Latest Employment Statistics Indicate Hiring Rebound; Studio98 Asserts Timely Employee Training Can Facilitate Recovery

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Studio98, Creator of Rethink Training, Explains How the Right Business Training Solution Can Help New Employees Learn Their Jobs Quickly and Boost Productivity

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With all signs indicating that hiring will continue at a steady pace, employers need to be able to get their new hires up and running quickly to maintain their momentum and growth

With the latest employment figures pointing to an ongoing hiring rebound, Studio98 – creator of Rethink Training – posits that timely and effective employee training can help maintain that momentum and facilitate the continuing economic recovery.

The U.S. Labor Department reported that that the national unemployment rate dropped to 8.3% in January – the lowest it has been since February 2009 – as 243,000 new jobs were filled.(1) “I think this is a sign that maybe the economy is reaching that holy grail of a self-sustaining economic expansion,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, in an interview with Reuters Insider.(2)

In Florida, the jobless rate dropped below 10% for the first time in two years, falling to 9.9% in December.(3) Statewide, 7,300 new jobs were added in December; with a total of 113,900 jobs added between December 2010 and December 2011.(4)

“Training is an important factor in the productivity of new hires,” said Rafferty Pendery, CEO of Studio98. “As employers throughout Florida and across the nation continue to fill a growing number of positions, it’s vital for them to have training systems in place that enable employees to ramp up for their new posts quickly and effectively. After all, production is a key component of a healthy economy; and the faster new employees learn their jobs, the more productive they become. This allows companies to focus on growing their business and filling other open positions.”

As an established provider of online business solutions, Studio98 is dedicated to helping organizations operate more efficiently. Rethink Training was initially created to fulfill the company’s own internal training needs. Subsequent beta testing led to further enhancements, and the learning management system (LMS) was made available to the public in September.

“Prior to the launch of Rethink Training, companies seeking an online learning platform for employee training essentially had two options; and both had their drawbacks,” explained Pendery. “Most of the commercially available products were originally designed for schools, where courses are delivered over a quarter or semester. This is a problem for businesses, since employee training needs to be completed in a matter of hours or days. Alternately, companies could develop a custom LMS. However, these can be expensive to build, and difficult to update and maintain over time.”

Pendery notes that Rethink Training was created to solve the unique needs of businesses. With Studio98’s online training platform, administrators can easily build interactive courses featuring text, images and videos, as well as multiple-choice and essay-based quizzes. While some training platforms require content to be downloaded to the user’s system, Rethink Training uses Web-hosted content to ensure that all employees have access to the latest documentation and are not referencing outdated information.

In addition, administrators can update course content in real-time. This is an important consideration for businesses, since new products and enhancements are typically rolled out on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Other key features include the flexibility to customize training modules for specific job functions, and the ability design courses of any duration – from under an hour to multiple days.

“With all signs indicating that hiring will continue at a steady pace, employers need to be able to get their new hires up and running quickly to maintain their momentum and growth. That’s why I believe timely, well-designed training plays a critical role in the economic recovery,” asserted Pendery. “Rethink Training makes it simple and cost-effective for employers to provide effective, incremental training to new hires, as well as ongoing training and development for their entire workforce.”

Studio98 offers three different pricing plans based on the number of active users and storage capacity, as well as an enterprise edition for companies requiring higher limits. A free 30-day trial is available for new accounts. For more details on Rethink Training – including a product tour and pricing plans – or to sign up for the free trial, visit

About Rethink Training
Rethink Training is a flexible and easy-to-use online training platform developed by Studio98 of Clearwater, Florida. Designed to meet the incremental training needs of businesses, this unique learning management system (LMS) allows companies to create and deliver customized interactive courses to every employee. A user-friendly interface makes it simple to build, update and maintain training and quizzes, while Web-hosted content ensures staff always has access to the most current information and materials. To learn more about Rethink Training, visit

1, 2 Mutikani, Lucia. “Jobless rate at 3-year low as payrolls surge.” February 3, 2012.
3, 4 “Florida’s December Employment Figures Released.” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. January 20, 2012.


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