We’re Going Hybrid. Should You?

Corexcel has focused on workplace trends for years, but we’ve never seen anything like this. The pandemic has brought about a workplace shift that’s becoming as widespread as the virus itself. Last spring, businesses, and organizations scrambled to establish work-from-home arrangements for employees. Now, nearly a year later, businesses throughout the U.S. are embracing hybrid and fully remote work options.  

For a change of pace, we’re sharing our own work experience as it might serve as a useful example for other businesses.     

Our Hybrid Experience   

At Corexcel we went fully remote in 2020, and we recently transitioned to a hybrid work arrangement. We’re still ironing out the kinks, but for now, our team is working remotely on Mondays and Fridays and in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. So far, we’re finding the three-days-in-the-office-two-days-at-home arrangement to be a good balance.   

We decided to try a hybrid format to:     woman on her laptop sitting on couch wearing a headset

  • Provide flexibility for employees   
  • Reduce our rent expense 
  • Lower the company’s carbon footprint   

Before going hybrid, we polled the Corexcel team and, interestingly, no staff members indicated a preference to work virtually every day. While that might not be the response at every business, we’re finding that our team members aren’t missing a beat. In fact, our employees are comfortable and working effectively with the new arrangement.     

We asked why they like the hybrid arrangement and received these comments, among others:   

  • “It’s nice to skip the commute sometimes after being on the go with the kids.”   
  • “I can work more at my own pace.”   
  • “I appreciate the mix. I get quality time with the kids, but I also get time in the office with no kids and no dog.”  
  • “Hybrid is so flexible. We can start a project in the office and finish the work at home at night if that works best with our schedule.”  

These benefits would resonate with employees at other organizations as well.   

Why Hybrid Instead of Fully Virtual?

As we see how our hybrid arrangement plays out, we might decide to go virtual; who knows. For now, we like coming in part of the week to get a sense of normalcy. Our time in the office works well for meetings, too. Employees who might be hesitant to speak during a Zoom call are often open to speaking at an in-person meeting. For us, the hybrid model seems to be the perfect mix.  

A Trend That’s Here to Stay 

From our own experience, though brief, as well as input from other businesses, we believe a hybrid workplace could be the wave of the future. We’re hearing that business owners feel hybrid arrangements widen the hiring pool. Candidates who might find the commute too much on a daily basis based on their location might be willing to travel two or three days a week. In addition, if a hybrid structure makes employees happy, they’re going to be loyal to the company. Hybrid workplaces could lead to less employee turnover, and in turn lower costs.  

Going Hybrid?

If you’re going hybrid, there are several factors to consider. SHRM’s article, “What to Consider When Moving to a Hybrid Work Model,” is a good place to start. If you’re concerned about hiring when your team isn’t in the office full-time, we recommend using a hiring assessment tool to screen candidates. PXT Select™ lets you assess candidates on thinking style, behavioral style, and interests—from wherever they are. If you’re thinking of going hybrid, please let us know!     

  Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.  

It’s a Good Time for a Fresh Start

The past year has been a lot—at home and on the job. With the pandemic causing substantial changes to the way we live and work, that might be an understatement. But along with change comes the possibility for something new. Maybe you lost your job. Or maybe all this time at home has you contemplating a new career. If you’re looking for a work-related fresh start, here are some of our recommendations:

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Update your resume. Does your resume reflect your current position and responsibilities? Make sure it clearly highlights the experience your potential employers would find useful.

Update your references. Check with the people vouching for you that they’re still on board to field calls about you and your work.

Create or update your LinkedIn profile. A current LinkedIn profile is a must as you look for a new job. You can search for jobs on LinkedIn and apply for jobs on the site when it’s an option. If you’re being considered for a job that’s not on LinkedIn, recruiters will still look at your profile to get a feel for your experience. Tip: Your LinkedIn profile should be more conversational in style than a resume.

Brush up on your interview skills. Job interviews are stressful. Going in prepared alleviates some of the stress, so practice answering common interview questions.

Prepare your technology for interviews, too. Chances are, you might have a few virtual interviews. Check your connectivity and your lighting to make sure you’re seen, literally, in the best light.

Join/subscribe to career development podcasts and career-related social media groups. They can provide helpful advice and insight on various careers, and they offer support from fellow jobseekers.

