The Inspirus Blog

Don’t Feed the Phish: How to Keep Companies and Individuals Safe from Phishing Attempts

Posted by Allen Holman

4/4/17 9:00 AM

Whether at home, at work or on the go, 21st century technology allows us to be “connected” to the web at all times. Answering emails, checking social media and browsing the internet on an hourly basis have become common in today’s world, and the span of technology only continues to increase. However, with this high-tech era comes phishing: a new and common gateway for criminals and hackers to steal private information. Phishing is a way that criminals attempt to obtain access or sensitive data such as usernames, passwords and credit card details through a disguised email acting as an invoice, bank statement or password reset notification. Phishing can occur through almost any communication medium, including automated phone calls, social media and email, and can happen anywhere you can be enticed to click on a link, open a document or disclose sensitive information.

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Topics: phishing, cybersecurity, email, technology

International Women’s Day: A Global Call to Action

Posted by Mia Mends

3/8/17 7:10 AM

Today on International Women’s Day (IWD), we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. But IWD marks more than just a day of celebration. It’s also a global call to action to accelerate gender parity where it is lacking.

Shockingly, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t truly be closed until 2186! That’s why campaigns like IWD are necessary—to help drive change through targeted action and move us all closer to a more gender-inclusive world. This requires each of us—individuals, businesses and organizations—to step up and “Be Bold for Change.”

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Topics: Employee Engagement, women, gender, quality of life, Be Bold for Change, International Womens Day, business, society

3 Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Co-workers About Your Goals

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

3/7/17 9:00 AM

Setting a goal is one thing while accomplishing that goal, whether short-term or long-term, is a whole other feat in itself. Many would say that when setting goals or resolutions, recognizing areas for improvement and creating a purpose of action to make those changes is the easy part—it’s the follow-through that’s the challenge.

About 80% of goals and resolutions made at the beginning of the year fail in the month of February—less than two months after they were set. So how can we, as goal setters and hopeful goal achievers, stay accountable for staying on the right track and not veering off back into our old habits? While achieving goals takes commitment, focus and oftentimes mental or physical exertion, external factors can also have an impact on our ability to stick to our goals, including the workplace. Co-workers can have a huge influence on our daily routine such as eating habits, our attitude at work, how we react to certain situations and so on. While a workplace can have a negative impact and be a distraction to achieving goals, it can just as well be a positive one. Here are three ways you and your fellow co-workers can help each other achieve your goals this year.

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Topics: employee motivation, Rewards and Recognition, Employee Engagement, accountability, setting goals, goals

Take Care of Your People and Results Will Come

Posted by Wendi Walker-Schmidt

3/2/17 9:00 AM

I have spent the last 20 years of my career in the human resources, learning and OD world. In that time I have heard and had many discussions around the question, “What is the employee experience?” Some define it as what an employee receives during their interaction with their career’s elements, while others define it as employee emotions with the technological and physical environment they experience. Additional definitions cite the employee experience as perceptions about the interactions with their organization.

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Topics: employee experience, employee retention, leadership

Game Changer: Why the Role of a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Is Evolving

Posted by Wendi Walker-Schmidt

2/1/17 9:22 AM

CLO-Learning-Blog.pngIf you're not growing, you’re going! Organizations are starting to understand that learning is at the heart of talent management as a business strategy. As a result, the traditional role of a Chief Learning Officer is shifting. Change is inevitable, but change is good!

There has been a significant shift in what organizations need for talent management. The customary Chief Human Resources Officer is taking on more than just tasks that include culture and incentives, and as a result, the role of a CLO is beginning to morph. Next-generation leaders must be equipped with updated skills that may not have been required in the past.

According to Forbes Coaches Council, modern leaders exhibit essential leadership skills such as culture management, collaboration and co-creative leadership. This is very apparent in the shift of the CHRO and CLO roles. Here’s why:

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Topics: Learning, Employee Engagement, management, talent management, engagement