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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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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
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proudly presenting a 100-page business plan to your stakeholders only to realize that half of your material was already outdated and your customers had...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
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This week, from my friends at DeVryWORKS: The world of talent acquisition has never been so challenging. In most of the developed world, the pace and volume of hiring has picked up significantly, yet most recruiting teams have not adequately... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In the financial world, failing to effectively onboard new employees can be catastrophic. There are the usual costs associated with new hire turnover (nearly a million dollars a year for the average organization), but in addition, unprepared new employees may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
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I’ve recently had the opportunity to work more closely with DeVryWORKS, which offers organizations solutions to acquire and retain the best talent, plan for succession, and close skills gaps. One thing has become very clear in recent years: the strategies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Credentials ruled in the traditional job market. Candidates were coached to dial up the prestige on their resumes, on social media, and on job interviews. Saying you went to Harvard was better than saying you went to the University of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Regardless of your industry or size, building a strong social media presence for your business is essential. Social media activity can generate the perception that your brand is worthy of attention. It can also help improve customer loyalty and patronage.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Hiring and retaining new employees are daunting tasks for most healthcare organizations for a variety of reasons. To start, many are struggling with major skills shortages and even sourcing the proper talent to fill open positions can be an uphill... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
I know that the topic of generational differences irritates some people. My personal experience, though, is that when it comes to certain things, baby boomer points of view do often differ from millennial points of view. One of these areas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In the last few years, much emphasis has been placed on designing a strong employee experience that encourages talent activation, engagement, performance, and retention. However, all more organizations move toward experience design, most focus almost exclusively on a full-time, uninterrupted... Continue reading
co-founder and CEO Mollie Lombardi described a culture of performance as a set of behaviors that are rewarded or discouraged by the people, processes, and systems within an organization. To create and foster a performance culture, Lombardi suggested focusing on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
IDC Research Manager Kyle Lagunas has discussed new hire onboarding as a pivotal step between talent acquisition and talent management. And while onboarding is increasingly making its way onto the radar (according to Lagunas, 35 percent of organizations say it’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Lighthouse Research Principal Analyst Ben Eubanks hammered home the importance of culturally embedded diversity and inclusion practices. According to Deloitte, employees that rated their employers highly for both diversity and inclusionwere 80 percent more likely to say their organization was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
ITM President and HR Bartender blogger Sharlyn Lauby recently discussed the current war for skilled talent. “It’s a candidate-driven market,” she said. “Finding the right people for the job is becoming increasingly difficult. The worst situation is when a company... Continue reading