Take a course. Getting an introduction to a field you’re interested in is valuable. It can confirm you’re getting on the right career path—or let you know you’re not. Having a course under your belt can also make you more marketable. If you’re interested in the medical field, for example, our Medical Terminology or Microbiology course is an excellent first step.

With these tips, you’re ready for a fresh start. Good luck!

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Are you Hiring? Be Sure to Hire Right

What a year we just had; businesses and organizations across the board scrambled to revise operations, workers went remote, and hiring in many sectors came to a halt. As we enter a new year, hiring freezes are beginning to thaw. If you’re fortunate enough to be hiring, be sure to hire right.

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Employing the wrong candidate comes at a cost. It costs you money. It costs you time. In fact, the cost of a bad hire is considered to be the equivalent of an employee’s first-year salary*. According to surveys conducted by John Wiley & Sons, which questioned 2,000 individuals, hiring practices are a common problem:

  • 39% of hiring managers do not always align job requirements with candidates.
  • 54% say candidates are not always assessed with a structured interview process.
  • 65% of hiring managers rely on their instincts rather than data.

To help ensure that you bring the right individual(s) on board:

Establish a consistent hiring process. This ensures that hiring is fair, and it makes it easier for you to compare candidates. Consider creating a checklist that keeps the position’s requirements and the qualifications you seek front and center.

Use data in the hiring process. We use data to make lots of decisions these days, so why not use it for hiring? While the impression the candidate makes during the interview carries considerable weight, going exclusively with your gut is so yesterday. Data offers valuable input.

Use PXT Select™. This online assessment is designed to help you select the best candidates for your organization. Candidates take an assessment, and PXT Select generates a report that provides insight into their behaviors and interests. It also tips you off to their verbal and math skills so you can see if they’re a good fit for the position.

PXT Select lets you compare candidates to one another and a single candidate to multiple positions. In addition, the reports have ongoing use as they provide tips for an individual’s onboarding, training, and development.

After the year we’ve had, focusing on 2021 is a welcome development. If your organization is growing, congratulations. We’re here to help you do it right.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

* Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Is It Time for a Microbiology Course…But You Don’t Have the Time?

When you work in the medical field, ongoing education is a must. It’s important to stay up on the latest developments, and sometimes it’s useful to take a refresher class just so your skillset doesn’t get rusty. Healthcare professionals, we know the pandemic has amped up what is required of you. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to take the classes you need. With that in mind, we’re pleased to introduce our newest online course: Microbiology!

Our Microbiology course is self-paced, so you can access the material and do the work when you have pockets of free time. The course provides the information you need to understand medical microbiology and how it relates to medical practice.

Students read and do interactive, online exercises to learn the science of microbiology, practical applications, infection prevention, and microbiological diseases of major body systems.  The course offers practice quizzes, exercises, and interactive components, which students can do as they like to reinforce the concepts.

Topics covered include:

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  • Background of Microbiology
  • Immunizations and Antimicrobials
  • Infection Prevention
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology Specialties
  • Microbiological Diseases: Non-respiratory Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology-Related Procedures
  • Protecting Patients and Ourselves
  • Respiratory-related Microbiological Diseases

The course is also useful to high school and college students taking high-level science classes. These days, high school and college are extra stressful, with students learning remotely, in-person with new procedures, or in a hybrid fashion. To alleviate some of the stress, students can take our course prior to taking their classes in school, where grades affect Advanced Placement credits and acceptance into undergraduate or graduate programs. They can access the Microbiology curriculum and become familiar with it at their own pace. When it’s time for students to take their for-credit courses, they’ll be familiar with the material!

No matter your reason for needing a Microbiology course, ours has several benefits. You can skip a pressurized, instructor-led pace and do the work when it fits into your own busy schedule. You have access to the course for a full year! In addition, when you successfully complete the class, you receive a certificate of completion for 3.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

For more information about our Microbiology course, or any of our courses or certificate programs, please call us at (302) 477-9730 or email learn@corexcel.com.

Are You Bored With the Working From Home Thing?

