As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect back on 2017 and great times we shared with our clients, HR/benefits professionals, and of course fellow Solvers. In honor of the New Year’s countdown we’ll be doing in a few days, here is my countdown of 10 moments we celebrated with you in 2017:
This summer was a busy one for the Businessolver team, marked by some incredible milestones. Last month, we celebrated the third anniversary of our Denver office. And there was cause to celebrate closer to home as well, when we officially opened a Chicagoland office in Itasca, Ill.
“I’m taking my talents to South Beach."
Even the most casual basketball fan can recall the night in 2010 when superstar LeBron James said on national TV that he was leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat. While “The Decision” still holds a place in our pop culture history, that’s not the part of LeBron’s story I prefer to focus on.
Historically, employers have encouraged employees to strive for work-life balance. However, over time the concept has lost its practicality. Thanks to technology and an increasingly globalized marketplace, we live in a 24/7 world. Long gone are the days of shutting off email at 5 p.m. or truly disconnecting during vacation. Instead, organizations are evolving the idea of work-life balance and starting to promote work-life integration. This is a good thing.
The challenges in today’s workplaces are complicated, but at the root of many issues are leaders trying to do more with less, leading to many workers feeling unhappy, unsatisfied and disengaged. According to Gallup, more than half (50.8 percent) of U.S. employees feel they are not engaged in their jobs, and a study for The Conference Board by Nielsen reveals that less than half of U.S. employees (48.3 percent) are satisfied with their jobs.
National Small Business Appreciation Week (NSBAW) is an opportunity for us to celebrate and salute the contributions of small businesses across the country. This week is particularly meaningful to me because Businessolver started nearly two decades ago as a small business.
There are more than 6.4 billion connected devices – that is, objects that are synced to the Internet of Things (IoT) and able to collect and exchange data – in use around the globe. And the network continues to grow rapidly with 5.5 million new devices connected every day. The result of this massive ecosystem is a wealth of data and insights that can be used by organizations in nearly every industry to improve outcomes.
No matter how prepared you are or how early you start, tax season is stressful, particularly for HR professionals. Adding to the anxiety is the threat of cyberattacks, which seem to spike during the weeks leading up to the filing deadline. Tax time is hunting season for online criminals. This year alone saw a notable rise in cyberthreats with phishing and malware incidents up 400 percent.