Working Moms Dish About Best Company Perks

first_imgMother’s Day is a time to appreciate moms for the many jobs they do, from taking the kids to school to leading a board room meeting. In fact, approximately 71% of women in today’s workforce are working moms raising kids under 18 years of age, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Glassdoor, a social jobs and career community, turned to recent company reviews to uncover what moms and parents appreciate most when it comes to jobs and work.WFH [work from home] opportunities, high-quality on-site child care, and flexible start times make it a good choice for people with families.” – AOL Product Manager (Dulles, VA)“Great for working mothers!” . . .“The company provides great traditional benefits in additional to a full maternity/paternity/adoption leave as well as enhanced plans to phase back to work, mother’s room, and back-up child care.” – Deutsche Bank employee (location n/a)“Overall great company to work for – allows for flexibility for work/life and supports working moms. Good benefits and great amount of time off for sick days, vacation time and maternity leave.” – JPMorgan Chase employee (location n/a)“Great benefits…off for maternity leave and short term disability paid 100% of my salary. I thought this was the norm but talking to friends at other companies and in other industries this was a true blessing.” – Booz Allen Hamilton Consultant (Atlanta, GA)“Work/life balance was embraced. On-site childcare center . . .  Awesome benefits.” – CA Technologies employee (location n/a)“The main advantage of working at BOA is the work-life balance.  . . . The benefits are awesome: great health insurance, 401k and pension, childcare reimbursement ($135/mo for informal care or $250/mo for formal daycare) . . . A few progressive benefits: domestic partners covered, infertility covered, gender reassignment surgery covered.” – Bank of America Teller (Loganville, GA)“Benefit packages cannot be topped. Lots of vacation time. I also got a 6 month maternity. They were very supportive of my career.” – Deloitte Senior Manager (New York, NY)“You receive benefits even if you are only working twenty hours a week, such as help with child care and health insurance . . . My son got sick just a few weeks after I had started and had to be in the hospital for about a week and they were very understanding.” – Bank of America Teller (Independence, MO)“The company headquarters are amazing – and pretty much include everything you need including a doctor’s office, child care, a gym, grocery store, salon, restaurant, coffee shop and much more.” – General Mills employee (Minneapolis, MN)“Balance of work and home is excellent.  Work at home options, telecommuting, flex hours and good time off options . . . They offer lots of odd benefits like on-site child care facility, health club, discounts on phones, and sponsored events” – Allstate Systems Analyst – Professional (Northbrook, IL)What benefits and perks do working moms enjoy at your company? Share a company review and let us know!last_img read more

6 Unsung Heroines of Workplace Equality

first_img Also on Glassdoor: Lily Ledbetter. Cesar Chavez. Eleanor Roosevelt. While these names have been deservedly etched into the history of workplace equality and labor leadership, they’re far from the only ones to have made a difference. In fact, many of the folks who had the greatest impact remained out of the public eye, preferring to instead divert attention towards the legislature they were introducing, groups they were forming and protests they were organizing.But while virtue is often said to be its own reward, it’s also important to honor the individuals behind these accomplishments. Not just for the sake of praise, but to provide role models who can serve as an inspiration for generations to come. In that vein, here are a few lesser-known figures who have avoided the mainstream spotlight, but have nonetheless achieved incredible workplace equality milestones. While you may not have heard their names before, you have almost certainly felt their impact.1. Martha GriffithsIf not for Martha Griffiths, women may not have been included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at all. When a fellow congressman proposed an amendment identifying sex as a protected class, the floor erupted into laughter. Griffiths responded by saying “I presume that if there had been any necessity to point out that women were a second–class sex, the laughter would have proved it,” and the room fell silent (cue mic drop). She continued to tenaciously argue for the amendment and eventually, persuaded enough colleagues to support it until it passed, cementing her legacy.2. Winifred C. StanleyDecades before J-Law penned her iconic essay denouncing the wage gap, Winifred C. Stanley was fighting the battle for equal pay. In 1942, Stanley introduced a House Resolution entitled “Prohibiting Discrimination in Pay on Account of Sex”. Though the resolution failed, it became the foundation for the Equal Pay Act of 1963 over 20 years later, which required that employers provide equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex. While we’re still working to close the gender pay gap today, Stanley’s proposal was a monumental step at a time when discussion around equal pay was still far outside the mainstream.5 Things We Still Get Wrong About the Gender Pay Gap 3. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes Norton made history when Jimmy Carter appointed her as the first female head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in 1977, but her work hasn’t slowed down since then. In 1980, she created the first formal guidelines to define and prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, which dictated “that employers have an ‘affirmative duty’ to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment, which may be ‘either physical or verbal in nature,’” according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Norton hasn’t rested on her laurels, though — at 79, she’s still fighting the good fight in congress as a Representative of DC.4. Aileen HernandezAs the first women appointed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Aileen Hernandez was tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. When she grew tired of “the slow pace at which the commission was addressing sex-discrimination cases”, according to The New York Times, she became a founding member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and later, its president. There, she testified before the senate on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment, which aimed to secure constitutional equality for women. Although it passed congress, it failed at the state legislature level. But Hernandez was not one to give up. She spent the rest of her life as head of a consulting firm that fought discrimination based on sex and race, an organizer for women’s groups and a public advocate for workplace equality until her death in February 2017.“I Was Sexually Assaulted And Harassed At Work”5. Rachel B. TivenWhile Rachel B. Tiven is in just her ninth month as CEO of Lambda Legal, a nonprofit that focuses on securing LGBT rights through litigation, education and public policy, she’s already made a significant impact. With a distinguished background in civil rights litigation, Tiven is familiar with the nuances involved in LGBT employment law and ready to lead the charge ahead. “I’m particularly proud of our expertise on employment discrimination and protecting LGBT families,” Tiven said in an interview with The Daily Kos. “We are currently suing in federal court on behalf of a math professor who was fired from a community college in South Bend, Indiana, and a security guard who was fired from a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, just to name two.” The results of these court cases (and others Lambda Legal is pursuing) are critical, as they may establish important precedents for prohibiting discrimination against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — something that is currently legal in many areas throughout the U.S.6. Jennifer KeelanHow, you might ask, could an 8-year-old girl have left such an impact on the workplace? Well, Jennifer Keelan was one of the youngest participants involved in the Capitol Crawl, a protest that involved a large group of disabled people (many of whom used wheelchairs) crawling up the steps of the capitol building in order to demonstrate the obstacles they face on a daily basis. The ultimate goal of this was to persuade congress to support the Americans with Disabilities Act, a piece of legislation that prohibits employment discrimination against those with a disability and requires employers to provide them with reasonable accommodations. Keelan left behind the wheelchair she used due to Cerebral Palsy to make her way up the capitol steps by elbows and knees alone, defiantly declaring “I’ll take all night if I have to!” Shortly after, the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. The Best Places to Work in 2019 The 50 Best Jobs In America For 2019last_img read more

Why Glassdoor Women Love Working Here (And You Will, Too!)