If you’re like many people, you’ve been working from home for months. And you’re over it. At first, it seemed like a novelty—a chance to skip the commute and work in comfy clothes while staying safe. As the weeks went on, however, you realized it can be tough to work with spouses, kids, and pets around, and it can get awfully boring looking at the same walls.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get out of your rut and combat the boredom you might be feeling at home:

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Plan a busy schedule. If you pack a lot into your workday, your mind will be focused on the tasks. Now is the time to add those often-put-off housekeeping projects, like cleaning out old emails, deleting files, and filing papers, in your schedule. Fill the gaps and avoid the lulls.

Schedule breaks. This means actually put time for breaks on your calendar. Step away from the desk. Get up and stretch. Talk to a family member in the house. Stay put and call a friend. Squeeze in a workout. The point is to use the time to focus on something other than work so you can come back to it fresh.

Change your location. If you usually work in a bedroom, try a day in the kitchen. Or the family room. Or the dining room. Just mix it up! When you feel boredom setting in, take a walk, even if it’s just around the house. A change of scenery, even if brief, goes a long way.

Pursue training opportunities. You’re not spending time going to and from work, so use the downtime to explore training your employer offers. If your employer will compensate you for taking outside classes, take advantage of that. Or, if you want to switch or advance your career, take one of our many online courses and professional certificate programs. All of these options will expand your skill set, bolster your resume, and alleviate boredom.

Set up a fun distraction. Listen to music while you work—rock, jazz, country—whatever lifts your mood. Have a favorite show playing off on the side, if it won’t distract you from work. A little bit of fun can have a big, positive effect on your day.

Working from home might be a lasting trend. Once you learn how to keep boredom at bay, it might be a trend to embrace.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Is The Time Right for a Career Change?

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Who would have thought that a global pandemic could be just the thing to prompt a career change? When COVID-19 first hit, we were thinking, “Do I have enough toilet paper” and “Where can I get hand sanitizer?”—not “Perhaps I should switch jobs.” However, there are actually several reasons why it just might be the perfect time to make a career move.

Time to think. Before the pandemic, it was go-go-go.  We were running to work. Running home to take care of the kids. Running to meet friends for dinner. Now we’re sitting on the sofa…and sitting there some more. It gives us time to think, and, importantly, to assess whether or not we’re happy with our careers. Time to think can lead to “time to change.”

Job uncertainty. Businesses of all sizes are hurting. Many Americans are worried about job security, rightly so. Even if you enjoy your current job, will it be there when the dust settles as the pandemic winds down? Unfortunately, a new career might not be something we want, but something we need.

Time to learn. With all of these weeks at home, we have plenty of time on our hands. That means we have time to learn new skills. We have time to update our resumes and LinkedIn profiles, too. (Even if you’re working full-time, you no longer have a commute, social engagements, or errands to run.)

Workplace flexibility. Just a few months ago, an employer might have questioned a job candidate on a career shift. In these unprecedented circumstances, a career move is understood.

Corexcel offers the educational opportunities you need to revitalize or reinvent your career. Not only do we offer a full suite of career-boosting courses, we also offer many online certificate programs. Earn your certification in Data Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, Cybersecurity, or many other in-demand options. Exit the pandemic with a valuable skill set—and a new career!

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Here’s to the Nurses!

nurse wearing gloves and a mask workingHas there ever been a better time to show appreciation for nurses? We don’t think so. These skilled medical professionals are in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.  Whether or not they work directly with coronavirus patients, nurses show up at work day in and day out to take care of the patients who need them. Their dedication in the face of personal risk must be recognized.

Nurses often pursue continuing education to stay current on the latest medical developments and to brush up on their extensive skill set. Corexcel has offered a broad array of online nursing courses for years. We are pleased to say that all of our nursing courses are free to read—for anyone interested. Yes, even you non-nurses who enjoy learning about medical topics are welcome to take our nursing courses. You can download the material and read it at your convenience. (Nurses and nurse practitioners needing continuing education units/contact hours pay a small fee to obtain their certificate.)

A course that might be of interest in light of current events is Adult Ventilation Management. Here you’ll learn about the initiation, management, and weaning of mechanical ventilation as well as the ABCs—airways, breathing, and circulation. We invite you to explore our catalog of online nursing courses and to take the courses you like.

To all the nurses out there, we appreciate your knowledge, your caring, and your unwavering commitment. Here’s to you!

