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 Activia Blog – Training 

 Articles about classroom-based and online training, training employees, and improving your skills 

Latest Articles

If you’re a trainer by profession, you might assume that you’ve learnt everything you need to know about teaching others.

This is, however, unlikely. In fact, being a good trainer involves continually seeking out ways to deliver a better experience for your trainees. It’s as much learning as it is teaching – and it’s a constant work in progress.

So what tactics can you employ to make sure you’re d...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Jan 14, 2019
A lot of careers happen by accident. Either because we leave school and apply for the first position in the first company that comes up and then end up staying there for a decade, or because we’re naturally just quite gifted at something and so it sticks.

And corporate training is one of those things that people often take to, by default. This isn’t wrong, of course! In fact it’s to be admired that we opt...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Sep 19, 2018
I overheard an interesting conversation in Starbucks the other day. A smart-looking young woman was telling her friend about the training problems she was having with her business.

I guess it was a recent start-up, because she said:

“If I could just get enough staff trained up, we could really start to grow... but the cost of classroom training courses is ridiculous!”

Busy with my own reading, and enjoy...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Apr 26, 2018
The latest figures from Gallup US show that just 33% of employees feel ‘engaged’ – i.e., involved, enthusiastic and committed – at work. This isn’t a new trend. A graph charting data from the last two years shows average employee engagement has stayed in the 30-35% range throughout that time.

These numbers should make senior business managers sit up and take notice - especially if you’re planning f...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Jul 18, 2017
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Isn’t e-learning the best? It can deliver low-cost, interactive courses to hundreds of learners, anywhere in the world. There’s no need for a physical venue, or an in-person trainer. Scoring and outcome statistics can even be automated.

Doesn’t that so...
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Aug 10, 2016
Would you describe yourself as a nascent entrepreneur? Do you dream of running your own business? Remember that, even the best ideas, will not take off without a detailed business plan. Being aware of finance, marketing and business management is a must, but a...
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Apr 08, 2016
Why am I saying this?

It’s simple, really. I run a training company that has 20 years’ experience in training business clients, with a mission to provide the best quality we can at great prices. We are therefore looking for trends, for new ideas all the ...
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Dec 03, 2015
Training is often one of the first business expenditures to be cut whenever there is an economic slowdown. However, this is often a costly mistake. Only when a business is able to compete in the marketplace is it able to be successful. When the competition is ...
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Sep 03, 2015
E-Learning is an incredibly powerful tool that many businesses have embraced over the last decade. But are some businesses relying on it too much, to their detriment?

Training is an inevitable part of any business, but depending solely on an e-Learning platf...
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Aug 28, 2015
We’ve all been there. It’s the annual budget table, and the subject of training comes up. No one would dare say that it is unimportant – yet, the finance department and just about everyone else outside of HR will strive to minimise the training budget as...
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Aug 26, 2015
Like so many other facets of business, the recruitment process has changed considerably in recent years. Perhaps you remember the days when all you needed to do was place adverts in a local newspaper or in a shop window and, like magic, the perfect candidates ...
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Aug 24, 2015
Change is an inevitable part of life and business. If your business is not changing regularly, then it's unlikely to last beyond the short-term. All durable organisations have strategies and processes to deal with change so that they don't get left behind by t...
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Aug 20, 2015
Training the trainers - it's a crucial step to any growing, thriving business that seeks to adequately equip its employees. As people are promoted to management roles, it is essential that they know how to train their staff on various competencies and skillset...
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Aug 18, 2015
Talent management is an ongoing challenge for modern organisations. Over the past few decades, talent management practices have been largely dysfunctional, leading businesses to lurch from shortfalls of talent to surpluses... and back to shortfalls again. Only...
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Aug 14, 2015

All leaders should continually improve in order to progress in their career. If you aren’t growing in your capabilities, and you aren't stretching yourself, then you're either stagnating, or maybe e ...
by Jordan James, Aug 13, 2015

