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Adjusting Corporate Culture to Attract Top Talent

Despite hesitant signs of economic recovery and reports of stagnation in the job market, competition for the best and brightest professionals remains fierce. With so many companies vying for top talent, some organizations are making corporate culture the cornerstone of their attraction and retention efforts. However, according to a recent infographic published by recruitment consultancy Jobvite, there is more to securing the most skilled workers than free snacks and dress-down Fridays. Casting Nets Far and Wide It almost goes without saying that to find the best talent, human resources personnel must adapt to the changing ways in which today’s professionals…

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Foreign Language Proficiency Makes More Than Cents

Although many business leaders have no difficulty understanding the practical value of second language proficiency, not everyone knows the financial benefits of being able to communicate in a foreign tongue. New research indicates, however, that the skill comes with not only soft perks, but a real monetary value as well. Language Training Brings Financial Benefits In recent coverage by The Economist, analysts examined the financial benefit that individual workers stand to gain when they have knowledge of a second language. According to the news source, a recent study indicated that a person who speaks a foreign tongue will receive an…

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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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