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Alexandra Levit
Business & Workplace Author, Speaker, and Columnist.
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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
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, as of June 2019, 200,000 service members transition from military to civilian life annually. In the last several years, the federal government has taken many steps to support them — including the Joining... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Amid social distancing, stringent lockdowns and a second surge of COVID-19 cases, business owners can no longer rely on splashy launch events, mom-and-pop friendliness or a dynamite location to build customer relationships. Today, every business is competing for eyeballs and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
As companies begin to spin back up, leaders are looking to refill the roles they may have had to cut to survive. But many new roles won’t look like the old ones —organizations can structure their workforces to most effectively... Continue reading
Good writing is infrequently considered a business skill, but when practiced, it can make everything from brand building to email marketing more effective. It's especially important now that businesses have been relying on digital channels to stay connected to their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
A new DeVry University study conducted for Labor Day found that at a time when American workers should feel recognized and celebrated, more than a third felt their employers could take or leave them. Thirty-six percent of DeVry respondents said... Continue reading
Companies looking to improve their work-from-home (WFH) productivity may want to adopt some of the principles of distributed work. The most evolved version of work from home, distributed work refers to operations that are remote-first rather than office planned. Companies... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Customer retention is the strategy of engaging customers so that they're motivated to continue purchasing from you. As a business owner, you may have tried many approaches to improve your business, but have you looked at your customer engagement efforts?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Supply chain finance, also known as reverse factoring, links the seller, the buyer and the financing party to improve business cash flow on all sides. How Supply Chain Financing Works In leveraging supply chain finance, suppliers sell outstanding receivables to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Customer retention analytics programs that measure reach and impact can go a long way in helping business owners improve marketing campaigns as well as products and services overall. They can also help make it easier to cross- and upsell existing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom
Business success today depends on understanding what market trends are most prominent, what your customers need and what types of competitive strategies are the most effective. After all, there's nothing worse than spending precious resources launching a new product or... Continue reading
A reader from CollegeRecruiter asked the following question: Graduation is fast approaching and I’m stressing out as I don’t have a job yet. My career service office is focused on jobs from local employers and so isn’t of much help... Continue reading
When I talked to a gender-bias researcher at a prestigious U.S. university off the record, she informed me that I should not take my success for granted. Based on the researcher’s experience, being a short woman in Corporate America requires... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Alexandra Levit's Water Cooler Wisdom