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Trends for Training Investment

2 Apr, 2018

Training is typically one of the greatest investments for any organization. Certainly, there’s the cost for the classes – but there is also the time investment and the opportunity cost of things that could be done while your team is learning. It’s hard to be certain that you’re making the right decisions in your choice. In an industry like home medical equipment, it can be hard to get qualified data from your peers on their education budgets as well.

When performing market research recently, we found this study from the Brandon Hall Group regarding recent trends in and thought we’d break down its observations how they apply to HME providers.

Key Findings from the BHG Study:
  • Custom eLearning is the most expensive learning experience to develop, and video learning is the least expensive of those analyzed. eLearning is utilized 28% more often by team members.
  • 58% of organizations spend more than $1,000 per learner on training for senior leadership annually – compared to just 39% for high-potentials and 32% for mid-level management.
  • The classroom is still king — it’s chosen 22% more than any other modality.
  • Coaching/ mentoring is seen as more effective for the third consecutive year, although its use is 37% less.

These five other thoughts are important when contemplating what you invest in improving your business through its people.

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Communications

Play Calling in Healthcare

19 Mar, 2018

Leading a successful healthcare business and calling plays for a sports team are quite parallel in more than just a couple ways. If you’re the coach of any team, the way you organize your communication and direction are probably related to your wins – and losses.

Just like a team showing up for practice, employees show up understanding why they are in the office that day. Often the right mix of encouragement and accountability will bring the best out of them.

When drawing a comparison between sports and business, we have all heard cliché analogies for having the ‘Hail Mary’ sales plan or a manager that feels a project is ‘in her wheelhouse.’ This blog focuses a little more an existential comparison – specifically on the way that you call plays in your business and the players on your team that you choose to run them.

There a few things to consider when choosing the type of coach you want to be:

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Communications

4 Easy Apps for Micro-Efficiencies

17 Mar, 2018

Micro-efficiencies are tools or small process improvements that solve time-stealing problems.

We sort of made that word up.  After all, the word efficiency already exists – so why would we need a subclassification? It’s not very often that a made-up word would make it into the list of Lab Tactical’s digital vocabulary, closely governed by both Grammarly and our CEO!

Yet somehow we slipped this one through for the blog post and here’s why we think you should add more Micro-efficiencies to your life…

Using smart devices is where you’ll likely find the most opportunity to deploy micro-efficiencies, starting with your smartphone. Now, there are a ton of examples of how your smartphone can make your life easier. It’s choosing the right apps or software are most helpful that can be a challenge.

Graph from Smart Insights Study

This line graph is a look at mobile phone transition over the past 10 years. The yellow circle highlights the time near the beginning of 2014 when the use of devices overtook desktop computers.

It’s likely you’re using your device for your job role in your company, even if they don’t reimburse you for it! More business is done through smartphones than ever before.

This means that often we’re expected to be just a little more attentive, a few more hours a day. Being responsive is a great way to build relationships and manage multi-tasking. It can also take a bite out of your downtime, which is just as important.

If you are fine with a notebook and phone calls to your team, these suggestions might not be for you. But if you’re anything like us, you’re curious about a few solutions that can be implemented with a bit of diligence and setup, read on. Read More