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June 15, 2018

Nowadays, all industries have to adapt to the disruptive force of artificial intelligence. Recently we spoke with Jill Sutton, VP of Talent Development at nThrive, about how AI-based innovations will affect healthcare. She believes that they will spread widely over the next 10 years in the industry. Predictive analytics software, helping to establish the culture […]

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June 12, 2018

In the modern, globally-oriented workplace, it’s not unusual for employees to work under the same business umbrella with people from different countries. The abundance of technologies takes collaboration to a whole new level: the level of productive relationships. As a matter of fact, we are not even talking about the growing tendency towards remote work […]

George Elfond
George Elfond
June 7, 2018

In April, two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after the store manager called the police. The men asked for a bathroom code but were denied because they were sitting in the coffee shop, had not ordered anything, and refused to leave. They said they were waiting for a friend, who arrived after […]

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June 5, 2018

The approach you’ve chosen for your training program is crucial in the success of the L&D strategy, which is vital for a company’s growth and important to executives, as the efficiency of training affects productivity. It’s crucial to correlate a training platform features and user experience with the specifics of the human brain and mind […]

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May 29, 2018

To thrive and prosper in the competitive age, leading companies like Google, Amazon, Uber, and Apple pay much attention to building strong teams consisting of the best talent. They know that every newly joined employee can either help their company to move forward or slow it down.   In the book Leading Organizations, McKinsey senior […]

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May 22, 2018

Working as an HR specialist or L&D professional and being responsible for corporate training in your company is challenging, but keeping employees engaged and excited about training is even more challenging. Another level of difficulty is proving to executive staff that your training program is actually working and directly contributing to the business’ growth. As […]

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May 15, 2018

Artificial Intelligence is gaining ground across all industries as they help businesses to offer more relevant and personalized customer experiences, particularly in the retail industry.   Figures show that AI in the retail market is expected to reach $27,238.6 million by 2025. Moreover, Gartner states that 85% of customer interaction in retail will be managed […]

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May 8, 2018

The pharmaceutical industry continues to face many challenges, both familiar and novel. Companies are heavily regulated by the government and must adhere to several guidelines to ensure the safety and efficacy of their products. Moreover, a lack of proficient and talented employees along with vigorous competition puts companies at risk of falling behind their competitors. […]

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May 1, 2018

Classroom training is dead. ELearning is the only effective tool for today’s learners. But is this always true? Does it mean that older approaches are really outdated and don’t contribute to the learning success anymore? We can’t deny changes that technology has brought to our lives in terms of mobility, instant feedback and gratification, seamless […]

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April 24, 2018

Better performance is always the intended outcome of learning. Alternatively, there can be no learning without actions. We perform some actions, thus we learn. When it comes to employee performance, we talk about actions that drive business results through the effective use of time, knowledge, skills, technology and other resources. Reaching full potential is almost […]

George Elfond
George Elfond
April 17, 2018

In the ever-changing world those who succeed never stop learning. The American Society for Training and Development found that companies that offer comprehensive training have 218% higher income per employee and a 24% higher profit margin than those who pay less attention to training. Cloud-based learning management systems (or LMS) are an effective tool for […]

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April 5, 2018

Change happens around us every moment, making the future seem vague and mysterious. But is it that blurry? We shouldn’t forget that the majority of changes are people-driven. We create new technology to facilitate every aspect of our life, we improve medicine which results in increased life expectancy, creating an astonishingly diverse workplace with five […]

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March 20, 2018

“We simply don’t have a business without our clients entrusting us with their business and finding us worthy of their renewal business and referrals. In turn, we wouldn’t have those clients without our other great asset, our associates. Which leads to our simple, circular model: Our firm takes care of our associates so they’ll take […]

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March 13, 2018

Social learning becomes increasingly important in today’s world of corporate training. According to the Brandon Hall Group study, 73% of companies plan to focus even more on social learning over the next year. A report from Bersin by Deloitte states that organizations with at least 10,000 employees spent three times as much on social learning […]

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March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day reminds us of all the achievements made by women throughout history and across nations. The Rallyware team wants to highlight how much women are contributing to the Talent Development industry. Why are there so many women engaged in the learning & development and human resources? These two areas are the cornerstones that make […]

