How to Avoid Making Unethical Decisions

What do you do when faced with a tough ethical decision?  At times when not a single option clearly seems right, how do you know which choice is best?  At work, situations may arise where you feel an action taking place is not ethically right for the workplace.  These situations leave you in a position where you must choose how to handle it, and the choice you feel is right, may hurt coworkers involved in the unethical incident.

Pressures from colleagues, customers, suppliers, managers, family members, and ourselves, creates the ability for us to rationalize excuses for making wrong choices.  These rationalizations are apparent when we start using phrases such as; “everyone does it,” “they deserve it,” “they owe me,” or “no one will ever know.”

What it really comes down to when making the right ethical decision is, do we hold the power to make the right decision even if that choice has negative consequences?  Having this power depends on the strength and belief you have in personal, as well as your organization’s, core values.  Believing in core values predicts how you will interact with customers, vendors, and other employees.

Creating an organization with value-based culture helps lower the chances of these types of difficult conversations and situations from occurring.  For example; if one of an organization’s core values is respect, and the culture is dedicated to respect, it will be prevalent in the work being produced, along with the way employees interact.  In return, creating and maintaining a respectful work environment.

Helping to guide employees and employers through ethical decision-making dilemmas, Mastery’s newly released courses from content partner QMR, explore what core values are commonly established at an organization, what to ask yourself before making a difficult decision, and familiar ethical situations that ensue in the workplace.

These courses, “Compliance is Just the Beginning: Ethical Situations to Consider,” and “Compliance is Just the Beginning: 3 Steps to Ethical Decisions,” depict real-life scenarios  learners can easily relate to.  Questions are asked related to the ethical scenario, allowing the learner to ponder on the answer, and then hear from professionals in various industries give correct answers or guidance.

Unfortunately, one bad ethical decision can have huge consequences.  There will be many times when the right choice will not be the easiest.  Understanding how making one bad decision can negatively affect your entire life, from family to career, is crucial in making right, ethical decisions.

Check out all of Mastery’s training available on Ethics.

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Use These Resources During Distracted Driving Awareness Month

To help fight against the preventable deaths distracted driving causes each year, the month of April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council (NSC).  During this month we are urged to educated and spread awareness of how to end fatalities and crashes caused by distracted driving.

There are many resources to help you spread the word and raise awareness in your workplace, and community:

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  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety  Administration (NHTSA) work to reduce the threats of distracted driving and raise awareness of distracted driving hazards. Both provide resources on their extension websites for distracted driving; Distraction.gov and stoptextsstopwrecks.org. These sites provide statistics, distracted driving news, fact sheets, tips, white papers, research findings, as well as downloadable posters, logos, Facebook and Twitter avatars, posters, infographics, and videos to assist in building awareness amongst your workforce.
  • The NSC first recognized and established April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Its site offers a variety of ways to get involved; take a pledge to drive cell phone free, sharable cell phone distracted driving infographics, 2014 campaign materials, videos, and reports.
  • Mastery Technologies! We’re offering six discounted distracted driving course titles.  These titles are 75% off retail price, now only $5.00 per play.  We believe that the more we educate the more lives we can save. At this discounted price organizations can afford to spread awareness to everyone at the workplace, helping to make the roadways safer.

Using Mastery’s distracted driving courses along with the distracted driving websites can be key components in making the workplace and community safer. Even with the discount pricing on these courses, the ability to spread the knowledge and techniques to being a safer driver and saving lives, is priceless.

Visit mastery.com for more information.

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Help Educate this April for Distracted Driving Awareness Month with Discounted Courses

Did you know five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting? If you are traveling at 55mph that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field, and you are doing it blindfolded!

As dangerous as texting and driving is, it is not the only action posing a threat while driving.  Distracted driving includes any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  All these distractions endanger the lives of drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Distractions include; texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.  Text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, so it may be by far the most alarming distraction.

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Distracted driving has become a major threat on today’s roadways, and continues to be a leading cause of traffic accidents in America.  April has been marked as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council (NSC).  This month is devoted to help educate the public about the dangers associated with distracted driving and eliminate the risk of fatal crashes associated with these distractions.

Believing in this campaign here at Mastery, we are offering six distracted driving courses at an extremely discounted price – as in 75% off from retail price!  We want organizations, as well as individuals, to join the effort in promoting distracted driving, and know that education and training alike will help in this campaign.   Together we can encourage drivers to become more attentive and responsible on the road.

These six courses are offered on mastery.com at the discounted price of $5.00 per play, through the entire month of April.  Course titles include:

-          Distracted Driving: At What Cost?

