Protecting Whistleblowers Following SEC Rules Is Good for Business

To ensure corporate integrity and longevity, business leaders must use quality employee agreements in line with SEC guidelines on restrictive contracts

by Stephen M. Kohn

In recent months, the Securities Exchange Commission has dramatically expanded the enforcement of Rule 21F-17(a), which prohibits companies from impeding employees, contractors and clients from contacting the SEC and other government agencies about a possible securities law violation. The rule, included within the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations for the SEC Whistleblower … [More]

Corporate Volunteerism Elevates Workplace Culture

Align initiatives with company’s core values

by Don Alix

Goodwill never goes out of fashion. Many employers and employees want to support those less fortunate but may not see how to find the time or opportunity to do so. As employers, prioritizing corporate volunteerism initiatives is something that can make an indelibly positive impact on workplace culture, including employee morale, engagement and social … [More]

Women Are Changing Jobs Left and Right to Access IVF Coverage

Family-building matters as an employee benefit

by Shelly MacConnell

Businesses are talking about it. People are changing jobs, and even taking on second jobs, in order to access family-building coverage. Talent is looking for employers that offer benefits like IVF (invitro fertilization), egg freezing, adoption and surrogacy, and they are willing to change jobs to find it. The Costs of Offering Fertility Benefits to Workers One in six … [More]

Deaf Employees: Headaches or Eagle-Eyed Excellence?

The big issues are deeper than legal rights and workplace accommodation

by Rachel Zemach 

While the first thought of employers on finding out their new employee or interview candidate is Deaf is usually one of alarm and apprehension, the reality is that many Deaf employees have unique talents to contribute. Our visual-spatial skills are markedly more acute than those of hearing people. Oliver Sachs describes this in his book Seeing Voices as being an extended range … [More]

Private Sector Addresses Arizona’s Homelessness Crisis: Arizona Housing Fund

A successful community is one where the population has access to housing at all socio-economic levels

by Tim Sprague 

Bank of America executive Howard Epstein established the Arizona Housing Fund in 2019 to provide a simple way for corporations, foundations and individuals to fund more permanent, supportive, and affordable housing. After decades of serving on nonprofit boards working to address the growing issue of homelessness, it was clear government could not do it alone. It would take an … [More]

How to Stop Corporate Naysaying and Make Progress on Causes That Matter

by Jon Miller and Lucy Parker

As a spirit of activism stirs in business leaders, so does a range of anxieties and objections. If you’re thinking like an activist, your eyes are on what needs to happen to create change. But this isn’t easy — and one of the reasons is that you’re in an organization where doing this hasn’t been the operational paradigm. Taking on a big societal issue can bring up real and … [More]

Silent Witness: Safer Communities, Safer Workplaces

Combatting vandalism and so much more

by Rab Paquette

Silent Witness has been successfully solving crimes throughout the Valley since 1979. In addition to helping solve heinous felonies like murder, robberies and hit-and-runs, Silent Witness regularly assists in preventing and solving crimes that affect Arizona businesses through its corporate partnership program.  One recent example of this is Silent Witness teaming up with … [More]

Empowered Success: The Female Influence in Courtesy Auto’s Finance Department

An open letter from the all-female Courtesy Automotive Group finance director ‘Dream Team’

by Sofia Faussette, Dora Herrmann, Clarissa Martinez, Dana Miller and Misty Peckins 

Automotive dealerships are dominated by nearly 80% men, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics from 2022, and yet the finance “Dream Team” at Phoenix-based Courtesy Automotive Group is a diverse team of five disparate females. We direct finance department operations across dealerships for a $1 billion dealership group. We believe our success has as much to do with being … [More]

Moving from ‘Fine’ to ‘Well’ at Work

The roadmap to creating a practical wellness plan for the office 

by Jim Gmelich 

Work-life balance. It has been talked what feels like to death in recent years, especially as employees moved from in-person to virtual during the pandemic and are now back in-person full- or part-time. However, the risk factors that come into play when a healthy work-life balance is not maintained are shocking: unhealthy stress levels for prolonged periods of time. The … [More]

