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How to Build a Values-Based Organization: Tips from Author Daniel Forrester

“Why do you exist, and why should anyone care?” This is a question every company should be asking itself, according to Daniel Forrester, author of “Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization.”

The self-described “navigator of organizational and cultural change” believes there’s a shift taking place in the business world today — a shift toward values-based cultures, and millennials are driving it. Continue reading >>

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Fortune’s Best Places to Work For, By the Numbers

Earlier this month, Fortune released its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work For. What is it that makes these companies so desirable as employers? Let’s take a look at the numbers…

252,000: Employees across 257 firms who were surveyed to decide the best places to work for. Employees rated their companies on various attributes, including management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. Continue reading >>

By in Building a Best Place to Work, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding

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How Improv Comedy Helps Employers Laugh Their Way to the Top

“The skills we apply on stage – things like working as a team, building on ideas, thinking on feet, communication – those apply to more than just comedy. We can also apply them to the business world,” says Lillian Frances, owner of Chicago Comedy Company where she runs corporate training and development workshops for businesses based on the rules of improvisational comedy. Continue reading >>

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The One Quality Every Workplace Needs: Q&A with Leadership Expert Nan S. Russell

If Nan S. Russell had her way, every business would be built on one essential element: trust. Unfortunately, trust is the one thing missing from many businesses today. ”Trust is at an all-time low in workplaces across the country,” says the leadership expert and author of the new book, Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation Continue reading >>

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Flexible Schedules Are Important to Nearly 3 in 4 Workers

Whether it’s getting home in time for a child’s soccer practice, taking an elderly parent to a doctor’s appointment, or even just skipping out for a few hours to get their hair and nails done, today’s workers will get the job done — but they want to do it on their own time.

Nearly 3 in 4 (72 percent) of workers say it’s important that a company offers flexible schedules, according to the 2013 Candidate Behavior study. Continue reading >>

By in Building a Best Place to Work, Talent Factor

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Listen Up, Nerds: Hiring and Leadership Lessons from Tina Fey and Liz Lemon

The series finale of NBC’s ‘30 Rock’ has recently come and gone, but insight on what it means to be a leader from both ’30 Rock’’s creator and star, Tina Fey, and her alter ego, Liz Lemon, lives on.

(After all, who better to look to for dealing with difficult employees than someone who’s worked with ‘creative types’ on SNL and a character who’s done the same on its fictional equivalent, TGS?)

Tina Fey: “What SNL Taught Me”

In her bestselling memoir, Bossypants, Fey shares the lessons she learned from ‘SNL‘ creator Lorne Michaels during her days as a writer for the show. Continue reading >>

By in Building a Best Place to Work, Talent Acquisition

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Do This, Not That: 7 Tips for Communicating with the C-Suite

“It all comes down to how they want to be communicated with and what they value,” says business advisor and author Beverly Flaxington of communicating with the C-Suite.

As many human resources professionals can attest, getting buy-in from the often time- and attention-challenged C-Suite isn’t always a trip to Disneyland. It doesn’t help that there seems to be a fundamental difference between the way HR and the C-Suite each communicate. Continue reading >>

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“Success Will Be Your Greatest Obstacle”: The Best Sound Bites From Inc. 500/5000

With all due respect to Barbara Walters, the next time she’s putting together her ‘Most Fascinating People’ list, she might want to consult the list of keynote speakers for the most recent Inc. 500/5000 Conference.

The annual event, which honors the fastest-growing businesses in America, also features some of today’s most intelligent, interesting and charismatic thought leaders.

(Not that the Kardashian family isn’t fascinating…I’m just saying it’s possible what these speakers are doing right now is slightly more interesting than, say, creating a new line of leopard-print thongs for their DASH clothing boutique. Continue reading >>

By in Building a Best Place to Work, News & Events, Small Business

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Organized Fun: Why and How Employers Should Mix Business and Pleasure

“Times have changed. In the past, fun was looked at as frivolous from the employer level,” says Michael Civello, Director of Client Relations for Plum Benefits, which provides companies with entertainment focused services for their employees.

Today, however, fun is increasingly seen as not just acceptable, but essential to building relationships within the workplace, which Civello says is crucial to increasing morale and decreasing turnover. Continue reading >>

By in Building a Best Place to Work, Employee Engagement, Retention

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Benefits of Remote Workforces Outweigh Challenges, Says Wells Fargo Exec

While there are plenty of challenges to managing remote teams, finding talent with the right skills – as many employers today struggle to do – isn’t one of them at Wells Fargo.

According to Wendy McKoy (pictured),  Senior Vice President and Head of Talent Acquisition for the Technology & Operations Group at Wells Fargo, enabling employees to work remotely makes “recruiting 10 times easier [because] we can source where we know the skills are available.”

McKoy recently discussed, via email, the challenges and benefits of having a remote workforce, and provided insight on how other companies can successfully manage and develop remote workforces within their own organizations. Continue reading >>

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