Successful cultures can become inclusive when employees are cognizant and respectful of each other's perspectives, writes Alaina Love. Training alone isn't sufficient to foster inclusion and should only "follow a robust assessment process so that it can be customized to address specific issues discovered on an individual and environmental basis," she writes.
The Trump administration announced Monday a proposal to allow the use of health reimbursement arrangements -- through which employers give employees tax-free money to cover some health care costs -- to purchase individual insurance policies. The Affordable Care Act disallowed HRAs from being used for insurance premiums.
Linde and Praxair have gained conditional antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for their proposed merger. The FTC has asked the companies to unload various US assets, including five non-Gulf Coast Linde plants and Linde's bulk liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon stateside assets.
Tracey Travis, chief financial officer at Estee Lauder, has followed a career path that has taken her to different companies and functional areas, and now she's helping others expand the scope of their experiences. Travis led the creation of a program that gives finance employees the chance to work with new managers and take on projects in other parts of the department.
At the end of the month, several items owned by the late physicist Stephen Hawking will be available for sale by Christie's Auction House in London. The auction will accept bids Oct. 31 to Nov. 8, and possessions up for purchase include Hawking's first wheelchair and an original manuscript of his 1965 Ph.D. thesis.
Rachel Shechtman, founder of concept shop Story, became friends with former General Electric executive Beth Comstock after GE sponsored a themed installation at Story. The friends talk about the evolution of retail, Story's sale to Macy's and the challenges of entrepreneurship.
If you're tasked with turning around a failing situation, don't act before you talk with employees about what's not working, writes Art Petty. "Your assumptions are a function of your own experiences and predispositions, and not based on facts for the situation in front of you," he writes.
The world of sports shows how digital marketing is about building relationships with customers, which can occur through new ways to watch or attend sporting events, building social media channels and rethinking their organizations as lifestyle brands, writes Stephen Bourke. "Organizations are defining their vision and strategy in terms of the unique emotional connection that belonging to the team means for its community of fans," he writes.
Complaints are part of life, but you can control your immediate response, look for recurring complaints and dig into the root causes of these concerns, writes David Dye. Be open to hearing the truth and thank people for expressing their concerns, he writes.
Think about innovation and creatively differently by acknowledging the presence and potential of creative tension, as well as the benefits of using a "pull" approach instead of "push," writes Janet Sernack, founder of ImagineNation. "When we ASK people to innovate, clearly communicate the strategy, make it meaningful & purposeful we can then apply creative tension to PULL them towards a better, brighter & more compelling future," she writes.
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