Book Review: Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis

book reveiw Book Review: Robert Magers Goals Analysis

We just read Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his goals analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

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Using an LMS to Onboard Your New Hires More Effectively, Efficiently

better training through visuals Using an LMS to Onboard Your New Hires More Effectively, EfficientlyOnboarding new employees can be time consuming, difficult, and inefficient. And, for a number of reasons–it’s often ineffective. If you’ve done it before, you already know this.

You can onboard new employees more quickly, efficiently, and effectively by using a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software application that companies can use to import, create, assign, deliver, and track training. You can use an LMS to deliver all sorts of training. This can include training specific to various job roles, HR training, and safety training. And–yes–you can also use an LMS when onboarding new employees.

Looking for an LMS to help you with new employee onboarding and other training needs? Download the free LMS Buyer’s Guide Checklist at the bottom of this post or check out the family of LMSs that Convergence Training offers for companies of different sizes, industries, and training needs.

How an LMS Helps You Improve Your Experience Onboarding New Employees

There are many ways using an LMS can improve your onboarding program. Let’s look at a few of them.


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Chunking Mining Safety Training Materials: Improve Your Mine Safety Training

chunking graphic blog1 Chunking Mining Safety Training Materials: Improve Your Mine Safety Training
We just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gives tips for how to do it.

Click here to read the extended article on chunking.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to see how you can use chunking to make your mining safety training program more effective, read on.

The Bird’s Eye View on Chunking Training Materials

  1. Chunking refers to taking training material (during the design phase), breaking them up into little “bite-sized” parts, and then organizing them in a way that makes the material easier for your employees to learn.
  2. Chunking is helpful because of how our brains work-in particular, the limits on our working memory to hold only about four bits of information at a time.
  3. Although learners who are novices or experts in a given topic can each only remember about four chunks at a time, experts can remember bigger chunks.
  4. You should arrange chunks within training materials in a way that makes it easier for your employees to understand and remember them. Some organizational methods include job sequence, dependent learning, cause and effect, and whole to parts, but there are more.
  5. Chunking training materials begins at a high level–the entire curriculum, for example–and then works its way down through modules, lessons, courses, and screens (or similar sub-divisions of your training materials).


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Effective EHS Trainers and Training Environments: ANSI Z490.1, Section 5

EFFECTIVE EHS TRAINING Effective EHS Trainers and Training Environments: ANSI Z490.1, Section 5Hello. We’re back and we’re continuing our look at ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

In this post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Section 5, which is all about delivering EHS training. The strong focus is on the EHS trainer in this one, plus there’s some stuff about the training environment.

Before we begin, just a quick reminder of the posts we’ve written about already in this series:

  1. Introduction to ANSI Z490.1
  2. Section 1 (Scope, Purpose, and Application); Section 2 (Definitions); and Section 3 (EHS Training Program Administration and Management)
  3. Section 4 (Designing Effective EHS Training)

If you haven’t checked out those previous articles, it’s not necessary to do it before you read this one. But, it might help.

OK, let’s get started.

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5S + Safety = Lean 6S Safety

6S SAFETY 5S + Safety = Lean 6S SafetyYou’ve probably heard of 5S. If so, you know it’s a method for organizing a work area to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing waste. If you didn’t know that before, now you do.

Over time, people have modified 5S by adding a new “S” to create 6S systems. One of the most common of the 6S systems results from adding Safety to 5S. This is sometimes called 5S+, 6S, lean 6S, 6S safety, or lean 6S safety. In this article, we’ll learn more about 6S and how you can use it to create a more organized, efficient, productive, and safe workplace.

Need training materials to increase efficiency and safety at your workplace? Check out our library of e-learning courses and our learning management systems, or just contact Convergence Training

What Is 5s?

Let’s begin by getting those who haven’t heard of 5S up to speed. Here are a few definitions of 5S to get you in the ballpark.


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How to Identify and Close Skill Gaps at Work

identifying and closing the skill gap blog How to Identify and Close Skill Gaps at WorkConsider this scenario, if you will.

You’re a training manager. Or maybe you’re someone else who is involved in training–the head of operations, or in HR, or the safety manager.