first_img“For the past 6 years, Glassdoor has been this incredibly real and fulfilling challenge for me personally, offering me opportunity to grow as an individual in ways I never knew possible.  It is a company that wholeheartedly invests in its employees, making it so easy to wholeheartedly invest yourself in return.” — Molly McKinstry, Sales“I feel that Glassdoor is looking out for my best interest. It empowers me to make and own decisions, and to grow and build a team. When life strikes, work is flexible enough for me to work from home or take time off at a moment’s notice. It focuses on the whole person and our whole career trajectory, which makes me love working here.” — Sarah Ewing, Marketing“You aren’t a number here, you are a valued member of the company, and encouraged to be an individual! Your ideas are heard, your creativity is admired, and your passion is recognized and encouraged.” — Christina Brady, Sales“Room to grow. Everyone is a valued member of the team and the larger company, and I truly feel that. Want to work on something? Do it. Want to learn about another team? Go talk to them. Glassdoor is incredibly supportive of the ‘choose your own adventure’ career path. You’re not going to get that everywhere, and it’s special.” — MaryJo Fitzgerald, Corporate Affairs“The challenges and opportunities that this company provides. Your voice is really heard and if you want to make a change or suggestion, the team is willing to hear you out. The platform and tool itself is something I believe in deeply, providing job seekers transparent information about [a company] itself is something that is really rewarding.” — Allie Shimer, Sales 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Glassdoor Sr. Java Engineer, Security Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA Manager, Business Operations Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Being a woman in the workplace is a unique experience — we get that. Amidst all of the challenges and opportunities that we encounter, it helps to be surrounded by your fellow female coworkers in a space where you can learn from, inspire, and celebrate each other. And at Glassdoor, we’ve worked hard to create that space for both men and women to thrive.We recently turned to our Glassdoor Women’s Group to ask: What do you love about working here? As it turns out, they had a lot to share — read on below! And if you’re looking for a new opportunity where you can sink your teeth into meaningful work, collaborate with an incredible team, rally behind an important mission, and work for a company that truly cares about you, check out our open positions.Meaningful Work“The work and my team. Every day there are new questions to be answered and I rarely have a repetitive task. Additionally, I work with a group of people who are creative, innovative, and who I’m lucky to call my friends.” — Morgan Smart, Data Science“The challenges that I’m presented with every single day. The opportunities this company and its mission presents to all of its employees. That’s what makes Glassdoor such a great place to work. I love the teamwork and having the ability to learn from professionals of all level and tenure.” — Melissa Hofer, Sales“I can see the impact of my work on people right away. Glassdoor is big enough to invest in people development programs, but still small enough to move quickly.” — Marca Clark, Learning & Org Development“I love that we do work every day that matters… and that we are trusted and supported to get on with it.” — Cayla Were, SalesThe Team“People!!! In a decade of my engineering career, Glassdoor is the first company where I can say – All of the people I have come across and worked with are genuine, honest, fun, creative and the list goes on.” — Megha Krishnamurthy, Engineering“I look forward to work every single day. Not only is it incredibly rewarding to work at a company with a mission that I am passionate about, but I am surrounded by amazing team members that feel the same way and are an absolute joy to spend my week (and often weekend) with.” — Grace Toan, Sales“The people. I’m motivated by the smart, scrappy, and supportive talent around me.” — Lisa Holden, Corporate Affairs“I enjoy coming to work every day because each day is different. The best part though? I can go to anyone and ask for help. Everyone is willing to drop what they are doing in order to see others succeed.” — Addie Payne, Sales“The people and the opportunities to grow. Just about every interaction I have each day is with people who are smart, fun, and caring. It’s the best company culture I’ve experienced in my many years of working.” — Katherine Johnson, Marketing“The people. We have amazing people at Glassdoor. Intelligent, friendly, driven, passionate. I love working alongside them – they inspire me to work hard. I love my Glassdoor family!” — Cara Barry, Content & Community“Glassdoor is like a home away from home – you’re surrounded by family. No matter what type of day I’m having, I’m always excited to come to work because of the amazing people here. They push you to do better, and always have your back.” — Meha Munshi, Sales“Hands down, the people – across all departments. I love working with such passionate, smart, fun, kind people.  It makes recruiting for this company easy because I’m selling a company I love and a product I find immense value in.” — Jamie Hichens, Talent Acquisition“Freedom and respect.  I am free to openly share my ideas, questions, and passions with co-workers and leaders who listen, challenge, and support me in my goals.” — Becky Lossing, Content & CommunityA Worthwhile Mission“I truly believe in Glassdoor’s mission to help people everywhere find a job and company they love, helping me find purpose behind everything I do. I also LOVE the people and look forward to seeing their smiling faces around the office (including at the lunch line) every day.” — Sarah Stoddard, Corporate Affairs“I think about our mission – every single day. I am helping real people make their lives better in real ways – that inspires me.” — Stephanie Jenkins, Sales“The mission statement really transcends with me. As someone in recruiting, I love working for a recruiting company and understanding the different aspects of the business.” —  Eileen Wu, Talent Acquisition“I love working for a company whose mission statement I can truly stand behind. We are apart of something great in the fact that we make an incredible impact on individuals who are seeking a job that best fits their life. Glassdoor has given me the opportunity to work with the most intelligent, creative individuals who push me to be better every day. I couldn’t have asked for a better environment, culture and support system.” — Danielle Sorresso, Sales“The mission motivates me to bring my best self to work each day, I feel that responsibility.  My co-workers add richness and depth to my Glassdoor journey – smartest, funniest and kindest people I have had the opportunity to work with.” — Pam Tan, Content & Community“I am so passionate about our mission, it’s something I’ve struggled with personally in the past, and from my own experience I find so much joy in helping other people find the best job and company for their life. I love how the people who work for Glassdoor embrace each other and make this an open workplace to freely share thoughts and ideas. Everyone who works here helps me be a better salesperson and a better person in general.” — Michelle de Venoge, SalesA Company That Cares Senior Java Engineer, Ads Delivery Glassdoor San Francisco, CA Sr. AWS Security Engineer Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ Senior Account Executive Glassdoor Chicago, IL 4.2★ 4.2★center_img Senior Data Scientist, Decision Science Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ Senior Manager, Sales Operations Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA 23 hours ago 23h Available Jobs at Glassdoor Customer Success Manager – New Business Glassdoor Mill Valley, CA 23 hours ago 23h Also on Glassdoor: Account Executive Glassdoor Chicago, IL Senior Front End Engineer, B2B Products Glassdoor San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.2★ 4.2★ 4.2★ 4.2★ We Asked 750 Hiring Managers What Makes a Candidate Irresistible, Here’s What They Saidlast_img read more

The Number One Thing You Need to Do Before Going on Holiday Vacation

first_img 3.4★ The answer to each of these questions is something that you accomplished this year. Be proud of that! You may not know these metrics off the top of your head, so go ahead and calculate them. Do some research and figure out your personal statistics. This will help you see where you are in your role and in your career and will give you perspective on how you can grow and improve.How to Perform a 2017 Career AuditDefine your goals, priorities, and tasksNext, define what you want to accomplish and achieve in the new year. Do a self-assessment and figure out your priorities and tasks are, then build from there. This can be short or long term, but the idea is to figure out where you want to be (the end result) and how you will get there. Make an outline or a to-do list so you can clearly see what’s on your plate. Once you have figured out what you need to accomplish and how to prioritize each task, you can actually get started on accomplishing it. You can also use applications like Trello to keep organized and keep others up to date on your progress. Telling others about your goals also helps to keep you accountable! (In a 2013 research study published in Translational Behavioral Medicine, participants who published their weight loss progress on Twitter lost more weight than those who kept their progress to themselves.)Why this worksResearch suggests that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down. This is because writing goals and dreams down holds you accountable, and also creates a physical reminder of what you’re working towards. Physically writing your goals down forces both sides of your brain to work together, stimulating a more powerful response and a greater ambition to meet those goals.The 13 Best Resume Tips of 2017Be realisticWriting things down is the simple trick that will help you reach your goals, however it’s important to note that reality comes into place here. If your goal is completely unrealistic in terms of logistics or science, it likely won’t pan out. Set a specific goal that is challenging, but still attainable. Science suggests that using these two factors when goal setting leads to higher performance 90% of the time.For example, it’s unlikely that you will be able to leave your job and start a new job within the next month, however setting a goal of sending in three amazing job applications per week, with the result of leaving your current job and starting a new job within the next six months is very achievable. Remember, the number one thing you need to do before going on holiday vacation is to write down your achievements this year and set goals for the new year. This will help you hold yourself accountable, provide a physical reminder of what you’re working towards, and let you enjoy the holiday season knowing that you’re being proactive in your career. 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ Servers O’Charley’s Simpsonville, SC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Truck Mechanic / Diesel Technician Clarke Power Services, Inc. Tupelo, MS 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h The 10 Best Job Search Tips of 2017 23 hours ago 23h Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Licensed Nurse Assistant (Part Time) Genesis Healthcare Keene, NH 4.3★ Now hiring all positions George-McKenna Electrical Inc. George-McKenna electrical Greenville, TX 2.6★ See More Jobs APC-ENDOCRINOLOGY – KASEMAN ENDOCRINOLOGY Presbyterian Healthcare Services Albuquerque, NM Most of the world sets goals and makes resolutions around the new year, however, it’s estimated that only 8% of people actually stick to those resolutions. While it’s entirely possible that many people are being unrealistic with their goals, the number one thing you need to do before going on holiday vacation is to write down your achievements this year and goals for the new year. Doing this will set you up to be productive for the new year and enable you to go into the holidays with a clear direction and positive attitude.Reflect on what you’ve accomplishedPart of setting realistic goals and priorities is reflecting on what you’ve accomplished and giving yourself credit where it is deserved. Here are some great questions to ask yourself at the end of the year:How many accounts did you manage?How much in sales volume did you secure? (weekly, monthly, or annually)Did you reduce cost? (either by a percentage or dollar amount)How many clients did you interact with? (daily, weekly, monthly, or annually)Did you surpass a quota?Did you manage a team? If so, how many team members did you manage?Did you work with any notable clients or vendors?Did you secure any partnerships? 3.2★ 4.3★ Summer Camp Nurse Camp Towanda Honesdale, PA 3.6★ 3.2★ 4.9★ 23 hours ago 23h Independent Insurance Agent Family First Life San Francisco, CA Korean Licensed Clinical Psychologist-Los Angeles (Korea Town) CHE Behavioral Health Services Los Angeles, CA Licensed Nurse Assistant (Full Time) Genesis Healthcare Saint Johnsbury, VT 2.6★ 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Jonesboro, GAlast_img read more