-          Distracted Driving: At What Cost? Transit Version

-          Distracted Driving: Real Accidents, Real Stories

-          Driving Distractions of the Everyday Driver

-          Driving Distractions of the Professional Driver

-          Hang Up and Drive: The Jacy Good Story

Visit mastery.com from more information, along with an entire list of driving courses available in our course library.

How will you raise distracted driving awareness at your workplace?

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Guess the Best Prevention to Accidents… Humans!

Everyone has witnessed fellow employees take risks at work (or worse, it was you taking the risk).  There are these “risk-takers” at every company, large or small; they know the rules and have been properly trained but continually seem to take chances, ignore safety rules, or just don’t follow proper procedures.  Workers who don’t follow safety procedures are not only dangerous to themselves but also to others around them.  Mastery’s newly released course title, from content partner Digital 2000, “Human Aspects of Safety: How to Prevent Accident,” demonstrates the vast amount of ways where unsafe acts and accidents can occur: virtually anywhere and to anyone.

The  majority of all accidents are caused by the unsafe acts of people.  Unsafe acts include:

  • Lack of awareness and concentration
  • Stress
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Fatigue
  • Not thinking about the job or safety
  • Not paying attention to surroundings
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Improper use of equipment
  • Over confidence

Safety requires every one’s attention as well as good judgment and thinking – if you are ever not sure of something, ask questions to clarify and get information before performing the act.  Accidents can be prevented; all it takes is the effort to prevent the accident.

Use Mastery’s course library to promote accident prevention in your workplace.

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Over 100 New and Updated Courses Released this Month!

March was an extremely busy month at Mastery for course updates and new releases. We have over 100 new and updated courses on the VOD3 platform!

New titles include:

In addition to the above new titles, we have many titles now available on the VOD3 platform. This update allows you to play these courses on any device, including all smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.

We also released several new titles from Moxie Media in our Partner format:

 

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Did the Winter Roads Damage Your Vehicle?

The winter months wreak havoc on our cars, especially with the awful winter weather we’ve had this year.  With warmer weather on its way in, it is important to inspect your vehicle for any destruction the winter roads may have caused.  To some, a pre-trip vehicle inspection may sound outrageous but if you are driving a company-owned truck or vehicle, a pre-trip inspection is expected.  The reason for inspections is to help find defects and problems, maintain the vehicle, and help in case of accident investigation.

Mastery recently released a new VOD3 course title produced by content partner, Digital 2000, “Vehicle Inspections: Automobiles and Light Trucks.”  The course offers advice and tips for preparing and inspecting your vehicle for safe and reliable transportation. There are a number of things to check and inspect before leaving, the list can include:

  • Engine oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Engine cooling system
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Windshield
  • Air filter
  • Engine tuning
  • Computers and electronics
  • Glove box
  • The driver

A small amount of time before a trip can save a lot of money and prevent a lot of issues that can occur during the trip.  With proper preparations and adequate time, the trip can be enjoyable and safe; plus, you’ll be prepared for almost anything, including the weather (which has been tough to prepare for this winter!).

Mastery offers other similar titles, such as Driving: Pre-Trip Inspection: A Circle of Safety, along with over 60 other titles on safe driving.

Visit Mastery.com for more information on this course as well as Mastery’s full list of course titles.

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Alleviate Microsoft Access Training Stressors with these 17 New Course Titles

We’ve all been there… just when you’re getting comfortable with the mechanics of a software program, then all of a sudden it’s time for an update.  Transitioning from a current program to an updated one can cause stress for employees, as well as employers, and the best way to combat this stress is by providing comprehensive training.

A common software suite used at many workplaces is Microsoft Office.  Mastery recently released an entire topic series on one of Microsoft’s programs, Microsoft Access 2010.  These 17 new course titles are the perfect addition for workplace training, whether providing if for advanced Access users, beginning users, or even for employees transitioning from an older version.

Series course titles include:

•            Microsoft Access 2010: Building the Structure of a Database

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Controlling Data Entry

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Creating Effective Reports

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Creating Flexible Queries

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Customizing Reports

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Designing Forms

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Generating Reports

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Getting Started with Access Databases

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Improving Forms

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Maintaining an Access Database

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Joining Tables

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Managing Data in a Table

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Querying a Database

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Sharing Data Across Applications

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Structuring Existing Data

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Writing Advanced Queries

•             Microsoft Access 2010: Simplifying Tasks with Macros

These training courses provide excellent guidance on how to navigate the updated features.  Courses help to eliminate barriers commonly found when using Microsoft Access 2010 by incorporating a step-by-step learning approach.

These new courses are available on Mastery’s mobile-friendly, third generation Video On Demand (VOD3) format.  On the VOD3 format, users receive an optimal training experience by taking assigned training on any mobile device.

