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Employee Certification or Employee Skills?

What's better for increased business performance: employee certification or employee skills? Recently the founder of a leadership company asked me that question, and I wanted to expand on this topic because it's an important one that business executives are always debating. You may find yourself in a position to move a very skilled employee up within the organization, but are there certificates they need for you to be comfortable with that decision. Or reverse that, if someone comes to your company with acronyms and alphabet soup after their name and a portfolio of certificates looking for hire, does that mean they have the skills to do what you need them to do?

Upskilling Will Be a Corporate Responsibility in the 2020s

Corporate responsibility shifting from pleasing shareholders to upskilling for stakeholders' sake. And the signs have been there all along. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, the majority believes the system is failing them and current leaders lack credibility. People are more fearful of job loss than ever. In that report, 59% of employees fear job loss due to not having the training and skills necessary. This is higher than the fear of job loss due to automation (55%) or trade policies and tariffs hurting the company (57%). It should be no surprise that people are concerned about themselves. So what's a company to do now?

Our Productivity Tools Are Actually Major Distractions at Work

The productivity tools we've implemented over the past decade to increase employee productivity have actually become distractions at work. I recently read the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and it got me thinking about some of our major detractors from deep work in the corporate setting. I started to wonder. If an employee training program is implemented to increase employee productivity, could the performance be throttled by these detractors.

How To: Government Procurement of IT Training Subsidy via GSA

There are over 40 million government procurement options tied to over 17,000 schedule contracts through the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. Eighty percent of these are dedicated to small businesses. While this may seem like a lot of work to uncover the right contractor, the MAS program is actually an easy and cost effective way to order services on the GSA eLibrary. To get a subsidy for IT training via Learning Credits follow these steps.

How Secure is the DoD JEDI Cloud?

The JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) is an enterprise level, commercial Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution to support Department of Defense (DoD) business and mission operations. The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud will be designed to store the government’s most sensitive classified information, including nuclear secrets. The JEDI Cloud groundwork is a zero trust security framework, and with good reason.

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