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January 11, 2019

Mayor de Blasio Pushes to Make New York City First in the U.S. to Require Paid Vacation


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed legislation this week that would require employers provide paid vacation to their staff. New York City would be the first in the country to mandate this type of leave. This time off would be in addition to the five days of paid sick leave that became law in 2014.

January 04, 2019

The Hiring Surge of December 2018


Hiring surged in December with employers adding 312,000 jobs. This figure was well above the expectation of economists and only confirms that the U.S. economy continues to go from strength to strength.

December 11, 2018

How to Assess your Success in a New Role


There is a lot of pressure when you start in a new role. Despite the chaos that can come with transitioning, it is important to assess your own performance to determine your success in a new role.

November 20, 2018

Equipping the Workforce of the Future, According to Chief Learning Officer


Chief Learning Officer published a piece yesterday reiterating the concerns for the future of the workforce and how to bridge the youth skills gap. Now that we are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, concerns are mounting about the future of the workforce and the capabilities of today’s youth.

September 26, 2018

How to Keep Employees Engaged Now Summer is Over


It’s unsurprising that summer is seen as the best time to enhance employee engagement and team building. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that once the weather turns and the season comes to an end, you will see a change in employee interaction and bonding.

September 11, 2018

Banning Work Emails Outside Office Hours: The Conversation


A 2017 study found that the average worker spent an average of eight hours a week sending emails outside of work. The average worker also checks their email or chat every 7.5 minutes. There have been talks about introducing the ban to New York City’s five boroughs whereby businesses failing to abide by the rule would face fines.

August 24, 2018

How Employers Can Better Cater for New Parents


As the culture of working mothers continues to evolve, so too do the needs of women in the workplace. In fact, the concept of family is everchanging and with these changes comes the necessity to adapt and accommodate for your employees who are affected. The onus is on the employers to create an environment that is welcoming and accommodating of new parents.

July 27, 2018

Instill in Your Team the Jeff Bezos Approach to Work-life Balance


Jeff Bezos is known for a few things, his unique approach to business is certainly one of them. It goes without saying that the richest man in the world has an overwhelmingly busy schedule, yet he maintains very few meetings on his calendar, does not wake up to an alarm and always makes time to do his own dishes.

July 10, 2018

How to Best Hire and Retain Web Developers


It is no secret that the hiring market is tough right now for employers; moreover, it is a great time to be a web developer, either actively looking or gainfully employed. The pool of web developer talent is ever-shrinking meaning that talent may be sought from seemingly happily employed individuals.

July 06, 2018

How to make the most out of a Conference or Expo


There is a lot to be gained from expos and conferences but it’s important to note that leveraging the resources and exposure from events like these can be difficult. Below are some tips on getting the most out of conferences and exhibitions.