Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Using social media to advance a cause

In a world where it seems everyone has something to say, how do you get your cause at the top of the list? Social media is one viable way to do this! Social media is a great tool that enables people and organizations to have a voice and connect with others who also share similar interests. 

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to find a social cause worth getting behind. The cause is congenital heart defects (CHDs). I have a daughter who was born with a very rare form of CHD in 2012. Lucky for me, I had the proper training (and education) to conduct sound research to prepare myself, and my family, for the arrival of our heart warrior. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Post in the media: MLB, fourth year free and more

Check out a recap of the latest headlines to hit the news:

Post pitcher drafted by Orioles
Post student-athlete Mike Costello was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 1,213th pick in the 40th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Costello is the first student-athlete in Post history to be taken in the MLB Draft. An article on SportzEdge.com, part of WTNH-CT, documented Costello’s success at Post and previously at Division I Radford University and in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Questions with Don Mroz: Engaging employees and creating a positive culture

1. A lack of employee engagement and culture is the top issue facing businesses globally in 2015, according to a recent Global Human Capital Trends Report published by Deloitte University Press. Of the more than 3,300 business and HR leaders surveyed, 87 percent of respondents cited organizational culture and engagement as one of the top challenges they are currently facing. What makes creating engagement and a positive culture such a big challenge?
There are many challenges associated with creating an engaging environment and a positive culture.  There are business pressures that force senior leaders to focus on those issues rather than spending time engaging people.  It may not at all be purposeful, but may seem more of a necessity to the senior level leader when Board members are asking for information, or when margins are not where they need to be.  Strategic issues facing the business are most often very big picture and take the leader(s) away from the tactical work of engaging employees.  It must be a very conscious effort on the part of the senior leader to want to engage employees, and the senior leaders must see the benefits of an engaged workforce.  Of course, there are very different kinds of engagement. An employee can be engaged in one’s actual job, in a team or a department’s efforts, in special projects, in external issues, and in strategic issues or problem solving.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Five e-learning design tips you can use right now

Whether you are a corporate trainer, a K-12 teacher, a higher education instructor, or any other education professional, you may have considered using some type of e-learning activity to get your point across to your learners. There are many types of e-learning that exist in today’s teaching and learning environments. There are online courses delivered via a learning management system (LMS), stand-alone e-learning modules, webinars and live video conferencing, simulations and virtual environments, and many different combinations of these setups.

One of the most common types of e-learning design is the e-learning module. Corporate trainers use these often and teachers in K-12 and higher education are finding that this type of digital presentation is becoming more and more useful. Here is a variety of E-Learning Samples to give you an idea of the range of possibilities. Let’s look at some design tips to help make sure your e-learning modules are the best they can be:

Friday, June 5, 2015

5 Questions with Chris Szpryngel: Finding and retaining talent in 2015

1. Employee retention is a top concern of U.S. businesses in 2015, according to a recent report by Payscale, which surveyed over 5,000 business leaders to gauge their perceptions about key business issues. Sixty-three percent of all employers reported retention as a key issue they’re currently facing. Why has retention become an issue at the forefront for U.S. businesses?
When you think of the cost of replacing employees, you may be surprised at how high it is. Take into consideration the time spent writing up a job description, collecting and reading resumes and cover letters, initial screenings, multiple interviews, written offers, negotiations, final offer and acceptance, and training, hiring new employees cuts into productive capacity. Now think about the amount of people that are involved in this entire process. Starting with the human resources team, organizations may have frontline employees and mid to senior-level managers participating in a selection process. This is a group of employees who have to get together at regular intervals and in many cases pore through hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of resumes, cover letters, and recommendation letters and come up with some type of ranking process to select the top candidates for a position. Think about what an hourly rate for each member of the selection committee would be multiplied by the amount of time spent looking to fill one position. Depending on the organization, this process can significantly impact a company's effectiveness and its efficiencies.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Post athletics adds competitive cheerleading squad

Last week the Post University athletic department announced it would be adding a competitive cheerleading team. The addition of cheerleading now brings the department total to 23 athletic programs, making it the largest department in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and one of the largest in the East Region.

Now that the team is in the athletic department, they will be able to do stunting, tumbling, and gymnastic routines that they were unable to do before.

“Cheerleading is about gymnastics and tumbling and a lot of the team members lost interest because we were unable to do those things last year. This change is going to be huge for recruiting and the team is going to be great for school spirit,” said head cheer coach Rhonda Trust.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why internet marketing is something your company needs to pay attention to

Some marketers argue that internet marketing is just an accessory to traditional approaches. While other marketers argue internet marketing should replace your traditional strategies. Whichever way your organization chooses to go should be based on (a) where your customers are getting their information; (b) what your organization is trying to achieve; and (c) what resources you are willing to dedicate to the cause.

When you are used to competing in a small pond – the internet opens you up to the ocean of competition and larger scaled businesses. Keep in mind that if you go viral – will you be able to handle the demand like say Amazon or Expedia and will your company be able to control the rapid growth? Bottom line, be careful what you ask for and only ask for what you can control.