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The editors of Human Resource Executive announce their selections for the top HR and training products of 2006.

It's that time of year again, when the editorial board of Human Resource Executive chooses what it believes to be the best 10 HR and five training products introduced to the market in the contest's time frame -- in this case, July 2005 to July 2006.

Entries are judged on innovation, user-friendliness and the value they add to the human resource profession. More than 100 entries were submitted this year, most of them exemplifying a growing sophistication in vendors' applications to the Web and increasing knowledge of HR's overall demands and needs. In particular, many of the selections have something to do with talent management.

But that's hardly surprising, considering the level of pain this area presents to employers and HR departments. Of the entries received this year, we feel confident these products will deliver what they promise, though we continue to stress the importance of conducting the necessary due diligence before making your purchase.

Think Before You Send: A Practical Guide to E-Mail in the Workplace

Interactive Employment Training Inc., Jericho, N.Y.

What It Is: This online training program instructs employees on proper e-mail practices and the potential consequences of using e-mail incorrectly. The content is divided into eight areas, each focusing on a realistic workplace scenario, such as using e-mail to criticize an employee's behavior, bet on a sports game or send private messages that can turn into a public-relations disaster. Each scenario is followed by a Q and A section, summary and listing of seven deadly sins that further elaborates on the do's and don'ts. While employees can complete the program within one hour, they have the option of turning off the sound and reading the text, which speeds up the program. Other features enable employees to electronically record their completion of the course and print out the seven deadly sins lists as a reference tool. Employers can also add their own policies and a certification page requiring employees to acknowledge their understanding of company policies. The average price is $14 to $17 per employee.

Why We Like It: The program is the first we've seen addressing such a comprehensive array of false assumptions about e-mail that are common in the workplace, assumptions that can cause serious trouble for an employee or company, ranging from lawsuits to public relations disasters. Since most employees don't realize that sending and receiving e-mails creates permanent records, this program is an efficient and consistent way to sensitize them to appropriate e-mail practices. Employees can also relate to the realistic scenarios, which reinforce many do's and don'ts.


New Online Course Helps Prevent Smoking-Gun E-Mails in the Workplace

U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Electronic Discovery Rules. Course Created to Help Employers Prepare for this New Litigation Danger.

April 24, 2006 - Interactive Employment Training Inc. (IET), a leader in online training about workplace issues, and LitigationProofing, LLC, best practices consultant in electronic communications and litigation risk avoidance, have released "Think Before You Send: A Practical Guide to E-Mail in the Workplace." The course helps employees avoid the e-mail miscues that may lead to financial losses, bruised reputations and employment terminations.

The online training course comes at a critical juncture. Under new electronic discovery rules—approved April 12 by the U.S. Supreme Court--millions of e-mails will routinely be analyzed by lawyers seeking ammunition in court battles. The course was authored by three nationally-recognized litigators who believe e-mail risk management is now a necessity.

"As an employment lawyer, I have witnessed firsthand what can happen when employees click 'send' without thinking. We built this course because workplace e-mail servers are now transparent in litigation and inappropriate e-mails will become discovered on a more frequent basis. Good corporate governance now mandates training employees about the appropriate use of e-mail," said Robert D. Lipman, Esq., president of IET.

The course includes the "Seven Deadly Sins of Workplace E-Mail" identified by former Merrill Lynch litigation manager Eric M. Rosenberg, president of LitigationProofing, LLC. In about 35 minutes, the course teaches the importance of regarding each e-mail as a permanent document and then presents compelling scenarios of common mistakes such as inappropriate personal use of corporate systems and ill-advised attempts at humor over difficult business decisions. "No senior executive with responsibility for litigation risk avoidance should pass up the opportunity to deliver this education to all employees who have access to company e-mail," said Rosenberg.

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About Interactive Employment Training, Inc.
IET creates award-winning, customized, innovative, and engaging e-learning solutions that focus on workplace topics. For more information, please visit

About LitigationProofing, LLC
LitigationProofing, LLC provides training and consulting to financial services firms, other corporations, and law firms on crucial litigation issues concerning electronic communications, attorney-client privilege and document retention. For more information, please visit

Braverman Communications, Inc.
Cheryl Munk
Alan J. Braverman

LitigationProofing, LLC
Eric M. Rosenberg, Esq.

Interactive Employment Training Inc.
Robert D. Lipman, Esq.