Why employers are changing the way they think about time off

A “gap year,” in the traditional sense, is a year-long break between high school and college or university in which students often travel and focus on themselves. After graduating high school, I had never heard of the term “gap year.” Sure, I had friends who decided to travel abroad in lieu of continuing their studies but I figured they just

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Stakeholder Engagement in the Age of the Influencer

From town halls to online surveys, there are countless methods to engage and understand stakeholders. You may have noticed in the news recently Elections Canada’s abandoned attempt to engage young people this election season through the use of social “influencers.” While still in its infancy, Business Insider estimates the influencer marketing industry is worth around $8 billion dollars and will

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Hard Truths about Data Visualization

Fast Company’s recent article “What killed the Infographic?” (confusing infographics with data visualization) essentially says that you see fewer data visualizations on the internet now, but that’s only because “data visualization, as a medium, has finally grown up and gotten a job”. Data visualization has gone in-house, as companies arm their people with software like Tableau. Regarding Tableau, Fast Company

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3 Key Challenges of Online Meetings – and Tips for Dealing with Them

As travel budgets get tighter, technology gets better, and we connect more and more across the country and the world, online meetings have become a regular part of doing business. When setting up online meetings, we often make the mistake of treating them the same way as in-person meetings. But online meetings have their own unique challenges. To keep our

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You Can’t Fix Organizational Culture

The April edition of the Harvard Business Review featured an article called “You Can’t Fix Culture – Just focus on Your Business and the Rest Will Follow”.  Authors Jay Lorsh and Emily McTague make the case that while many believe that the solution to organizational challenges is to “change the culture”, this is not a prescription worth pursuing. They contend

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