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We’re back with our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. 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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Apple relishes its reputation as the least evil of the big consumer technology companies. That impulse of virtuous one-upsmanship was on full display Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, where the iPhone maker showed off a bevy of new products and features touted as helping customers better manage their digital lives. Inadvertently, though, the announcements also raised questions about the sincerity of Apple’s concern– whether the company sees respect for the well-being of its consumers as a selling point, or merely a concession to the current cultural moment.
A new feature called Screen Time allows users to see how much, how often and for what they’re using their phones. Screen Time empowers you with both insight and control over how you spend your time: yet another big win for Apple?
By 2020, one in three workers will be over 50 years old. With the increase of the retirement age, phased retirement, or employees just not wanting to retire, the workforce will be older than ever before, and with this comes many rewards for organizations.
From diverse ways of thinking to sharing years of expertise and skills, it will prove fruitful for HR to attract, embrace and retain the older workforce, as well as putting the right measures in place for younger staff in anticipation of their later years in work. But how can HR do this the right? What is it that motivates the older generation of workers, and what is it that they value the most as perks in their everyday life?
Over the last decade, e-commerce has imposed a painful profit squeeze on big-box retailers, resulting in layoffs, store closings, mall reconfigurations, and even bankruptcies. With no reprieve in sight for retailers, the online world is poised to do the same to brand-name consumer products companies.
One of the core reasons that this is happening is that in addition to providing always-on, on-demand convenience, online retailers know so much more about their customers than their offline counterparts do. In fact, they have mastered the art of creating a direct connection with their customers, which in turn allows them to collect massive amounts of data about them. Then, by applying tools like artificial intelligence, the online retailers are able to create more personalized customer experiences, fostering levels of satisfaction, connection, and customer loyalty that traditional retailers just can’t compete with.
So, how can businesses thrive in an always more Amazon-like environment? Check this out!
Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe, and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy.
Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started switching to renewable energy. Samsung is starting with the parts of its organization that it can control more easily — its own buildings, factories, and offices. It won’t happen overnight. But these buildings will run on renewable energy by 2020.
This is definitely a big step in the right direction!
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