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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 »

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Course of the Week: Lean Training Bundle

While not everyone has heard of “lean” training, they’ve certainly heard of major companies who employ the technique– Ford and Toyota are among the fans. This manufacturing style seeks to maintain a streamlined production system to help companies stay competitive and relevant. This week’s Course of the Week, the Lean Training Bundle, from Automated Learning… Read more »

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Books We Read: Linchpin Part 1

As part of OpenSesame’s internship program, our company is reading Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? by Seth Godin. Every Wednesday the company (including our remote workers over Google Hangout!) comes together to discuss chapters of the book and how they apply to our work at OpenSesame and our future careers. The goal of this exercise is… Read more »

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Innovative Work Environments

Though the idea of a corporate office is not the most pleasant, there are a few companies opposing the norm. There are a number of innovative workspaces across the globe that showcase playful office decor. This article highlights a few of these innovative workspaces. Google is known for creativity, innovation, and fun– the Mountain View… Read more »

Looking to boost office morale? Try a Fantasy sports league

As football season begins to ramp up, an estimated 24.3 million Americans will be dedicating time to maintaining their fantasy teams, many during business hours. Surveys have shown fantasy players spend an average of one hour updating their lineups during the workday, which can equate to around $6.5 billion in wages paid by employers to… Read more »

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Course of the Week: HTML and CSS for Beginners

HTML is intricately involved in everything we do on the web. No matter what work you’re doing, from blogging and building pages to simply sending email, HTML is involved. As the building blocks of the internet, HTML and CSS are critical skills for those looking to gain a higher degree of control and power over… Read more »

Frantopia 2013 Franchisee Growth Series

Owning a franchisee can be as challenging as it is exciting, which is why Frantopia brings together franchise owners from all over the world to share their stories and connect with each other. Frantopia also seeks to provide quality resources and access to best practices to facilitate franchisee growth. As part of this mission, Frantopia… Read more »

Best Programming Languages for Beginning Coders

So you want to be a programmer? Once you’ve decided whether to teach yourself or embark on a more formal course of study, you will have to choose which language you want to learn first. As a followup to OpenSesame intern Daniel Chen’s post on TechRepublic outlining the best programming languages to learn on your own… Read more »

The Ultimate Programming Debate: Self-Taught vs Degree

There is no argument digital literacy is a necessary skill for the majority of jobs in today’s economy. Photoshop, social media and a knowledge of HTML are becoming staples of the modern workplace in the same way Microsoft Office and email have been for the past two decades. However, it remains to be seen as… Read more »

Hi from New Business Development and Sales Associate

Howdy y’all! I’m Jessica Frankel, the newest addition to the Business Development and Sales team at OpenSesame. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, where I majored in Political Science and Business Administration. Although my greeting suggests I hail from Texas, I was actually born and raised in Portland. Having been infatuated with… Read more »

Course of the Week: Hazard Communication GHS Update

Since 1983, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has educated employers and employees on proper usage, containment and cleanup of chemicals in the workplace. The recent adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) builds upon the work of HCS, creating a more standardized approach to labeling and determining what hazardous effects a chemical poses. If your… Read more »

Drafting a Successful Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy

Discussing drugs and alcohol with your employees can be a highly personal and uncomfortable subject. However, since more than 75% of illicit drug users are currently employed, and drug abuse costs U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion annually in damages and lost productivity, it may be time to start the conversation. Framing your company’s drug and… Read more »