Exploit Free Resources to Boost Business

Aug 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Trend, millennials, employee alignment

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Studies say that on average, Americans check their phones 80 times a day. The ease of access to phones has turned them into the primary way in which we consume media. It’s no wonder that it’s rare to find a company that doesn’t utilize social media in some way, and why not? Companies are saving millions and making millions by relying solely on or in large part on social media for marketing. In fact, in 2017 it was calculated that 90 percent of U.S. businesses were using social media for marketing purposes.

It may seem simple but social media marketing takes work and skill. Here are some tips to help boost your influence: 

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Can employees find a way to work with AI?

Aug 12, 2019 9:50:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in automation, NLP, AI

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People’s two biggest fears around technology are number one, cyber-attacks and number two, job loss. Logistical, administrative, and manufacturing jobs are most at risk of being replaced by automation. So what does this mean for us? History has shown that people will evolve and find a way to work alongside technology. Machines have been replacing jobs for centuries. Even farming animals have been replaced by tractors and other motorized equipment! Here's how we will adapt and how leadership won’t lose workers, but instead grow their workforce.

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Aligning Leadership with Remote Workers

Jul 29, 2019 7:45:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in rentention, employee alignment, remote workers

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The flexibility and freedom that remote work provides might actually be what employers fear the most. Remote work poses many questions and concerns for leadership. If an employee is left to their own devices, will their work get done? If they aren’t in the office every day, will they feel like a part of the team? Will they understand the culture of the company or its vision? Will they build loyalty to the company or will they leave after a few months? 

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Practical Uses of Artificial Intelligence in Business

Jul 22, 2019 7:55:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in employee alignment, NLP, AI

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Buzzwords like machine learning, problem-solving, and cognitive intelligence might help drive clicks to an article, but leaders do not care about fluff. Leaders want answers to real-life problems like, what will help me increase my bottom line? What will integrating Artificial Intelligence technology look like in the everyday routine of my employees? Will this sophisticated technology drive alignment and make things simpler, or will it make things more confusing? Here are some straightforward, real-life applications of AI that all companies can profit from.

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Exercise Your Company's Core Values from the Bottom Up

Jul 15, 2019 3:53:20 PM / by Tanya Alvarado

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“Are your employees aligned with the company's mission?” This is a common question posed to leadership because it’s common that employees cannot name what their company values most if you asked them. If your employees don’t know what you stand for, how will your customers? Here are some simple, helpful tips to exercise your company’s core values from the bottom up.

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5 Reasons Leaders Should Keep Their Ear to the Ground

Jul 1, 2019 5:19:14 PM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Employee Retention, improved communication, rentention

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Sir Winston Churchill once said, “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” The approach of ignoring the popular opinion of the masses during war may work for a prime minister, but it won’t work in business. Running a company isn’t like fighting a war. In war, you can’t pack up your desk and leave if you are unsatisfied, overworked, and under-appreciated. However, losing employees at a high rate is a boss’s worst nightmare. Ruling with an iron fist and no regard for what your employees need won’t give them any reason to trust you or to respect you. In fact, one study shows the number 2 complaint from employees about their boss is that they don’t listen (number 1 was micromanaging if you’re curious). There is great value in actively listening, here are some reasons why:


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3 Common Communication Mistakes that Risk Employee Engagement

Jun 24, 2019 6:10:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Employee Engagement, improved communication, rentention, employee alignment

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Leadership effectively communicating with employees is not a simple feat. Things get lost in translation as they move down the ladder and what you meant to say may not be delivered in that way. Here are some common communication mistakes that leaders make that risk employee engagement and retention, and the simple solutions to these problems.

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Progress not Perks; Increasing Employee NPS

Jun 17, 2019 6:24:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, improved communication, employee alignment

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Employee NPS drives customer NPS and customer NPS drives company growth. So what is NPS? It stands for Net Promotor Score and it measures experience and loyalty. Basically, if you want to make money you have to keep your employees happy and loyal. Clear communication will outweigh any perks an office provides to its employees. If employees feel that management and leadership don’t effectively communicate with them and if they feel unfulfilled in their work, basketball tickets and raffles won’t stop them from seeking fulfillment somewhere else. This is why maintaining a feedback loop is crucial to running a good business. Here are some ideas to assure both leadership and employees are “in the loop”.

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3 Reasons to incorporate AI and NLP in your company RIGHT NOW

Jun 10, 2019 7:50:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Trend, Leadership, NLP, AI

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In today’s day and age,  a majority of us have a general understanding of what Artificial Intelligence entails, whether it be from a computer science course in college or a Black Mirror episode. But what’s Natural Language Processing? Did you know you probably already use it every day?

 

NLP is sentiment analysis on Facebook or Twitter when you react to a post with a like, emoji, or comment. It’s the chatbots on the lower corner of a website offering customer support. It’s speech recognition used by voice assistants like Siri or Alexa. It’s machine translation tools like Google Translate.

 

Simply put, NLP is the science of programming machines to understand human language. Since most of us use at least one of these daily, we know they’re imperfect. Bridging the gap between digital data and human communication is extraordinarily complicated as language is full of contextual rules and inflictions that even humans misinterpret among each other.

 

Although it needs work to measure up to the human brain, it’s an invaluable tool that companies like us use every day. Here are a few examples of how organizations benefit from NLP.

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Unhappy Employees are Expensive

Jun 3, 2019 9:26:00 AM / by Tanya Alvarado posted in Reducing Employee Turnover, improved communication, rentention, employee alignment

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Lost productivity including absenteeism, illness, and other problems that result when employees are unhappy at work is costing the American economy $350 billion dollars a year, according to the Gallup Organization.

 

As work culture evolves and companies do more to keep their employees happy, employees in turn expect more from leadership and will not hesitate to leave if certain expectations are not being met. So save yourself the high cost of turnover and try to spot out any warning signs of an unhappy employee and nip them in the bud.

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