Ready to tap into a hiring strategy your competitors have overlooked? Studies show that employing people living with disabilities can heighten customer satisfaction and enhance your brand. So what are you waiting for? Find out how tapping into this capable and underutilized workforce can benefit your bottom line.
by Scott Monette on Fast Company
Change is an inherent part of business. But as some factors evolve, others stay dangerously the same. Do you know how to evaluate your company’s strengths and weaknesses, make adjustments as needed, and still come out on top? Put your business’s organizational DNA under the microscope! Unlock your company’s potential with these 10 principles.
by Jaime Estupiñán and Gary L. Neilson on Strategy+Business
A paradigm shift called agile marketing is helping marketers learn to fail fast, pivot quickly, and react to change in real time. Yet many are still hesitant to adopt it. (It’s hard to implement something you don’t fully understand.) Check out the 5 things you need to know to take your marketing team to the next level.
by Joe Staples on CMO
Sweat. Tears. Years of personal sacrifice. If you’ve ever sold a business, you know it’s about more than just money. Mistakes will stay with you long after you’ve cashed the check. But how do you keep your head in the game and your heart off the auction block? Follow this key advice so you don’t sell your business—or yourself—short.
by Paul Sullivan on the New York Times
Think doing away with performance reviews is the wave of the future? Think again. Companies that ditched their formal ratings system saw employee performance and engagement drop. Rising instead? Employee dissatisfaction, frustration, and confusion. Discover the three reasons companies might consider the switch and why many are planning now to switch back.
by Emily Peck on the Huffington Post
Want to improve your company’s operating performance? Adopt eco-friendly practices. But be patient. According to research, companies that commit to going green and stick to it can improve their performance substantially compared to companies that don’t. Find out how green certification can grow your market, your revenue, and your competitive advantage.
based on the research of Sunhil Chopra and Pei-Ju Wu on Kellogg Insight
Hot right now? Politics and social issues—and some big companies are weighing in. Navigating relationships among employees, consumers, activists, and policy makers can be tricky regardless of company size. Before you take a stance, make sure you understand how having a point of view could help or hurt your business. Uncover the risks and rewards of getting political.
by Ian Chipman on Stanford Business Insights
The quickly evolving phenom of crowdfunding is attracting capital—and customers—to companies that are now able to do things like market-test and fund products before they’re made. Could it be the fundraising strategy of the future? Learn more about the various emerging ways of crowdsourcing capital, and whether one might be right for you.
by Olav Sorenson on Yale Insights
It’s time: New overtime regulations from the Department of Labor — which could affect your employees’ career paths, morale, and perceptions of job status — go into effect December 1. Are you ready? Follow the 10 steps in this slideshow to make sure your company — and especially your HR department — is prepared.
by Cathy Shepard and Leslie Csonka on Employee Benefit News
DevOps methodology isn’t just for tech firms anymore. According to a recent report, companies that successfully deploy DevOps principles gain more loyal employees, produce better goods and services, and waste less time reacting to the unplanned. Follow these best practices to give your company a competitive edge, regardless of industry.
by Chris Cancialosi on Forbes
Show, don’t tell: As web video becomes more popular, media outlets, publishers, and, yes, regular people are using automated video production tools to create original content. Is this a tool your business could use? Find out how companies of all sizes are using automation to create high-quality video in record time.
by John Herrman on the New York Times
Cash may be king, but the king can’t do much if he’s all locked up. How can hiring the right kind of CFO, focusing on capital structure, and watching capital expenditures help generate more free cash flow for your business? Learn the calculation that will let you assess the financial strength of your company, then free your flow with these 3 strategies.
by Charisse Conanan Johnson on American Express
Providing employees with learning opportunities they actually want can promote employee retention, job satisfaction, and engagement. But one type of training will not fit every employee. Find out how customized, individualized training can improve your company’s employee engagement and retention.
by AnnMarie Kuzel on Chief Learning Officer magazine
Research shows that a person’s inquisitive nature peaks at age 5. After that, most of us are trained to place a higher value on finding answers than asking questions. Yet forces in business today are finding value in curiosity. What could your business gain by nurturing your workforce’s inquisitive nature?
by Warren Berger on The New York Times.com
Despite the recent boom in collaborative technologies, most companies still struggle to conduct high-quality virtual meetings. Want to help your remote teams communicate at a higher level? Here are three rules you need to know to master the art of the virtual meeting.
by Shani Harmon on FastCompany.com
Pricing power is gaining traction as one of the most powerful tactics a company can use to realize profit when market conditions are in flux. Want to set your company apart from the competition and drive sustainable profit to your bottom line? Here are three key steps to raising prices without sacrificing revenue or product demand.
by John Oosterhouse and Stephan Liozu on CFO.com
Did you know that of those experiencing harassment at work, less than 30% feel comfortable enough to complain about the behavior to a supervisor? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wants to change that. Learn how to curb harassment in the workplace with this EEOC report, which includes 3 solutions and a dozen organizational risk factors.
by Lisa Burden on SHRM
Companies that excel in digital strategy, innovation, and execution are twice as likely to achieve rapid revenue and profit growth. To thrive in a digital world, CEOs must understand the importance of 1) improving efficiency through the use of digital technologies, 2) collecting and analyzing data, and 3) transforming organizational culture. Find out why creating a digital strategy is becoming an integral part of every CEO’s job.
by Juan Pujadas on strategy+business
Over half of consumers pay attention to — and trust — online feedback, making positive online reviews critical for every type of business. Many business owners believe the quantity and quality of these reviews is out of their control, but that’s not necessarily the case. Follow these 10 tactics to increase the number of positive reviews of your business.
by Anita Campbell on Small Biz Trends, SBA.gov
Want to put your company on the fast track to long-term sustainability? Manage your costs and stay on budget. It may not be sexy, but every company needs to do it, and the CFO must set the standards. See if your company has the 4 key attributes needed to implement an effective cost management process.
by Brian Stewart on CFO.com