What’s Scaring Your Employees this Halloween?

October 29,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: educational advising

college application stress for early decisions around Halloween

Be afraid, employers. Be very afraid…. The scariest day of the year for your employees is almost upon us.

No, it’s not Halloween with its spooky ghosts, goblins, and witches. Rather, it’s November 1st —the first early decision college application deadline. It’s been keeping your employees up this week, their nightmares haunted with ghostly images of applications, essays, and interviews. (more…)

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Collaboration Tips for Corporate Learning

October 28,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: employer of choice

corporate learning tips for department collaboration

Collaboration at work is one of those things we intuitively know will lead to quicker, more innovative, and higher quality solutions. And yet it’s really tough to do.

I got to thinking about this recently as our corporate learning & development team was honored with a “Learning in Practice” award from Chief Learning Officer magazine (a big congratulations to our fellow Bright Horizons winners from EdAssist, too). (more…)

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Cisco Pitches In to Read for the Record

October 27,2014 at 11:15 am
Filed under: child care

Read for the Record at Cisco Family Connection Center

It was a Tuesday morning and Cisco executives were getting ready for the day’s presentation.

They prepped their text.

They arrived at the meeting space.

They took their seats.

And then they put on the giant bunny ears.

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Talking Work and Family with Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy {Part II}

October 22,2014 at 11:00 am

working father and baby, national work and family month

Earlier this year, Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy was invited to participate with President Obama and a handful of business leaders in the White House Summit on Working Families. With National Work and Family Month reminding us to keep the subject at the forefront, we went to Dave to revisit the conference.

Here in Part 2, Dave talks about Bright Horizons’ role in supporting families and where he thinks this national conversation is heading.

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Interview with an Adult Learner: Key Tips for Managers

October 21,2014 at 1:09 pm

manager and adult learner talking about professional development

It’s so important to let employees know you support them, and to help them make the most of their learning & development pursuits.

Matthew Norton, a Client Relations Director at EdAssist and one of my employees, recently spoke with me about his experience pursuing an MBA. Matt and I had a great conversation about tuition assistance, work/life balance, and being a working dad. (more…)

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Working Parents and SAT Stress

October 20,2014 at 11:30 am
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stressed working dad helping kids prepare for SAT and standardized test

It’s standardized test season — do you know where your employees are? They’re likely on the phone trying to arrange test prep, checking the College Board website for new scores, or simply worrying about getting their child through this hurdle in the college process. (more…)

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Talking Work and Family with Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy {Part 1}

October 16,2014 at 12:17 pm
Filed under: employee well-being

National Work and Family Month

Earlier this year, Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy was among a handful of business leaders invited to participate with President Obama in the White House Summit on Working Families.

With National Work and Family Month reminding us to keep the subject at the forefront, we went to Dave to revisit the conference. In Part 1, we ask about messages from the President and why this conversation continues to be so important.   (more…)

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The ABCs of Back to School for Working Parents

October 14,2014 at 11:30 am
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child and working father going back to school

The following guest post comes from Mary Sue Youn, Director of Educational Consulting at College Coach and former senior Admissions Officer at Barnard College and Whittier College.

Employers might notice a lot of distracted employees this time of year. Summer may be long over, but fall is notorious for stress related to children’s homework assignments and newly increased rigor and demands at school.

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Cheering the Achievements of Learning and Development

October 7,2014 at 12:15 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

Employees learning and developing, Chief Learning Officer award

Earlier this week, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine held its annual Learning in Practice awards ceremony at the CLO Symposium in Carlsbad, California. The event was attended by more than 300 top corporate learning executives from around the world.

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For-Profit Colleges and the Student Debt Crisis: a College President Weighs In

October 6,2014 at 1:15 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

college students with loans and debt

Phil Conroy, President of Vermont Technical CollegeThe following guest post comes from Dr. Phil Conroy. Dr. Conroy has served four institutions, both public and independent, during his 40-year career in higher education. He has served as a professor, financial aid officer, alumni and development director, vice president for institutional advancement, marketing and enrollment management, and college president.

Research has shown that a lot of people get their news from faux news shows. So when comedian John Oliver went on a colorful rant about colleges and universities during his fake-news show, well I knew colleges and universities had taken a very real hit.

Student debt is a real crisis in this country, though not as clear-cut as a comedy show might suggest. (more…)

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