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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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Despite an uncertain economy and the toll of inflation, small businesses are growing their revenue, expanding their brand, and prioritizing their customers. Kabbage from American Express’ September 2022 installment of Small Business Recovery Report, which polls 550 small-business leaders and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In the last post of my series about middle managers, I’d like to explore how human capital management (HCM) platforms can assist HR teams in supporting middle managers. These management tools are especially adept for learning and job efficiency, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Want to know what struck me the most in our middle manager panel blog post? I was impressed by how proactive they were. In many circumstances, they knew what to do and were able to execute on behalf of their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
The following is a guest post from my longtime friend and colleague, Barry Moltz. Barry's new book (linked below) is a must-read for business owners emerging from the pandemic crisis. My work with thousands of small business owners over the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
In the first post in our middle manager series, I looked at research related to the challenges facing middle managers. However, I was curious to learn what middle managers themselves have been thinking. I consulted a diverse panel of four:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Welcome to our blog series on middle managers. Over the next two months, we will focus on the millions who comprise this heroic group. We’ll start with an overview of modern middle manager challenges and follow with some individual perspectives... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
I know a PR professional who rocked her individual contributor job during the pandemic. Her boss took notice, and at the beginning of this year, she was promoted to a supervisor role. While she was more than qualified for this... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
The first time I was promoted into a managerial position, I closed the door of my fancy new office and held back tears born of fear and Impostor Syndrome. But here’s the thing. I could leave said office, walk down... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Each month, the UKG Workforce Institute poses a top-of-mind question from the world of HR and include several perspectives from our advisory board (including me!) “What are two ways companies can create a culture where employees feel safe speaking up,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
When I was 22 years old, I was struggling mightily in my first job out of college. Even as a high achieving student, I had no idea how to behave in the business world, and despite valiant efforts, I was... Continue reading
For most organizations, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals are aspirational. Businesses, and the leaders within them, want to be as inclusive as possible. However, they often languish at the stage of simply getting a diverse group of employees into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2022 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
By now, most everyone in human capital and workforce circles has heard the term “Great Resignation.” The general idea is this: as the economy improves and companies are mandating that employees head back to the office, disengaged workers who have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
By now, you’ve likely heard the term “the great resignation.” Anthony Klotz, a professor at Texas A&M University, coined the term in a May Bloomberg article to refer to the great numbers of workers expected to exit the workforce after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Small-business owners who offer remote work as part of their hiring perks packages may find themselves a step ahead of competitors who don’t in the search for talent in a tight labor market. But how can small-business owners be sure... Continue reading
Not long ago, employees would have ample time to build relationships with their colleagues while working together in the same office. But as organizations transition to more project-based work, workers need to understand the steps they need to take to... Continue reading
By now, you’ve likely heard the term “the great resignation.” Anthony Klotz, a professor at Texas A&M University, coined the term in a May Bloomberg article to refer to the great numbers of workers expected to exit the workforce after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Given that I wrote a book about the rapid transformation of work as we knew it back in 2018, people often ask me what has surprised me about how human capital is evolving today. As a Workforce Institute Board Member,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management professor Philip Kotler made a career breaking down brand management into its component parts. His 2003 book Marketing Management defines brand positioning as the act of designing the company’s offering and image to occupy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
You might remember that last fall, I helped DeVry University with a survey about workplace sentiment during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when employees should be feeling recognized and celebrated, nearly one in four employed Americans said they believed... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
According to a not-yet-published research study by Chief Learning Officer and DeVry University, only half of leaders feel their organization’s learning strategy is properly aligned to their business strategy. In last week’s webinar with SilkRoad, I discussed why upskilling and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
When looking for work, we tend to think about certain key factors. Will the job be something I enjoy doing for many hours per day? Will I get along with my coworkers? What’s the salary or hourly rate? But we... Continue reading
According to PwC’s Family Business Survey, 62 percent of family business owners expect to pass the baton to the next generation. But many businesses lose their way when making the transition from startup to a more structured, complex organization. Despite... Continue reading
Large companies and organizations have been making good on their recent commitment to corporate citizenship by dedicating resources to help the globe overcome some of its most pressing challenges. Sustainability has been among these key areas of focus, leading to... Continue reading
If you could return to your pre-pandemic work arrangement right now, would you do it? I conducted an informal email survey last month to hear how 9-to-5 professionals would answer that question. What were their reasons for wanting a more... Continue reading
New AI-driven health tracking technologies are being used by organizations to curtail the spread of the coronavirus by monitoring and recording patrons’ and employees’ temperatures and locations to determine whether they may be a high-risk of spreading the disease. With... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom