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Posted: Apr 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
IKEA Sustainability Officer Steve Howard practically shook the earth when he announced early this year that the home furniture market had reached “peak stuff.” New product sales, he said, had already seen their heyday and were now entering a decline. And he wasn’t just speaking off the cuff—IKEA is currently positioning their business towards a circular economy while still hoping to double sales by 2020.
That would undoubtedly represent a watershed moment in sustainability—producing goods like home furnishings shrinks the world’s resources considerably. But the public’s desire for disposable, fashionable goods is what grew IKEA into the massive furniture provider it is today. So why would the company be considering such a sharp deviation from that business model?
Posted: Apr 04, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Thomas McQuillan is a Business Analyst at Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. where he leads the SparCs initiative to eliminate food waste from the company’s production process. Prior to joining Baldor, he was owner and president of IDC Corporation, a company that produced mechanical insulation, safety and abatement supplies. In his new role, he is tasked with developing a strategic initiative to reduce the food waste Baldor produces daily.
Posted: Apr 01, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
More and more, employees want to know how the work they do every day matters. They are seeking purpose in their jobs and are looking to their employers to provide it. As an employer how do you ensure your employees are truly excited and passionate about your organization’s mission? This question is increasingly on the minds of business leaders, particularly in a world where employees are busier than ever and changing jobs more frequently.
Posted: Mar 28, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Globalization, disruptive technologies, pressure on finite resources, increasing social disparity, and demand for business transparency: Enter the age of uncertainty, ushering in new ways of operating and organizing and heralding the distributed, networked, anti-fragile, flourishing firms of the future.
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
“We can’t get any.”
“We ran out.”
“We don’t know where to find them.”
These are common responses by factory nurses and managers when asked if they have health education materials available for their workers in low and middle income countries.
Posted: Mar 23, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of diminishing your company’s perceived achievements, because after all that’s how performance reviews and subsequent bonuses and promotions are determined, right?
Posted: Mar 21, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Please allow me to make an obvious statement: We live in a society of impatience. We don’t want to wait in line to pay for our groceries. We don’t want to wait in line at the bank or the car wash or the taxi stand. We want that email response now. We want those results immediately. We want an answer yesterday. We’re whirling dervishes of spastic fidgeting and incessant internal monologues. We’re a collective tornado, tearing through life and work and play at a blistering pace.
Posted: Mar 16, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
When was the last time you were unexpectedly and unreservedly inspired? How about deeply immersed in an experience, or actually present and engaged? What made that moment so special and so memorable?
Posted: Mar 14, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Volunteering at work can be a great force for social change and increase retention and employee engagement in your company. Whether companies are giving their employees time off to work on specific projects, defined as “paid release/volunteer time off” programs, or teams are getting together to tackle an issue at a local non-profit, giving time within the workplace has been growing over the last decade, despite multiple changes in our world and citizens finding their voice to make a difference.
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