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Content marketer/business writer with expertise in HR, healthcare, digital marketing, social media and SEO.

About Me

Linda Pophal, MA, PCM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the founder and owner of Strategic Communications, LLC, and a technical expert in HR, marketing and communications with expertise in HR and employee relations, strategic planning, B2B content marketing, PR/media relations, and social media. Her background as a freelance business journalist, advertising copywriter, and corporate communication professional provides the foundation for understanding how to produce and use high-quality, personalized content to inform, motivate and engage audiences. She specializes in HR/employee relations, marketing, digital marketing, small business/entrepreneurship, and healthcare topics.

Linda is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and is accredited through the American Marketing Association and the Society for Human Resource Management (SPHR and SHRM-SCP). She is a digital marketing specialist with the State of Wisconsin's Center for Business Intelligence and Purdue University.

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Articles across a wide range of publications and client sites from SHRM to SAP, HR Daily Advisor, Visier, Information Today, and more. Topics range from human resource management and employee relations, to digital marketing, technology, and more.


7 Due Diligence Steps for the Four-Day Workweek

The demand for flexibility and balance among today’s workforce has led many companies to consider new alternatives to long-standing work models and norms. This includes considering a four-day workweek. But shifting to a shortened workweek introduces thorny questions and issues that must be addressed before moving forward.


Support Employee Caregivers to Boost Engagement, Loyalty

The plight of caregivers – and their growing numbers – became more apparent during the pandemic when four times as many Americans left work to care for adult family members than to care for children, The Washington Post reports. It is, they say, the second-largest factor keeping people out of the workforce. The need to balance a full-time job with part-time caregiving duties puts these employees at heightened risk of resignation.


6 Steps for Turning Podcasts into Effective Outreach

Podcasting for business purposes has grown in popularity over the past several years, with all kinds of content being offered to both B2B and B2C audiences. Many are free. Some aren’t. But most monetize their programming in various ways. That represents a huge opportunity for marketers.


Effective Storytelling in Digital Marketing

Despite rapid advances in technology that are shaking up the content creation industry, good old-fashioned storytelling never goes out of style when creating content for either B2B or B2C applications. But not everybody has the same storytelling chops. No matter what you’re writing—whether it’s a novel or a business memo—effective storytelling can help you ensure that your message will not only be read, but also that it will resonate.


Mastering the Art of Tech and Touch in Today’s Workplace

Technology is ubiquitous these days, and it’s fair to say that no employee is immune from its impacts—both good and bad. Technology can eliminate boring and monotonous work and boost productivity, but it also has the potential to create stress and anxiety and to impact employee well-being by making workplaces less “human.” For employers and their HR advisors, finding the right balance between automation through technology and the human touch is a 21st-century imperative.


The Four-Day Workweek Paradox

It may not work for every type of job or industry. On the other hand, some countries – well, Belgium and Iceland, so far – may require that most types of companies offer employees the option. Regardless, given today’s burgeoning demand for workers with specialized skills, it pays to explore the potential of a four-day week to attract and keep talent.


Tips for Adding GenAI to Your Martech Stack

Over the years marketers have come to rely on many different types of technology to perform a wide range of tasks, from collecting customer data to communicating with customers, from creating and distributing content to identifying and nurturing leads, tracking campaign success, and much more. Now, with the introduction of generative artificial intelligence technologies like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, IBM’s WatsonX, and Salesforce’s Einstein GPT, the use of technology is exploding...


Cannabis and HR Tech: What You Need to Know

Cannabis-related businesses face several regulatory and compliance issues that impact their HR practices. The quickly changing regulatory and legal landscape can be challenging to comply with, particularly when it comes to payroll. But there are other implications, as well,


Progress Report: Addressing HR Tasks With AI

AI is, of course, a lot more than just ChatGPT and its ilk. Conversations about generative AI dominate the media right now, but HR applications of machine learning predate generative AI and are often more advanced at this time.


Best Practices to Guide Employee Use of Artificial Intelligence Tools

AI, including tools like generative AI chatbots, has the ability to answer a wide range of employee questions, create high-quality written and visual content, and even engage with customers. This has many employees asking themselves: “If my employer can benefit from replacing me with AI, why shouldn’t I use AI to perform my work myself?” In other words, what’s wrong with employees using AI to perform their work for them?


