Effectiveness Is Grand but Efficiency Has Value As Well What good is it to be effective if it is going to consistently consume more time? more money? It may be a little bit of a cliche, but time really is money. If you’re looking at ways to make your business more efficient then technology may be the answer. Technological advances mean that computers and the internet can play a growing part in how your business functions and runs on a daily basis. When your business is operating efficiency, it gives you more time to market your business and...read more
Talking at the U.S. State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world.
Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
Though his talk is geared towards dynamic statistics vs perspectivs being tested, there are principles here that are applicable to systems of any sort… With the ever present question being, “Is your dataset representative to your perception?”read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –One of the single most important determinants of success or failure of the present administration’s vision of healthcare reform, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is the establishment of a Health Insurance…read more
EAM : Enterprise Asset Management
The more the moving parts, the more likely something will breakdown — including how your maintenance technicians work as well
Maintenance technicians are on the move now more than ever before, so they need quick access to information about equipment and repairs to work productively.
Annual Healthcare Cost for a Typical American Family is $22,030 According to 2013 Milliman Medical Index
Milliman Medical Index indicates healthcare costs for a family of four increased by 6.3% in 2013
SEATTLE, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today released the results of its 2013 Milliman Medical Index (MMI), which measures the healthcare costs for a typical American family of 4 receiving healthcare benefits through an employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) plan.
The cost of care for this typical family in 2013 is $22,030.
There Is Sunny Future for Cloud M&A’s
So what are the affects of this trend?
Acquisitions and mergers in the tech industry are nothing new.
But according to Ernst and Young, such transactions involving cloud computing are dominating the field, with new mergers occurring almost daily.
The accounting firm’s 2012 Q4 report calls this phenomenon a “mega trend” in the technology sector.
Software and Internet companies made up 57 percent of all merger and acquisition deals in 2012, according to Forbes.
Just who are these merging firms and why is this trend important?
Click the read more button to discover more recent M&As as well as the affects of the high volume of M&As…read more
PPACA – Obamacare – Is Already Affecting Every Level of Our Country
Questions still abound: How much more don’t we know about? Why is this thing so BIG?
What probably prompted this is the thoughts and nervousness of the PPACA leading to a single-payer system.
This, for many, is a very legitimate concern on every level.
The question posed was this…
“Do you feel there is any validity to the claim that independent medical insurance brokers will be a thing of the past, be put out of business, by the ACA?”
Carolyn requested a short response from us as we are viewed as impartial to the subject.
Click the read more button to discover what our response was — and why…read more
Debbie Allen, founder of the online magazine TheThingsWomenWant.com is an online marketer and professional writer that focuses on bringing success to both the company as well as to their customers.
The Advancement of the Cloud is Also Advancing Mobility at All Levels
If You Sell Services and/or Products Online, You Need to Capture This Growing Audience
Every business wants to see profits, and to that end, the goal is to make it easy for customers to spend money with the business.
It’s not surprising that there are major players working on innovative new ways for customers to make payments.
In recent years, the smartphone has gained in popularity.
This has opened the way for a simple bridge between the digital and physical worlds — mobile payment devices can be used to create this bridge, click read more to discover what Debbie has to share in the how…read more
Right Management Research Finds Employers Worried by Lack of Future Leaders
Employers continue to worry about the lack of future leaders in their organization ranks, according to a survey of more than 2,000 senior human resource executives in 14 countries by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup.read more
Microsoft Unveils Strategic Cooperation With iHub and m:lab to Accelerate Innovation in East Africa
Collaboration designed to further the goals of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative to fuel African innovation.
As part of the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable startups, innovators and the developer community of East Africa to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies.
