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Employee Training: Is It Worth It?
Doug Powell, PEARL President

As a small business owner, I have been on both sides of the training dilemma. My question like many business owners was this, "If I invest in employee training, will I really see the payback?" I'll admit that I've been skeptical over the years when it comes to employee training. I have seen too much employee training back fire on me. But, after thirty years of running a small business, I must concede that I'm a believer in employee training and an ongoing training investment offers various benefits for both the organization and the individual.

As an organization, I have seen how employee training can boost productivity. The business environment is dynamic, which means that technologies are constantly changing. Skills and technologies that were applicable a few years ago may no longer be efficient or meet the new standards in the industry today. Through an ongoing training program, employees can keep their skills finely tuned and on top of the latest technology and standard innovations. In addition, employee training programs improve employee satisfaction. An employee is more likely to experience job satisfaction if they do not struggle to carry out their roles in the work place.

At this year's annual PEARL conference, PEARL committed to deliver more technical training. Included in your registration will be electrical safety, fused and non-fused disconnects inspect and testing, how to test ground fault systems and basic transformer theory, and testing tips and tricks.  This training, plus the opportunity to test at the conference for both PEARL level and level II technical certification, makes the PEARL conference a great value for your technical employees.

Please make plans now to join us on April 6-9, 2017 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach California for the 20th Annual PEARL Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition.  Plan to have your technicians in attendance to learn firsthand from industry subject matter experts.

Wishing you the best,

Doug Powell, PEARL President
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The Secret to Being Lucky
Why do some people seem to have all the luck? They're always in the right place at the right time. Their businesses prosper. They get one fantastic promotion after another. In short, they enjoy phenomenal success. What explains it? Are they doing something special, or is good fortune selecting them by chance?

Before going further, let's clarify what we mean by luck. The dictionary defines luck as "accidental fortune, good or bad." A key element of luck, therefore, is that it is haphazard or coincidental.

For example, you win the lottery (good luck). Or a chandelier falls from the ceiling right onto your head (definitely bad luck). In either case, there's little or nothing you did to directly cause the outcome. This is the traditional definition of luck with which most of us are familiar. We'll call it "random luck."

Let's focus on the people who, time and time again, attain extraordinary results in their life. Often, we attribute their prosperity to random luck. However, after studying the lives of people who have achieved tremendous success, I've discovered that there's more to it than that. Indeed, these people seem to benefit from something I'll call "created luck." (For the rest of this article, we'll be referring to this type of luck.)

People who create their own luck have certain traits in common. Here are the keys for deliberately bringing luck into your life: 

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Questions for the second level of PEARL's Technician Certification Training Program are currently being reviewed and edited by the Certification Committee with hopes of launching Level II by the end of the first quarter in 2017. Level II technicians are defined as having the ability to work independently and able to inspect, test, and perform reconditioning procedures, following PEARL and other industry standards, on a wide range of electrical power equipment, and accurately interpret equipment drawings, specifications, and electrical schematics, at the component level, as it relates to the PEARL reconditioning standard. Technicians wanting to be certified at the second level will need to have already taken the Level I exam. For more information on the PEARL Technician Certification Training Program, click here.

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Save the Date for the 2017 Annual Conference

Save the date for April 6-9, 2017, as PEARL heads to Newport Beach, California! This year's conference will have a sub-theme focused around disaster recovery. Sponsorship and exhibit details, hotel information, and schedule of events are coming soon!

See you in California!
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