How Technology Could Boost Your Pay Equity and Transparency Practices

Pay transparency is a hot topic in HR circles these days, with state and local governments pushing—or requiring—organizations to be open about their pay practices when posting jobs and to report on their pay practices regularly. What's more, many organizations are adopting such policies voluntarily. This can be a huge burden for HR teams, especially in very large organizations. But technology can help.


Technology for DE&I in a Virtual Work World

Many companies espouse commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) these days, but they face challenges—such as hybrid or remote work models that can open doors for some but exclude others. Here are some best practices for ensuring DE&I efforts aren't diminished or minimized in a hybrid or remote work environment.


Best Practices for Leveraging Content Across Multiple Social Media Channels

There are a wide range of social media channels available to today’s marketers. There are so many that it can be challenging to decide which to use—and how to use them most efficiently and cost-effectively. Yes, there are costs involved in posting to social media, even if you do it yourself. Time is money, and, especially for do-it-yourselfers, time spent on social media means an inability to spend it on other potentially higher-value activities that uniquely require your expertise.


How to Raise Engagement with Benefits During Open Enrollment

The process of signing up for benefits options during open enrollment has largely been automated, with online enrollment platforms replacing paper forms. Now, more employers are seeking to improve the online enrollment experience by adding decision-support tools and guides to make the process more user-friendly.


What Effective Managers Can Do to Support Stressed Workers

Managers can sense and respond to employees’ mental health needs by making services accessible, relieving workplace pressure, and supporting their people’s work-life balance, while also taking care of themselves.


Open Enrollment Success Relies on Effective Communications

With inflation on the rise and talk of an upcoming recession, "you need to educate your employees so they can make the best choices for this year," said Jennifer Benz, senior vice president and communications leader at Segal Benz, a San Francisco-based employee benefits consulting firm.


What HR Needs to Know About the Metaverse

The fact that Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta should send a signal about what at least one tech company sees for the future of digital interactions. The metaverse is an increasingly talked-about topic that refers to an alternate reality online—blurring the lines between the physical and digital environment. ​ The implications for HR are significant.


Avoiding the Potential Risks of Internal Transfers

Internal transfers can represent potential risks that organizations, their HR leaders and managers must understand and avoid. Here we take a look at the risks and how to successfully manage internal transfers to benefit both employees and the company.


Open Enrollment for 2023 Reflects a Changing Benefits Landscape

Employees' needs—and the ways that organizations are driving benefits enrollment decisions to meet those needs—have changed over recent years. The pandemic, a tight labor market, hybrid work arrangements and a renewed focus on employees' emotional well-being have altered the benefits packages that employers are offering.


Addressing the Risks of Manager Burnout

Manager burnout is a problem we ought to talk more about. We hear a lot these days about the “Great Resignation,” but much of the focus is on frontline workers and independent contributors. There’s another group that is equally, if not more, at risk of resignation—managers. Managers have been facing significant stress and dealing with constant change and challenges over the past two years and the situation doesn’t look like it’s going to improve significantly any time soon.


How Technology Can Help Companies Tackle Job Seeker Fraud

Imagine hiring a new employee who, when she showed up to start the job, was not the same person you had interviewed. That may be happening more often than you think. On June 28, the FBI issued a public service announcement indicating that the number of complaints it's receiving for this problem is increasing.


Position Community Volunteering as an Employee Benefit

Last year, Harvard Business Review reported that employers giving their workers paid time off to volunteer their services for charitable nonprofits and socially responsible causes, and otherwise offering to facilitate and support employees' volunteering activities, was one of the few employee benefits that has increased in recent years.


How to Prove Your Investments in HR Technology Are Paying Off

Technology advances rapidly and, when it does, it's tempting to invest in new—or replacement—technology. The next best thing is always on the horizon. But company budgets are tight, and leaders want to be certain they are making the right investments in new technology. How are HR professionals taking steps to prove that their investments in technology are paying off?


