/onboarding course already developed and can customize it for your business needs.
  7. You can create private discussion boards (Club Forums) where you and your employees can share your ideas and experiences.
  8. You have access to employee-specific reports where you can track their progress.  If you have more than one location, you can track the employee progress by location as well as the entire business.

Your employees:

  1. Can take self-paced training 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.
  2. Are not pulled away from projects, the sales floor, the classroom, etc. to attend on-site or off-site training sessions.
  3. Can concentrate without the distractions of what is going on around them.
  4. Will receive certificates and transcripts that can be printed for their personnel files.
  5. Earn CPE and CEU credentials to be submitted for continuing education or professional development to meet licensing or certification requirements.
  6. Can take one or more competency assessment(s) to discover knowledge gaps and take targeted training to fill those gaps.
  7. Can take a learning style assessment to discover how they learn best.

Go to www.mycourseroom.com/businessPremium.htm to register.  If you have questions, please contact support@mycourseroom.com.

Childcare Rules and Regulations – Standards and Best Practices

MyCourseRoom offers several courses that are specific to the child care industry as well as general courses for personal and professional development.  All courses offer CPE and CEU credentials and may be used to meet licensing and certification requirements.

Traditional classroom training to meet annual requirements is often a time and financial burden both for staff and center administrators.  MyCourseRoom.com helps to minimize these burdens.  Imagine being able to take credentialed courses online at your leisure 24/7 from any computer or tablet with internet access.  Our courses are free, and we have very low-cost certificate and/or transcript annual subscriptions if you need confirmation of hours.

Using general practices taken from Minimum Standards in several states within the U.S., Childcare Rules and Regulations, a 15 clock hour course, provides a grounding in 11 areas of childcare.  Learners have the opportunity to internalize concepts through interactive exercises as well as develop plans to apply the learning consistently in their classrooms. Examples of regulations and best practices are provided.

The lessons in this course provide learners with an understanding of standard expectations and best practices in the following areas:

  1. Administration
  2. Functions of Personnel
  3. Child Care Giver Ratios and Group Sizes
  4. Activities and Activity Plans
  5. Discipline and Guidance
  6. Nutrition and Food Service
  7. Health Practices
  8. Safety Practices
  9. Physical Facilities
  10. Safety and Other Emergency Procedures
  11. Transportation

It is recommended that learners become familiar with specific state regulations and use the regulations issued by the state or local regulatory agency responsible for governing childcare policies in your region as a reference guide when taking this course.

Take Charge of Your Organizational Skills

It is not a coincidence that productivity and effectiveness are directly related to the quality of your work space. Having the right tools for the right job is essential to any profession. Organized individuals utilize these tools to increase their productivity and make the most of their work day.

There are tools to facilitate your system of communication and to enable time management. It is essential to harness technology and use it to your advantage. Current technology is user friendly. It only requires a minimal amount of effort and time to master technological systems that will save you several hours each week.

Though there are countless tools and suggestions for organizing your time and space, don’t become overwhelmed. Choose the system that works best for you, and make an honest effort to stick with it until it becomes automatic.  The benefits of having a rigorous system of organization are invaluable for your career and your personal life.

While it takes conscious effort to improve our organizational skills, we all have the ability to do so.  To get more information and a better understanding of how to organize your time and space, go to www.MyCourseRoom.com to take our free 5 clock hour course, Organizational Skills.

“Having rigorous systems of time management and information organization are vital ingredients to having a successful career.  However, it is also of the utmost importance to organize your personal life holistically.  This means paying attention and giving time to the physical, mental, social, and spiritual components and integrating them in a manner that complements and enhances your whole life.” — Organizational Skills, MyCourseRoom.com

Announcing New Course: Risk Management

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Knowing our risks provides opportunities to manage and improve our chances of success.” — Roger VanScoy

The newest course in our Project Management category is Risk Management.  Risk, which is based on uncertainty, can be generally referred to as a potential to gain or lose something of value. Risk is a consequence of action or inaction taken in spite of uncertainty.  The primary aim of performing risk management is to increase the likelihood and impact of positive events and decrease the likelihood and impact of negative events.

Risk management is part of the 10 core competencies that are required knowledge areas for the PMP® certification by the Project Management Institute®.  In addition, our Project Management Competency Evaluation helps project managers sustain best practices by assessing knowledge in these 10 areas. Results display knowledge that has been mastered while linking to courses for areas that have been identified as knowledge gaps.

