Bob Barker Company Exceeds e-Learning Benchmark in Partnership with Business Training Library

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North Carolina based company exceeded its benchmark for a successful first phase implementation of its custom e-learning solution, provided by Business Training Library.

Business Training Library, the leading provider of e-learning and blended learning solutions for small and mid-sized organizations nationwide, announced today that North Carolina based Bob Barker company exceeded its benchmark for a successful first phase implementation of its custom e-learning solution, provided by Business Training Library. With 37% company utilization in the first three months of their partnership, Bob Barker has surpassed industry recommendations by the American Society for Training and Development for successful first time e-learning roll out and implementation.

In the past, Bob Barker Company delivered the majority of their employee training and development courses through customized onsite facilitated courses in a group setting. Although this approach to training was effective and well received, it became increasingly difficult to manage and deliver equitably each year due to the consistent growth demands of the business. Bob Barker's executive team and HR department realized that they needed to provide a modern vehicle for employee development. In early 2007, they asked Stone Business Professionals of Raleigh, NC to search for a training provider that could supplement or replace their existing training system and meet their stringent criteria.

In September 2007, Bob Barker selected Business Training Library's e-learning solution, noting its customized learning management system and extensive online course catalogue provided all the flexibility and depth of courseware access they were looking for. Bob Barker plans to leverage courses in the Business and Professional skills catalog, as well as courses in the Desktop Computer Skills, and the Health & Safety catalogs, and utilize Lectora Software enabling fully customizable company specific content. Their goal for the first phase "soft implementation" was for all employees to login and get their feet wet by completing at least one online course prior to the end of 2007. The American Society for Training and Development recommends that first time e-learning implementers seek 34% participation for a successful 1st full year; within the first three months, the Bob Barker Company exceeded that national average: [37% company participation, 282 courses assigned, 92 courses completed, 55 currently in progress].

Business Training Library created a custom online employee development center and provided easy login access for Bob Barker's employees through their internal Intranet and available externally via the Internet. To ensure buy-in Bob Barker HR and Stone Business Professionals met with each department individually to explain options, simplify course choices and conduct a learning orientation to introduce the new continuing education e-learning platform. Bob Barker also developed internal continuing education degree program(s) that will be comparable to college level education platforms complete with recognition, rewards and monetary incentives thereby elevating employee excitement and adoption of Business Training Library's e-learning solution. The objective was to provide employees a clearer sense of direction for upward mobility and organizational opportunities. By aligning employees' individual development plans with curriculums provided by Business Training Library, Bob Barker has created a more rewarding learning experience for employees, while providing a more robust means for tracking and reporting the development initiatives internally to their growing company.

With the successful "soft implementation" in place, the Bob Barker Company will roll out the second phase "hard implementation" of the e-learning program this month. During this phase, departments will require employees to complete at least three online courses as defined in their individual work plans and tracked through their individual performance reviews during 2008. Bob Barker HR will also unveil their new degree program(s), providing a combination of monetary and recognition incentives for employees who enroll and complete the robust core curriculums. Employee interest in e-learning also has also resulted in a surge in personal laptop orders through Bob Barker's IT department, sponsored and made affordable over time through extended payroll deduction. Business Training Library's e-Learning solution and Bob Barker's commitment to a total employee learning and development launch has been an outstanding success.

About Bob Barker Company:
Since its inception in 1972, North Carolina based Bob Barker Company (https://bobbarker.com) has grown to become America's leading provider to the correctional and rehabilitation industry. Bob Barker supplies federal, state, and local government agencies across the United States with over 6,000 products that have been tested for quality and safety for institutional use. Distribution sites in North Carolina and Utah ensure that customers receive the strongest delivery and response time possible. With reach that extends to over 30 countries; Bob Barker Company is establishing itself as a world class leading authority in the Correctional Industry.

About Business Training Library:
Business Training Library provides affordable training solutions for small and mid-sized organizations nationwide. Unlike other training solutions built and priced for large organizations, its e-learning system was designed specifically to meet the needs of smaller businesses. The solution includes a state-of-the-art Learning Management System, over 3,500 world-class online business and computer training courses, custom course development, as well as services to assist its clients in the marketing and implementation of its e-learning program. Business Training Library offers high-quality e learning that is cost-effective, easy to use, and results-oriented. Learn more at http://www.bizlibrary.com.

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