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Hospitality Holds the Keys to Great Diversity and Inclusion Programs

The hospitality industry is on the brink of a major transformation due to rapid globalization, and companies that embrace this change and adapt are going to realize a significant competitive advantage. As the consumer base grows to incorporate more cultures and ethnicities, many businesses are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion practices, and moreover, making them a core part of corporate training. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, more than half of organizations say they have policies that promote diversity or inclusion strongly or very strongly, and only three percent do…

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Five Interesting Facts about Earth Day

The First Earth Day The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed this national teach-in on the environment in order to get the attention of the federal government and prove that public opinion was ready for a bold political agenda on environmental problems. Credited with crystalizing the growing concerns of ecological crises in the United States and beyond, Earth Day is now recognized around the world as a day of education, action, and reflection. “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an…

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Small Business Fraud: No Little Matter

In recent weeks and months, an increasing number of institutions have faced security breaches that resulted in the leak of confidential information belonging to customers. Safety is not only a concern for major companies with broad client bases. Rather, enterprises of every size and structure should be aware of methods which can help boost security. Staff training and development, however, can help prevent some common errors that might make a business more susceptible to issues. Fraud affects everyone According to Bank of America, the small business community is not immune from hackers and other fraudulent parties just because of its…

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Is Age Bias Old News? Think Again

It may be a common misconception that discrimination in the workplace has all but vanished. While many businesses have successfully moved beyond treating employees differently based on their race, gender or sexual orientation, these are not the only factors that contribute to workers’ diversity. Businesses that are not attentive to proper hiring practices in regards to employee age may find themselves slipping into habits that are not only detrimental to company morale and diversity, but also legally reprehensible. Corporate training programs should address this issue for hiring managers as well as all human resource staff, so that it is clear…

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How Much is Too Much? Dividing Work and Personal Lives

Employees might be under the impression that what they do in their personal online lives has no bearing on their professional existence. While that may be true in an ideal world, the truth is anything posted on the Internet can come back to bite staff members, and is probably less private than they think. Employee training programs should emphasize this point, to ensure that what workers choose to share online does not project an unflattering image to their peers, employers, partners, or clientele. Is it Secret? A 2013 study conducted as part of the Pew Internet & American Life Project…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Easter Eggs

The ubiquity of the egg in springtime celebrations surpasses that of Easter baskets, bunnies, and bonnets combined. With its ancient and elaborate history, this ellipsoid holds its own in the story of spring.   A Technicolor History The coloring of eggs for special occasions is a tradition that goes back before the time of the first Easter celebrations centuries ago. Dyes were made of vegetables, edible flowers, fruits, roots, even coffee and tea. Commercial dyes were made available as early as 1880 when an American drugstore owner by the name of William Townley invented Easter-egg dye tablets that tinted eggs…

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HR May Be Vastly Under-Prepared

Although human resource managers probably like to think that they have staff training and development down pat, new studies suggest that HR departments are still behind when it comes to keeping up with corporate changes. Are managers prepared? The 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report looked at data over a span of 15 years and included opinions from more than 2,500 corporate leaders across the globe. The respondents pinpointed areas of HR responsibility for which they felt under-prepared, or which they worried about keeping up with in coming years. What were their primary concerns? According to HR Morning, the…

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German Government Trying to Boost American Interest

Study of the German language is in sharp decline in American classrooms. In 1997, a quarter of US high schools offered German in their language-learning programs. Today that number stands at 14%. In elementary and middle schools, German language classes are nominal at best. The main cause of that decline is the rise of China as an economic power and Arabic as a language of importance to the American government and other interests. Parents are demanding these languages in an effort to make their students more competitive after high school. What can Germany do? The German government is actively trying…

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How Technology Factors into the TESOL President’s 8 Current Trends in Teaching English

Given the flexibility and mobility that new online language-learning tools afford, it may be no surprise that e-Learning earned a spot on TESOL President Deena Boraie’s list of eight current trends in ESL/EFL. Beyond this obvious correlation between technology and the evolution of the ESL classroom, however, we found that a number of the other trends she highlighted go hand in hand with recent advancements in language-learning technology. Trend: Changing View of an English Teacher Dr. Boraie points out that it’s becoming more widely recognized that being a great English teacher takes more than simply speaking the language fluently. Effective teachers must…

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How do You Plan for ‘Purposeful’ Social Media Collaboration?

Human Resource managers may be tempted to shape policies that ban social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the workplace. Some corporate leaders, however, are turning on its head the idea that social platforms are detrimental to efficiency. Instead, they are looking to social media as a key tool for marketing and defining the business’s brand. Social Media in the Workplace New reports from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicate that social media has, in recent years, become integral to many companies’ outreach programs. A 2013 study from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for…

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