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United States Blogs

2018

  1. Non-Traditional Workers Are Less Satisfied at Work, Especially Men
    A forthcoming 2018 report by The Conference Board on non-traditional work is set to address the lack of growth and impact alternative work arrangements will have on the U.S. labor market. Hiring workers through alternative arrangements is certainly a viable option for many employers, but satisfaction levels may make it difficult for employers to significantly change their share of non-traditional workers.
    (Labor Markets Blog, October 2018)

  2. Measuring Success in Making a Difference
    Companies need to build a mechanism to gauge consumers’ preferences for causes and integrate that with a measurement framework across all stakeholders of an organization. Sumair Sayani, vice president at Nielsen and Consumer Dynamics co-Center leader, suggests what this model might look like.
    (Consumer Dynamics Center Blog, October 2018)

  3. Executive Series: The “Creative” Dilemma
    Creativity is important to developing new ideas and opportunities, but certain corporate cultures can stifle it. Employees have a responsibility to exercise their own creativity for the benefit of themselves and the business. In communications, creativity should be nurtured in three areas in particular: writing, uncovering stories, and ideation. If companies want to promote new ideas and opportunities, being open to employees’ creativity is a good start.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, October 2018)

  4. Nonprofit Board Experience Develops Employees for Leadership
    Eighty percent of people who serve on nonprofit boards describe themselves as better leaders, the result of developing skills like board governance, networking, strategic planning, and communication. By supporting meaningful leadership and community engagement, companies that promote nonprofit board service help to grow employees’ value to the company.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

  5. eBay Revitalizing Main Street by Helping Small Businesses Thrive Locally and Sell Globally
    Retail is increasingly online, but nearly 75 percent of small businesses don’t have any e-commerce presence and less than 2 percent export, making it difficult for them to thrive in local—sometimes depressed—markets. Retail Revival, a new initiative from eBay, helps small businesses in Akron, OH, Lansing, MI, and Wolverhampton, UK, take their products to the global market. Retail Revival is a community program that draws on the strengths of the company—an example other companies could follow.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

  6. On Governance: Stock Buybacks – A Recent Trend That May Change Executive Compensation Pay Practices
    Care should be taken to avoid enrichment of executive pay packages as a result of a stock buyback. The selection of performance measures and corresponding performance levels can be one of the most difficult aspects of designing an incentive compensation program for executives.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2018)

  7. Arts & Business Partnerships Continue to Strengthen Both Sectors, Research Finds
    Nearly a quarter of companies expect to increase their funding for the arts in the next 12 months, and only seven percent expect to decrease arts funding. Companies can use the arts to improve the economy and quality of life in communities and to foster creativity in their workforce. Partnerships with arts organizations provide interesting opportunities for companies to engage employees, promote diversity, and drive innovation.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

  8. 2018 Fortune 500 Target Millennials and Seek Uncensored Expression
    Over the past three years, a rapidly increasing percentage of Fortune 500 companies have begun using Instagram to reach a younger audience adept at visual storytelling. Although LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter dominate in terms of active accounts among the Fortune 500, Instagram and fellow visual platform YouTube have moved quickly to occupy the rest of the top five. Companies need to be active on a range of social media technologies that includes visual platforms.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, October 2018)

  9. Research Finds Nonprofit Board Experience Changes Employee Behaviors
    Employees who participate in nonprofit board service change the way they work by becoming more cognizant of the value of diversity and inclusion. Having experience on boards, these employees typically listen more carefully to different views, create more inclusive teams or committees, and make more inclusive hiring decisions. Companies should promote nonprofit board service as a way to develop more inclusive leaders.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, October 2018)

  10. ESG Reporting: A Route Through a Maze
    There has been dramatic growth in ESG (Environmental, Sustainability and Governance) investing during the past 20 years – but along with this positive trend comes an equally dramatic rise in ESG reporting requirements, and a proliferation of rating agencies and assessment tools.
    (Sustainability Center Blog, October 2018)