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Since the economic fallout of 2008, more employees have been picking up extra work since departments have been slashed; however, many of these employees are often left untrained for their new tasks, says Sharon Sellers, president of SLS Consulting in Summerville, S.C. Given the economic climate, many employers have been finding ways to cut costs, and training programs have been subjected to the reductions.

“At a time when employees needed to be trained the most, they weren’t being trained because of the cost,” Sellers says. “When we see economic downturns, the two things that go first are research and development and training, but, in my opinion, training is the one you’re really going to need.”

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