Sit to Stand to Success: Ergonomic Health Leads to Longer Lives and Higher Productivity

Buzz around the office is that sitting has become the newest workplace hazard. Recent research on the effects of sitting for long periods of time on the body all reach similar conclusions: that sitting for more than 3 hours a day causes accumulative damages to your musculoskeletal system1.  In addition, the negative effects of sitting operate independently of moderate to vigorous physical activity around those hours of being sedentary. If you work in an office or spend the majority of your working hours sitting at a desk, this news may seem like a nagging concern you’re powerless against. What can
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Maintaining a Culturally Diverse Educational Climate during an Institutional Consolidation

By Joseph J. Saggio Having spent more than two decades working in American higher education, I feel very fortunate to have chosen this career path.   During that time span I have watched quantum changes in the academic landscape.  Because of the rising costs of higher education, it’s become increasingly difficult for small, highly specialized schools like ours to remain in operation.  Recently, we had to make a major decision to move towards consolidating with a larger, more developed institution, and we wanted to do so without losing the original core values that set us apart as a unique college.  We were
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Wake Up! How to Create a More Engaged Workplace Culture

By Kathy Steele Lack of engagement and poor employee retention rates are growing global issues in the workplace. Studies and reports conducted by Gallup, Deloitte LLC., and Quantum Workplace, chart employee engagement in 2016 at 30-35%. This means nearly 70% of the time employees are disengaged, and this margin is severely impacting companies’ bottom lines. Deloitte’s “Human Capital Trends 2016” report, an annual survey of more than 7,000 HR and business leaders globally, outlines four factors responsible for this shift in work demands. The first is a “demographic upheaval.” Millennials now make up more than half of the workforce, and baby
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Entrepreneurship- Recipe for Wealth Distribution

Entrepreneurship by Kenton Clarke, founder CCA, DiversityBusiness, National Supplier Registration, Omnikal and Together We Are. Our country, the greatest country on the planet, was created, nourished and developed from a spirit of freedom to build and maintain businesses. Professions, developed during the birth of America such as the farmer, miller, blacksmith and trader created the foundation of the economy across America. The deeply rooted belief of ‘opportunity’ in our country for men/women to develop and sustain businesses created the framework for business people to flourish from the onset of our republic. Capitalism and entrepreneurship are what makes America great and
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Financial Reporting Fatigue™ What is your RISK?

By Janice Leahy Your team is the foundation anchor of the financial reporting production function. You have strict deadlines to meet with voluminous deliverables, but that isn’t anything unusual for the team. You have a routine to run key critical processes, and you are confident internal controls in place are adequate. Yet, as another reporting cycle is upon you something is different in the report production process. There is an unanticipated failure and data integrity critical to the reporting cycle is suspect. You discover that the impediment affects more than one process because financial functions are intertwined. Checks and balances? Not
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6.5 Reasons Why Your Employees Are Disengaged

by Michael D. Brown In a recent Dale Carnegie Research Survey of 1500 employees, it was found that 45% of employees are not engaged and an additional 26% are actively disengaged in their work. An actively disengaged employee is actively looking for a job at another company, or has lost all interest in where they are currently working. That means 71% of employees are at some significant level disengaged in their work. Further research shows that companies with engaged employees outperform companies with disengaged employees by more than 202%.
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Supplier Diversity Notes : Spend Doesn’t Matter

DiversityBusiness.com with over 1,500,000 members nationally and over 1,000,000 small businesses using our services receives feedback from business owners who usually talk about two main themes. Focus of large corporations on growing well established diverse companies Too much attention to “Spend” figures. Well, we all know that supply chain strategies require a supplier to have a minimum scale and scoop to enable global competitiveness of its customers and in a major corporation: “What Gets Measured Gets Done”. Mission Given, it’s been clear for the last few years that supplier diversity exists for 3 main reasons: To increase market share within
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Supplier Diversity: Food for Thought by Kenton Clarke

For starters, let me share a brief definition about supplier diversity for those who may be unfamiliar with the term. “Supplier diversity is a business program amongst Fortune 1000 companies that encourages the use of privately-held companies owned by historically under-utilized businesses when purchasing goods/services.” Over the last two years, layoffs, program elimination and the overall economy have caused setbacks within supplier diversity programs. Today, there are indications that these setbacks have leveled off and appear to be on an upward trend. During this era, we have seen hiring for supplier diversity positions return and spending continue to increase. The
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Fortune 500 Diversity Procurement

Since the early 1950s, companies that supply the Federal government with goods and services have been required by law to have a supplier diversity program or initiative and to appoint a supplier diversity professional to manage the program. While these efforts typically began as token initiatives to meet the regulatory requirements, many large American companies have now developed world-class programs that provide substantial opportunity to historically under-represented groups and businesses. Unfortunately, there has been a distressing tendency in recent years for big corporations to measure the success of their supplier diversity programs by the “spend”—the amount of money they have
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Does He Like Asparagus? Bias, Asparagus, and the MRI Machine

By Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. The very fact that the title of this article links the subject of unconscious bias with a diagnostic machine and even a vegetable sure says something about the innovative work researchers are doing in this important field of study. I’m thinking, in particular, here of Susan Fiske, a social psychologist at Princeton University. Dr. Fiske and her colleagues built their research on earlier studies that measured the effect on the brain when white subjects viewed black faces. These studies found that, when the faces were seen, the wariness center of the brain (the amygdala) would spike.
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