Blog: Content that makes you happy

Save your intranet project: start training content authors today

1950s women waving. Copyright holder unknown.Your intranet is being redeveloped. Everything is going OK except for the content, which is unsatisfactory, late or non-existent. Start training them tomorrow, and make everyone happy.

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Reward, retrain and retain talent says Ortus HR: now’s good!

Nike crowns athlete; public domain image

Attracting and retaining talented staff is a major problem for companies. Last year’s report by recruitment firm Ortus shows that HR worldwide struggles to retain staff, and headhunting is rife.

This report (many like others) pinpoints career development as the greatest incentive for leaving an organisation. So that’s a top reason for offering targeted training to new staff and others.

Training staff in modern writing skills has never been easier

HR managers tell us that staff are impressed by Contented online courses, citing personal satisfaction and immediate benefits at work. Managers are impressed with the results in clear writing and accessible web content, and they love the ease of administration.

Today, a one-day sale — buy now and register staff when convenient

Quick! Our high quality CPD-accredited courses are half price for 20th February only. You can purchase a number of places for your staff now online or by invoice, and register individual employees any time during the next 12 months.

Retaining staff through learning and development

Image of Nike crowning an athlete: in the public domain

Tablet-friendly online writing courses: half-price soon but not for long

Commuter studying on an iPad in US, UK or CanadaWhere do you prefer to study? If you work all day at a desktop computer, you probably prefer to study in a different location, different posture. That's easy with Contented courses, now that they're in HTML5 and can be studied on tablets and smartphones too.

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Commercial websites must soon be accessible to all


Wheelchair ramp to an online grocery store.A momentous shift is underway in the U.S. Increasingly, website accessibility is
seen as subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Very soon, formal web standards will apply to commercial as well as government websites.

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New certification for IT Professionals in New Zealand

Fairy Godmother, fundraw.com, CC1.0A magic wand has transformed Rachel from ITCP to a Chartered IT Professional NZ.

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Happy New Year, everyone!


Happy new year of the sheepThere's a lot to be said for a nice calm year. And for sheep.

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Win some, lose some: Plain English triumphs and tribulations

We have to cut costs, fix our buildings and IT systems, and run an exhibition or two. This week is New Zealand's unofficial plain language week. On Thursday we'll celebrate the winners of the Writemark Plain English Awards, 2014. Top prize is for promoting clear communication throughout an entire organisation. That's not an easy job. Elsewhere, gobbledygook from government agencies continues to gush. The wells of snake oil never run dry. 

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