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“It’s a volatile world; economic factors, social issues, even naturally occurring events such as severe weather, place pressure on organizations to consistently deliver innovative, integrated solutions to complex problems. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when—the time when an organization is presented with the opportunity to do the right thing for their employees, their communities and the environment, ” said Michael Norris, COO, Sodexo North America and market president, Corporate, when talking about the annual Workplace Trends Report they just released.

The report identified 12 workplace trends and key issues that would need to be concentrated on. Here are just a few examples.

Workplace bullying
Bullying, as defined by Workplace Bullying Institute, means “repeated, harassing behavior that is deliberately intended to cause harm to individuals and prevent them from excelling at work.” Based on the report, 35 percent of U.S. workforce report being bullied.

Hiring practices
The way companies are hiring has changed a lot even compared to just five years ago. Around 70% of companies report having hired someone through social media. Based on a recent study by Jobvite, 92 percent of U.S. companies use social media as part of their recruiting process.

Social responsibility
Corporate social responsibility has become a potential motivating factor at work among all four generations in the workforce. If we just take Millennials entering workforce, 86 percent of them claim they would consider leaving their employer if their expectations weren’t met. And it’s not about money, it’s about the community-centric workplace practices, about positive people, positive working environment.

Learn more about the report below.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

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Knowledge. Being ahead of the game. Being ahead of others or at least not too much behind. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what being in the online business scene is all about.

If you’re a cleaning woman (or man, for the matter) at a bar, chances are, you don’t have to learn too many new things every day, if anything at all. If you’re a bartender, there’s probably not too many new things you need to learn every day. Of course, if you’re the good kind that actually enjoys his job, you need to keep yourself updated with all the new shots and cocktails someone has managed to put together. All for the good of the customer. If you’re a bar owner, depending on the company surrounding you, it might happen that you don’t need to learn much on a daily bases. Maybe just a few tricks to get more money out of your customers. But if you’re in charge of the full-scale online marketing for the bar with enough room for 400 people, chances are that you have lots of new information to keep yourself busy with daily bases. Everything that has something to do with technology can change with a speed of light – success can come overnights, as well as doom.

And to make sure the latter doesn’t happen, as someone in digital marketing business you always need to know what’s happening there and how to keep yourself afloat.

Online Marketing Summit (OMS) 2013 helps people do just that – connect them with expert marketing practitioners, bring together the experts and technologies. OMS is proud of its hands-on learning approach which pretty much makes it possible for OMS attendees to create greater impact with their audience immediately.

If you’re interested in joining this marketing event, keep in mind that it takes place from February 11-13 and the earlier your register the cheaper it is.

Disclosure: This post has been requested by an advertiser.

If we forget about Olympics and United Nations for a second, then Pittsburgh will be hosting an event with the largest representation of countries from Oct 18 to Oct 22. What’s the occasion? The third annual One Young World Summit.

Around 1500 future leaders from 190 countries are expected to attend the summit. This year the opening keynote speech will be delivered by Bill Clinton.

Among other world-renowned Counselors names like Fatima Bhutto, Jamie Oliver, Bob Geldof KBE and Fatima Bhutto will be attending. Also Kofi Annan will be addressing the delegates on the subject of Interventions. His speech as well as the following question and answer session will be taking place on Sunday, October 21.

One Young World is a London-based charity, founded in 2009, to bring together young people from around the world and help them in creating positive change and make a lot of useful long-term connections with people alike.

Jewellery News Asia (JNA) launches the inaugural JNA Awards ceremony and gala dinner, an industry-wide event meant to recognize the excellence and achievement in jewellery industry in Asia.

Nicky Oppenheimer, chairman of De Beers Group, will be receiving Lifetime Achievement Award for his tremendous contributions to the global diamond business. Other honourees include Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd, Kashi Jewellers, TTF. The shortlisted honourees were announced on the first day of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The full list of honourees is available at

The event takes place on Thursday, 20 September, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and it is presented in partnership with Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook.

Categories the JNA Awards is focusing on, are manufacturing, retailing, branding, innovation, quality, corporate social responsibility, leadership and also outstanding contribution.

JNA Awards program will be the most respected Awards in the entire jewellery industry.

Learn more about the event at their website or the media player below.

Laptops meant for work need to be light

admin on June 25th, 2012

If you use a computer as the main working tool, doing whatever, from writing to programming to acting as a remote secretary, in addition to working at your office or home, you are probably often also doing it in cafeterias, at your client’s place or wherever else. Or if you’re not, you’d probably like to. While I have seen people in pubs and cafeterias with 17-inch laptops weighing 5kg, that’s not really what laptops are meant for. At least in my opinion.

If you have a business laptop, you should be able to carry it along all day long, without having to think about where to put it while moving around or which pub has an electricity switch nearby. Yes, you will still usually have to consider whether there’s wireless internet offered, but that’s already another story.

Compared to time even just 3 years back, laptops have evolved a lot, and while it still does depend what work you do and how many “horse-powers” you still need from your laptop, when buying a new laptop, we can often be sure that power-wise it will be quite good, any of them.

But what about the weight and the battery? That’s the spot where you need to start thinking. And all you ladies out there, you might also look at the color, okay, that’s normal.

Lenovo has just come out with some nice laptops, Ultrabook- Lenovo Ideapads. These laptops are ultra light and thin, with up to 9 hours of battery and 90-day standby mode, weight from 2.91 lbs or depending on model 3.75 lbs. The prices start at just $599.

If you work a lot outside your home and office, and you need a reliable, yet light and with reasonable battery, laptop, Lenovo just might be your perfect choice.

It is not easy to work at a place that you are not happy with. If you are not satisfied with your job and your responsibilities then you may find that the days are dragging and you are losing sense of where you belong in the workplace. Maybe you are looking for a promotion and not sure how to ask or you just might be looking for a bigger and better challenge to address.

Whatever your situation, you need to think about what you want to do with your life. Are you looking to change jobs? Do you want to move up within your company? These are questions that you need to ask yourself so that you can figure out what you want and what your next move is going to be. The statistics show that many people do not stay in a job that does not make them happy. You may need to take some time to think up a strategy to help make sure that you find what you are looking for. You need to take things into consideration and access what you need to find to change jobs.

You need to be prepared when you are looking for change of jobs. No matter what you are thinking of doing you will need to be prepared for anything. If you are planning to leave your present job or moving up you need to take a chance. You have to keep on top of things and what you want for a better opportunity for what you need to better enhance your career.

You need to also pay attention to what is happening in your career path. Take time to check out the employment and the competition that is out there so that you know what you are up against in your goals. You may want to identify with your career opportunities. You will want to be able to identify and recognize the career opportunities as well as the obstacles that come your way.

You need to think about what you want to be doing in the future and where you see yourself. Do you have what other companies what or need? You want to think about what others may see in you and how they would use you in their company. Are there any recent changes that you would do to improve your life? Many people think about these things and use them to help build a better career path for them.

You also need to think about how you are doing financially and what you might have to do in order to fix these problems. Using your goals and achievements to make your career path better and more successful can be a great challenge but one that you need to do so that you are prepared for anything that may lie ahead of you in the future.

If you are not comfortable in your current job you should figure out why. You cannot move on to something else until you access your present job and find out what you need to change. If you do not do this first you may find that you end up in the same situation that you are currently in and this is not going to make you a happier and more successful person that you want to become.

After you have thought about these questions and answered them correctly you will then want to try and correct the situation. What can you do to make it all better and take pride in yourself and what you do? If you are concerned about moving up and accessing a new job position then you should make sure that you have it all figured out. Using a good plan to move forward is something that can be very beneficial no matter what career path you want to go down.