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Ways Businesses Enforce Wage Equality and Why You Should Work for Them

Wage equality matters – period. There is no argument to justify unequal pay in the workforce. If two people hold the same education, experience, job title, responsibilities, and tenure, they should make the same salary, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, race, or any disabilities. The fact that Americans still fight to burst through the glass ceiling 18 years into the 21st century is inexcusable. Whether male or female, you should care about equal pay.

Businesses Can Enact Policies

Any business that says it cannot enact an equal pay policy is not a business for which you should want to work. The bottom line is this: Even if you do end up on the high side of the pay spectrum, do you believe your colleagues should receive less money for the same job? If you do, please become a CEO for a Fortune 500 company that has a vested interest in the current president-elect. Continue reading

Essential Facts to Know Regarding Sexual Harassment Training

With the current discussion surrounding sexual harassment and sexual allegations, it’s more important than ever for HR professionals to cover all the bases when it comes to compliance training. Even though behavior that might be considered sexual harassment might seem rather obvious in this day and age, it’s often more nuanced than most employees might consider. Knowing how to properly train and educate employees makes for a safer and much more comfortable workplace.

More Males Report Sexual Harassment Than Females

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2017 Recruitment Trends for HR Leaders

hiring-1977803_1280Recruitment trends are an ever-evolving concept. As fresh college graduates enter the cutthroat world of seeking for career opportunities, HR leaders must adapt with what they want so as to acquire the best candidates in the living world.

In 2017, the competition is a lot tougher due to the advances in technology and the ubiquity of social marketing. With the workforce becoming more and more progressive, recruitment strategies should be tailored the same way as well. After thorough speculation and analysis, we can expect what recruitment trends will be encountered by HR leaders this 2017. Continue reading

Technology, Innovation, and Growth: Florida’s Business Climate

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Enterprise Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Within the United States, there is an incredible amount of innovation and value driving local and national economic trends. One of those areas where this is happening in a notable fashion is Florida. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the interesting trends in the state as well as some of the companies that are doing interesting work.

Diverse People and Talent

The pipeline of Florida Talent is incredibly diverse. For instance, the number of technology firms in the state virtually ensures that the working population is going to have relevant, high quality skills.

Another high quality source of talent? The military. A few years ago I hired a team of individuals for an international project and picked a former Air Force pilot from Florida to lead the crew, because there was nobody else as qualified for that leadership role. In addition, universities across the state are pumping out highly educated workers ready to make their mark on the world.

We know that diversity drives business results, according to McKinsey’s research, and Florida clearly has the capability to field a truly diverse workforce.

Powerful University Partnerships

Speaking of universities, the higher education system in Florida is keenly focused on partnering with in-state businesses to ensure that graduates have the necessary skills for success, not just a bunch of outdated knowledge. This is key to driving Florida Innovation across the entire state. For instance, two of those partnerships that are connecting the next generation of students to the groundbreaking innovation happening at two enterprise firms:

  • GE Wind Energy in Pensacola + UWF College of Engineering
  • SAFT in Jacksonville + UNF College of Engineering

The partnerships are incredibly valuable for all parties involved, and it’s clear that this is a core element of success for these firms.

Thriving Hi-Tech Businesses

Finally, the Florida Business sector is full of innovative firms that are leading high profile projects. Some of the names you might recognize:

  • Blue Origin-rocket manufacturing and launch facilities
  • SpaceX-rocket facilities
  • EA Tiburon-video game software development
  • United Launch Alliance-joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin

Additionally, startups are opening in Florida due to the business-friendly tax climate and the availability of talent. For instance, randrr, a recruiting technology firm focused on matching individuals looking for their dream career with companies seeking high-quality talent, moved from another state to open its headquarters in Jacksonville.

Keeping the talent at these firms is a priority, and that’s why the state encourages a high touch focus for employers. From the recruiting and onboarding to the training and development aspects, each step along the way is an opportunity to engage and create a valuable employee experience.

Growth Potential

Not only does the state already have a wide variety of resources and successful enterprises–it’s also poised to grow. For instance, Florida is ranked fourth in the nation for high tech employment opportunities, according to CompTIA. Employers that are looking to expand and grow should consider Florida’s track record and credentials when considering new locations. The video below offers additional insights into the state’s value proposition.

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Six Ways to Cut Down on Costs at Your Restaurant

The restaurant industry is competitive and costs are high. With the sheer amount of factors that go into making a restaurant venture successful, a huge amount of capital is put out before any profit can be made. If you’re looking for ways to make your restaurant costs less financially straining with higher rewards, take a look at these strategies.

  1. Minimize Your Menu

There are many benefits to be gained from decreasing menu size and limiting the options available. It helps customers to understand what you’re best at, and decreases the amount of time they spend scouring the menu. Remember, every moment a customer sits at a table without ordering, you’re losing out on space for new customers to come in. Take a look at your most popular menu items, and cut out the strays that don’t tend to be requested. This may help you spend less on food inventory, as a bigger menu usually requires a larger number of ingredients. Continue reading

Top Benefits of a Diverse Workplace and How to Get There

Many companies are making an increased effort to promote diversity in the workplace, and for good reason. There are a multitude of benefits that diversity promotes, and every company can be improved by having a diverse set of employees. Here are some of the top benefits to be had by promoting and encouraging diversity in the workplace, and suggestions on how to build a diversified, inclusive work environment.

Create a More Qualified Company

In an extremely competitive economy, it’s important to hire the best possible employees. By selecting a diverse set of candidates to become part of the team, the company will be more likely to succeed. Employees with different perspectives and backgrounds create a more effective work environment. Continue reading

How Office Design Affects Company Morale

Employees are the heart of every business, and your biggest asset. They’re the people who make sure things get done when and how they’re supposed to, managing your processes, interacting with customers and clients, and showing up day after day. While of course their main motivation is the paycheck at the end of the day, today’s employees are also looking for a satisfying work place in which they feel they play an integral part. Doing all you can to keep company morale high means securing happy employees, and satisfied employees make loyal ones. Keeping your employees feeling content and satisfied in the work place means making sure they’re comfortable, and one aspect that often takes the backseat is office design. Want workers who are proud to come in every day? Make sure their work space is conducive to that feeling with these office design tips.

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