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Communication Opportunities Are Leadership Opportunities

Everyone’s heard the mantra that the most effective managers, coaches, administrators, etc. are those who lead by example. Establishing and maintaining the relationship between leaders and those they lead ultimately comes down to communication—how that example is conveyed, received and understood. Can you think of a single list of “leadership qualities” that doesn’t reference communication skills somewhere in the mix? With the two so obviously linked, it makes sense to think of internal and employee communications as leadership opportunities.

Beware! Brainstorm vampires. Spirit-spoiling werewolves. Home-haunting honchos. They’re all creeping from the corporate graveyard as Halloween looms, so grab your torches and pitchforks.

One Year Since #MeToo: How Workplaces Have Changed

It’s been one year since the #MeToo movement began with The New York Times reporting the first allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. So how have workplaces changed? The long and short of it: There have been positive changes, but there’s still more work to be done — and a lot of that is HR’s responsibility.

From working your vocal cords to streamlining your life, these practices will bolster your presentation style and clear your head to make room for new ideas.

Historically, many companies failed to create and implement anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sexual harassment compliance and training programs.

Whether it’s used for recruiting, training or productivity, an element of fun helps get the job done, as these brief case studies illustrate. Mary Poppins would heartily approve.

We’re in an exciting new era of video communications in corporate settings, and employee benefits videos are now easier to access and use as a training and employee benefits sign-up tool than ever before. The move to video has helped countless employees get the information they need and assisted them in signing up for healthcare, as well as many other opt-in benefits and services. Where can we go from here?

Our daily roundup of retirement news your clients may be thinking about.

Hire more diverse staff, don’t ignore thorny issues, and do your bit to create a culture that values candid conversations.

9 ACA Employer Mandate FAQs

Although the Affordable Care Act has been whittled down by the GOP and the Trump administration, the employer mandate is still around. Here are 9 employer mandate FAQs for HR benefits managers, employers, and their brokers.

The right onboarding experience is a determining factor in how employees establish that important connection with the business. This experience, in turn, strongly influences an employee’s decision to stay in the company or seek a career opportunity elsewhere.

On-screen projections, whether text or images, augment and complement your narrative—if you craft them properly. Follow these guidelines.

About five years ago, I worked with a client who bristled at the idea of typical annual performance reviews. What they wanted to implement was a “conversation-based” performance review process. The process had to be employee driven; managers and employees held an ongoing, continuous dialogue about the employee’s performance throughout the year... I had never heard of such a thing.

Ruling lets student-debt-ridden employees of unnamed sponsor make loan payments, get employer 401(k) match.

Social Capital: The Next Frontier for HR

In today’s rapidly changing world, it is essential that organization’s hire the smartest, most capable people possible. There should be little doubt that human capital is a firm’s greatest asset.

On October 8 this year, it’s time to hit snooze on your alarm, lock the car in the garage, and turn that spare room into a home office.

#MeToo: Movement or Moment?

One year later: How #MeToo has affected the workplace and what learning leaders can do about it.

The Man Who Made the Computer Age Possible

Intel’s Andy Grove pioneered high-stakes, high-speed, high-tech manufacturing — and breathed life into Moore’s Law.

Life is complicated enough. The number of investment choices in a typical 401(k) plan – about 25, according to a recent report from the Investment Company Institute – is proof.

A survey of American workers earlier this year showed that two in three were at least somewhat confident they would have enough money to retire comfortably, but only 17% said they were very confident they would be able to do so.

Not responding to pitches. Abandoning stories without notice. Spiteful online shaming. A public relations pro has her say on the worst attributes of smug reporters.

Make a Difference: Packing Snacks for Kids

We were excited to partner with Center for Food Action to create weekend snack packs for children at risk of weekend hunger in our community. CFA’s mission is to “prevent hunger and homelessness and improve the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.”

A study has revealed that HR teams and new employees hold disparate values about what constitutes effective onboarding.

Michael Kennedy: Path to the NBA

Michael Kennedy, associate vice president of talent and learning at the National Basketball Association, didn’t start his career in learning – or in basketball. Kennedy talks about his career path, how he became a top learning leader and what he learned along the way.

By designing experiences tailored to the learning style and goals of Generation Z, learning leaders can deliver personalized, relevant and continuous learning experiences to this generation.

Corporate Culture for All Personalities

A positive, supportive corporate culture is important in all workplaces. When workers are motivated and collaborating with each other openly and with as little conflict as possible, everyone wins—everyone makes money, and everyone’s happy.

Video conference calls are no longer a novelty, they are a reality. Video calls enable us to work from home, connect to field offices and meet with distant clients face-to-face. Here are 10 tips to ensure you have a productive, glitch-free video conference call.

Be slow to speak and quick to listen, share stories, and work to build a culture that prioritizes meaningful understanding about what makes people tick.

Why have wealth management firms struggled to simplify the advisor and investor experience?

This is How Much Money Employees Need to Retire

How much are employees targeting to save for their retirement? There is no lack of suggested targets for the amount Americans need to retire — as we can see below — but what is the right amount for employees and clients to save, taking into account their unique circumstances?

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