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Training Courses for Halloween!

We’re getting into the Halloween holiday spirit here at OpenSesame! To help you celebrate this fun holiday, we’ve picked the best Halloween themed courses from our catalogue. Help your employees have a little fall fun with these ghoulishly great courses! Harassment House of Horrors Enter, if you dare, the harassment house of horrors in this… Read more »

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October is National Fire Prevention Month. Are you prepared to deal with a fire emergency? Get the fire safety training you need and review these resources–US Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association–to ensure you’re able to protect your home and business. Get the facts about fire with our infographic.  

Telling the Truth: 3 Steps for Ethical Decision Making

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Robert Rosell, President of Quality Media Resources, Inc. (QMR). He has written and produced over 50 award-winning educational and training programs aimed at helping organizations develop respectful workplace relationships. A few years ago, Radio Shack CEO David Edmondson resigned after it was revealed the degrees he claimed on… Read more »

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Course of the Week: WHMIS Certification

Mishandling hazardous materials on the job can have severe consequences, both for your workers and your bottom line. Penalties can range from $10,000 to $1 million in fines, as well as up to two years in prison. Fortunately, regulations such as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) exist to ensure employees are kept safe through… Read more »

WHMIS Violations Result in Big Fines

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is the standard in Canada for workplace hazard communication and safety. The legislation addresses material safety data sheets, worker education and site-specific training programs. Cautionary labeling for hazardous products had previously been outlined by WHMIS, but will now fall under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label requirements. While… Read more »

Guide to Updated GHS Standards in Canada, Europe, and the US

The switch from country-specific hazardous materials labeling, standards, and training to the UN GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) can be confusing. What are the deadlines for changes and what can you expect? GHS, as an internationally agreed upon system, supercedes programs in place in individual countries. In the U.S., OSHA… Read more »

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Books We Read: Linchpin Part 3

Every week OpenSesame interns and employees come together to discuss Seth Godin’s Linchpin. This week we discussed the chapters, “Is it Possible to Do Hard Work in a Cubicle?” and “The Resistance.” Our discussion centered around how fear, reassurance, and expectations can hold us back.   Important Concepts: Art Art is not limited to painting… Read more »

Microsoft Office

Course of the Week: The Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle

Have you always wanted to be able to indicate “Expert” when describing your Microsoft Office proficiency level? Basic knowledge of Word and Excel is often required for jobs but the work itself typically demands a better understanding of those, and other, Microsoft Office applications. Why not “wow” your employer with an advanced understanding of not… Read more »

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Books We Read: Linchpin Part 2

Each week, OpenSesame employees and interns come together as a company to read Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Godin describes a linchpin as “the essential element, the person who holds part of the operation together. Without the linchpin, things fall apart.” In our second week of Linchpin, we discussed “Chapter 4: Indoctrination– How we… Read more »

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Microsoft Office: The Key Applications You May Have Missed

Microsoft Office products have been a staple of the workplace for (gasp!) nearly 30 years. Since the introduction of the first bundle of applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) in the late-80’s, Microsoft has steadily expanded the Office Suite in response to the growing needs of the modern workplace. In fact, you may not even be… Read more »

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How to Write the Perfect Learning Objective

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is part of a blog series on creating eLearning courses by Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP. Sharlyn is a HR pro turned consultant with more than 20 years of professional human resources experience. One of the most essential and challenging components to designing training is creating the learning objective. If you design… Read more »

Training Remote Employees: A Look at the Apple At-Home Advisors Program

Hiring a remote workforce offers many benefits for both the company and the employees–reduced overhead costs and more schedule flexibility for employees are key examples. However, without the benefit of regular face-to-face interaction with other employees or a supervisor, training and retaining remote workers can be a challenge. Recently Ashley Verrill, Managing Editor for the… Read more »

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Course of the Week: Certified Nursing Assistant Bundle

The nursing field is growing faster than most other professions here in the U.S. As shown in our Nursing 2013 Facts infographic, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects registered nurse (RN) positions to grow by 26% by 2020, as well as Licensed practical nurse (LPN) and vocational nurse (VN) positions are predicted to… Read more »


Pathways to Nursing

RN, BSN, LPN, CNA… There are many pathways to nursing, each varying slightly in training, responsibilities, and of course, pay. To get a closer look into the field of nursing, I researched the levels of nursing hierarchy and interviewed six current nurses about their backgrounds, jobs, and what they see for the future of nursing.… Read more »

6 Reasons Why Video Is a Fantastic Medium for Training

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Joe Gough, head of video production at DTV. With more than 10 years experience and several BAFTA and Webby award nominations and wins among his list of credits, Joe is an established filmmaker working out of London, UK. Joe has created dozens of hours of learning and training… Read more »

INFOGRAPHIC: Nursing Facts 2013

To kick off our week centered on nursing and nurse training, we’ve created an infographic summarizing the state of the nursing in 2013. As a growing field, nursing can be hard to keep up with; here you’ll find all of the up-to-date industry information to keep you in the loop! If you’re looking for nursing… Read more »