How Brands Are Using Chatbots Creatively

Chatbots hold a lot of potential for connecting with customers in cost-effective ways, triaging customer requests or inquiries, addressing customer service issues, and more.


The Role of AI in Retaining Top Talent

The ability to retain top talent is top of mind for employers, HR professionals, managers and supervisors in companies of all kinds across all geographies. As they frantically struggle to find reliable fixes that can help them minimize talent loss, potential relief may be available from a solution they might not have considered—artificial intelligence, or AI.


Best Practices for Finding and Vetting Sources

This blog highlights insights from marketers who share how they boosted their odds of finding genuine experts. The best practices for finding and vetting sources ensure they represent them and their brands well.


The Top Marketing Trends for 2022: Cookieless Replaces Contactless

It’s fair to say that professionals of all stripes have been and continue to be massively impacted by a wide range of changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, circumstances fraught with both opportunities and challenges. Marketers, arguably, could take a place at the top of the list of professions impacted by these factors. So what are these impacts and how will they play out this year and next? What trends are emerging that marketers need to follow as they seek to set themselves and their pro


Have Generational Work Styles Changed Since the Pandemic?

Forget everything you thought you knew about generational differences in the workplace. What may have been true prior to the pandemic is likely not true anymore. Sentiments have shifted among employees of all ages, and within all levels of the organizations they work for, because of the extreme disruption in their personal and work lives since early 2020.


Encouraging Employees to Be Intrapreneurs Pays Off

An "intrapreneurship" program, which lets employees act like entrepreneurs by developing new products or services, is an unconventional benefit that can help boost productivity and retention. Intrapreneurship also offers career development opportunities—something that many employees crave today and that drive decisions about whether to stay with an employer.


Digital Transformation and HR: Playing a Role, Making an Impact

"Digital transformation" is a phrase that's tossed around a lot these days. But what does it mean? And, specifically, what does it mean for HR professionals? There's a good chance that digital transformation efforts are taking place in your organization. If they're taking place without you, or if you have a role on the sidelines, these initiatives may be doomed from the start.


An Intuitive Approach to Data Democratization

Arming managers with accurate, up-to-date, reliable data to inform their people decisions seems like a no-brainer that any organization would be eager to do—and many are. Getting data rapidly in the hands of decision-makers can help them make better decisions. But data democratization can be a challenge and different companies will approach the process differently based on their unique cultures, size, and data needs.


Gamification Advances Post-Pandemic

Gamification in the workplace today can run the gamut from traditional analog activities like scavenger hunts to high-tech, AI-fueled interactions incorporating augmented or virtual reality. Whatever the format, research supports the idea that gamifying learning works.


How HR Is Using Virtual Chat and Chatbots

Chatbots can play a role in augmenting or even replacing person-to-person interactions between employees (or potential employees) and HR staff. More HR leaders are considering and adopting conversational AI technology. In fact, Gartner has predicted that by 2023, 75 percent of HR inquiries will be initiated through conversational AI platforms.


Working With Influencers in 2022

While influencer marketing often seems to be a factor of the digital age, it’s a concept that has been around for decades—ever since people began selling products and looking for ways to spread the word. In the digital environment, influencer marketing can be both more challenging and riskier. Marketers have only to do a search for “influencer marketing lawsuits” to learn about thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against influencers—and the companies that have used them.


The Risks and Rewards of Substance-Misuse Benefits

About 60 percent of Americans diagnosed with substance use disorder are working. But while there are certainly many rewards to be gained by offering employee benefits that address substance misuse, there are also some potential risks.


Marketing’s New Strategy: Paying for Performance

There’s an old saying in marketing that goes something like this: “I know that half of my advertising works; I just don’t know which half.” That lament has long been the bane of marketers in both traditional and digital environments. Those in the digital world, though, are fortunate that technology offers them advanced means of gaining precision around what works and what doesn’t.


Automation: A Help or Hindrance for Employees?

"The robots are taking our jobs!" is by now a not-unfamiliar lament in many workplaces. And in truth, we've all been exposed to situations where technology is taking the place of people—self-checkout lines in grocery stores, chatbots that ask and answer questions on various websites, software that does the job of some accountants and tax preparers, and the list could go on. But is technology replacing employees, or is it helping them?