In any business, it's the few high performers that are responsible for the big results: they're the innovators, the decision makers, the fixers and the profit centres. So how can businesses squeeze mo ...
by Jordan James, Aug 07, 2015

Every business owner and manager knows that their biggest asset is their team. Employees probably represent your largest ongoing fixed cost, but they're also the lifeblood of your business. It stands ...
by Jordan James, Aug 06, 2015

When you’re at work, it’s important for you to know that your opinions matter and that those around you are more than just colleagues. That’s why it’s important for employers to take a careful ...
by Jordan James, Jul 08, 2015

It’s a tempting proposition, with groups of staff who need training, to simply enrol them in an online course. Costs are lower, scheduling can sometimes be more flexible, and there is likely to be l ...
by Steve Warren, Feb 27, 2014

As the Internet continues to grow in its reach and its variety of offerings, online training is gathering momentum as the learning solution of the future. Online training - also known as e-learning - ...
by Steve Warren, Jan 16, 2014

What is work like for you?
Hopefully, lots of job satisfaction, variety and a good working atmosphere.  But as the business world gets more competitive (and we know things have been going this ...
by Steve Warren, Feb 19, 2013

While certain industries have seen an increase in the use of mystery shoppers, it seems that across the board, as a tool it is being used less than before. Perhaps it is because people have come to mo ...
by John Boddington, Jan 10, 2013

When last did you consider some coaching or mentoring for yourself or your staff?
Professional sports teams have coaches, even though the players themselves can have brilliant skills. Some of t ...
by John Boddington, Jan 08, 2013

First of all, we need to get one thing straight: training is not an expense, it's an investment. If you don't  'get'  this, you will always lag behind those who do.
As with any investment, y ...
by Steve Warren, Dec 19, 2012

So you have identified some training requirements for your team. Now all that is left is to organise it. Is there a best time for it to be done?
The simple answer is that it depends on the situ ...
by John Boddington, Dec 04, 2012

People always seem to forget that there are two sides to the redundancy coin. Being made redundant must be among the worst things that can happen to a person and I would not wish it on anybody.
by John Boddington, Sep 13, 2012

One of the biggest issues when planning training is the optimal class size. Whether you run training internally at your organisation or you outsource it to a specialist training company, what class si ...
by John Boddington, Aug 30, 2012

As a training company, one of the questions that we get asked the most when it comes to training is, once you have identified a need, what course should somebody be put on.
A perfect example of ...
by John Boddington, Aug 23, 2012

For many companies looking at private courses, one of the biggest elements to make a decision about is where the training is to take place. With options such as having the training run at your own loc ...
by John Boddington, Aug 13, 2012

We monitor the number of courses scheduled on a monthly basis as well as the number of delegates getting booked onto each course. We can tell you which one proved to be the most popular course each mo ...
by John Boddington, Aug 06, 2012

I get asked about returns on investment (ROI) for training all the time and if it is possible to work out. People want to know that what they are investing in really is going to see a return. The simp ...
by John Boddington, Jul 26, 2012

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get asked is what makes us different from other training companies? If you are considering using companies for training that you might not even have ...
by John Boddington, Jul 23, 2012

This article is the follow up to our previous posting on how HR staff are undervalued and will include some tips on how to change your perceived value at work. Did you read the previous article? If so ...
by John Boddington, Jul 02, 2012

With all of the bad press about HR recently, many HR staff the world over are starting to feel a little unappreciated. What has caused this opinion of HR staff and why are they undervalued?
HR ...
by John Boddington, Jun 25, 2012

We have previously discussed how to maximise the most of your training budget. Assuming you have done that so you get ‘bang for your buck’, what can you do to ensure that you are getting the most ...
by John Boddington, May 31, 2012

Doing a search on the internet on how to maximise your training budgets seems to always bring up the same issues. It almost seems like once one article has been written, everybody else has copied it t ...
by John Boddington, May 28, 2012

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