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Startups, Tech Companies Shop for More MBA Hires

Startups, Tech Companies Shop for More MBA Hires | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The smallest companies are making the biggest splash on business school campuses, according to a survey released this week. Slightly more schools saw more companies of any size coming to campus to recruit MBAs, driven by a flurry of startups that started to hunt for new hires.

The survey by the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, an association of business school career-management offices and companies, found that 55 percent of business schools saw a rise in on-campus recruitment in the spring of 2014. But that growth—up from 48 percent a year earlier—was mostly tepid, since many schools in the survey saw only a modest uptick or reported flat recruitment numbers.

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Recruiting quality employees is becoming a problem for tech companies.

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5 Ways Your Employees Can Help With Finding New Clients | When I Work

5 Ways Your Employees Can Help With Finding New Clients | When I Work | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Everyone can use more business; that's why finding new clients is so important. Here's how to utilize your employees to drum up new business.

Since the beginning of business, getting new clients and customers has always been an issue. Advertising through newspapers, television or billboards is an effective, yet expensive way to attract customers. However, a simple, free way to advertise is to get people talking. And not just people, but the people who work for you. Here, you’ll find tips and tricks on how your employees can help you grab a larger slice of the market and have fun doing it.

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Creating a great company culture is the first step. Your employees will be much more open to help you find new clients.

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Join the League of Extraordinary Bosses: 4 Habits to Cultivate

Join the League of Extraordinary Bosses: 4 Habits to Cultivate | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

As most employers grapple with low employee engagement, many workplace observers wonder just how the downward spiral begins.

Sometimes the low level of employee engagement is triggered by poor leadership pervading the entire company. This can be overcome, however, if leaders come to understand what makes an effective boss.

The most effective managers are those who value transparency, practice two-way communication, provide constructive feedback and above and beyond to serve their employees.

Take a look at one of America's most effective business leaders, Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO believes not only in his company and product but also his employees. He listens to his employees, values transparency and builds relationships.

Good bosses also ensure that staffers have the resources and guidance needed to accomplish their goals.  

To become a highly effective boss, embrace the following four habits:

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Bosses or managers who don't respect those rules are into power tripping. They don't last long in this ever changing business environment. If they do, they take the company down with them.

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Michael Binzer's curator insight, July 5, 2014 7:17 AM

I believe in this - transparency, openness, no hidden agendas and first and foremost to serve my COLLEAGUES.

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More Evidence It's a Mistake to Make Employees Work in the Office

More Evidence It's a Mistake to Make Employees Work in the Office | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A nine-month study found remote workers were happier, less likely to quit, and more productive than their office peers.

The question of whether or not telecommuting is good for business is a recurrent one with the answer diverging widely, depending on whom you ask. Certainly, hallway conversations and impromptu team meetings can spur innovation. At the same time, open offices can be remarkably distracting.

But a recent study conducted by a couple of Stanford researchers found letting employees work from home made them happier, less likely to quit, and more productive.

Economics professor Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang offered call-center workers of Liang's travel website, Ctrip, the opportunity to work from home for nine months.

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Very true. Working from home feels good, whether working for an employer or being self-employed. Less distractions, better focus, more flexibility. Consider it for your employees.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, January 30, 2014 10:29 PM

There have been studies on working from home since the late 1980's. I find it appalling that they continue to be fairly inconclusive with no definitive results. 


The study I did in 1993 for AT&T showed that productivity increased 25% for knowledge workers. Because people were happier they put in more work per day, over the same time frame. and tehy weren't distracted by water cooler conversations, etc. The results were the same that if one worked from home 2-4 days a week, they had 50% higher employee satisfaction. 



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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:47 AM

I guess we are talking about what we do best, work from home! Well, no doubt it has its advantages, saving time spent in travel, time spent interacting with coleagues, and so on.