How the Pandemic Changed Parental-Leave Policies

Remote and hybrid work during the pandemic uprooted many policies and procedures that companies had long held to, such as requiring employees working from home to ensure they weren't also caring for others while doing so. During the pandemic, as employees became responsible for home-schooling children or caring for immediate or extended family members, they and their employers discovered that they could be productive while juggling work and home responsibilities.


Best Practices for Finding and Vetting Experts

When writing an article, looking for podcast guests, conducting research, or doing any activities that require expert input and insights, Google is an obvious starting point. However, in a digital environment, it’s easy for literally anyone to establish a presence as an authority on something. A well-designed website does not an expert make. What does?


Top Hiring Obstacles to Avoid with Better Recruitment Strategies

As prevention guidelines adjusted and vaccines became more available, employers began calling employees back to work. Many were startled to find that some employees simply didn’t want to come back, and others had taken positions elsewhere. Suddenly they found they needed to drastically modify their recruitment strategies to get results in this new environment. Employers around the country found themselves faced with what has come to be called the Great Resignation, and an employee-driven market


What Marketers Need to Know About the Metaverse

The metaverse may be the talk of 2022. I receive at least three to five emails a week that have “metaverse” in the subject line—including “Willy Wonka, Chocolate Rivalries, & the Metaverse,” “Preparing for the Metaverse Shift in How We Work,” and “Bring Your Love to the Metaverse With Personalized NFT Jewelry From MYKA.”


COVID Vaccine Policies: A Risk Management Approach for Employers

Vaccines are one tool in management policies that organizations can use to promote healthy workforces and strong ties to customers and communities. Here’s a guide for how to approach the issue.


Taxonomies’ Impact on Data Reliability and Use

Companies gather masses of data to drive their decision-making, but not all data are relevant or reliable. Much depends on how that data is being defined, gathered, entered and accessed. For better reliability, some companies are taking steps to create enterprise-level taxonomies—organizational structures and rules around how data is categorized.


New Interview Questions Since the Pandemic

The work environment has changed significantly in many ways since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Hiring teams have subsequently changed the questions they are asking to assess candidates' knowledge, skills, abilities and potential fit. Not surprisingly, HR professionals, recruiters and hiring managers have found some new areas of importance to consider when interviewing candidates for jobs during the pandemic—and for the foreseeable future.


The Apprentice Opportunity: Using an Old Model to Recruit Fresh Talent

Apprenticeship-style programs offer a “try before you buy” approach for both employers and employees. Employers benefit from a new source of talent: the increasing number of people who lack a four-year degree – or can’t afford one. Employees benefit from free training and the opportunity for career advancement. Whether following the traditional model or some modern variation, apprenticeship programs can supply talent pipelines and expand opportunities for women and people of color.


The Win-Win Potential of Hiring Neurodiverse Workers

Successful programs designed to employ neurodiverse candidates raise awareness among employees of the effort and make important alterations to the recruiting and onboarding processes as well as adaptations to communications and management approaches. The investment is worth it as companies benefit from the achievements, skills, experiences, and unique perspectives of individuals they might otherwise overlook.


Making Sure Unlimited PTO Is Done Right

At first glance, the promise of unlimited PTO seems too good to be true; too often, that may be the case. If badly implemented, employees may view unlimited paid time off as a 'scam.'


How Employers Can Leverage Their Trusted Position With Their Employees

Consumer trust is on the wane across a variety of organizations—from the media to government organizations, to large corporations. While many feel confident in saying trust is on the decline, Edelman has been researching trust in organizations since the turn of the century and has proof in their 22nd report: the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer.


What Comes After the Great Resignation?

The Great Resignation has been a hot topic in business and HR circles for several months now. Visier predicted it would kick into full force in the summer of 2021—it did, and it hasn’t relented since then. With a jaw-dropping one-third of the workforce quitting their jobs in 2021, the seismic ripple of the resignation wave has grown into a tsunami. There is no going back to before—the world of work has undeniably changed.


