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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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Cash-flow management involves close monitoring of cash flow, which is the amount of cash being transferred into and out of a business. If your organization has positive cash flow, it means that the amount of cash available at the beginning... Continue reading
There is a great deal of advice for securing a business loan for a company that's just getting off the ground. But what's less frequently discussed is what an owner should do for financial help long after the initial setup.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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As the chair of DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board, I’ve been talking about skills gaps a lot recently. Usually, I address either the technology skills gap or the soft skills gap specifically, and I’m usually referring to graduates of four-year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey of 2,250 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every “bad hire” in the last year, and it's a common mistake — nearly three in four employers... Continue reading
Talent activation focuses on the experiences, processes, and metrics that create an aligned and equipped workforce in the best position to realize its true potential. It transforms talent management into a measurable continuum of experiences – during the recruitment, onboarding,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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In my experience as a workforce author and consultant, I’ve observed that organizations tend to invest more in their employees during good economic times, and pull back development efforts when their businesses are feeling the pinch. Let’s recall what we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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Recently, DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board presented a session on the applied technology skills gap at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference in Chicago. As defined in DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board’s 2017 JPI survey, applied technology skills... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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As a business and workplace expert, I’m often asked about common leadership styles. I usually share that command-and-control, otherwise known as “what the boss says goes” is based on concentrating power over people and processes in a single person or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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Digital literary and fluency are terms that are often used interchangeably, but there are subtle differences. According to Christian Briggs and Kevin Makice, two early advocates of the concept of digital fluency and the authors of Digital Fluency: Building Success... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association interview with Pam Verhoff, president of Advanced RPO, because the unemployment rate is at a record low and the open job rate is at a record high, it is becoming more expensive for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey of 2,250 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every “bad hire” in the last year, and it's a common mistake — nearly three in four employers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In an increasingly global world, the advantages of international trade can give your business a substantial boost. According to Abhi Golhar, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Nurse Practitioners Clinical Rotations, chief among the advantages of international trade are market-risk diversification... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Operating a business outside your home country sounds appealing, and can in fact be an excellent way to take your organization to the next level. But, in addition to ensuring that you've perfected current processes first, expanding to foreign markets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Regulatory compliance is the act of adhering to laws, regulations, standards or guidelines relevant to a particular business. High-profile examples of such laws are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Since violations of... Continue reading
The days of spending months strategizing the best path forward are over for most businesses. Imagine proudly presenting a 100-page business plan to your stakeholders only to realize that half of your material was already outdated and your customers had... Continue reading
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In a recent Prudential Financial and IAVA survey published on Military.com1, two-thirds of veterans said they faced a difficult transition to civilian life, partly because they speak a different language than the business leaders hiring them. Tom Tarantino, chief policy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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As a workforce author, researcher, and consultant, I observed many organizations that were concerned about a labor shortage brought about by baby boomer retirement. This shortage, and the skills gaps that went along with it, was partially delayed in part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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The technology skills gap is a well-known issue in American employment circles. Yet, research tends to focus on only one aspect of the problem – the shortage of hard tech skills like programming and information security management. But there is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Starting a business usually involves significant personal, professional and financial risks. But while most business owners and entrepreneurs are hardly strangers to business risks, it's often hard to know what constitutes a risk that's likely to succeed. Adam Mendler, CEO... Continue reading
Many business owners dream of taking a company overseas. You're capable of making such a potentially lucrative move—with the right global business strategy in place. Tamara Nall, CEO of data consulting firm The Leading Niche originally incorporated in the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Before the internet, most innovation took place in small communities, with isolated breakthroughs eventually spreading throughout the world. Today, however, global business innovation is the norm. Business owners pursuing growth may want to make a habit of looking around them—and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
It’s not unusual to hear HR professionals at large, publicly-traded companies lament: “No one wants to work here. I wish this was a nonprofit.” On the surface, this makes sense. After all, nonprofit organizations are often an easier sell for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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Starting in the last few years, culture has played a central role in a new focus on employee experience. Employee experience encapsulates what people encounter, observe or feel throughout their tenure at a given organization. The desire to create the... Continue reading
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Traditionally, the HR function has not been known for it. In fact, it’s typical for HR to be several years behind other industries – or areas of the same organization – when it comes to implementing new and more efficient... Continue reading
In a world that's increasing its degree of automation every day, the value of human interaction is greater than ever. That's why having strong customer service skills is important—and why improving those skills can be a valuable goal for the... Continue reading