Delegation can be as simple as assigning a job, but it can be expanded to the leader empowering employees to make decisions and take ownership, writes Julia Felton. These employees will fare better with owning decisions when they understand the organization's vision and feel like they are valued, she writes.
Regularly asking "How can I help?" is a good way for leaders to identify workplace challenges, including when employees are lacking resources or struggling to solve problems, writes David Dye. "If you only ask when something is going wrong, your team will associate those words with a problem," he writes.
Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO of the wedding-service platform Zola, struggled to find investors, but the company has grown to more than 200 employees and over 1 million customers. "There's nothing that I enjoy more than building things that the world has never seen before, but once they see them, they're like, 'How did we live without it?' " she says.
An eyelid deformity that makes a Siberian husky named Jubilee look perpetually surprised made it difficult for a New Jersey animal shelter to place her in a new home. But after a Facebook post written as a personal note from Jubilee was shared more than 40,000 times, the dog was finally adopted and has a Facebook page for her growing fan base.
On average, workers 55-64 years old spend two weeks longer in the job search than younger job hunters, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Older applicants should emphasize real-work experience, update their online presence, be honest and interesting and stay realistic, writes Chris Carosa.
Job applicants should use action verbs to describe past achievements to show results, collaboration, leadership and effectiveness, writes Stan Silverman, founder and CEO of Silverman Leadership. "The key to landing your next job is to differentiate yourself, demonstrate that you are an effective leader, possess both technical and power skills and develop a reputation for achieving results within your field," says Silverman.
LinkedIn is adding more ways for customers, businesses and community members to connect with new audiences through its added features. The employment-oriented social media's new features include Invite to Follow, Stream with LinkedIn Live and new options for posting as a page or member.
Human experience platforms are the next phase of artificial intelligence, where emotional intelligence is built into algorithm to better humanize the experience, according to this Deloitte analysis. "The big challenge that companies will face is identifying the specific responses and behaviors that will resonate with -- and elicit an emotional response from -- a diverse group of customers, employees, and other stakeholders," write Tamara Cibenko, Amelia Dunlop and Nelson Kunkel.
Recruiting has become dependent on mobile apps and texting, even at in-person events like career fairs, which can speed up the hiring process, says Scott Sendelweck of Indianapolis-based Community Health Network. That said, "we still see a little bit of the older populations who are still bringing the paper copy resume with them," he says.