When you need new ideas, whether for an innovative new product or service, a better way to engage your team, or something in between, where do you turn for inspiration?
BY: KARYN MULLINS Sales employees are the face of your company. Obviously, the importance of hiring the right reps can’t be underestimated. You know it’s critical to find top sales reps — and you also know it’s a challenge to recruit them once you do. With unemployment at an all-time low, it’s especially important to make every interview as effective as possible. Take a deep breath. You can do this. First, delve into sales candidates’ minds. Since you’re not a mindreader, you’ll need to ask the most revealing
BY: BILL GIMBEL According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), benefits packages are key factors when employees consider whether to remain at their current jobs or leave for new roles elsewhere. In today’s tight labor market, employers need to build attractive benefits packages not only to win the war for talent, but also to retain employees so they don’t get poached by competitors. In order to have a package that matches your employees’ needs, you first need a good relationship with your employee benefits broker. A preassembled, gene
BY: DAVID THOMAS A recent data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, affected at least 87 million Facebook users, whose data was used for politically manipulative ads. While an extreme example of unethical data mining, the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal challenges businesses and marketers to think about the ways they collect, use, and share data. Simply following the law is not enough to meet ethical data standards. Businesses need to show ethical proactivity when interacting with user data — and not just because it’s the
BY: MAREN HOGAN Jennifer was a rising star in her department. She was an eager and effective worker, going from intern to coordinator in a matter of just 18 months. With her new position came the opportunity to work from home a couple of days a week. After bragging to all her friends and setting up her home office, Jennifer began her work-from-home adventure. In less than six months, Jennifer was sitting across the table from her boss in a critical performance meeting, wondering what had gone wrong. So much has been written about the benefits of working from h
BY: JASON MCDOWELL The #MeToo movement has ended the careers of serial sexual abusers and shown millions of victims of sexual harassment and assault that they are not alone. Across the United States, many women feel more empowered than ever before in the fight to combat sexual violence. But is this empowerment translating to the workplace? Nearly three out of four women feel that the #MeToo movement has inspired them to speak up when it comes time to blow the whistle in the workplace, according to new research from VitalSmarts. However, 48 percent of survey responde
BY: TANYA JANSEN In today’s competitive labor market — where the global talent shortage is the worst it has been in 10 years — winning and retaining top talent is key for companies to achieve their loftiest goals, from expanding to new markets and actualizing digital transformation to exceeding revenue predictions and more. Recruiting successfully in this landscape requires companies to recognize that millennials, who now make up the largest generational segment of the American workforce, expect more from employers, including pay e
BY: JASON MCDOWELL Hey, you — yeah, you with the 11 spreadsheets open on your laptop. What if you didn’t have to trudge through all that mindless clerical work every day? What if some sort of technology existed to do those point-and-click tasks for you so you could focus on more important aspects of your job? Well, we’ve got news for you: That technology does exist. Your boss just doesn’t want to pony up for it. In terms of technology, we all by now agree that disruption is a good thing. For example, when technology enters eliminates th