Etsy has experienced firsthand the difficulties of being a publicly traded company while also trying to live up to the ideals of certified B Corporations, writes Simon Montlake. Etsy saw its CEO ousted this year amid a round of layoffs but reported a profit in its most recent quarter.
Brainstorming, combined with thought starters and clear parameters and goals, can help you uncover valuable ideas, writes Lisa Kent. Keep participants informed of relevant background data, and consider bringing in outsiders to broaden perspectives and ask important questions.
Quality exercise even just once or twice a week can give people similar health benefits as working out for the same collective amount of time throughout the week, according to a study led by Gary O'Donovan. Federal guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of rigorous activity each week.
Computer Generated Solutions CEO Phil Friedman has learned to never stop seeking new knowledge and to pull from the experience of those around him. His company is global, and he grew up under the former Soviet Union and says those experiences help him understand the importance of local cultures and hiring leaders locally rather than sending Americans all over the world.
A recent discovery by a team at the Australian National University has led some scientists to believe that 650 million years ago, algae boomed and contributed nutrients to a food chain that sparked larger, more complex creatures to evolve. Before the rise of algae, bacteria were the dominant life-forms on Earth, and ocean phosphate levels were low.
Don't use first-person pronouns such as "I" when speaking in meetings or accepting praise for the results of a team effort, writes Judith Humphrey. Doing so might lead to perceptions that you're overly self-promotional.
Try to write down some notes about the people you meet as soon as possible after meeting them, writes Kat Boogaard. By doing so, you'll remember them better and be able to reconnect with them in a more sincere way in the future.
Salesforce Senior Vice President of Global Recruiting Ana Recio said she was impressed when she asked a job candidate what the most difficult part of taking the role would be and the candidate said, "Containing my excitement." Glassdoor Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition Jamie Hichens said one of the favorite things she was told at an interview was, "I want to run toward a new opportunity, not run away from my current one."
Ford will pay $10.1 million to resolve a racial and sexual harassment investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that black employees and female employees at two Ford plants in Chicago were subject to harassment and were retaliated against when they complained.
The National Labor Relations Board told the Supreme Court in a brief that employees can bring class-action cases even if they've signed arbitration agreements that include class-action waivers. The NLRB says the waivers violate the right to protected concerted activity spelled out in the National Labor Relations Act -- a position at odds with the Justice Department's view.