• Powering Employees With More Than a Paycheck

    Tony Schwartz, chief executive of the Energy Project and author of “Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live,” shares how companies can empower employees and engage them in the workplace. As Schwartz says, “Rather than trying to demand more and more from employees, employers need to invest

  • Can small firms grow too fast?

    Many start-ups struggle when they grow their business too quickly, which can stress out employees and may even interfere with the quality of products or services being offered. Planning how the company will grow is vital to ensuring that it is financially prepared for expansion. Approximately one third of small businesses place growth as the

  • How to Tackle U.S. Employees’ Stagnating Engagement

    Companies are struggling to keep their employees engaged. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 70% of American workers are not coming to work ready to deliver their best performance. This has a significant impact on companies and the larger economy: lost productivity because of disengaged employees accounts for $450-$550 billion per year.

  • Build your network: In-house social media platforms are on the rise

    Because of the increasing demand for social networking in the workplace, the two leading providers of corporate social networks, Yammer and Salesforce, are experiencing a huge surge in business. Bryony Cole, Yammer's senior customer success manager, explains, "You may pat people on the back in a meeting, but this is recognition that everyone in a company

  • Reinventing Rewards Systems for a Happier Office

    In today's modern workplace, employees demand immediate recognition and creative incentives that reflect the social media world they understand. Fast Company, 2/6/2013

  • Worker turnover is poised to pick up, adding urgency to employers’ focus on retention

    Now that workers are becoming more confident in the economy, employers are starting to see an uptick in voluntary turnover, with workers leaving their jobs in search of better opportunities. Experts predict this will accelerate in 2013, adding increased urgency to a problem that many employers had already identified as critical: They are struggling to

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Good for Business, Good for Us

    By now, most companies have programs in place to address environmental issues and other socially minded matters.  Today, corporate social responsibility is about more than just good PR — it's also about good business and taking care of customers. Daily Finance, 4/30/2012

  • On America Recycles Day, It’s Time to Realize That Competitors Must Learn How to Collaborate

    As MIT Sloan School of Management director Peter Senge has pointed out, achieving sustainability goals often requires "a massive undertaking in collaboration," and "the parties that need to collaborate often aren't naturally inclined to — such as competitors in the same industry." In this article, written in honor of America Recycles Day, Michael Zacka of


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