The Apprentice Opportunity: Using an Old Model to Recruit Fresh Talent

Apprenticeships offer a “try before you buy” model that supplies needed labor and expanded opportunities for a diverse population.


People Are Your Greatest Resource? SEC Says Prove It

Most companies today—especially during what is being called the “great resignation” would likely tell you that one of their most valuable assets is their employee base—the people who work for them. And yet, despite the fact that so many companies espouse this sentiment, how often does the head HR professional in the organization sit at the senior leadership table or participate in board meetings on a regular basis? How often are “people reports” given the same priority as “financial reports?”


Can AI Really Be Trusted?

The difference between AI and traditional marketing automation is that in the past people had to tell systems what to do through human programming. AI is based on the concept of machine learning—the AI itself makes decisions and becomes more “knowledgeable” with every interaction it has.


Virtual Mental Health Care Presents Opportunities—and Potential Risks

A sharp rise in the availability of telehealth benefits has opened up new opportunities for mental and behavioral health counseling, as well as challenges for health care providers, employers and employees.


How to Use Trending Conversations and Popular Hashtags to Build Your Brand

Hashtags allow marketers to tag their content to attract the attention of users who may be interested in a certain topic; additionally, users are able to follow hashtags related to their personal areas of interest. They can be generic terms such as #love, brand-specific terms such as #CocaCola, or ambiguous terms (which social media users really need to click on to determine their specific meaning) such as #smilingfood.


Changing, Communicating Employee Benefits to Meet New Expectations Employees' preferences for benefi

If communicating the ins and outs of employee benefits was difficult before the COVID-19 pandemic, it's even more so now, as employees are often far-flung and struggling with new work/life challenges.


How HR Can Leverage Automated Content Generation Tools

Content generation tools are an emerging way for content creators of all kinds to get an artificial intelligence (AI) assist. These tools—like Jarvis, Writesonic, Concured and more—are being used by news organizations and others to automatically generate content. The technology is still somewhat new and somewhat clunky, but it holds promise. In fact, organizations like the Associated Press have been using this technology for a few years now to generate content of various kinds.


Using Virtual Reality for Remote Hiring

Pandemic restrictions can make it difficult to hire employees who have never had the opportunity to visit the physical location where they will work. Particularly in a competitive hiring environment, employers want to do everything they can to provide potential employees with a good feel for what it would be like to work for the company.


Getting Ghosted During the Hiring Process

It may surprise you to know that ghosting is increasingly common. A new Visier survey on ghosting in the workplace in both the U.S. and the U.K. revealed an uptick in the practice—both on the part of employers and employees. An overwhelming majority of U.S. job seekers admitted to ghosting an employer or potential employer in the past 18 months with 37% saying they’ve ghosted an employer, 30% saying they’ve ghosted a potential employer, and 10% saying they’ve ghosted both.


Why You Need an Enterprise-Level Marketing Taxonomy

Marketers today benefit from a wide range of data available to them literally at their fingertips. Theoretically, that data should provide them with insights to help improve their marketing efforts and maximize profitability. But data can be misleading, and the decisions made based on that data can be flawed.


Benefits Packages in 2022: Changing Offerings Driven by Diverse and Unique Employee Needs

In a hybrid work environment, even traditional benefits like time off have taken on new meaning—employees working from home have been less likely to use up their sick or PTO time. As employers and their benefit advisors look ahead to 2022 they’re considering, and making, some shift in what and how they offer benefits to their employees. One primary area of focus driven by pandemic experiences—appreciating the value of time.


With U.S. Paid Leave Laws in Limbo, Employers Fill the Gap

The United States (U.S.) is one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries on the planet, yet it has no formal paid family leave laws or policies in place to ensure employers are supportive of their employees beyond the 12-weeks of unpaid time off for parents “at all public agencies, all public and private schools and at all companies with 50 or more employees,” according to ABC News.


Substance Abuse Got Worse Amid the Pandemic and Remote Work

Amid the pandemic, mental health and substance use disorders have worsened, in some cases significantly. Of particular concern is the rising rate of opioid addiction and related deaths.