Why Southwest Says Soft Skills Reign Supreme

first_img Business Consultant Performance Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.3★ View More Jobs 4.3★ Operations Agent Southwest Airlines Company San Jose, CA 4.3★ 4.3★ Hot Southwest Airlines Jobs For You Ground Support Equipment Mechanic Southwest Airlines Company Denver, CO Sr Project Manager Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX Ramp Agent Supervisor Southwest Airlines Company Oakland, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Sr Database Administrator – Data Warehouse Modeling & Design Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h Ramp Agent-Part-Time Southwest Airlines Company Pittsburgh, PA 4.3★ For the tenth consecutive year, Southwest Airlines has been recognized by the Employees’ Choice Awards as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work. Thousands of Southwest employees from Dallas to Des Moines to the Dominican Republic have lauded the company for its opportunities for career growth, exceptional company culture and unbeatable perks. Ranking 10th overall among large U.S. employers and #1 among airlines, Southwest credits their Glassdoor award win to one thing: employee feedback. Being able to hear team members early and often has ensured that the executive leadership and managers can consistently improve experiences. “When it comes to engagement, an astounding percentage of our Employees describe their career at Southwest as a calling,” says Greg Muccio, Director of People at Southwest. “Not a stepping stone. Not a job. A calling.”It’s a source of pride for him, and one of the main reasons Muccio has been with the airline for nearly 18 years. Because Southwest is focused on its people, hiring is a top priority. And while other companies may place technical skills over traits like conflict resolution and dependability, for Southwest, Muccio says, those soft skills are essential.“Instead of calling them soft skills, I would actually call them essential skills,” he says. “Some of the most crucial of these skills include: communication, teamwork, leadership, relationship-building, balance, reliability and dependability.”He continues, “We are known for our values that make up what we call ‘Living the Southwest Way.’ Those are a Warrior Spirit, a Servant’s Heart and a Fun-LUVing Attitude. We challenge our Recruiting Team to only hire candidates who embody all three of these core values. It is the criteria on which we measure our employees, so the majority of our [interview] questions revolve around these three things.”Read on to hear more about how soft skills and the ability to positively interact with customers could make you a perfect fit for a job at Southwest. Plus, learn what Muccio says is in store for the future of aviation and hiring.Glassdoor: Congratulations on the win again this year — Southwest has won 10 times now! What does it mean to have Southwest employees honor the company as a 2019 Best Place to Work?Greg Muccio: This recognition is especially meaningful because it comes from our own employees. In fact, our internal celebration of this honor will say “We’re #10 because of the #1 employees in the business.” We were founded on — and have maintained — a people-centric philosophy, and our People are at the forefront of every decision we make. We are focused on being the best place to work, and to be recognized for an unmatched 10 consecutive years by our employees and Glassdoor is validation that our efforts are paying off. Glassdoor: What are two or three steps your company has taken within the last year to double down on company culture, employee engagement and employee feedback that may have led to this win?Greg Muccio: We take our employees’ feedback very seriously. In addition to our comprehensive annual employee survey, which drives action plans for improvement, we also now send quarterly surveys for a real-time pulse check. We want to offer our employees more frequent touchpoints to provide their feedback, which gives us the opportunity to consistently enhance their experience. When it comes to engagement, an astounding percentage of our employees describe their career at Southwest as ‘a calling.’ Not a stepping stone. Not a job. A calling. We also introduced paid parental leave, a benefit our Employees really wanted. This allows the mother, father or both (we have many “LUV Couples,” or Employees who are married) to care for and bond with their new addition during the baby’s first year of life. When big decisions are made, it’s not unusual for our CEO Gary Kelly and other senior leaders to ask, “What does this mean for employees?” before making a decision. We are always asking the questions “How can we care for our employees?” and “How can we improve their experience?”Best Places to WorkGlassdoor: This award speaks volumes about the company, but also signals to job seekers that this is an amazing place to work. Why should job seekers apply for an open role at Southwest? What are two to three benefits, practices or traditions that are unique to your company?Greg Muccio: When you think of a career at an airline, many candidates are excited about the free flights. And those are definitely a nice perk! But our culture is what sets us apart. What you read about Southwest will never be able to fully capture the heart of our employee experience. Regardless of the position, I think we do a really good job of providing purpose in our work—a shared cause to rally around.  And, speaking of rallying… each year, we spend the month of February hosting Southwest Rallies in some of our cities. Part state-of-the-union, part family reunion and party, this event is like none other. It’s an opportunity for our employees to hear from our senior-most leaders on the direction of the company, ask questions and of course, have fun.Sure, we offer great benefits. We invest in our employees. Our financial rewards include 44 consecutive years of profit sharing payments, with our 2017 contribution coming in at $543 million to our employees. We have a generous 401(k) match. And, we offer high-quality and low-cost medical benefit packages that truly provide safety and security for our employees and their families — this is a comforting feeling.We also encourage employees to get involved with causes they’re passionate about. Employees are encouraged to volunteer for causes that matter most to them, and Southwest supports them through our Tickets for Time program by donating round-trip tickets to nonprofits based on employee volunteer hours. Plus, we offer several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to allow employees to make a difference with their Southwest Family. In 2017, [Employees] logged an astounding 180,000 volunteer hours!There are too many fun and quirky things about working at Southwest to list here, but we rounded up a list of a few of our favorites if you want to take a look.” Glassdoor: Glassdoor is all about transparency and helping people everywhere find a job and company they love. What insights can you share about the interview process at Southwest? What types of questions do you ask, and what kind of soft skills do you look for?Greg Muccio: First and foremost, it is not a cliché when we ask candidates to be themselves in an interview. We genuinely desire that. Southwest is not a place where you have to separate your true self from your work environment self. We want you to bring your passions to our company to ensure this is the right fit. We are known for our values that make up what we call ‘Living the Southwest Way.’ Those are a Warrior Spirit, a Servant’s Heart and a Fun-LUVing Attitude. We challenge our recruiting team to only hire candidates who embody all three of these core values. It is the criteria on which we measure our employees, so the majority of our questions revolve around these three things.Instead of calling them soft skills, I would actually call them essential skills. Some of the most crucial of these skills include: communication, teamwork, leadership, relationship-building, balance, reliability and dependability.How to Prepare for a Behavioral InterviewGlassdoor: How do you screen candidates to ensure that they will be engaged and have that Fun-LUVing Attitude?Greg Muccio: I challenge our recruiters to not be afraid to present to a hiring department a candidate who may not have all the hard skills they want, but who truly displays all of our core values. We can train for skill, but attitude is a bit harder to teach. On the flip side of that, they should never consider someone who is not a Southwest fit. We are going to spend as much energy seeking to understand each candidate’s attitude as we do identifying his/her hard skills. Engagement is a two-way street, and this process helps us hire candidates who are already living the Southwest way and exemplifying our values.Glassdoor: Southwest has long been a partner of Glassdoor’s. How are you using our platform to attract the types of candidates you’re looking for?Greg Muccio: We share Glassdoor’s commitment to transparency, both for our customers and for our job candidates. For our customers, it means treating customers honestly and fairly, and low fares actually staying low. Bags fly free and there are no change fees. Likewise, we are transparent about our positions and our hiring process. It is important for people to fully understand the elements of each job. We want people to know the benefits and the challenges, because it will provide a more realistic viewpoint of each role.For example, part of working on the ramp is being outside. If you don’t enjoy physical work in unpredictable climates, we want you to have the opportunity to determine, ‘this isn’t the right position for me.’  Some elements of a job will never change, and people deserve to know them on the front end. 25 Best Jobs at the Best Places to WorkGlassdoor: You’ve been with Southwest for almost two decades. What keeps you engaged? How can other employers retain top-notch employees like you? Greg Muccio: I’ve been here for 17.5 years. It really is the people I work with who make coming to work each day enjoyable. I also appreciate the challenging work that I get to tackle in my role. Overall, I’m motivated by the mission of Southwest and getting to be a part of something that is so much bigger than me.Glassdoor: What’s next for Southwest?Greg Muccio: Well, we’re very excited because Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals. It’s astounding to see how this little airline from Texas has evolved into the nation’s largest domestic carrier! Specific to careers, we have a very heavy focus in 2019 to continue to enhance our candidate experience, both internally and externally. We are focused on making our application processes more transparent and efficient.Glassdoor: Looking ahead to 2019, how can job seekers get prepared for the future of work in the aviation industry?Greg Muccio: As a whole, the industry’s big focus is on innovation. At the micro level, innovation is centered on each airline’s customers and employees. On the macro level, it means staying competitive with other airlines. Airlines are asking more for more support from the government in relation to innovative opportunities. To be successful in this industry, one must be agile and able to manage large volumes of change. There are many variables that are outside of our control that impact our operations, so there is more pressure to adapt. Change is constant in the airline industry. Sr Project Manager-Crew Solutions Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Ramp Agent Southwest Airlines Company Fort Lauderdale, FL 4.3★ Supervisor Tech Ops Supply Chain Southwest Airlines Company Dallas, TX 4.3★ 4.3★last_img read more