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March 6, 2018

Living in the age of technology and globalization means that Shift Happens at lightspeed: “The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” […]

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February 26, 2018

According to The Active Job Seeker Dilemma study, 83% of HR leaders believe that employee experience is a crucial part of their company’s success. They understand that employee experience is not something static, constantly invest in training (56%), workspaces (51%), and rewards (47%). Successful organizations all over the world have already understood this rule of […]

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February 20, 2018

For many decades, people used to follow the principle, “Get a college degree, find a job, retire.” The average employee changed two or three jobs at most during their whole career. In most cases, they worked at a company with the belief that their future was secured. The knowledge they acquired at a university combined […]

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February 12, 2018

There are over one million restaurants in the US. Annual sales reach $799 billion. It is forecasted that by 2026, there will be approximately 16 million people working in the restaurant industry, suggesting tougher competition in the future. But it’s not just about winning over customers’ hearts and turning them into patrons; it’s also about […]

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February 6, 2018

The success of any business directly depends on how well its workforce is trained. The American Society for Training & Development indicates that small and mid-sized companies allocate $1,605, on average, to employee training programs. Organizations worldwide spend more than $350 billion on training. However, to see the real state of things, you can take […]

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January 30, 2018

Today’s workplace chooses leaders not by their age but by their skills, performance, and perspectives. Millennials are well-educated, outgoing, ambitious, mobile, and internationally diversified, rendering the view of them being the most selfish and demanding generation inaccurate. According to the Robert Half report, 82% of respondents said that they were comfortable working with a supervisor […]

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January 23, 2018

The learning software industry keeps growing and developing at rapid-fire pace to stay in sync with the digital information world. According to the Skill Builder Training Study Report, 74% of companies use learning platforms, and 99% of the respondents say that their learning platform helps to increase the organization of the training content, the effectiveness […]

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January 16, 2018

Your company has just become accustomed to working with Millennials and learned how to meet their needs. Congratulations! Now it’s time to move on and get ready to meet their successors – Generation Z. Demographers usually define Generation Z as people who were born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. Also known as post-Millennials, the iGeneration, […]

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January 9, 2018

Have you ever heard of “21st century skills?” The Glossary of Education Reform defines this as a set of knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits that are crucial both in academic programs and the workplace. More specifically, these are skills that should be taught to students so they will be in-demand employees in the […]

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December 29, 2017

Nowadays, the recruiting process is very different from what it was ten years ago. The digital world calls the shots. Paper resumes are no longer a priority. Data powered by AI gives richer insights into a candidate’s skills, knowledge and experience. A survey shows that 92% of recruiters use social media when looking for the […]

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December 28, 2017

HR software solutions are used to assist all types of organizations in managing their most crucial asset – their people. For this reason, the HR software market is predicted to grow up to $9.2 billion by 2020. HR software solutions are cloud-based solutions with improved security and mobility streamline recruiting, onboarding, performance tracking, payroll processing, […]

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December 25, 2017

One day, you enter the office and realize that things are going awry. A once enthusiastic and proactive business analyst seems lax and shows up to work late. At regular meetings, you notice one of your best project managers sitting in the corner with their arms crossed, refusing to take part in the conversation in […]

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December 19, 2017

Learning and development (L&D) leaders always face changes: Employees come and go, companies expand their business offerings and develop new products, new training tools and technologies become available, and so on. Does this mean that L&D managers need superhuman powers to keep up with changes in the industry, and keep employees aligned with the company’s […]

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December 11, 2017

People are what matter most in any kind of business. They are the most valuable resource for fresh ideas and overall business growth. In the modern world, the battle for talent between organizations has become fierce like never before. At the same time, companies have the advantage of hiring skilled employees with no geographical boundaries. […]

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December 5, 2017

If we look back over the past several years, it is easy to track how far e-commerce has come within a short period of time. Just look at figures. The e-commerce market in the United States is expected to hit more than $485 billion in 2021. Statistics also show that 40% of worldwide internet users […]

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November 28, 2017

Every generation has its unique features. When it comes to millennials, those who were born between 1980 and 1997, one crucial thing we need to understand is that they have grown up in a very different, fast-paced environment compared to their managers and executives. Millennials are tech-savvy, versatile and cope well with changes. In fact, […]

