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11 Ways to Support Employees Who Travel for Work

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11 Ways to Support Employees Who Travel for Work

Traveling for work: it can be as exciting as it is tiring and frustrating. And according to the U.S. Travel Association, there will be a slight uptick in business travel over the next few months. 

While some employees may travel once a year, there are others for whom business travel is nearly a way of life. At exaqueo, our team travels to support the needs of our clients. Some of our clients jet set extensively around the world to meet the needs of their companies. From the casual business traveler to the road warrior, what are the best ways organizations can support their employees?

Whether you work for a small non-for-profit or a large, multi-national organization, here are ideas to ease travel stresses, while showing your employees you care. This is especially important for organizations who say they put “employees first” as part of their employer brand.

Read more about how your employee travel tactics can indeed support your broader employer brand strategy.

 

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Should Your Brand Be Family Friendly?

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Should Your Brand Be Family Friendly?

The headline (like many these days) was provocative: 'Inside Apple's New Campus: No Childcare But You Can Freeze Your Eggs.' Sure, the new campus is beautiful and innovative. But for a company like Apple to have such conflicting benefits? It seems like a bad business and bad PR move.

The overall subtext seems obvious--Apple wants employees who can work as long and hard as possible. And the campus is largely male-dominated given it's heavy, engineer-laden workforce. But is that a bad thing? If you're a parent who works (or wants to work) at Apple, or a proponent of inclusion at any level, sure.  

As an Apple customer and new mom back at work today after my maternity leave I'm greatly disappointed. But as a company CEO and employer brand strategist I'm not.

Read more about whether Apple's decision is the right one.

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Don’t Forget: Your Interns Are Employer Brand Ambassadors

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Don’t Forget: Your Interns Are Employer Brand Ambassadors

With graduation and intern season upon us, we want to focus on Millennials and Generation Z and share how internship programs can be mutually beneficial for both the company and the employee. This post is written by Elizabeth Meyer, exaqueo’s Marketing and Communications associate, rising senior at the University of Richmond, and seasoned, three-time intern.

 

Read about how your interns can become employer brand ambassadors (official or unofficial) for your company.

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What does Elon Musk have to do with employer branding?

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What does Elon Musk have to do with employer branding?

Before we jump into answering the question, “What does Elon Musk have to do with employer branding,” let’s first introduce him. Elon Musk is a multi-billion dollar businessman, engineer, and inventor. Think Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. He’s super rich, forward thinking, smart, and driven. And, he is credited on sites like Reddit, Inc., and Business Insider, as saying:   

“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

Understand the trunk and big branches before you get to the leaves. Musk makes such a profound point, and immediately makes me think of employer branding. How, you ask? Over the years, I’ve observed that sometimes, some companies seem to rush straight to the “leaves” of their employer brand work, before truly understanding the “trunk.”

Keep reading … this will make sense soon enough.

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The Power of 3: Employer Branding Themes from #EBrandCon

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The Power of 3: Employer Branding Themes from #EBrandCon

Have you ever heard that good things come in threes? It’s not just folklore, “the rule of three” is a long-established theme woven into life, thought models and masterful storytelling shared through the ages. Its Latin roots “omne trium perfectum”, meaning “every set of three is perfect” or simply put, “complete.”

On the heels of the Employer Brand Strategies Conference (#EBrandCon) last month, I started thinking about how the rule of three both connects in employer brand and three key themes interwoven throughout the conference.

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3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM WORK

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3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM WORK

Last month was National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It was filled with activities like “Bike to Work Day” and “National Run a Mile Day.” Suddenly, my network was full of posts about Whole30 and after-workout selfies. It’s now the first week of June, and I can’t help but wonder if this uptick in wellness will continue—June is National Candy Month after all.

We're sharing three things to keep in mind when it comes to committing to a wellness program.

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4 Expert Tips to Start Your Career Site Project the Right Way

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4 Expert Tips to Start Your Career Site Project the Right Way

There it is, staring back at you: the company career site that hasn’t had any love since it launched. In 2007. That was 10 years ago. And a lot has changed since then. There you are: itching to tear it down, build it up, and take your career site experience to the next level.

Before you jump to photography, videos, and Twitter feeds—here is the information you need to know to ensure the career site project is expertly managed and to launch without a hitch.

Access our four expert career site tips. 

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What Companies Need to Do About Work-Life Balance

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What Companies Need to Do About Work-Life Balance

This month at exaqueo, we’ve been talking a lot about work-life balance. It’s something many of us seek, yet it eludes us too. A member of #teamexaqueo recently shared an interesting story. As professionals, she said, we each have fours balls we are constantly juggling: Family, Health, Spirit and Work. The first three balls are made of glass. The last one, rubber. If you drop one of the first three, they could break. The work ball will always bounce back.

This story struck me rather profoundly. It’s not to say that work isn’t important, rather it’s points out just how fragile the other three can be if neglected.

Read more about how to juggle family, health, spirit and work.

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Take Your Child To Work Day

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Take Your Child To Work Day

This Thursday, April 27, 2017, is National Take Your Child to Work Day (TYCTWD) in the United States. At exaqueo, we always talk about bringing your Whole Self to work, and here’s an instance where your work life and personal life really can blend together. In our research, it’s no surprise that spending time with family is one of the most cited things people do outside of work. While the main purpose of the day is to expose children to different career opportunities, it is also a great way to engage working parents (and the rest of the office) in a meaningful way.

Here are some tips on how to make the day as engaging as possible.