​Pellegrino to meet Southampton players today for the first time

first_imgNew Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is set to meet his players for the first time today, according to reports from the Daily Echo.Mauricio Pellegrino had been appointed as the new manager of Southampton recently and the Argentine will surely be looking to make a good impression when he will meet his players for the first time on Thursday.The likes of Oriol Romeu, Virgil van Dijk and Shane Long will be among those heading back for pre-season fitness testing.And Pellegrino will be looking to use the opportunity to interact with them for the first time and possibly also discuss their immediate futures at the club.last_img

Crystal Palace turn to Zouma ahead of Sakho

first_imgCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will not be returning to Selhurst Park.Sakho played a key role in Palace’s survival last season after joining on loan from Liverpool in January.The Eagles were initially keen to make the move permanent but have been put off by Liverpool’s £30million price tag.Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma is also a loan target for the south Londoners, says the Mirror.Eagles chairman Parish admitted re-signing Sakho was “not going to work out” and added “We have other business to get done.”last_img

mHealth Summit: Lessons from Ghana’s MoTeCH Project

first_imgAlthough the project is still underway, Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams was able to present some of the preliminary lessons they have learned over the course of the project. Many of these lessons have been echoed in other sessions at the mHealth Summit and should be considered by anyone attempting to implement an mhealth project in a low resource setting.Voice messages may be preferable to SMSWomen may lack access to mobile phones that are “family” phonesPhone “literacy” may be lowElectricity, connectivity, and network congestion issues in remote areasData entry can be more cumbersome depending on the type of phones used and can lead to incomplete data setsBuy-in from managers and supervisors of community health workers is criticalFor more information, visit MoTeCH’s website.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 7, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Ghana Health Service has been implementing a project called Mobile Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) that has been developing a mobile health information technology system to increase the quality and availability of maternal health care, with a focus on the continuum of care. The project seeks to provide information to mothers and community health workers via mobile phones.last_img read more

Over 28,000 Deaths in the First Day of Life in Bangladesh Reminds the Urgency of MNH Services Integration

first_imgPosted on November 6, 2014June 23, 2017By: Mohammod Shahidullah, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neonatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical UniversityClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series, which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meetingA new mother and her six-day-old baby receive a postnatal check up at the new government clinic in Badulpur, Habijganj, Bangladesh. Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the ChildrenThe continuum of care has become a rallying call to reduce the maternal deaths, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and child deaths. Continuity of care is necessary throughout the lifecycle (adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period, and childhood) and also between places of caregiving (including households and communities, outpatient and outreach services, and clinical-care settings). Within the continuum, all women should have access to care during pregnancy and childbirth, and all babies should be able to grow into children who survive and thrive.Unfortunately in the modern era of medical science, the program efforts addressing the health of mothers and newborns are often planned, managed, and delivered separately; though, from a biological perspective, maternal and newborn health are intimately linked.Integration of maternal and newborn health is an important approach to avoid separation between a mother and her newborn baby, places of service delivery, or at any event of health services. A persistent divide between training, programs, service delivery, monitoring, and quality improvement systems on maternal and newborn health limits effectiveness to improve outcomes. But it is evident that at the public health level, even with scarce human and financial resources, integrated service packages can maximize the efficiency for health services.In the last two decades Bangladesh has demonstrated extraordinary progress in reducing maternal and child deaths, but unfortunately, newborn mortality declined in a much slower pace and reduction of stillbirths was not even on the agenda. Fortunately, the country recently prioritized newborn survival and incorporated some priority interventions to reduce neonatal death. Improved delivery care services became one of the key strategies for improving child survival in addition to overall development of the health service delivery system.The following newborn-specific interventions are prioritized to achieve the commitment of ending preventable child deaths by 2035:Ensure essential newborn care, including neonatal resuscitation and application of chlorhexidine in the umbilical cordIntroduce and promote kangaroo mother care (KMC) for premature and low birth weight infantsEnsure proper management of newborn infection with antibiotics at the primary care levelsEstablish specialized newborn care unit at the sub-district and district levelEnsuring delivery by skilled birth attendants at the community levels and establishing an effective referral linkage to ensure continuum of care from community clinics to the sub-district, district and higher level hospitals—which can provide round the clock emergency obstetric and newborn care—are actions incorporated in the declaration. These give a clear indication of the government vision on integrated approaches to improve maternal and newborn health.Intra-partum complication, prematurity-related complications and newborn sepsis are the major causes of newborn death is Bangladesh. Without integration of maternal and newborn health we cannot reduce mortality especially due to the fact that intra-partum complications and prematurity-related complications together cause 67% of all newborn deaths in the country. Bangladesh recently scaled up the Helping Babies Breathe initiative and that is a unique example of integration of maternal and newborn health.Every year in the first day of life, 28,100 newborns of Bangladesh die indicating the importance of integration of maternal and newborn services in pursuit of quality of care.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog and has been lightly edited.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Word is Spreading about UBT – Have You Spoken Up?

first_imgPhones were ringing all day at Freelancers Union offices in Brooklyn when Mayor Bloomberg announced his proposal to cut taxes for freelancers. I take back what I said about an un-sexy issue: this one’s got legs. The news coverage points out that not only is the UBT generally unfair (see my double-dipping analogy below), but eliminating this tax will help protect the livelihoods of already vulnerable freelancers, whose ranks are surely swelling as jobs vanish. Both the New York Times and NY Post covered Bloomberg’s address and took special note of the UBT proposal (and they quote Sara Horowitz). As one commentary notes, this isn’t a done deal. So thanks to over 400 of you who contacted Bloomberg within 24 hours of getting our announcement. Take this chance if you haven’t already to remind Mayor Bloomberg you’re counting on him to make his proposal a reality. (Oh, and if you want to receive campaign announcements from us, sign in and edit your Subscriptions.)last_img

