Growing Employees from Within: How to win in the war for talent

Savvy organizations know that investing in talent management is essential to a company’s future success. In the war for talent, a great amount of research shows that employee development programs are becoming an increasingly vital weapon to improve employee commitment, business performance and retention.

In a recent study conducted by assessment and development consultancy Cubiks, 93 percent of respondents said they would stay longer with an organization that invested in their development and 97 percent of respondents agreed it was important to develop people who could lead the company in the future.

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What does “Green” really mean?

Kermit says it’s easy to do, but if that’s the case, why isn’t everyone “going green?” What are some of the barriers to adopting a sustainability strategy?

“Green” has a PR problem. Suggest “sustainability” in the office, and reactions may range from enthusiasm to blank stares to outright hostility. Why? There is a perception among many that sustainability is directly opposite—or at least detrimental to—profitability. Taking care of the environment is great—until it starts to hurt the bottom line.

The good news is that, in most cases, the greener strategy is the most affordable strategy. Reduced travel costs diminish CO2 emissions. Lower power bills decrease usage of energy produced by fossil fuels. The modern movement towards sustainable business improves the traditional bottom-line of profit, while adopting a more holistic view of a corporation’s success. Under this definition, a sustainable business “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability is not just about the environment. [Read more…]