Category: Business Motivation

Business Motivation

Northeast Ohio Schools, Businesses Working Together for Practical Education

The relationship between businesses and schools in Ohio has often been contentious as they regularly spar over school tax bills, abatements and exemptions that affect the pocketbooks of both sides.

There has also been a tension, though it has lessened in recent years, over how well schools prepare their graduates for the workforce. Though vocational programs, now known as Career Technical Education, have long had good relationships with businesses, there has often been a wall between business and traditional schools.

Now, Northeast Ohio’s two largest school districts — Cleveland and Akron — are joining a national movement to knock down

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Business Motivation

To Roth or not to Roth? Part II

I have advice for those of you who would dare to question the conventional wisdom about Roth conversions to your 401(k)s or IRAs:

Be prepared for significant pushback.

I should know, because I devoted last week’s column to questioning that conventional wisdom. I reported on extensive research that found that, though Roth conversions often work out in the end, it takes far longer than most realize for that benefit to be realized, and in any case the benefit is typically quite small.

The undefined was conducted by Edward McQuarrie, a professor emeritus at the Leavey School of Business at Santa

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Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt Talks Motivation From Losing DPOY

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is still waiting for his first Defensive Player of the Year award after finishing as a finalist the last two seasons. 

Watt returns to the Steelers under the final year of his rookie contract. The 26-year-old tallied 15 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 41 quarterback hits in 2020. He finished second in DPOY voting behind Aaron Donald.

The Steelers are at Heinz Field for mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Watt is working with second-year edge rusher Alex Highsmith in their first full season together.

Noah Strackbein is a Publisher

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Business Motivation

How HR Can Use People Analytics to Make Smarter Decisions

  • People analytics is all about using data to understand your teams’ motivations and work smarter.
  • It doesn’t have to be complicated — Vincent Chee, director at Bevel PR, uses employee surveys.
  • This is part of Insider’s virtual event “Transforming HR in the Digital Era” presented by Paycom.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the event. 

Businesses need to start thinking about people analytics the way they do employee analytics — because ensuring that the right people are in the right roles is the key to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. 

“People analytics is looking at data and information

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13 Significant Business Challenges Teaching Leaders Valuable Lessons

Every difficult situation and mistake offers an opportunity to learn something valuable for the future. This is especially true for business leaders, who deal with challenging situations on a near-daily basis.

Amid these tough decisions, it can be hard to discern the “right” path. However, each step forward and challenge faced is another lesson learned.

Below, 13 members of Newsweek Expert Forum share the significant business challenges they believe can become a great teaching experience for leaders. Here’s why they think these situations are such excellent teachers.

1. Operating Through the Pandemic

COVID-19 is perhaps the greatest teaching opportunity of

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Business Motivation

Caring Emotions Motivate Funeral Spending

Newswise — It’s a subject that makes us uneasy — not to be discussed in polite company — but that discomfort doesn’t change the fact that funerals are big business in the United States.

The average funeral costs $7,200. Despite the size of the expenditure, very little research has delved into why people spend what they do.

University of Georgia marketing professor Sarah Whitley decided to look at the consumer psychology of funeral expenditures empirically to understand what motivates the spending decisions associated with funeral planning.

Whitley’s research found that the spending on funerals was driven by a need to

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