Diversity can make institutions stronger by bringing in a range of skills and talents that can increase the innovation and productivity of workers, writes Joe Hanel, co-founder of employment agency Sherpa. A diverse workforce can also boost the reputation of an organization and enhance its desirability among potential employees, he notes.
Demonstrating the point of a session at SXSW by asking audience members to hug, Doug Zanger, editor at The Drum, discussed the benefits of having a little empathy in business. Being able to understand your team helps you connect, and ensure you hire people who have the same attitude, said Terry City, senior vice president at Dose.
Social media strategies such as weekly "Tweetchat" sessions are invaluable in attracting a steady stream of unsolicited new clients, said Sun Group managing director Winnie Sun. In addition, a LinkedIn connection resulted in her gaining a high-net-worth client, she said.
You can attract attention from hiring managers, recruiters and future clients through the strategic use of keywords on LinkedIn, writes career coach Robert Hellmann. A simple way to test your use of keywords is to do a search on the site for the terms you think a hiring manager would look for and see if your profile comes up.
Miso Robotics received funding from burger chain CaliBurger to create its burger-flipping robot, Flippy. CaliBurger, which invited Miso Robotics employees to work in its kitchens while developing the robot, has been testing Flippy in one of its locations and plans to roll it out in at least 50 stores over the next two years.
Smart home robot Kuri has been updated with facial-detection software, which allows it to tailor its reactions based on what it sees. The robot has also received an expanded voice-recognition phrase library and can respond to statements such as "go to sleep" and "I love you."
Awareness and access to technology have helped more students with special needs pursue science, technology, engineering and math fields in higher education, according to the National Science Foundation. This article offers a roundup of tools and awareness programs that are improving access.
After-school activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and math can help students gain knowledge about STEM careers, plus foster skills in perseverance and critical thinking, according to a study by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next. After-school programs can help expand access to STEM education, a foundation official said.
Alien spacecraft could be behind periodic cosmic light flashes billions of light-years away, according to research set to be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Since other explanations for the fast radio bursts haven't been identified, "An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking," said Avi Loeb, co-author of the study.
Researchers at Arizona State University are studying the decline of bee colonies in the US with a three-year grant. Scientists will focus on individual bees to find a way to detoxify pesticides so they won't harm the pollinators, which are vital for crop production.
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