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  • Key Questions to Ask Your New Hires
    by Alexandra Levit - April 25, 2019
    Designing an effective onboarding experience requires some trial and error, and you can hone your approach by asking new hires some specific questions at each phase of the onboarding journey. Although new hires are usually ramped up to productivity quickly, taking time out to address these questions will provide valuable information, a sense of investment and caring, and the perception that continuous feedback is respected...
  • 3 Business Innovations That Are Changing Women Entrepreneurs’ Lives
    by Alexandra Levit - April 10, 2019
    In the business world, women haven't always had it easy. Until the end of the 20th century, it was uncommon for women to work at all. And even once we entered the hallowed halls of American companies, we struggled with unconscious bias and pay disparities. Fortunately, though, 21st-century business innovation is benefiting women in an unprecedented fashion. Let's explore a few recent innovations that have changed wo...
  • What Will the Supply Chain Strategy of the Future Look Like?
    by Alexandra Levit - March 15, 2019
    Supply chain management is evolving right alongside technology and the growing needs of a global marketplace. Take a look at the changes businesses can expect to see in the next decade, and how it may affect your supply chain strategy. There's a significant amount of change taking place in business today, and it requires owners to avoid disruption to their supply chain strategy. Supply chain management plans will ne...
  • 2019 Market Trends to Expect
    by Alexandra Levit - March 6, 2019
    The overall financial health of the global economy, as well as the resources we have available to make intelligent projections, will greatly impact business success in 2019. Let's have a look at two of the major market trends to expect this year. Continuing Stock Market Volatility We enter 2019 with the financial sector in a bear market. (A bear market is an economy in which security prices drop 20 percent or more...
  • How Digital Automation Can Help Make Your Life Easier
    by Alexandra Levit - February 27, 2019
    While many fear digital automation, more software arrives every day that saves business owners a great deal of money year by lowering costs and increasing productivity and efficiency. Let's look at a few business-related areas in which digital automation can help make your life easier. Recruitment Need to hire staff? Predictive analytics is transforming recruitment. Predictive analytics is deriving business in...
  • 5 Business Innovations that are Here to Stay
    by Alexandra Levit - February 12, 2019
    As a futurist, I often get asked to predict the business trends that organizations can afford to ignore, because, while they generate a lot of buzz, they are also likely to fizzle out. On the other hand, we must also pay attention to business innovations that are gathering such rapid strength that adoption is now essential. Let's look at a few. Blockchain A blockchain is a data structure that builds a digital ledg...
  • The Real Story Behind Stretch Assignments
    by Alexandra Levit - February 5, 2019
    Stretch opportunities are all the rage in the workplace. But as popular as they are, it’s unclear why some people decide to accept a stretch assignment or role – and others step aside. It’s also unclear why women haven’t benefited from stretches as much as men. Selena Rezvani is Be Leaderly’s VP of consulting and research and a recognized speaker on women and leadership. She recently led Be...
  • Key Findings from the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Survey (Part I)
    by Alexandra Levit - January 16, 2019
    What is the future of jobs? The answer to that question depends on who you ask, and in what context. The World Economic Forum has its point of view, which it explored in The 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. This original research set out to represent the current strategies, projections and estimates of global business, with a focus on large multinational companies and more localized companies of significance due to their employe...
  • 6 Essential Qualities of Corporate Trainers
    by Alexandra Levit - December 26, 2018
    As a human resources consultant, I’ve observed many approaches to corporate training, and most focus on content. Decisions involve what should be taught, and in what format. While delivery is equally important, sometimes it’s overlooked. I’m familiar with situations in which someone totally unfamiliar with the subject matter is pegged to teach an in-person course, and others where someone with no public sp...
  • Survey Respondents Are Prioritizing Military Veteran Hiring, Development
    by Alexandra Levit - December 12, 2018
    Many organizations have prioritized the hiring of military veterans in recent years. This is commendable, as military hiring requires a different strategy than civilian hiring because veterans do not have exactly the same needs as traditional hires. For instance, they are often attracted by different things during the recruitment process, and sometimes respond better to alternative training and development approaches. Th...