Balancing Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace

Tap into the strength of not thinking alike

by Don Alix

In the modern workplace, cognitive diversity is highly valued. This refers to the differing styles, viewpoints and skillsets among individuals. Teams that are cognitively diverse can increase innovation, creativity and overall performance within the group. However, there still may be challenges when it comes to communicating effectively, managing conflict and overcoming … [More]

The Future Role of Social Media in Finance

by Emmanuel Daniel

The idea in my book that information is the product comes from the work of sociologists from the early days of social media, including Yochai Benkler, Charles Leadbeater and Clay Shirky, who predicted that the economy would increasingly become a participatory one (Benkler, 2007). Clay Shirky introduced the concept of “mass amateurization,” where platforms turned consumers … [More]

The Secret to Productive Meetings? Fewer, Faster, Focused

Remote and hybrid workforces are additional challenge

by Aleksandra Sulimko

Meetings, for many businesses, are a necessary part of the workday. They provide a platform for team members to share information, align on strategy and make important decisions. However, they can also be a significant drain on time, energy, and creativity, with data revealing that many employees spend nearly 24 hours per week in meetings. Long meetings with unclear agendas, … [More]

How Can Business Leaders Show Up for Their Employees Who Get a Cancer Diagnosis?

A survivor’s experience, from the day of her diagnosis and how she shared that diagnosis with her manager and with the wider executive team

by Sarah McDonald

After I returned to work, two work friends of mine asked me if I would be willing to talk about my cancer diagnosis at a management training day they were hosting. They hoped that by my speaking publicly about what could be an awkward work situation, they could challenge these people managers to think deeply about how to lead with empathy and human-ness.  I was so excited … [More]

Coming Soon: A Nationwide Ban on Noncompete Agreements?

Now is the window to submit comments to the FTC

by Helen Holden

On January 8, the Federal Trade Commission published a proposal to ban the use of noncompete agreements for most workers nationwide. The proposed rule, entitled the Non-Compete Clause Rule, would prohibit all employers — regardless of size — from imposing covenants not to compete on employees and independent contractors, with no carve-out available that would permit the use of … [More]

Elevate Recruiting Skill with Conscious Curiosity 

by Jeremy Eskenazi

It’s amazing how connecting dots makes the work of HR and recruiting teams so much easier. Knowing what the business does, how it makes money, and what’s happening in that industry is important. So is knowing what hiring managers are looking for – and how to interact with the right candidates. And yet, many recruitment professionals are not doing these things.  The best HR … [More]

The Female Founder Advantage in Startups

by Rania Nasis

Enough about “cracks” in the glass ceiling. We’re wielding sledgehammers; cracks seem beside the point now. Don’t get me wrong. We have a long way to go in a “traditional” sense. Sure, more women are running Fortune 500 companies than at any previous point in Fortune 500 history, but that figure amounts to a paltry 5%. Instead, let’s take a closer look where it … [More]

Using Popularity to Get More Sales

by Mindy Weinstein

Scarcity is not just an economic principle. It is a psychological principle and one that subconsciously drives many decisions. Scarcity has such a powerful influence on people that it causes them to wait in long lines for hours on end and experience anxiety when they can’t get their hands on a sold-out product or get into a popular restaurant.  There are reasons scarcity is … [More]

What Is Quantitative Intuition™ and How Do We Use It? 

by Christopher Frank, Paul Magnone and Oded Netzer

Quantitative intuition™ (QI)—the combination of data and analytics with Intuition—might sound like an oxymoron at first, but it is actually the key to effective decision-making. Simply put, QI is the ability to make decisions with incomplete information via precision questioning, contextual analysis, and synthesis to see the situation as a whole. So, what is Intuition? In … [More]

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