Budget Meals: 6 Unique Ways to Eat Beans and Rice

first_img Post navigation Welcome back to the collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! I’m here to give you tips on living a healthy, happy life on a budget.Finding cheap, healthy meals to fill you up can be a challenge. How many times have you made a meal with what’s left in your fridge and been sad and unfulfilled by it? There is a solution! If you’re tight on your budget, but don’t want to order off the dollar menu, I suggest rice and beans.Rice and beans is often thought of as a side dish to a Mexican meal. But the truth is that rice and beans is a powerful, healthy combo. Together they make a complete protein! Which means that you don’t always need animal protein with your meal in order to feel full. That’s what makes rice and beans such a great choice if you’re tight on your budget.What kind of beans and rice make a complete protein?ANY! Actually any whole grain and legume combined will make a complete protein with all of the amino acids your body needs. There are endless combinations.Whole grains to try:OatsBarleyBrown RiceQuinoaBuckwheatTeffMilletFarroBulgurAmaranthCheck out my article on cheap grains to keep stocked in your pantry for more ideas on what whole grains to combine with your favorite legumes.Legumes to try:ChickpeasLentilsEdamameKidney BeansBlack BeansFava BeansNavy BeansPinto BeansPeanutsAdzuki BeansToday I am just going to focus on rice and beans. I’ll give you some unique recipe ideas to make, but know that you can always switch out the rice for another whole grain you have on hand. Use whatever is already in your pantry, so it won’t take a lot of effort to make a delicious wholesome meal.6 Unique Ways To Make a Meal out of Beans and Rice1. Make it Asian-inspired.Brown rice is already a staple of Asian cuisine, so throw some fava or edamame beans into your fried rice or stir-fry and you’ve got yourself a full meal deal.Recipe ideas: Brown Rice & Adzuki Bean Bowl or Vegetarian Sushi Bowl2. Have a fiesta!It’s really easy to create a fun Mexican meal with rice and beans. Throw them in a burrito, taco, salad, or quesadilla and your meal is ready to go!Recipe ideas: Black Bean Burrito Bowl with roasted sweet potato or Black Bean Burrito3. Serve it Southern-style.Cajun spice and barbecue are two of my favorite ways to flavor beans and rice. They’re a southern tradition, and make a delicious main course.Recipe ideas: Red Beans & Rice or Healthy Southern Baked Beans served with rice4. Make a burger.Rice and beans actually make a great base for a veggie burger. Combine them with a few other ingredients and you have a cookout worthy meal!Recipe ideas: Black Bean-Brown Rice Burgers or Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers5. Throw it in a soup.Make rice and beans the base of a hearty soup. You can make it creamy, broth-y, or tomato-y. The choice is yours!Recipe ideas: Vegetable Wild Rice Soup or Spiced Fava Bean Soup with Rice and Tomato6. Use Indian flavors.Indian spices and flavors are one of the most delicious ways to combine rice and garbanzo beans (otherwise known as chickpeas.) Curry is my go-to!Recipe ideas: Masala Chickpeas with Coconut Rice or Turmeric Chickpeas and Rice A meal doesn’t have to be extravagant to be healthy and filling. Protein can be found in the simplest of places. If you keep your pantry stocked with whole grains and legumes, you’ll always have something delicious, cheap and easy on hand. Hopefully this inspires you next time your budget is low and stomach is hungry!Follow along!Over the next few months I’ll be covering a variety of ways to be healthy on a budget. Keep an eye out for those and head over to Brewing Happiness for healthy recipe inspiration in the meantime!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related10 Filling and Cheap Pantry StaplesNovember 3, 2017In “Budgeting”Cooking International Meals on a BudgetJune 7, 2018In “Budgeting”Healthy And Affordable Ways to Brown Bag Your LunchMay 17, 2018In “Budgeting” last_img read more

How to Invest with Your HSA

first_img Post navigation Getting ahead financially is a game of inches. It’s about finding every trick, tip, and loophole you can find to maximize the growth potential of your money. There’s no topic where the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is more relevant.It’s true that hard work is important, but grinding away at your job can only go so far. To build real wealth, you need to take advantage of every opportunity available to let your money do the hard work for you. In short, that means looking into nontraditional investing options once you’ve maxed out your regular accounts.That’s why some people choose to invest with their Health Savings Account (HSA). Here’s what you need to know about going that route – how to do it, what to watch out for and how to decide if it’s the right option for you.What is an HSA?An HSA is exactly what it sounds like – a savings account for healthcare expenses. You can save money in an HSA to pay for lab work, prescriptions, imaging and doctor’s visits. Most medical bills qualify for HSA reimbursement except for elective surgery, monthly premiums and some alternative treatments. You can find a full list of eligible items through your HSA provider.To open an HSA, you have to be under an eligible high-deductible plan. These plans must have a deductible of at least $1,350 for individuals and $2,700 for families. The out-of-pocket max for individuals must be no more than $6,650 for individuals and $13,300 for families. Typically, the high-deductible plans will have an HSA next to the name. Not every high-deductible plan qualifies for an HSA.Like IRAs and 401ks, HSAs have a maximum annual contribution limit of $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for families in 2019. If you contribute the family limit, both you and your partner have to be covered under a high-deductible plan. People 55 and older can contribute an extra $1,000 per year. There is no limit dictating when you have to stop contributing. As long as you’re under a high-deductible plan, you’re eligible.HSAs famously have a triple tax benefit. You can deduct contributions on your taxes, withdraw money tax-free and let your earnings grow tax-free. There’s no other type of account that combines all three of those aspects.Why Invest Your HSA?Your HSA is one of the best savings vehicles available, but most people don’t realize they can use it as an investment account. While there are situations where investing your HSA is a bad idea, the upside is hard to ignore.An HSA combines the tax benefits of both Roth and traditional IRAs, allowing you to deduct contributions on your taxes. You also don’t have to pay taxes on earnings and withdrawals if you use HSA funds for qualified medical expenses.How to Invest Your HSAFirst, open an HSA if you don’t have one already. Like bank and brokerage accounts, HSA providers are built differently and some companies are better than others. Lively and Fidelity are two of the best for investors because they have the lowest investing fees.You might already have an HSA through your employer. If you do, look at their investment requirements, rules, and fund selection. Not every HSA provider has a good investment selection, and some have as few as 23 mutual funds while others have thousands. If you don’t like what you find, open a new HSA and transfer money from the employer’s HSA to your own.Every HSA mandates that you keep at least some portion of your HSA in cash before you can start investing. Usually, the minimum is $2,000, but there are a few where the requirement is only $1,000. With a small handful, the requirement is a full $5,000. Find the lowest minimum possible if investing is the route you plan to take.Next, pick which funds you want to invest in. If you’re not sure how to pick funds, contact a financial planner who can guide your decision. You can also choose funds similar to your IRA or 401k.Once you’ve picked your investments, decide how you want to manage your account. Some people save manually every month, while others set up automatic transfers from their regular bank account to an HSA. Saving manually will keep you from overdrawing your account if money is tight, but automatic transfers are the best way to encourage consistent contributions. Choose the method that works best for your situation and personality.When to Invest with Your HSABecause HSAs don’t have income limits like Roth IRAs or 401ks, they’re more advantageous to high-income earners with limited access to other retirement plans. You also don’t have to contribute earned money to an HSA as you do with an IRA.If you’ve already maxed out your IRA and 401k and still have money leftover, the HSA is a better choice than opening a brokerage account. You don’t have to pay taxes on your HSA unless you overcontribute or accidentally use HSA money for non-medical expenses.If you’re older than 65, you can use your HSA for anything without paying a fine – though you’ll still owe income tax.There’s no time limit on when you can get medical bills reimbursed through your HSA, as long as you have proof of purchase. If you get surgery at 45 and pay for it out-of-pocket, you’re allowed to reimburse yourself for the cost at 65 with your HSA.The downside to investing with your HSA is that your value can drop suddenly if the market experiences a downturn. For the same reason that investing your emergency fund is risky, investing your HSA could leave your account balance dwindling when you need it most.This is only relevant if you’re dealing with recurring medical bills and don’t have enough in the cash portion of your HSA to cover it. If you have major surgery or expensive lab work coming up, leave an appropriate amount in your HSA uninvested.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat Every Freelancer Needs to Know About Planning AheadNovember 14, 2018In “Early Career”How to Think About Saving Beyond Your Emergency FundNovember 8, 2018In “Saving”How to Get the Most out of Your 401K and MoreOctober 23, 2019In “Early Career” last_img read more