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November 20, 2017

“Two heads are better than one,” according to the old saying. In most cases, collaboration leads to better results. But when it comes to job-related issues, what really leads to increased productivity and better results? The answer lies in the integration of performance and employee training data. Unfortunately, a lot of companies still see these two […]

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November 13, 2017

Nowadays, companies work in a very fast-paced business environment. To surpass their competitors and thrive, there’s one vital activity businesses need to engage in: continuous employee training and development. There are two things companies should understand: The brief introductory training an employee receives during onboarding is not enough. Training should be planned and delivered from the […]

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November 3, 2017

We are all born different, and this does not change over time. The way we talk, look, learn and perceive the world define us as individuals, and we all have unique sets of attributes. For this reason, a “one size fits all” approach can never be most effective way to train and motivate your employees. […]

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October 30, 2017

Providing the right training for the franchise employees is a key element that leads to business growth that can be seen in many ways: productivity, quality, compliance with standards, employee retention rate, employee engagement, job satisfaction and overall growth of the business. Training and upgrading the owners’ and employees’ skills make a franchise business work, contributing to an improved brand image for the overall franchise, and proving that training is the best investment a business can make in itself.

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October 25, 2017

Now more than ever, companies understand the importance of talent in meeting their business objectives. They’ve seen the strong connection between engagement and company performance and are investing millions each year to recruit, train and retain their employees to keep them happy to keep them longer. However, the marketplace for talent is shifting quickly, making […]

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October 14, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2015, millennials became the largest share of the American workforce. Of course, most HR professionals saw this coming. Much has been written in recent years about the rise of millennial workers and their importance in filling the gap left by retiring baby boomers with recruitment and retention topping […]

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October 10, 2017

Sales success isn’t magic. It’s the direct result of an organized and well-balanced system comprised of the right people with the right focus who are fully engaged in their work. Studies have shown that salespeople are most engaged when they are conducting core activities, such as talking to prospects or running a presentation. But when […]

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October 4, 2017

Most HR professionals agree that investing in continued training and development of employees is necessary. They know that while corporate development programs can require a significant upfront investment, the training they provide prepares their workers to achieve the company’s performance goals faster and with less expense. Results from Brandon Hall’s 2016 Learning Technology Study suggest that companies […]

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September 27, 2017

Everybody likes playing games these days. Games are fun and exciting, but they can also have an enormous value to businesses. At the same time, mobile phones have become an essential part of both our private time and our workplaces. Many people play mobile games with their family, friends, and even coworkers. The Era of […]

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September 20, 2017

Few sectors of the global economy have grown as fast as the e-commerce industry. In the U.S. alone, annual e-commerce sales have risen from about $136 billion in 2007 to what is expected to top $3.6 trillion by the end of 2017. And, according to a recent New York Times article, the number of people working in e-commerce […]

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September 11, 2017

The rapidly changing nature of work today has ushered in a new, data-driven era in human resource (HR) management and development – fueling the need for intelligent training informed by the power of people analytics. Google is meeting this need for its own workforce with its use of people analytics, which now informs almost all […]

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August 30, 2017

Businesses in almost every industry today are harnessing the power of big data and advanced analytics to identify problems in internal processes and create new efficiencies, rewarding them with significant improvements in performance. We believe that adopting this “analytics mindset” to human resource management can have a similar effect for companies interested in leveraging the […]

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August 22, 2017

According to the most recent Learning Technology Trends Survey by the Brandon Hall Group, almost half of the companies surveyed are actively looking to replace their current learning management system. The number one reason cited by an overwhelming 88 percent is the need for a better user experience. These statistics make a good case re-examining […]

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August 18, 2017

Companies today face a host of pressures when it comes to learning and development (L&D) – and with the influx of younger, less experienced workers, the stakes have never been higher. Shorter attention spans combined with extremely limited time and the need for individualized training are making microlearning a must-have for the future of corporate […]

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August 15, 2017

With the retail industry going through a lot of disruption and innovation, it is critical for every chain, and even for every store to stay on top of all the changes. And in order to be competitive in the age of automation and e-commerce, customer service is playing one of the most important differentiating factors. […]

