Transitioning to Management? How a Little HR Training Can Save Your Life

Updated June, 2021.

What's the number one challenge facing every single new manager? Lack of training on how to actually lead a team.

Whether you were drafted into management because someone quit, or you paid in blood, sweat, and tears to earn that promotion—you're all in the same boat.

Very few organizations offer comprehensive (if any) management training.

A 2018 study by consulting firm, West Monroe, found that 59% of Americans got no training whatsoever when they were promoted to management.

A recent report from CMI (a UK-based management institute) reveals that 7 out of 10 employers in the UK fail to educate new managers.

So, what's a first-time manager to do?

While employers drag their feet, seek out your own training on how to master the biggest, most fundamental challenge of your new job—managing your human resources.

Take a page from the HR training handbook. Here's how a few HR basics can significantly improve your transition to management—and earn you respect as a leader.

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Top Digital Marketing Trends for 2019: How Will They Impact You?

In the digital marketing universe, change is the only constant we can count on. Every year brings fresh marketing tech, new platforms, and a whole slew of suddenly "out-of-date" techniques.

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Rising Demand for Care-Givers with Gerontology Training

" The aging of Canada’s population is one of the most pressing policy imperatives of our time, and will have a huge impact on health care, social services and the economy. Canada has some important work to do to build a health care system capable of meeting the needs of our growing and aging population."

This is the official position of the Canadian Medical Association, which is laid out persuasively in the CMA 2016 report, The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada.

Some startling statistics from this report reveal the onslaught of very serious senior-care needs Canada will be facing over the next 20-30 years:

  • a 40% increase in cancer cases (among our growing population of seniors)
  • 66% more seniors living with dementia over the coming 15 years
  • by 2041, seniors will have the highest rate of mental illness in the country
  • the number of seniors needing special care will double in the next 30 years

There is no denying that we are woefully unprepared to face these health care realties. We have a shortage of geriatrics specialists and care-aides with gerontology training—not to mention a host of policy issues and funding shortfalls.

Here's a closer look at what is driving demand for better training and services in senior care, right now.

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How to Choose Trustworthy Online Professional Development Training

You really can't go anywhere on the web without seeing ads for online training programs. They're in your Facebook feed. They're in your Google search results. They're promoted on the websites you visit.

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Community Mental Health: 5 Most Toxic Mental Health Myths

Updated June, 2021.

What's the biggest barrier to understanding, compassion, and progress on any issue? Lack of awareness, misinformation, and a closed mind.

Nowhere is this more true (and more damaging) than in the domain of mental illness.

Mental illness is one of the most misunderstood issues on the planet. And despite recent, major pushes to generate awareness and reduce stigma, mental health issues remain shrouded in secrecy, shame, and confusion.

Ironically, mental illness touches every one of us. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem. And by age 40, 50% of the population will have—or have had— a mental illness (Canadian Mental Health Association).

So, why is it so hard for many people to grasp the realities of mental illness? False beliefs and lack of community mental health training are the major culprits. 

Let's take a look at 5 of the most persistent and toxic mental health myths, still going strong today.

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Are Google and Facebook “too big to fail”? (And what it means for social media managers and online marketers)

The key ideas (for those who can’t read the entire blog)

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6 Indications You'd Make an Excellent Mediator

Updated June, 2021.

When people want to keep legal disputes out of court and behind closed doors, they often turn to mediation.

There are many reasons mediation has grown in popularity as a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Most notably, it generally costs less than litigation and is far more flexible.

Mediation is voluntary, the outcome is not legally binding, and unlike adversarial courtroom battles, mediation focuses on solutions that satisfy everyone involved.

But bringing opposing parties together, and helping mistrustful people find common ground, is far more challenging than it sounds.

Mediators need a complex skillset to ensure the process proves worthwhile, and participants leave satisfied with the outcome.

Considering pursuing mediation training, and wondering if you have a natural aptitude for conflict resolution?

Start by assessing your skills in these 6 key areas. If you're strong across each of these competencies, you have a good chance of becoming a highly effective mediator.

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What Makes a Successful Arbitrator? The Essential Hard & Soft Skills

Updated February 2021.

The stakes are high in arbitration. Arbitrators make binding judgments that are rarely appealed and difficult to overturn.

So, what makes this form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) so popular?

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Human Resources Training: 3 (Better) Ways to Handle Conflict at Work

Updated June, 2021.

Workplace conflict. No matter how well-organized your teams are, how talented your staff is, or how much effort you've put into creating a positive office culture—you can be 100% sure that disputes will bubble up somewhere.

Conflict between colleagues may be an inevitable symptom of high-pressure work environments (and human nature), but the outcomes don't have to be disastrous. 

There are proven ways to minimize the stress and fallout of workplace disputes, and actually get something positive out of the experience.

There are also ways to make them much worse.

Unfortunately, many managers, team leaders (and team members) lack the conflict resolution skills needed to intervene quickly and effectively.

This creates a snowball effect, where negativity flourishes and spreads, taking down good people and polluting the office atmosphere for everyone.

We have all experienced this phenomenon. And the high price of workplace conflict is well documented by human resources researchers and organizational experts.

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Mental Health Awareness: The Most Common Adult Mood Disorders

Updated June, 2021.

Mood disorders are the most common kind of mental illness. They impact people of all ages, from children to seniors—and in many cases, go undiagnosed and untreated.

If you're in a community-serving career, it is very likely that you've encountered people suffering from mood disorders.

In 2017, 8.6% of Canadians (over 2.6 million) were diagnosed with mood disorders, up from 8.4% the previous year. And some estimates suggest at least 21% of the U.S. population is dealing with this category of mental illness.

Sadly, the Canadian Mental Health Association reports that 7% of all people with mood disorders die by suicide.

Early diagnosis and intervention are absolutely crucial to reducing this statistic—and that begins with mental health training and awareness.

What are the most common kinds of mood disorders, and what symptoms should you be aware of? Let's get started.

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