Investors Seek an Edge By Using Technology That Reads Between the Lines

Ever since British economist John Maynard Keynes first declared that investors are prey to people’s urge to act, however irrationally, the financial world has tried to quantify the impact of public sentiment on stock prices. Solving the puzzle would give investors in the know a huge advantage over the competition. Over the past decade, one […]

Better Communication Tools Can Radically Improve Workplaces—If Managers Can Convince Workers to Speak Up

When it comes to communication between front-line workers and their headquarters and managers, there seems to be a misunderstanding. A recent Workplace by Facebook survey found that, while 90% of managers say their frontline workers feel empowered to share ideas with them, just 45% of those employees echoed that sentiment. And while 83% of managers […]

A.I. for Hire: 4 Ways Algorithms Can Boost Diversity in Hiring

Artificial intelligence can a “black box”–mysterious and more than a little intimidating. Meanwhile, new permutations of the tech are sprouting up like mushrooms, especially for recruiting and hiring. Yet as employers have increasingly tried to make their workforces more diverse and inclusive, the A.I. industry itself has taken some flak for being almost exclusively white […]

‘Soft’ Skills Are Hard to Measure and in Demand. Can They Be Taught?

No doubt about it, so-called soft skills–those hard-to-measure talents like empathy, adaptability, and a knack for communicating your ideas–need a new name. “‘Soft’ sounds weak, or somehow less important than ‘hard’ or technical skills. That’s completely wrong,” says Heide Abelli, senior vice president for product development at Skillsoft. The company designs and delivers training courses […]

The Trick to Growing Revenue and Keeping Employees Happy at the Same Time? Culture

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” goes a popular corporate refrain. According to a new study by consultancy Grant Thornton and Oxford Economics, it’s true: Employee collaboration, worker engagement, talent retention, and customer satisfaction–essential elements of corporate culture–have a material impact on revenue growth and stock price. Executives who say their culture is “extremely healthy” are […]