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August 9, 2017

Microlearning – the delivery of training in short bursts – is an essential part of employee development today. While not a panacea for all training needs, it is critical to meeting the needs of the modern learner. Workers today not only want microlearning opportunities, they need them. And, companies who fail to incorporate these approaches […]

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August 1, 2017

Every employee has his or her unique preferences and learning style, and they all come into a company with differing levels of expertise. When it comes to gamification technologies in learning and development, employees want multiple difficulty levels and explorable content in their training materials. Besides that, many prefer gamification that includes real time feedback […]

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July 27, 2017

In many industries, the workplace of the future will be much different from that of the present. We are moving toward a more diverse, distributed workforce. According to the World Leaders’ Summit in London study, half of the full-time global workforce will consist of freelancers by 2020. Companies like Amazon, Dell and IBM are among […]

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July 24, 2017

Business is like a game. Companies have to be strategic. They have to observe their competition and be able to adjust quickly to constantly changing markets – both for their products and services and for the workforce they rely on. Successful businesses today play the game well. They know how to adapt and more than […]

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July 11, 2017

Nowadays, businesses in almost every industry are working hard to keep up with the rapid pace of changes in technology.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the auto industry, where manufacturing technologies are advancing so quickly that finding and training highly skilled workers companies need is a real challenge – one that human resource […]

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July 5, 2017

Employee engagement is driven by a number of factors including management and leadership within a company, career opportunities and enabling infrastructure – whether or not employees have the tools and training to do their jobs well. Conventional wisdom also suggests that while compensation is a motivational factor, it is a less important driver of employee engagement. […]

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June 27, 2017

  A study published earlier this year indicates a surprising two percent decline in global employee engagement levels after four years of 2-3 percent annual growth. The study found that globally, only 24% of employees are highly engaged and 39% are moderately engaged. And, a closer look at the results suggests that the conventional wisdom […]

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June 21, 2017

With all the potential AI has to offer, it’s easy to see why many companies are eager to embrace it. Despite the obvious potential benefits of AI, many managers, and their staff view it with a guarded optimism. In its 2016 report, The Promise of Artificial Intelligence, Accenture found that while as many as 84 […]

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June 13, 2017

Validated learning is changing the landscape of learning solutions, and for HR management offers a more powerful way than ever to increase employees’ skills, enhance their performance, and improve retention. Validated learning is an iterative process with the goal of continuous improvement. In validated learning, one learns by trying out an idea and then measuring […]

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May 30, 2017

Demographic changes are driving a greater need for increased productivity in almost every sector of the economy today. With falling birth rates and an aging workforce, companies are increasingly looking toward technology – especially artificial intelligence (AI) – to fill impending gaps in their workforce. AI, in the broadest sense, is the ability of computers […]

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May 9, 2017

Many franchise networks put all their attention to selling new franchises and expect existing franchisees to grow on their own. However, such strategy is known to produce fewer results in the longer term. There is a reason why there is a word “management” in the “franchise management” definition. Growing simply on the initial revenue generated […]

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May 2, 2017

An important trend that we are following in the overall job market is the movement toward the “gig economy.” There are fewer traditional 40-hour a week jobs with large benefit packages and more project-specific roles performed by independent contractors. Workers, especially the Millennial Generation, want more flexibility, room for a better work-life balance, and the […]

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April 11, 2017

According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of Americans aged 65 and older are now working. The last time that happened was in the early 1960’s and sets a new record for older people with jobs. When asked to describe their plans for retirement, 27% of Americans said they […]

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March 28, 2017

Every manager and HR professional is well aware that hiring and retaining the best possible talent is a key driver for business success. This is because a confident and highly motivated staff doesn’t just ensure a more pleasant working environment, it also increases long-term stability, contributes to a quicker achievement of company’s goals, and thus improves […]

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March 15, 2017

Benjamin Franklin knew a thing or two about learning. Revered as one of the founding fathers of America, a consummate politician, scientist, inventor, and philosopher, Franklin is quoted as saying: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This fundamental truth that real learning comes from involving and […]

George Elfond
George Elfond
March 8, 2017

Ignore your independent distributors and they’ll go away — it’s sad but true. Distributors who are out of sight and out of mind tend to look for greener pastures. Distributors who are actively engaged, stay engaged, loyal and productive. There’s a data proven tie between motivation and retention. But, let’s face it. Business owners and managers […]