Eat more of this one type of fruit to ease joint pain, says expert

first_imgIf you’re one of the 10 million Brits who suffer from arthritis – a common condition causing pain and inflammation in the joints – then you might be interested to hear that a simple diet switch-up could help ease your symptoms…That’s according to one health expert, who claims that eating one particular type of fruit may have offer an anti-inflammatory effect.Speaking to the Express, Dr Sneh Khemka, Aetna International Director of Population Health, claimed that eating cherries could be helpful as part of a balanced diet.‘Certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and improve the immune system,’ he said.‘Adding these foods to your balanced diet, may help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect and form part of your five-a-day.‘If you don’t like cherries you can try other berries,’ he added. ‘Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries have the same effect.’Dr Khemka added that consuming more Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in the likes of oily fish, could also prove helpful if you are suffering from painful joints.This isn’t the first time experts have advised that oily fish can be helpful to those suffering from arthritis. Research published last summer by US scientists showed that eating more fish helped reduce inflammation and ease symptoms in arthritic patients.Sourcelast_img read more

What We’d Tell CEOs About the Elephant in the Boardroom

first_imgThis article was originally posted at the Huffington Post.We are heading into earnings season, and the business world is laser-focused on quarterly reports and whether we will see sustained growth in the stock market. That can make chief executives reluctant to address a looming long-term concern: the idea that business model innovation is lagging behind global consumption. Here’s what we’d tell a hypothetical CEO about that issue.To the Chief Executive Officer,We know that you are in the middle of reporting Q2 earnings and tracking the earnings of your peers. You’re focused on framing performance over the past three months and setting expectations for the three months ahead.But what about the next three years? Or the next decade?Your company and our research teams are looking at many of the same long-term social and environmental challenges. We aim to see the global economy grow in a way that meets the needs of people now and in the generations to come.As we pursue growth, let us offer a strong note of caution on a difficult topic for many businesses, one we’ve found to be the “elephant in the room” for the C-suite and the board: the fact that business model innovation is not keeping pace with global consumption.Consider the combined effect of population growth and poverty reduction: rapid expansion of the middle class, particularly in developing markets like India and China. In the two decades between 2009 and 2030, the global middle class is expected to increase by 3 billion people, which is 10 times the population of the United States.These demographic shifts represent a human development milestone and a rich market opportunity for businesses, but it will not be possible to meet soaring consumer demand with business models that depend on increased consumption. The amount of materials needed could triple by 2050 compared to 2000 under current projections. This is pushing the world towards — and probably beyond — the point where it can provide the raw materials, energy and water societies need.Better technology and improved efficiency will help bridge the gap, but business growth purely through increased consumption is a risky strategy in such an environment. Some industries will be better served by business models that allow customers to share and repair products, rather than dumping and replacing them. Apparel companies such as Rent the Runway and ThredUP are embracing clothing rental and re-commerce. Others may find that they can meet or exceed customer expectations through services rather than through the sale of goods. Philips, long a seller of light bulbs, has shifted to selling the light itself as a service to commercial buyers at a time when light bulbs last for decades, keeping the company profitable. Each industry may explore its own solutions, but we expect that the common denominator will be unprecedented business model innovation.However, that innovation cannot happen unless business leaders address the elephant in the boardroom. We find that most companies’ sustainability teams can comfortably talk about climate change and improvements in efficiency, but not about consumption, because it speaks to the heart of the business model that has been so financially successful for the past century.Our advice: ask your sustainability team to look at our recent research on natural resource consumption and its implications for business, and encourage a frank discussion on the risks of your current business model and opportunities for transformation. These conversations are necessary to ensure that business can continue to be the engine for economic growth.Sincerely,Manish Bapna, Managing DirectorKevin Moss, Global Director, Business CenterWorld Resources InstituteWashington, DClast_img read more

Chinese Cities Aim to Rein in Bike-Sharing Boom

first_imgBike-Sharing Challenges and Solutions Go GlobalShanghai’s regulations show a great level of versatility and detail in terms of management of cycling safety, fleet control, parking, maintenance and data sharing. Other cities are now following suit around the globe, such as Seattle.Both Shanghai’s and Seattle’s regulations set a cap for the number of bikes allowed in the city. Seattle also required its fleet control to be carried out in phases, requiring operators to introduce no more than 500 bikes in their first month of operation, and no more than 1,000 by the second month. From the third month onwards, if an operator satisfies all of the city’s regulations, it can introduce more than 2,000 bikes, so long as there are fewer than 340 bikes in 1,000 square miles.In terms of bike parking, the Seattle Department of Transport also suggested that dockless bikes should only be parked on the edges of the sidewalk or on a bicycle rack so as not to obstruct pedestrians. Bike parking is forbidden in certain areas, including narrow areas on the outer side of sidewalks, corners and more. If a dockless bike hasn’t moved for seven days or the bike is not parked standing upright, city workers will remove it and only return it to operators once they’ve paid a fine.A More Orderly Bike-Share SystemEveryone benefits if bike-sharing thrives. Bikes cost-effectively make cities more accessible for citizens, and can complement more traditional mass transport. They’re also vitally important in the global battle against climate change: About 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cities.Bike-sharing’s evolution will be more orderly and effective with a balanced regulatory framework. Only through proactive regulation can urban bike-sharing systems flourish without jeopardizing public wellness.EDITOR’S NOTE, 1/18/18: A previous version of this blog post stated that Seattle’s bike-sharing regulations limit operators to no more than 130 bikes in 1,000 square miles. It is actually 340 bikes per 1,000 square miles. We regret the error. China’s cities are drowning in bicycles.Dozens of “dockless” bike-sharing startups have emerged in the past few years, offering apps where riders can locate bicycles, unlock them and leave them wherever their ride ends. The result in some Chinese cities has been more than a million bicycles piling up in public spaces, blocking entrances to buildings and public transit stops, and obstructing sidewalks. Not only is the situation disorderly, it’s dangerous: Discarded bikes can block pedestrians’ paths, causing them to trip or forcing them to walk in the road.But the chaos may be coming to an end: New regulations aim to restore order to the city’s streets while still allowing bike-shares to thrive.Chinese Cities Look to Regulate Dockless Bike-SharingIn May 2017, China’s national-level Ministry of Transportation drafted the first country-wide framework for regulating dockless bike-sharing, issuing a formal regulation in August. Since then, nearly 30 Chinese cities have passed regulations to guide bike-sharing’s production, operation and maintenance, adhering to the national guidelines.Shanghai claims to be the largest bike-sharing city in the world, with roughly 1.7 million bikes at the of the end of September 2017. The city drafted one of China’s first city-level bike-sharing regulatory guidelines in  April 2017, issuing it in October. The guidelines push local authorities to integrate bike parking with city planning requirements. It requires operators, government officials and agencies to control the city’s bike fleet, such as by requiring bike plate registration, banning shared electric bikes, and guaranteeing more standardized parking by using Geo-fence technology, which uses a Bluetooth-based sensor to detect if bikes are parked in the proper area.At the urging of these guidelines, Mobike and Ofo, China’s two biggest bike-sharing companies, have made more of an effort to remove bikes in poor conditions from the fleet and relocate bikes during peak use hours. As of the end of October, the total number of shared bikes in Shanghai had dropped to fewer than 1.1 million.The regulations also protect consumers financially. The city appointed an independent financial institute to oversee bike users’ deposits, assuring that they’ll receive their money back if a bike-share operator goes bankrupt.Many Chinese cities have become overrun with dockless bike-share bikes due to lack of regulations. Photo by David Ing/Flickrlast_img read more

