Let the learning come to you

Corporate training budgets have been slashed severely as companies try to balance the books amidst the worst recession in decades. Those that aren’t cutting training altogether are increasingly looking to save money by bringing training on-site rather than sending employees away to conferences or seminars.

Every few months, the managers at DCI, Inc. in St. Cloud meet with an instructor from the Twin Cities for a half-day of leadership training, usually at a local hotel or restaurant.

Not exactly an AIG-style, spa-and-champagne corporate retreat, but every expense counts in this economy.

So earlier this year, DCI, which makes stainless steel storage vessels for the food and biotech industries, decided to hold its quarterly management training on-site in a small conference room instead.

“It’s a cost-saving measure,” says finance vice president Chad Leither. “We’ll continue until things improve.”

DCI isn’t alone in trying to trim its training budget during these tough times.

Corporate training budgets have been slashed severely as companies try to balance the books amidst the worst recession in decades. Those that aren’t cutting training altogether are increasingly looking to save money by bringing training on-site rather than sending employees away to conferences or seminars. (Continue reading…)

Biting my tongue

KSTP AM 1500 put me on the air this morning to talk about recent Business Agenda headlines, specifically an item about Cargill’s success selling beef tongue and other specialty meats under its new Rhumba Meats brand. I’m not sure they realized — or cared — that I didn’t actually “write an article” about beef tongue; I just linked to a story by a Fast Company writer who did. Anyway, I should have anticipated what a wacky, potty humored morning talk show crew would do with a phrase like “tongue tacos.” All in good fun, I suppose. Here it is for your mocking pleasure. (My recording cut off just before Reusse said, “Well, you’ll probably never be on this show again.”)

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