Why Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fail – and How To Do Things Differently

In our previous posts, we talked about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the business value it brings, and how some businesses are doing it well. There’s another issue to discuss here, however. Continue reading

Companies Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right

Diversity vs. Inclusion or Diversity and Inclusion?

In our previous post, we discussed the business value of diversity and inclusion. Ideas of diversity and inclusion in the workplace aren’t simply terms that are thrown around. They should be real, specific and measurable components of a business strategy.

Before you can build an effective strategy that feels relevant and modern in 2018, some distinctions should be made between diversity and inclusion. The terms are often used together, and they do intersect with one another, but they also have distinctions that are important. Continue reading

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in 2018

Why Diversity Matters

Diversity and inclusion are two terms that in the business world were more about theories and concepts than actually putting them into practices. It’s not that most businesses actively tried not to focus on diversity and inclusion. Continue reading

What Should Business Leaders Know About Microaggression?

What Are Microaggressions?

In today’s business and social climate, it’s important for business leaders to be well-informed on topics related to harassment and discrimination. One area that’s particularly in focus right now is the idea of microaggression. So what is a microaggression and what is the role of business leaders when it comes to preventing this scenario? Continue reading

How to Proactively Protect Against Workplace Violence

What Is Workplace Violence?

Workplace violence has become a huge topic of discussion in the U.S. When we think about workplace violence, we most often think about those high-profile incidents, many of which involve active shooters. While workplace shootings are a component of workplace violence, that’s not all that falls into this category. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Apprenticeship Programs

U.S. employers are facing a major issue right now. They don’t have the talent they need. The skills gap is one of the biggest things driving forward business decisions, and it’s difficult to solve for most employers. Without successfully being able to source skilled talent, businesses risk falling behind in terms of innovation and competitiveness. One option to address the issue is the development of a formal apprenticeship program. Continue reading

#MeToo, Executive Training, and Employment Practices Liability: What To Know

Changes In Insurance After #MeToo

According to a recent article on Forbes.com, more CEOs and top company executives are being forced into corporate training programs following the #MeToo movement. The reason isn’t necessarily because they’re becoming more enlightened on topics of sexual harassment and hoping to better themselves. Instead, more carriers that offer Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance are demanding it. Continue reading

eLearning Chatbots: The Future of Corporate Learning and Training?

Chatbots are computer software programs that can engage in conversations with human users, or at least simulate a conversation-like interaction, whether by text messaging or voice chat with a simulated voice. Why is this important? In short, a lot of people are interested in figuring out how to automate interactions between customers and a company, such as in customer service. Extending the concept to eLearning could mean using chatbots to help deliver various kinds of training or learning content. Do eLearning chatbots really have a role to play in corporate learning and training efforts? Continue reading

Creating a Whistleblower Policy and Enforcing It

Creating a Whistleblower Policy and Enforcing It

The term whistleblower is one that can have negative connotations from the business perspective in a lot of cases.

It can be met with apprehension, and business owners and company leaders tend to think about lawsuits and litigation instantaneously. The idea of encouraging employees to be whistleblowers doesn’t have to be negative from the business perspective, however.

Encouraging whistleblowers can prevent a lot of deeper and more expensive problems in the future. Continue reading

Small Business Trends and Priorities in 2018

Small Business Trends and Priorities in 2018

2018 is already in full swing, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting year for small businesses. There are certain trends at the local, federal and even the international level influencing small businesses.

The economy as a whole is on an upswing, and it’s breathing new life into small businesses, but the upsides aren’t coming without obstacles. Continue reading