Watch: England cricketers rejoice as Three Lions reach World Cup last 8

first_imgThe England cricket team had a big reason to celebrate even after losing the first T20I against India as the national football team reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on Wednesday.England’s football team created history in Moscow as they won their first-ever penalty shootout in a World Cup knockout match to keep their campaign alive and reach the last 8 of the competition after beating Colombia 4-3 on penalties.The match had finished 1-1 in regulation plus extra-time after captain Harry Kane converted a penalty to put England ahead in the 57th penalty but Colombia drew level in stoppage time after Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute.World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then rose to the occasion after the 30 minutes of extra-time failed to separate the two sides.Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s penalty to become the first English goalkeeper to stop a spot-kick in a World Cup shootout since David Seaman in 1998 while Mateus Uribe hit the crossbar on his effort to see Colombia crash out of the tournament.Colombia vs England: HIGHLIGHTSBack home in England, Eoin Morgan’s cricket team was watching the action unfold in Moscow after the completion of the first T20I against India in Manchester.KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20IAs soon as Eric Dier converted England’s penultimate penalty to ensure victory for his side, the cricket team erupted in joy and started singing ‘It’s coming home’ referring to the World Cup trophy which they had lifted back in 1966 after beating West Germany in the final.advertisementHarry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and factsThe England and Wales Cricket Board even posted a video of the celebrations to mark the occasion.Unlike the football team, Morgan’s boys couldn’t deliver the same result on the cricket field as India demolished the hosts by 8 wickets in the first match of the three-T20I series in Manchester.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsEngland posted 159 for 8 after being put into bat with Jos Buttler scoring 69 runs. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav wrecked havoc in England’s camp with figures of 5/24 from his four overs.#TeamIndia wins the first T20I against England by 8 wickets.#ENGvIND (@BCCI) July 3, 2018Chasing 160, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to David Willey in the first over of the innings but then KL Rahul came in and smashed the bowlers all around the park.Rahul remained unbeaten on 101 and added 123 runs for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma (32) to help India overhaul the target in 18.3 overs.The next T20I between the two teams will be played in Cardiff on July 6, a day before England take on Sweden in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals in Samara on July 7.last_img read more

A Penguin-Damaged Company Makes its SEO Recovery & Other Marketing Stories of the Week

first_imgIt may have been a shorter work week than usual, but the inbound marketing news sure didn’t slow down. Between new feature releases on your favorite (or maybe not) social networks, websites still recovering from the recent Google Penguin updates, and the usual thought-provoking inbound marketing content that fills our tweet streams, we have a lot to catch up on. So here’s a distilled version of all that industry awesomeness in case you missed it while trying to squeeze a five-day work week into four ;-)Recovering From an Over Optimization Penalty From SEOmozFirst, let’s visit Nick Eubanks at SEOmoz to learn more about the recent Penguin algorithm update from Google — if you haven’t read it yet, you can get a quick recap here. This post is useful because it gives us a step-by-step walkthrough of how an actual company who was dinged in the SERPs by the Penguin update recovered its listing positions. So if you or one of your clients is struggling with this problem right now, this post will give you insight into how you can begin to repair your organic search presence.Why Enterprise SEO Shouldn’t Focus Solely on Keywords From Search Engine LandContinuing on the SEO train, this blog post by Ian Lurie gives us insight into an oft-overlooked topic — how enterprise organizations should approach SEO. Because it’s different than the approach many SMBs should take, and one critical difference is that there really shouldn’t be an incessant focus on keyword optimization. Plus, it opens with a joke — might as well have a chuckle while you read about site crawls.Facebook and Google+ Feature ChangesMan alive there was a lot of inbound marketing news this week. First, Facebook announced the launch of Promoted Posts that lets us extend the reach of our page content. Then, Google+ rocked our worlds with the death of Google Places, which was officially replaced with Google+ Local. That’s right, local businesses, now you have to use Google+! Muahaha. Finally, Facebook came back again to make our lives easier by allowing us to schedule our posts for the future, and letting us assign page admins to certain roles that limit (or increase) their ability to make changes to our brand’s social presence.Is Pinterest Really Leading to Product Purchases? From eMarketerThere’s been a ton of hoopla around Pinterest as of late, but does it actually lead to product purchases? eMarketer just released some data to let us know! Juicy data? You sure know how to make a marketer swoon, eMarketer.10 Reasons to Develop for Android First From Marketing PilgrimFinally, Craig Palli at Fisku helped add fuel to the Android vs. iOS fire with this post that asserts those developing (or thinking about developing) a mobile app should first develop for Android, not iOS. Sneak peak: the Android market’s bigger, and there are fewer privacy constraints. You’ll have to keep reading for the other 8 reasons!What other good inbound marketing content did you find circling the web this past week?Image credit: NS Newsflash Technical SEO Topics: Originally published Jun 3, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Painlessly Transition Your Company to Inbound Marketing

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Switching to Inbound Marketing We talk to people all the time that are totally sold on the inbound marketing methodology, but there’s just one thing standing in their way from becoming a full-fledged inbound marketer … they can’t convince their boss they can switch to inbound marketing without experiencing a painful blow to their current marketing.It makes sense — change is hard, and honestly, nobody is going to let you waltz in and, with the snap of your fingers, totally change the way your business and marketing department functions. If someone came up to you and said that the proper way to cut paper is by grinding your teeth on it because it results in higher levels of efficiency than traditional scissors, would you make the swap? Of course not. Even if it was true. (Note: it’s not.)That means if you’re really interested in transitioning your company to inbound marketing, it’s time get a little sneaky. It’s time to integrate your inbound marketing campaigns with your company’s more traditional marketing campaigns. Over time, you can not only prove the value of inbound marketing as your campaigns start to generate staggering ROI — numbers tend to do the convincing for you — but you’ll already have that gradual transition towards more inbound-friendly methods underway! So let’s start that transition to inbound marketing together, right now, step-by-step … here’s what to do.Merge Inbound Tactics with Outbound CampaignsMany marketers have already started fusing online and offline marketing techniques. According to Marketing Charts, 90% of marketers believe using online data to optimize the offline experience is important. Furthermore, 73% of company marketers say they will be using a cross-channel marketing strategy over the next few years.Clearly a large population of marketers are comfortable with weaving online marketing tactics with their traditional campaigns. So let’s start there. Kindly request to make inbound tactics a part of the outbound promotion. Here’s a few examples.Connect Your Commercials with a Social Media CampaignIf you work for an organization that uses commercials to advertise their business, ask if you can get social media in on the action just a little bit. Perhaps something small, like a hashtag? Just look at this screenshot from an Audi commercial, for example.This inclusion enables you to unify your online messaging with your advertising campaign, and gives you the opportunity to go to town with social content revolving around the hashtag. Use it in quotes, to start Twitter chats, when citing stats … anything that can help unify the messaging from your commercial and the content you’re publishing to social media.Attach a Landing Page to Your Print Advertisements and Direct MailYour print advertisements may get you noticed, it’s the call-to-action part that’s difficult. In other words, is there any way to get someone to actually take action when they’re inspired by your print ads? Well, when your team sits down to put together their next print ad, ask them for a little space for some copy that points readers to an online destination. This could be through a QR code like Gucci did below, or by simply including a URL.This allows you to create a customized landing page just for this advertisement — you know, something a little more personalized to the reader and the ad you created than just your homepage.Simulataneously Run Inbound Campaigns Alongside More Traditional CampaignsNow that you’ve started to integrate digital and print campaigns, ask if you can run a few additional “inboundy” campaigns of your own. Make this easier by promising you’ll still complete your routine tasks — these additional campaigns will be tests you’re running in addition to those. While this will require more of your time for a bit, it won’t require more of your budget, making it easier to sell your boss and colleagues on the subject. Here are some quick campaigns you can run to include in your ultimate portfolio for convincing your team.Repurpose Existing Content to Create Some Lead Generation OffersIf you’ve been in business for a while — even just a year or two — you’ve likely accumulated a bunch of content and expertise without even knowing it. And if you want to do a test drive of an inbound marketing campaign, you’re going to need that content and expertise. Gather your current sales and marketing collateral — case studies, testimonials, brochures, whatever you got — and start reworking it to spin it into offer content that you can put behind a form, and/or share across social media channels.Set Up CTAs and Landing PagesSee if your boss would be alright with you making some website tweaks. You’re not going to redesign the skin or anything, but you could improve upon what’s already there … and make some key new additions.First, create a call-to-action that lives right on the homepage. It’s easy, you can even make them in PowerPoint! That CTA should lead to a new landing page that houses one of those awesome new lead generation offers you just created. Make sure you consider what type of offer visitors to your home page might be interested in — if the bulk of your traffic is coming in on branded keywords, for example, something a little further down your sales funnel, like a case study or product-focused whitepaper, might be most appropriate. When your sales team starts to see people “raising their hand” to talk about purchasing your product or service, you can bet they’ll want to try more of that inbound marketing stuff.Create Visual Social Media ContentPut on your creative hat and think of a cool new idea for increasing engagement on your social media channels. Can you create a series of memes around a common industry fad? Can you create a few visual representations of important stats and data in your field? You don’t need Photoshop to do this, either. Just head over to or use PowerPoint to whip up some visuals that can be easily shared, helping you generate more fans and followers and increase your overall social reach.Create and Share Your Blog Content StrategicallyStart writing posts on your company blog — and if you don’t have one, set one up! But be strategic. You can’t just write a post and hope the world stumbles upon it. Instead, start sharing that post with advocates of your brand or others who would find it valuable. And yes, that includes your social media fans and followers. You also need to make sure search engines can find it by writing about topics germane to your company and industry. It would also help to start writing guest blog posts for other related sites so you can get some of those coveted inbound links that help your site rise in the search engine rankings!Collect and Compare MetricsNow that you’ve got some campaigns up and running, you can start collecting metrics that speak to their effectiveness. Collect every metric humanly possible. Generate reports that show you the number of times your hashtags were mentioned on Twitter. Look at your website analytics to see how many users were sent to your customized landing pages or landed on your website because of your blog posts. See which keywords drove the most traffic to your website. You know, see what didn’t work, what did work, and what really, really worked. These metrics will show impact you can tie directly to business goals like generating revenue and closing new business.Then it’s time to organize all your results into a clear, succinct, and educational presentation so you can prove the ROI of inbound marketing to your team. And when you use data based off of recent campaigns — data that you can tie directly to leads and customers generated — you don’t have that difficult of a case to make!What tactics have you used to convince your boss and colleagues to invest in inbound marketing?Image Credit: IT Tech News Originally published Oct 8, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

