Staff training and PD plans – why you need to think about them now [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 29-Jul-2020 02:00:00

As we head into an uncertain FY20/21 business owners and managers may be tempted to think now is not the time to prioritise staff professional development needs. I believe the opposite is true.

One of the key elements of your business proposition – large or small – is your team, and they’re going through the same anxiety you are. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting their professional lives, personal lives, physical and mental wellbeing, just as it is yours.

Even though you may be struggling simply to pay wages, the last thing you want is to lose good people, whether you lose them physically, or in the sense that they become disengaged as a result of their anxiety about the current environment.

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Topics: Template, business advice, business management, staff performance, running a business, professional development, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, staff training, COVID-19, coronavirus, Central West NSW

My predictions for what work will look like post-coronavirus

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 13-May-2020 02:00:00

The novel coronavirus has brought many changes to the way we work, but are these changes just a temporary blip, or here to stay? And if they are here to stay, what will our workplaces of the future look like?

Here are some of my predictions for what work will look like in the post-COVID-19 world:

  • Video will be the go-to mode of first communication.

  • Travel budgets will be dramatically reduced – physical travel and face-to-face meetings will be reserved for essentials (i.e. key client meetings, business development).
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Topics: staff performance, running a business, small business, business basics, Parramatta, staff wellbeing, managing employees, COVID-19, business strategy, coronavirus, scenario planning

How to create a Professional Development plan [template]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 26-Feb-2020 02:00:00

Staff professional development (PD) needs are best identified through a formal performance management and evaluation process.

I recommend owners/managers sit down with their staff members once every 12 months, as part of their annual performance review process, and develop a PD plan jointly, with each individual.

This review process will identify where already skilled employees need information to support their growth to gain more advanced knowledge, and further develop their own business and leadership skills. 

You can create plans from scratch, or download our free Professional Development Plan template to get you started.

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Topics: Template, business advice, professional development, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing employees, staff training

How to spot occupational fraud red flags [infographics]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Oct-2019 02:00:00

A couple of years ago the Australian Financial Review quoted Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, then commander of the NSW Police fraud and cybercrime squad, in a story about corporate crime.

Superintendent Katsogiannis said that in 100% of corporate crime investigations he had been involved in, corruption goes hand-in-hand with a “compromised personal life”.

Gambling, drinking, drug taking, living beyond their means and inappropriate sexual conduct were all indicators of a personal life as compromised as the perpetrator’s professional life.

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Topics: infographic, Employee fraud, business advice, James Price, fraud prevention, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing employees

How to create staff training and PD plans [templates]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 21-Aug-2019 02:00:00

We all want competent, confident staff who feel fulfilled and motivated by their work – as we've discussed in previous blogs, it's a win-win that provides benefits for both the employer and employee.

Training and professional development is key to staff developing that competence and confidence, so this week we're inviting you to download our free JPAbusiness Staff Training Plan and Professional Development Plan templates.

Below are some example plans we have filled out to give you an idea of how the templates can be used in your business (just click on the images to view the full-sized documents).

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Topics: Template, business advice, professional development, Parramatta, Orange NSW, managing employees, staff training

Staff flexibility versus business stability – how to achieve both

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 05-Jun-2019 02:00:00

Today’s employees operate in an increasingly complex environment in which technological change and connectedness have brought family and personal priorities into the workplace, and work into the home environment.

Advances in mobile devices provide access to data, emails, texts, reports, notifications, payments and receipts in the field, and at home. No matter the location, information is instantaneous.

Unfortunately, these technological advances have created an expectation that people will be available 24/7, creating a work and life imbalance.

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Topics: outsourcing, staff management, business advice, Parramatta, Orange NSW, staff wellbeing, managing employees

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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