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February 26, 2017

When we think about employee engagement in hospitality, a few things may come to mind. We may think about creating a better working environment for our team, building a more positive workplace culture, or perhaps getting people excited to come to work. These are all worthwhile goals and undoubtedly instrumental to a successful engagement strategy, […]

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October 19, 2016

Tell us the story behind Rallyware. When and why did you create your platform? Who should be using it? Rallyware has gone through a number of modifications that shaped us to become what we are today. We started Rallyware out of an MIT incubator in 2012. The original vision was to build the technology to […]

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September 19, 2016

Engaging and motivating your workforce — it’s not like it used to be With apologies to Bob Dylan, the employee engagement times are a-changin’. Not only are workforce dynamics different now from decades’ past, the best ways to engage, motivate, instruct and connect with your employees are substantially different from as little as three years […]

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June 7, 2016

There are two kinds of great salespeople: Those that are born and those that are made. Did you luck into a nonpareil staff of born-ready, out-of-the-box, great salespeople? If so, congratulations! May we tag along with you on your next trip to Vegas? Because if you’re like the rest of us, you know you need […]

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May 31, 2016

Software Gamification for Onboarding and Training The era of globalization changes the face of businesses throughout the world. Such processes as outsourcing, off-shoring, and telecommuting are no longer out of the ordinary and come in handy in the times of economic recess. But now that our employees are scattered around the globe, new problems appear. […]

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May 25, 2016

Plant the Seeds Now to Grow Millennial Leaders for the Future With more Baby Boomers retiring every day, succession planning is becoming a top priority for many businesses today. Exact breakpoints between the generations vary a bit but suffice it to say that in the next 15 years or so, every Baby Boomer in the U.S. […]

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May 17, 2016

Onboarding, in contrast to orientation, expands over a period usually estimated at 6 to 12 months. This time is crucial in transforming a new hire into a full-fledged employee. There are certain milestones in the whole process which serve as quantum leaps in the new hire’s progress; these are the measurable stages to deliver critical […]

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May 12, 2016

If you’re in the hiring and retention business, you are an investor — in human capital, time, effort, opportunity cost, and hope. Here are seven ways to best protect your hiring investment. Because even if you’ve batted .1000 on every hire you’ve ever made, there are no guarantees your next hire will fill your organization’s current and future needs to a “T.”

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April 26, 2016

Hiring the wrong people for your job openings is an error that compounds over time. Don’t put salad dressing on your breakfast cereal. Let your employees help you out.

George Elfond
George Elfond
April 22, 2016

Earth Day is all about taking action. With more than one billion people now participating in Earth Day activities each year, it has become the largest civic observance in the world and the perfect time for Samsung and Rallyware to unveil the Climate Superstars Program – a unique and innovative approach to environmental education. Making […]

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April 8, 2016

The same principles you apply to ecommerce also apply to cultivating your top employees. You shop online, right? Pay bills electronically? Most of us do. In fact, more and more, online commerce is changing how retailers can expect to thrive in today’s economy. Business models are changing as a result. Apart from the convenience of […]

George Elfond
George Elfond
March 28, 2016

High employee engagement is a proven bottom-line driver. But how high can you go?

You watch a little TV/Hulu/Netflix, right? I’ve been known to log an hour or four in front of the high-def color screen, ingesting the comedy/drama/sports/mystery the content providers have to offer. Sometimes, magic happens.

George Elfond
George Elfond
February 25, 2016

What is the solution to facilitate the transition of the new hire into a loyal employee? First of all, it lies in the profound understanding of the notion of onboarding.

The what, why, and how of employee onboarding.

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February 11, 2016

If you read the Society for Human Resource Management’s most recent report on the subject, you might have the impression that all is well with employee engagement in the United States. The report states that about 86% of employees are satisfied at their jobs.

But Gallup’s report presents a more dismal picture—only about 31% of employees are engaged at work.

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January 14, 2016

How employees feel about their work is important, since they spend such a large part of their life in the workplace. A 2013 study by Gallup found that nearly two-thirds of American workers are not engaged in their work, and nearly one-quarter are “actively disengaged.”

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