15 Apr 2015

Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy: Corporate Social Responsibility Takes a Different Form

In the 21st century jobs-driven economy, companies are demanding a workforce armed with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, along with effective team building, communication and problem-solving ability. Business leaders, industry experts and academics must collaborate to develop a strategy that ensures the next generation of STEM-educated leaders is prepared for the jobs of […]

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08 Apr 2015
Mark Bickford

Whole Brain Thinking: Skills Sets for the New Conceptual Age

History teaches us a great deal about building a workforce that can get the job done. As civilization progressed from the agricultural age to the industrial age to the information age, the modern workforce evolved from farmer to factory worker to knowledge worker. Over time, our focus shifted from produce to production to productivity. Today, […]

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02 Apr 2015
Rohini Anand, PhD

The Opportunity for Women Leaders to Excel in the Global Economy is Now

Today, only 26 women lead Fortune 500 companies and just 17 percent of all board members are women. Compound this with the fact that a mere 28 percent of those firms have only one female director. And there has been minimal improvement in the gender wage gap, with men still earning 22 percent more than […]

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31 Mar 2015
Gerri Mason Hall

Inclusion Means Better Business

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Gerri Mason Hall, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, reflects on one of her personal passions – the importance of inclusion in the workplace and its role in attracting, engaging and retaining future leaders. When organizations foster an environment of inclusion all employees, both men […]

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26 Mar 2015
Nebeyou Abebe

A Systems-Based Approach to Improving Our Nation’s Health and Controlling Rising Healthcare Costs

A systems-based approach to improving health considers all factors involved in caring for patients and the many factors that influence one’s quality of life. The integration of people, processes, policies, and organizations is critical to promoting better health at lower cost. For example, we can close the clinic-to-community gap by using an integrated systems approach […]

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25 Mar 2015
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Coffee – The Secret Ingredient for Increased Productivity?

According to Statistic Brain, coffee, fresh brewed and fragrant, is enjoyed by 100 million Americans every day—and 25% drink more than 13 cups each week. Our caffeinated nation’s productivity outpaces all other countries, and though this can’t be directly correlated to coffee consumption, it’s probably a contributing factor.  While I’m not a huge coffee drinker, […]

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20 Mar 2015
Rohini Anand, PhD

Redefining the Family-Friendly Workplace

Modern technology and the expanding global economy have erased what was once a clear delineation between the demands of the office and the responsibilities of home. The pace of work combined with professional obligations routinely impose on time that was historically dedicated to family life.  The result is employees who feel stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed. […]

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17 Mar 2015
Steve Dunmore

Can Employers Foster Better Employee Camaraderie?

Check out any recent employee engagement survey and the news is the same—engagement is at all all-time low. Both APA and Aon recently released studies that indicate employees are feeling stressed and disengaged from their work. Much of this can be attributed to challenging work environments with employees being asked to do more with fewer […]

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13 Mar 2015

Taking a Mindful Approach to Business Can Improve Performance

There is an enormous payoff when employees bring their whole selves to work. A culture where employees are fully engaged drives productivity and performance. But what happens when stress, anxiety and lack of focus interfere with work? According to research by Dr. Ruth Wolever, Ph.D., Director of Research at Duke University School of Medicine, stress […]

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