FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
Think Before You Send:
A Practical Guide to E-Mail in the Workplace
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.