Category: Leadership

For the HR executive.

Are Sabbaticals Right for Your Company?

When the White House announced presidential daughter Malia Obama was taking a gap year between high school and college, many people thought it was a good idea. The break between schooling is usually used as an opportunity for young people to do something meaningful, pause from the routine, and return ready to focus on achieving […]

Cultural Considerations for Global Communications

Yesterday we addressed how to write English for a global audience. For example, using simpler sentences (no semicolons!), avoiding contractions, and writing in present tense are all good form. However, there are also cultural issues to recognize when sending communications internationally. Here are a few reminders:

Get Your Writing Global

Is your command of English good enough for readers outside the United States?  This may seem an odd question, but consider that, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, English is the native language of a vast amount of people—many of whom are not from the United States.  Add in all nonnative English speakers and English is […]

Tame the ‘Wild West’ of Wellness

Yesterday’s Advisor discussed the rapidly expanding wellness marketplace, outlining specific guidance for navigating the crowded field successfully. Today we tackle more ways to manage the challenge.

6 Ways to Navigate the Booming Wellness Market

As wellness and prevention swiftly become the No. 1 driving force behind employer-sponsored health benefits, you may have noticed that the wellness industry is expanding—exploding, really—in turn. This trend is creating a tougher challenge for corporate leaders, who are seeking to successfully navigate a fast-moving market with a hefty array of services.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Sarbanes-Oxley

As you know, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law in 2002 to tighten corporate financial reporting protocols. Its overall purpose is to encourage companies to improve their audit requirements and to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures. Since its implementation, there has been much controversy regarding the efficacy of […]

Avoid the Affinity Group Danger Zone

Employers of all sizes have generously supported so-called affinity groups for years as a natural extension of workplace diversity, culture, and inclusion efforts. Also known as networking, advocacy, diversity, focus or support groups, it’s estimated that nearly 90% of Fortune 500 companies have them. Their aim was, innocently enough, to facilitate networking and common interest […]

How Will a Minimum Wage Increase Impact You? CFOs Weigh In (Survey)

Nearly 75% of minimum-wage paying firms in the United States say they would reduce current or future employment if the minimum wage is raised to $15 per hour, according to a recent survey of senior finance executives. The Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey has been conducted each quarter for two decades. The latest survey […]

Planting Corporate Seeds for Social Good (Infographic)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming increasingly important to both corporations and local businesses. CSR is seen by many executives as having a positive impact on long-term profits and general business health. This infographic shows outlines a real-world examples from companies like Target, Starbucks, and Pepsi, and shows how issues in the field of social […]