Visit Mastery.com for more information on this course series.

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How to Present PowerPoint Presentations You are Proud Of

For many, giving presentations in the workplace causes great apprehension. Reservations can be caused from fear of forgetting content, providing false information, finding a mistake in the work being presented, nervousness causing speech issues, as well as common technological errors (which frequently arise).  To help employees feel more comfortable in giving presentations, organizations need to supply training.

This month, Mastery released an entire series of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 courses compatible on its mobile-friendly, third generation Video On Demand (VOD3) platform. Effective training promotes comprehension and confidence in utilizing presentation tools which, in turn, leads employees to create more effective and efficient presentations.

The 14 course titles comprised in this topic series include:

•        Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Basic Presentation

•  Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Formatting Text on Slides

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding Graphical Objects to a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing a Design Template

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding SmartArt Graphics to a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Adding Special Effects to a Presentation

•  Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing a Slide Show

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Modifying Graphical Objects in a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Preparing to Deliver a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Customizing the PowerPoint Environment

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Collaborating on a Presentation

• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Securing and Distributing a Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Working with Tables and Charts

Each course relays advice for tools and techniques in PowerPoint 2010.  Users with basic knowledge of the program, all the way to advanced users who are ready for optimization tools to further enhance presentations, will feel more confident in using PowerPoint 2010.  The courses are also great for employers transitioning their organization from an older version of the program, helping to generate a smooth transition.

These courses are available on the VOD3 platform allowing courses to play on any mobile device (plus an desktop) – no matter the browser or operating system.

Visit Mastery.com for more information on these courses, along with related Microsoft training course titles.

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New DOT HazMat Courses Now Available on VOD3

Every day facilities throughout the United States transport thousands of materials around the country.  We rely on transportation by air, land, pipelines, and sea to get these materials to their destinations safely and properly. There are several categories of materials transported daily and one category is hazardous materials (HazMat).  Hazardous materials require extra-special attention because of the health and safety risks they pose if not handled properly.  Hazardous materials are divided into nine different classes:

  1. Explosives
  2. Flammable gases
  3. Flammable liquids
  4. Flammable solids
  5. Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
  6. Poison substances
  7. Radioactive materials
  8. Corrosives
  9. Miscellaneous

To prevent accidents during transport, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) developed a set of regulations for handling and transporting hazardous materials.  DOT requires all companies transporting or ship hazardous materials to provide proper training to their HazMat employees.  By popular demand for this type of training, Mastery released four new course titles covering DOT regulations of the transportation of hazardous materials.  These four titles include:

These courses thoroughly discuss safety and security training in properly handling, recognizing, and understanding the hazardous materials present in different workplaces. As a beneficial addition to these courses, they are compatible with our third-generation Video On Demand (VOD3) platform.  On this platform courses seamlessly play on any mobile device, no matter what browser or operating system.

The most effective way to help avoid incidents while handling and transporting hazardous materials is by knowing how to safely work with them; implementing comprehensive safety and security training encourages safe handling procedures.  Visit Mastery.com for more information on these courses as well as other DOT and HazMat course titles.

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It may be March, but cold weather temps are still a concern!

Just as Michiganders (and surely many other states) had a glimpse of spring weather, another snow storm settled in.  It is easy to become lax about safety precautions for cold weather once the nice weather starts (especially after the perilous winter it’s been), but once safe cold weather habits begin fading we become apt to cold-weather hazards.

Mastery’s newly released course, “Hypothermia,” covers two personal hazards affecting anyone in cold weather; hypothermia and frostbite.  The course concentrates on the basics of hypothermia and frostbite, how to recognize them, how to react to them, as well as basic first aid.  The first aid section in this course has been approved by several medical experts, the American Heart Association, and the American Safety and Health Institute.

Hypothermia is a fall in body temperature to below 95 degrees Fahrenheit; it causes drowsiness, lowers breathing and heart rate, and can lead to unconsciousness or death.  It is caused by prolonged exposure to extremely cold weather, swimming in cold water, or wearing damp clothes in cold conditions.  Unlike hypothermia, frostbite is when the victim’s tissue actually freezes and ice crystals form and kills the cells.  One of the most important things about frostbite is being able to recognize its symptoms.  It most commonly affects fingers, toes, ears, and the nose.

Both of these cold weather hazards are dangerous and can be life threatening.  It is your responsibility to learn the hazards associated with hypothermia and frostbite, and use good judgment and common sense in determining the most effective prevention techniques.

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But really… after the recent snow, let’s hope we don’t need to worry about cold weather hazards for a while!

This course is available on our mobile-friendly VOD3 platform.  Visit Mastery.com for more information.

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