Virat Kohli delighted to see ‘2nd innings strike bowler’ Mohammed Shami deliver consistently

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Mohammed Shami after the pacer ran through the South African batting line-up on the final day of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Virat Kohli said Mohammed Shami has delivered whenever the team needed 2nd innings wickets in tough conditions and his 5-wicket haul on Sunday is just a testimony to his importance in the second half of Test matches.Mohammed Shami picked up his 5th 5-wicket haul in Tests after coming up with an inspired spell of bowling. Shami’s figures of 5/35 helped India bowl South Africa out for 191 in the 2nd innings and register a 203-run win in the Visakhapatnam Test.India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Report | Highlights”Shami has been the strike bowler for us in the 2nd innings consistently now. If you see all his 4, 5-wicket hauls, it comes in the 2nd innings where the team invariably needs it. He reverses it well. That’s his strength. All the guys stood up to their strength. The bowlers had it tougher to keep going in these conditions. So they deserve a little bit of extra credit,” Virat Kohli said.1-0 #TeamIndia win the 1st Test in Vizag by 203 runs #INDvSA @Paytm (@BCCI) October 6, 2019Stressing that India pacers are more than willing to work harder for their wickets in the sub-continent conditions, Kohli said: “Look, it’s all about the attitude. If the fast bowlers step onto the field, thinking the spinners are going to do all the job, it doesn’t do any justice to them playing in the XI. I think the attitude and the mindset they have created has been outstanding.advertisement”Even in India, they are looking to contribute. It’s not like if it’s hot and humid, they gave up. They ask for shorter spells and they give their 100 percent. They have been brilliant. That’s when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Bumrah and Umesh, in the past, doing important things that we want them to do.”Mohammed Shami has picked up 4 5-wicket hauls out of his 5 in the 2nd innings. The Bengal pacer inevitably steps up in the 2nd innings. He has 80 wickets in 2nd innings in Tests at an average of 22.58 as compared to his 1st innings tally of 78 at 34.47.On Sunday, Mohammed Shami got the ball on a slow track to do wonders. He castled Faf du Plessis with a beauty even as the South Africa captain shouldered arms to the ball that came back in sharply after pitching. He got another big wicket when he dismissed 1st innings centurion Quinton de Kock.Shami came back in the 2nd session to break a frustrating 91-run stand for the 9th wicket between Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy by removing the former. He wrapped up the South Africa innings by picking up Kagiso Rabada’s wicket.Superb effort from R Ashwin in 1st innings: KohliMeanwhile, Virat Kohli also heaped rich praise on R Ashwin for his effort in the first innings. Kohli pointed out that the pitch was not doing much in the 1st 3 days and it was commendable to see Ashwin pick up a 7-wicket haul.Notably, Ashwin shone on his return to the Test XI after nearly an year’s gap as he finished the Visakhapatnam Test with 8 wickets.”Jaddu and Ash, again, were really really good. Ash, in the first innings, was outstanding, given the conditions. The pitches were flat, they got a few boundaries away. We have to accept that because we all got 500. There weren’t any demons in the first innings. We always knew this was going to be a 2nd innings game. The fact he picked up 6 (7) wickets in the first innings is a great effort from his end,” Virat Kohli said.Also Read | India vs South Africa, 1st Test stat pack: Six-fest, Rohit’s twin hundreds and peerless AshwinAlso Read | India vs South Africa: R Aswhin equals Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for fastest to 350 Test wicketsAlso See:last_img read more

More than 50% of Indian students prefer spending Diwali vacations learning something new: Study

first_imgAs sessional examinations in schools all across the country come to a close and with the festive season underway, Brainly, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer learning communities, conducted a survey on its Indian user-base to observe how students plan to spend their festive vacations and found that more than 50% of Indian students prefer spending Diwali vacations trying to learn something new.Details about the study on students:Witnessing participation of over 1200 students, largely from across Tier-II and Tier-III cities of the country, the report drew insights on and recorded the mixed responses that these young minds have when it comes to the upcoming holidays.A major share of 37.2% of the students responded that they will be proactively utilizing their Diwali vacations to prepare themselves for the upcoming semestersOver 25% of students noted that will be celebrating with their familiesMore than 22.5% said they will be traveling with their familiesFurther, over 53.9% of students stated how they may be keen on doing activities that involve research on different topics that are beyond their curriculum during this timeOver 70.9% of them said they will be completing the homework assignments that were given to them by the teachers, right before the vacation beganOver 55.7% of students believe that their parents will be helping them prepare for the upcoming semester, and encouraging them to adopt more effective learning practicesStudy shows that learning more is still a priority for studentsInterestingly, students are also looking to hone their skills and capabilities during these vacations, be it learning a new language, engaging in sports-driven skills, and practising arts, crafts, and cooking.advertisementThese figures indicate how while every student seems to have different plans regarding this short vacation spell, learning-related concerns and measures still come as a priority for a majority of them.Why did Brainly carry out this suvey?Sharing an insight behind this survey, Michal Borkowski, CEO, Brainly remarked, “India is renowned for the various festivities that have historically been commemorating its diverse culture. With festivals like Diwali around the corner, everyone is geared up with plans about how to spend these few days of vacations.””This holds true for young minds as well, as they get to not just enjoy but also invest their time and energy in shaping their skills and abilities, and enhancing their knowledge,” he added.”Through our research, we attempt to understand students’ expectations and plans that they have made. We identified significant similarities and patterns. We always aim at leveraging these insights to deliver better value through Brainly and reiterate on the cause of making learning a collaborative, engaging, and fun pursuit,” he said.About BrainlyEssentially, through its unique peer-to-peer approach towards learning, Brainly serves the role of an additional coach for students all over the world in addressing their academic doubts and facilitating a deeper understanding of a topic or a subject.Equipping its vast network of students with a flexible and all-encompassing learning experience, this global leader in online education has steadily been rising as the most-preferred channel for alternate academic learning among students, parents, teachers, and experts across India.Read: Learning different languages good for brain’s cognitive development: DoctorsRead: Teachers go through more stress than any other professional, says studyRead: What you eat could affect your brain and memory: Studylast_img read more