Project managers are an integral part of every organization whether corporate, civic, or personal.  MyCourseRoom has several courses specifically designed as refresher courses for Project Management Professionals, but the strategies that are presented can be applied by anyone who is in charge of successfully completing a project.

All of these courses carry PDU accepted by PMI® and are a great refresher for all project managers regardless of certification.  Subscribe now for our $40 All Services Preferred Plan and get all credentialed certificates, transcript, and access to our competency assessments (a $20 savings if purchased separately).

To take our free Risk Management course, go to www.mycourseroom.com.

To subscribe to the All Services Preferred Plan, click on the following link or copy and paste the URL into your browser.

https://mycourseroom.com/alliancepartnerSplashCourse.htm?code=ALSVMCR53

Managing Fear of Change

managingchange_2-20-17Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

It is easy to expect change but difficult to embrace it. We could crave change, but when it falls in our lap, we may not be ready to accept it. One of the biggest challenges faced by most organizations is the ability to ‘sell’ change. Fear of the unknown triggered by change leads to resistance to change.

The key factors that help to navigate change include:

  • Knowing when to let go of the past in favor of new approaches
  • Recognizing that change will produce stress

When creating the opportunities for change, a rigorous effort is required to involve personnel at all levels in planning and implementing change. Although at first these changes may be driven by upper-level management or change agents, all persons within an organization need to be ‘drivers’ of change.

When working with these individuals, a change agent must assure them that they are not trying to place blame but rather to identify issues and develop strategies that will allow employees an opportunity to grow within an organization. It also involves assurances that feedback provided by employees is taken into consideration. How everyone adapts is critical to the success of change.

Let’s not be afraid of change but instead get excited to embrace the personal and professional opportunities change offers.  Sign up and join our community of learners by taking the free course on Managing Change at www.mycourseroom.com.

Benefits of Investing in Human Resources

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“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy

People are the MOST important assets of any company.  They determine an organization’s success or failure. Organizations recognize that no mission, vision, or goal can be achieved without an able and committed workforce.  Thus, investing substantially in human resource development aims to better understand employees, maximize their performance in accordance with the strategic objectives, and focus on controlling employee attrition and retaining the talent and knowledge of its personnel.

In today’s work environments, there is a huge investment in developing interpersonal skills along with the technical competencies. It has been proven that a team with members who have a positive attitude and who enjoy each other’s success has better cooperation, trust, and satisfaction for a job well done. These skills can be honed by providing training in emotional intelligence and being actively involved in team building activities.

Project human resource management includes the processes required to make the most effective use of the people involved with a project. It involves human resource planning, acquiring, developing, and managing the project team. MyCourseRoom offers a Human Resource Management course that provides learners with an understanding of the skills required for establishing and managing HUMAN RESOURCES effectively in a project environment. This course is also aligned with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® standards and guidelines. Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com.

MyCourseRoom is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) of PDU with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) accepts MyCourseRoom’s CEUs.

Exchanging Feedback Empathetically

giving-receivingfeedback_2-6-17“The best measure of whether or not we have an open mind is whether or not the other person in a particular situation feels like we have an open mind.”
— Excerpt from Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback @www.MyCourseRoom.com

Many of us have experienced how frustrating it is to be met with an eye roll when we are trying to tell someone something that we feel they should know.  Often when advice is offered, it aims to address some behavior or action that was not satisfactory or that could still use improvement in some way.  In order to ensure that this advice leads to positive reactions, we must be very careful to avoid sounding judgmental.

Understanding another person’s perspective makes us less judgmental.  It involves being aware of their needs and views and attempting to understand the reasons for their actions.  Empathy is an essential skill that increases understanding and creates trusting relationships.  It is crucial to personal and professional success.

Being empathetic, open-minded, non-judgmental, and sensitive to the feelings of others is not just beneficial for giving and receiving feedback but are pre-requisites for effective communication.  Our Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback course helps identify and develop key skills to use feedback to improve communication, contribute to the development of others, and leverage the expertise of others for continued self-improvement.  Sign up now at http://www.MyCourseRoom.com.  Our courses are free and credentialed for CPE and CEU, including the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).