The cooperation further aims to offer these communities increased access to software, skills development opportunities and a means through which innovative startups can access capital investment and benefit from international outreach…read more
When asked what they feel is the single most important corporate strategy for their company to implement, 45% of global executives say talent management – and 26% indicate it is more critical than marketing, 21% indicate it is more critical than financial management and 7% indicate is is more important than capitalization.read more
The growing deficit of skilled labor needed to fill in-demand jobs is causing a drag on employers across the globe. A significant number of employers in the 10 largest world economies said that extended job vacancies have resulted in lower revenue and productivity and the inability to grow their businesses. Employers in China were the most likely to report having open positions they cannot fill and corresponding negative effects on their company performance. Russia houses the largest percentage of employers reporting a revenue shortfall tied to extended job vacancies while the U.S. is among those most likely to report a productivity loss. Japan ranked high among those who said the inability to find skilled talent has impeded expansion of their businesses.read more
Aon Hewitt Survey Highlights Important Role of Incentives in U.S. Employers’ Efforts to Improve Workforce Health and Performance: Incentives—in the form of both rewards and consequences—are playing an increasingly important role in helping employers drive participation in health programs and encouraging employees to take actions to improve their health, according to new survey findings from Aon Hewitt, the global human resource solutions business of Aon plc.read more
EVeryone has advice when it comes to investments — Annabelle Smyth provides us with 3 resource recommendations instead. A great start and by all means something to keep growing and expanding from…read more
Regardless of where you are in your career, which function you hold, and what your day-to-day responsibilities are, being a process-oriented individual is critical for optimal success. Processes create efficiencies, improve communication, give an organization a sense of structure, can guide companies through the toughest of times and the best of times, can prevent chaos from erupting in all types of scenarios. If a key employee leaves, if a company is scaling quickly, if a company is downsizing quickly, or if a new client is brought on board—all of these are scenarios in which having clear processes in place prior to the event will help transitions happen far more efficiently and smoothly, and keep business running as usual otherwise. If you don’t have appropriate processes in place for events like these, chaos can ensue quickly. Cara Aley provides some fabulous project management and process-oriented books that are well worth reading for the operations-driven individual.read more
Unemployment Viewed As An Infographic brings to light various aspects contributing to the unemployment numbers — and provides a list of 12 jobs that do not require a degree, 12 very well paying jobs.read more
A bills passed by Congress has expanded the role and definition of a PEO — making it easier for both an employer as well as a PEO to meet today’s business needs. Carolyn Sokol of PEOcompare.com explains it for us.read more
Many news and media channels are embracing and heralding the latest monthly economic report released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics as a light at the end of the tunnel… or so it appears there is. On the surface, it has a nice shine to it. Having increased nonfarm payroll employment 236,000 jobs is something to note. But there is a number that is being ignored and, though it is almost always a small number, it has a big impact due to what it represents.read more
ADP Research Institute Study: Employee Income is a Determining Factor in Health Benefits Participation: If Current Patterns for Participation Rates Based on Income Persist in 2014, a Significant Portion of Newly Eligible Employees May Opt to Remain Uninsuredread more
In the wake of unprecedented health care market changes and rising health care costs, new survey findings from Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions business of Aon plc, reveal that the way U.S. employers offer, manage and deliver health care benefits to employees is likely to change significantly in the coming years.read more
President Obama’s State of the Union Address proposal to raise minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9, with annual increases for inflation, has fired up both sides of the issue with proponents arguing that all workers should earn a good living and opponents saying the increase will cost jobs. Research at Texas A&M University shows that raising the minimum wage will reduce job creation, but not affect employee turnover or layoffs.read more
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is promising many things — most of them are going to require some innovative ways. Carolyn Sokol, of PEOcompare.com. provides some options to consider — especially since so many are struggling to get their arms around this.read more
ManpowerGroup: Create Environments that Develop Women Leaders — Women Remain Under-represented in Leadership Roles Despite Chronic Talent Shortages… (Labor shortage? what labor shortage???)read more
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in December, fell further in January.
The Index now stands at 58.6 (1985=100), down from 66.7 in December. The Expectations Index declined to 59.5 from 68.1. The Present Situation Index decreased to 57.3 from 64.6 last month. More details in our post…
PwC’s 2013 Top 10 Technology Trends for Business Report Reveals the Emerging and Disruptive Technologies that are Reshaping Strategies, Business Models, and Enterprise Investments – From pervasive computing to gamification, report highlights the 10 most significant trends that will impact companies this yearread more
There comes a time in an every company when adding technology becomes necessary in order for the business to expand efficiently and compete successfully in its market. The technology can affect a single department or the company as a whole and nowhere is this fact more evident than in administrative tasks. In particular, human capital management (HCM) can be significantly improved by the use of a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). Our contributing author Carolyn Sokol shares some insights.read more
The Nitty-Gritty on Mergers and Acquisitions — why M&A’s usually occur and what do the two copanies gain from a M&A? Two recent M&A’s in the HRIS industry presented an opportunity to discuss this with our audience.read more
ManpowerGroup Reveals Why Leading in the Human Age Requires New Approaches to the World of Work at World Economic Forum ManpowerGroup Publishes Paper with Recommendations for Building the Human Age Corporation in the Face of Certain Uncertainty DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions and World Economic Forum (WEF) strategic partner, today shared its annual analysis of the macro-economic forces evolving the world of work. Leading in the Human Age: Why...read more
he broad amount of expertise needed to deal with the ever increasing amount of government regulations and paperwork can seem daunting if not overwhelming for the HR department of any company. Many companies have opted to solve this problem by outsourcing the bulk of their HR functions. The use of a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) offers diverse expertise and extensive experience across the entire HR spectrum. Regular contributor Carolyn Stoll provides some insight on all this for you.read more
CareerBuilder’s 1st annual job forecast for the 10 largest world economies tells a tale of both confidence and caution. Brazil and India are voicing the greatest confidence with more than 67% of employers in these markets planning to add full-time, permanent headcount in 2013. Italy is the least optimistic, housing more employers who expect to decrease staff than those who expect to hire.read more