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The World’s Most Unique Commutes

Did you ever think that your daily commute could be something you’d look forward to? For some lucky people around the world their commutes are nothing short of spectacular. Are you as fortunate – or daring – as some of these folks? Read the Full Transcript The Stockholm Metro. Let’s just say the window washers have their work cut out for them due to these art-enthusiast riders. Wuppertal Suspension Railway. This unforgettable and still-working railway is electrifying! Ferry Trips. You’re not in Seattle anymore! Commuters and fun seekers alike enjoy this watery mode de transport. Zip-Lining in Los Pinos, Colombia. Bundle up your…

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Explaining the Value of Virtual Learning

The perks of online learning programs for businesses and employees alike are numerous. Still, for workers who may seem less convinced by these tools, it may be prudent for management staff to outline why virtual learning contributes to the construction of an efficient employee training program and a well-prepared workforce. Explaining the Logic Behind Virtual Learning If you want to impress workers with the value of virtual learning, take a logical stance in explaining the real benefits they stand to gain. First, there’s the convenience—once human resource staff has organized access to learning materials, participating employees can typically work on…

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Investing in English Language Learning: A New Path to Profitability

More than two thirds of the Global 1000 workforce speaks a native language other than English according to the World Trade Organization, yet more and more corporations are adopting English as their corporate language. This means businesses are at considerable risk for misunderstandings that can lead to losses of time and money. To ensure optimal collaboration, productivity, and ultimately, profitability, more and more organizations are investing in English language learning (ELL) programs for their employees. A January 2014 study by global research consultancy Illuminas actually revealed that 77% of corporate leaders estimate investing in English language training for their foreign…

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End the Blame Game to Promote a Healthy Workplace

It’s human instinct to look for an external source to blame when things go wrong, particularly in the workplace. In a moment of panic, the stress and repercussions of taking responsibility for a mistake can induce a slew of both psychological and physical side effects. Research even indicates that in addition to providing some momentary relief, throwing blame around can have a contagious appeal.Any personal benefit afforded by blaming a coworker or manager, however, is not worth the long-term detriments that in-office blaming can have on the corporate environment. Instead, employees of all levels should aim to recognize when to…

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Technology Streamlining HR Processes

Long gone are the days when human resources professionals were tasked with merely providing new hires with employee handbooks and managing requests for time off. Today’s HR managers are often faced with an increasingly diverse array of tasks, and with the demands of operating in a highly competitive business environment, many HR professionals are finding themselves overwhelmed. Fortunately, innovative new technological solutions are being developed that could streamline much of HR managers’ daily operations. A Centralized Approach Even for the most tech-savvy human resources professionals, choosing between the myriad HR software packages available can be a daunting task. For this…

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Language-Learning Priorities in the United States

It might not surprise you to hear that the United States is behind many other countries in the world when it comes to preparing its students to compete in the multilingual global economy. Many countries require students to speak two or three languages other than their primary tongue by the time they have concluded their education. As you probably know, no such requirement exists in the US. Preparing our students to participate in the 21st century economy should be a national priority. After all, that is the primary purpose of the Common Core State Standards. But language learning doesn’t appear…

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Workplace Safety Depends on Language Understanding

Diversity in the workplace is certainly something to be celebrated, and can contribute to national as well as international market expansion efforts. Are there times, however, when bilingualism can actually cause a company harm? Studies indicate yes. Businesses that want the benefits of an international workforce should be particularly careful to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation when it comes to transmitting vital information. This responsibility should be attended to both internally, between employees, and externally between workers and clients. Above all, it’s an employer’s responsibility, for their own good as well as that of their staff, to enact…

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What Type of Language Learner Are You?

At any given moment, millions of people are learning a new language—from schoolchildren starting their first French class to travelers wanting to enrich their cultural experiences. In our experience, most language learners fall into several distinct camps. Which one sounds most like you? The Use-It-or-Lose-It Guy/Gal When you were a child, you traveled with your parents to somewhere exotic for an extended stay—maybe as a military kid, or to spend summer with your Turkish grandparents. You fondly remember the good old days, when you could rattle off phrases as if they were second nature, maybe even recite a bit of…

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Technology Benefits HR When Used Efficiently

As digital technology becomes ubiquitous in people’s professional and personal lives, its possible utility for human resource staff increases as well. From hiring to training, digital tools can compartmentalize and streamline the process of building and developing a highly skilled workforce. One potential drawback of technology’s growth, however, is the speed at which it is occurring. An overwhelming number of resources—even valuable ones—can make it difficult for companies to identify the tools best-suited to their needs, and then focus on honing a comprehensive understanding of those devices. Each day, a slew of new software programs, applications, and even networks are…

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How do Companies Measure Diversity?

In the past, the metrics used to define corporate diversity were fairly straightforward. Factors such as varying cultural background, religion, and sexual orientation contributed to the creation of a workforce that embraced a broader spectrum of perspectives and beliefs. Today, that list of attributes continues to evolve. Companies that care about reaching out to a wide audience of customers and clients, as well as increasing internal diversity, need to consider a broader range of of employee qualities. What is Diversity? The attributes that people have or develop outside of the office certainly have an impact on their professional lives. They…

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