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

Introducing Managing Remote Employees

Today’s workforce is turning to  technology to handle both internal and external communications. The idea of meeting face-to-face is becoming less and less common. In wake of the recent string of viruses world-wide, many companies are embracing the idea of employing remote workers to run their day to day operations. While the convenience and agility of working remotely sounds easy enough, it is also imperative that supervisors and managers alike are practicing the best strategies to effectively oversee their remote employees.

Introducing Managing Remote Employees 

Course Features

  • Online, self-paced course
  • Open enrollment 24/7/365
  • No prerequisites
  • Interactive review exercises
  • Professional videos with complete transcripts
  • Ask the Expert feature – Submit questions directly to our experts
  • CEU/PDU Certificate

So You Want to be a DiSC® Trainer? Earn Your Certification!

Consultants, human resources specialists, and internal corporate trainers interested in facilitating Everything DiSC Workplace® workshops: We get it. The Everything DiSC Workplace® profile is a phenomenal tool that helps improve employee communication and relationships in any workplace. Earn your certification, and you’ll be on your way to running DiSC training sessions—and launching an exciting new chapter in your career!

Earn DiSC Certification Online
Our online DiSC certification program lets you become DiSC-certified from the comfort of your home (or wherever you like). The comprehensive four-week program includes three, 90-minute live training sessions. In between these instructor-led classes, you have self-directed work. At the end of the program, you take an exam that leads to certification.

Not only will you learn how to facilitate professional training sessions using the power of DiSC, but also how to customize the standard presentation to make it your own. Once you’re a certified trainer, you will be able to incorporate your own style as you present the material!

DiSC in the Workplace Matters
Every organization—big, small, corporate, nonprofit—has employees with distinct personalities and behavioral traits. There’s sure to be conflict and communication challenges. The beauty of Everything DiSC is that it provides insight on individuals’ primary and secondary behavioral styles across a variety of business functions. Whether it’s Workplace, Management, Sales, Productive Conflict or Work of Leaders, Everything DiSC helps people gain knowledge and understanding, which can improve workplace camaraderie.

Corexcel President and CEO Don Bowlby said, “We’ve found that our customers who use Everything DiSC and integrate it with their culture often experience exceptional team performance and rising stock prices. Helping that happen is extremely rewarding for us.”

To bring the benefits of Everything DiSC Workplace® to your workplace or the workplaces you support, earn your certification through our online program.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.

The First Step Toward Your Career as a Health Professional

A Healthy Start in Healthcare: The First Step Toward Your Career as a Health Professional

Why Studying Anatomy and Physiology May Be Right For You Discover Your Many Career Possibilities

Do you see yourself as someone who is there for others? Are you often raising your hand to help or volunteer your time?

Professionals who work in the healthcare industry often say they found their career path because they saw an opportunity to make a difference. By working in medicine and wellness, they found an outlet for their desire to improve the lives of others.

But even if healthcare professionals approached their jobs based on a similar desire, they didn’t necessarily end up in the same place.

In the healthcare industry, there are many career possibilities, from nurse to paramedic, nutritionist to therapist, researcher to orthodontist. There’s also a great need: healthcare professions are among the most in-demand jobs for 2019, according to a recent report from Career Cast.

A Foundation for a Healthcare Career
Healthcare professionals are often some of the most respected workers. They are valued for their compassion, technical skills, intensive training, and vast knowledge.

The study of anatomy and physiology can establish the foundation of an important career in the healthcare industry. In understanding the structure of the body and how body parts function, students of anatomy and physiology gain a deep understanding of the human body. Even if your goal is not to become a doctor, this is a key lesson that will help you care for others.

What Will Anatomy and Physiology Teach You?
Corexcel’s fully accredited, self-paced Online Anatomy and Physiology course allows you to experience the immersive and interactive lessons necessary so you truly understand the workings of the human body.

Master key concepts, like the nervous system and cell structure,  thanks to full-color art, animations, audio, and video. Additionally, multiple exercises, games, quizzes and tests help reinforce learning and test your growing knowledge of anatomy and physiology as you progress.

The course is perfect for non-medical professionals who want to learn anatomy and physiology to pursue a field in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries. In other words, this could be your pathway to a new career.

Email us at learn@corexcel.com to learn more.