 

 

 

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Running Scared: Why HR Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Honest Communications

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Running Scared: Why HR Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Honest Communications

At the end of February, the Internet met its latest superstar: Brad’s wife. If you haven’t heard about Brad’s wife Nanette, the story is simple. Nanette was fired from a Cracker Barrel where she worked as a server for 11 years. Neither her nor her husband understood why. So he turned to Facebook to ask the restaurant chain why she was fired. And an Internet sensation was born.

For weeks on end, people have been taking to the cause. Communicating on her behalf, they demanded answers and started an online petition. And when the company didn’t respond, they made up their own (negative) conclusions. A month later, the company still has yet to address the issue. So the internet is filling the void with continual posts to their Facebook page and Twitter asking for #justiceforbradswife.

A month? Crisis communications 101 tells us that ignorance can be the best policy sometimes. But in a world where communication knows no bounds anymore, why stay silent? It can’t be good for business, PR, employee engagement or talent acquisition. Even competitors including Chick-Fil-A and Bubba Gump have signs advertising to hire Brad’s wife.

The whole story is genuinely, laugh-out-loud funny. But it’s also such a lost opportunity. And organizations are losing the opportunity for honest communication and impact every single day. So why stay silent? It’s simple. We’re scared.

Human resources has played “scaredy cat” for as long as I’ve been in the profession (20 years) and long before that. From EEO claims to unions to lawsuits, we’re afraid to talk about—and talk to—our employees with any sense of openness, honesty and realism.

And sometimes, it makes sense. Lawyers exist for a reason. Pending lawsuits, grievances and claims mean HR professionals can’t talk. Understandable. But that doesn’t mean we have to be so shy we stay silent all the time.

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Welcome Emily Fritz to #teamexaqueo!

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Welcome Emily Fritz to #teamexaqueo!

It's almost impossible to talk about employer brand without referencing social and digital media in the same sentence. After all, the job search and employment landscape has completely changed since Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn came of age.

From job seeking habits to employee communication, social media has changed the way organizations brand themselves as places to work from providing more ways to connect with future and current employers to more insight into the authentic employment experience. 

While every employer brand we build is rooted in research and strategy, there's no effective execution without utilizing social and digital in a practiced, experienced way. With that in mind, I'm thrilled to welcome Emily Fritz to the exaqueo family!

Read more about Emily.

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Welcome Chrystal Moore to #teamexaqueo

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Welcome Chrystal Moore to #teamexaqueo

When you've been working in-house for a long time, you can't help but partner with external partners. From agencies to vendors, I worked with dozens of wonderful consultants, technologists and software companies during my in-house HR career.

And while their expertise and or products were needed and valued, these partnerships didn't come without their challenges. From turnover of account managers to technology vendors who didn't quite understand how HR or recruiting worked to consultants who weren't used to the politics of corporate America--just managing external partners can be trying.

And that's precisely why I'm so excited so add Chrystal Moore to the exaqueo team! 

Because we're focused on being partners to our clients, our team has to have that insider's lens. And Chrystal has just that: an unmatched, in-house, talent acquisition and employer brand perspective. A veteran of talent acquisition strategy with brands like Philips and Aramark, she knows recruiting strategy and management inside and out.

Learn more about Chrystal.

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A Personal Brand Promise I'm Willing To Make

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A Personal Brand Promise I'm Willing To Make

Brands are always making promises. From consumer to employer brands, a brand promise is a core part of a strong brand architecture. It reinforces what the brand stands for. Then, it's up to the product or service to deliver on that promise.  Personal brands are no different. We have to live up to our resumes, our interview promises and the statement we make about how we'll perform at work. 

But as professionals, we rarely think about how to deliver on our own brand promises.

One afternoon I was having coffee with a former U.S. government executive. She had spent years working for an agency that was predominantly male in an industry not known for producing women leaders. Yet, she'd made it to a very senior role.

As we sat over lattes, I focused on the present: "you must be really proud about how that experience has gotten you to what you're doing today," I said.

She looked at me and said: "I'm more proud of what I did in the past."

Read more about the personal brand promise.

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Welcome Julia Zelenock to #teamexaqueo

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Welcome Julia Zelenock to #teamexaqueo

Employer brand has come a long way from its early days--rooted in designing better job ads and recruitment advertising. Modern, effective employer brands are strategic, well-developed, and rooted in research. And perhaps most importantly, aligned and supportive of an organization's master and consumer brands.

While our team to date has exceptional, pioneering experience in employer brand, there's so much we can learn from consumer brand. It's with that in mind, that we're thrilled to welcome Julia Zelenock to #teamexaqueo.

Learn more about Julia.

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Talent and HR News Update: Women and the Workplace

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Talent and HR News Update: Women and the Workplace

It’s March and that means we’re nearing the end of the first quarter of 2017. It also means we’re in the midst of Women’s History Month and recently recognized International Women’s Day. As a woman-owned company, we want to dedicate this edition of our monthly round-up to all of the hardworking women who make so much possible for themselves and those around them.

Read the full monthly update.

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Welcome Elizabeth Meyer to #teamexaqueo!

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Welcome Elizabeth Meyer to #teamexaqueo!

Henry Ford famously remarked that “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." This certainly rings true here at exaqueo. Over the past year, we’ve welcomed new clients, grown engagements with current clients, and curated a best-fit team who are as skilled as they are passionate when it comes to client service and employer brand.

And we’re excited to say that we're growing our team again, too. Elizabeth Meyer, a junior at the University of Richmond, joins exaqueo as a Marketing and Communications Associate.
 

Learn more about Elizabeth

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