Here’s to another Happy Friday everyone, another vibrant week is almost over!
Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Fostering employee happiness is fast moving up the HR agenda and is becoming a key focus for many organizations of all sizes and industries. Companies are increasingly coming to realize that happy employees make engaged, empowered and high performing employees. Ultimately, businesses in which staff wellbeing is not only taken seriously but is made a fundamental priority are transforming the workplace landscape and setting new standards for HR teams.
At the same time, we are seeing the emergence of a more demanding new generation that wants to safeguard their quality of life and happiness at work. Promoting happiness, then, isn’t a simple ’box-ticking’ exercise achieved with the quick introduction of a ping-pong table or a novelty slide, it’s about focusing on the human experience as a whole and ensuring that employees share the values of the company they work for.
Has the time come for your company to hire a Chief Happiness Officer?
Get ready for robots to move out of the shadows of company warehouses and into the fluorescent glow of retail stores. Walmart announced today that it is bringing shelf-scanning robots to 50 of its U.S. locations as a way to handle tasks like identifying when items are out of stock, locating incorrect prices, and detecting wrong or missing labels.
The approximately two-foot-tall machines use cameras to scan shelves as they move down each aisle. If they find something out of place, they alert an employee. By ensuring that all of the items are in stock on the shelves, the robots will help stores cut down on missed opportunities to make a sale. They will also update a store’s inventory online to reflect what is on the shelves.
Jeremy King, chief technology officer for Walmart U.S. and e-commerce, told Reuters that the robots are 50 percent more productive than their human counterparts and can scan shelves significantly more accurately and three times faster. The introduction of these robots will be an additional resource for stores, not a replacement for employees, he said, so it will not affect employment numbers in stores. The time has finally come!
For many young adults, the process of transitioning into the corporate workforce can be met with a number of difficult challenges. Gaining a role-specific education is not easy, particularly if you are trying to avoid being part of the $1.3 trillion student debt crisis. Convincing a great company to hire you without having a track record of success is no simple task either. Landing a highly competitive job without having either a university degree or prior work experience used to be practically impossible, until now.
Three Silicon Valley companies are improving how emerging professionals become job-ready by filling the practical skills gap felt by so many workforce newcomers. By leveraging the internet, these companies and others are able to bring high-quality education to aspiring professionals, often times for a much better return-on-investment relative to a four-year degree. And at a time when traditional university tuitions have seen nearly a double-digit increase over the last 5 years, the availability of job-specific content can be very appealing to those in the market. Will the Digital Transformation embrace and sponsor this type of education?
Small businesses have always been tough. Entrepreneurs have always been resilient. The little guy has always been up for a challenge. But have they ever had the technological edge over the larger players in their industry with their vast war chests and manpower? Believe it or not, in many ways they do now. And the trend is only set to become more pronounced over the next few years.
New and emerging technologies and business tools are helping strengthen the world of small businesses. As the next tech wave hits, the little guys are primed to capitalize. The reasons why this is happening are numerous: check them out here!
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– the Beem Team