You or someone else at work determines there’s a performance problem. More specifically, you think your employees may have a skill gap.

What’s the answer? Create and lead some training? Well, maybe. But maybe not.

It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that training’s the answer for everything. But there’s nothing worse than creating a training program for a problem that the training can’t solve. You’ve now spent a bunch of money and time creating and delivering the training, and you’ve still got the problem to boot.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to take a step back and analyze the performance problem first. If you learn more about the problem, you can then figure out what the best solution for it is. Maybe it WILL be training, but maybe it will be something else.


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What Is the Hierarchy of Controls?

HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS What Is the Hierarchy of Controls?What’s the best way to protect your workers from hazards at the workplace?

One common and effective method is to use the hierarchy of controls. To which you may ask-but what is the hierarchy of controls? That’s the focus on this article, and we’ll explain it in full detail soon. First, though, let’s set the scene.


What Is a Hazard?

In general terms, a hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm. To be less abstract, a hazard is something that can cause an injury or illness (or cause damage to a machine or equipment – but we’ll focus on the things that can cause injuries and illness right now).

There are several different kinds of hazards. We’ve listed some categories of hazards below.


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Job Hazard Analysis Guide

JHA post 2 Job Hazard Analysis GuideRecently we published an extensive article titled What Is a Job Hazard Analysis?  And we followed that up with a companion piece that explains How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis. If you haven’t read those yet, but are interested, go right ahead. We’ll wait for you here.

We wanted to follow those popular articles up with with a free job hazard analysis guide and forms that you can use to guide you through your own JHAs at work. And here it is.

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How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis: 4 Essential Steps

JHA post 3 How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis: 4 Essential StepsNot that long ago, we wrote a blog post titled What Is a JHA? That post was such a big hit we’ve created this second post. It walks you though the steps of performing a JHA, and  even includes a free downloadable guide to performing JHAs at the bottom.

This guide for performing a JHA incorporates suggestions made in OSHA’s Job Hazard Analysis booklet (OSHA 3071, revised in 2002). We think you’ll find it useful when you perform JHAs at your worksite.

 How Can I Get Started With a JHA?

Before you begin the JHA for a specific job, do the following.

Get your employees involved.

Safety works best when management and employees are both involved. That’s true of the JHA process as well. Remember, it’s their job, and they probably know it better than you do. This will also help you get their buy-in for this process and for safety in general. Plus, two sets of eyes (or more) are always better than one.

Review your history of injuries, illnesses, near misses, and machine/tool damage.

Go over your written records of injuries, illnesses, near-misses, and incidents that have required machine/tool replacement or repair. Then, get feedback from your employees, asking if there are things that have occurred but are not in the records.  (Make it clear you’re trying to make work conditions safer, not punish anyone because something hasn’t been reported.)

Ask your employees which hazards exist in their work area.

Ask your employees if they’re aware of hazards in their work area. Write them down–you can use this list later when you’re performing the JHA.

Note: If a serious hazard comes to light at this point, stop what’s you’re doing and correct the problem before you continue with the JHA process. 

Create a list that prioritizes the jobs for which you’ll perform a JHA.

It’s great if you do a JHA for every job, but you should do JHAs for the jobs with the highest risks first. Take the information you’ve already gathered and prioritize the order  in which you’ll perform the JHAs.

With these steps down, you’re now ready to complete the formal JHA process, described below.


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Aerial Work Platform Safety Course Gets Reboot

Our aerial work platform safety course has been a perennial best-seller since its release in 2009. It was among the first courses we produced, and though it offered great information and provided effective training content, we decided that after 6 years, the popular course could benefit from an overhaul. Many of our courses get this treatment as they age, receiving new looks and updates to the original training content.

Today we present the new and improved Aerial Work Platform Safety course from Convergence Training. The first thing you’ll probably notice are the updated 3D models and high-resolution sets, but this was no mere facelift; 5 minutes of totally new content have been added to the course, and some existing sections have been updated to reflect current regulatory standards. We’ve also updated the built-in progress review quizzes and aligned all the content more closely with the clearly stated learning objectives. Check out a sample below:

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