As a female executive, Mondelez International Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld says it's important that her company's results "speak for themselves." Rosenfeld says the company's $2.5 billion in supply chain investments will lead to greater speed and efficiency.
The skills you've learned in previous careers can carry over into the food industry, notes Felicia Parks, a military veteran who runs a Jimmy John's franchise location with the help of her sons. Parks stresses the need to assemble a support team and to set a positive example for others.
Professionals shouldn't be hesitant to negotiate a better job title, as your title is part of your compensation and can affect your career and happiness, says Dan Cable. If your job title is generic, you can start by asking your boss what title may better reflect what the role entails.
Offering to take on new assignments, voicing your opinions in company meetings and being open to constructive feedback can help you raise your stature in the office, writes Kayla Matthews. Constructive feedback can be difficult to hear, but it's critical for identifying opportunities for growth, she notes.
The three steps to becoming at peace with colleagues are to gain self-awareness, strengthen your ability to manage emotions and break out of the mindset of seeing co-workers as threats, Annie McKee writes. Meditation and self-reflection can help you work through these steps.
Restaurants can add a new revenue source and maintain sales during bad weather with a delivery service that's done right, but eateries must make sure to maintain food quality, said Janet Irizarry of JI Restaurant Consulting. Operators must decide whether to do delivery in-house or outsource it to a third party.
PepsiCo and Accenture are featured on a ranking by Fairygodboss of the companies where women are happiest. The ranking accounted for factors such as gender equity and overall job satisfaction and came from the site's anonymous job reviews.
Fifty-three percent of respondents to a Glassdoor survey -- 60% of women and 48% of men -- say companies should stop asking questions about salary histories during job interviews. Because of the gender pay gap, women may be at a disadvantage when companies ask them about previous pay.
Bias is simply "the preference of one thing over another," but acting on that bias without analyzing the realities of a situation is discrimination, says co-founder and CEO of TMI Consulting Tiffany Jana. In order to improve diversity and seize every opportunity, people need to look inward at their biases and evaluate the results of acting on them.
The percentage of newly appointed board directors who were women dipped last year, according to Heidrick & Struggles, but consultants say there is reason for optimism. One thing companies can do to find more female directors and executives is to use technology-enabled simulations to test candidates' skills.