Recruiting Retirees: Opportunities, Barriers and Best Practices

We are now in one of the tightest labor markets in memory, and all industries are feeling the pressure. Companies are getting increasingly desperate, but desperation can spark new ways of thinking about how to fill vacancies. Often overlooked are retirees, who represent a largely untapped source of promising talent to help stem the impacts of the Great Resignation.


Shameka Young: A Difference Maker in the D&I Space

A key element of diversity, equity, and inclusion is finding ways to not only hire more diverse workers but also elevate them within their organization. For Shameka Young, VP and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Cognizant, leveraging the company’s focus on affinity groups, targeted hiring, and other practices have been key factors in the success of its diversity initiatives.


The 100 Year History of the Human Resources Department

The HR function is relatively new in the world of work and, given its relatively brief tenure, it’s undergone remarkable change over the years—especially during the past 10 to 20 years and, of course, even more so over the past 18+ months as companies of all types and sizes have grappled with the pandemic and how to serve employees, customers, and other key stakeholders in new ways.


Technology to Automate and Refine the Recruitment Process

In the marketing world, they're known as customer relationship management (CRM) platforms. In HR, they're referred to in other ways—for example, candidate relationship management or employee relationship management (ERM) platforms—and often integrated with an applicant tracking system (ATS), but the concept is the same. They're platforms that leverage technology to connect with an audience—in this case potential employees—in ways that drive talent acquisition and retention.


Using Navigation Platforms to Boost Health Care Decisions

Workers with employer-sponsored health care often struggle to understand the benefits available to them. They seek support both for choosing appropriate benefits plans and for navigating through the health care system with their coverage. Ill-informed health care decisions drive up health care costs and are detrimental to employees' health and well-being. Online health care navigation platforms aim to help employees make better health care choices.


Working Under the Influence – An HR Issue On the Rise

It’s been widely reported that the pandemic and its related impacts on home and work life have created a great deal of stress for employees who are increasingly at risk for alcohol and other substance abuse. In traditional work settings, managers and others have “line of sight” over employees where erratic behavior can be observed. With more employees now working from home, though, is there the potential that some might engage in drinking or substance abuse while on the job?


Your Virtual HR Assistant

Fueled by the pandemic and the challenges faced by employers to find and retain staff, virtual human resources assistants are seeing a resurgence. Having good tech tools can be like having extra HR staff members on hand to do administrative tasks. This lets leaders tackle higher-level, more strategic priorities.


How Content Marketers are Using AI for Content Development

Wouldn’t it be great if technology could play a significant role in helping create copy to meet a seemingly insatiable demand for more content? It can, kind of. AI tools and natural-language generation are being used by a growing number—and range—of content developers.


Tips for Building Wallet Share to Gain Market Share

Companies talk a lot about market share and engage in a wide range of activities designed to build or increase it. But there’s another important “share” on which they should also be focused—wallet share or share of wallet (SOW). It can be a leading indicator of market share and can be a metric to identify opportunities to impact customer satisfaction, but it has important relevance of its own.


Personal Life Experiences Drive Passion for DEI

As the American population continues to diversify, so, too, does the distribution of wealth and business ownership. Potential depositors and borrowers are increasingly likely to be people of color. Banks that don’t look like or think like this emerging audience are less likely to attract diverse clientele than those that meaningfully embrace diversity. Mike Sebring gets it.


Technology Can Assist When Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

The ability to work from home is a big boon for many employees with disabilities. They may still face barriers, though, during the talent acquisition process and beyond. Those barriers can lead to costly lawsuits—and reputational damage.


What Can Credit Union Leaders Do To Mitigate ‘The Turnover Tsunami’?

A predicted massive outflux of employees is already beginning to be felt in some organizations. Employees of all kinds from companies of all sorts have gotten a taste of the flexibility and work/life balance that working from home has provided. Many are loathe to return to the physical workplace. Many have also had plenty of time to think about their careers and the companies they work for—what they like, what they don’t—and what they would rather be doing. This has created an environment in wh


Filling the Pipeline to Boost DEI in the C-Suite and Beyond

One of the many obstacles that get in the way of greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the corporate world is what is known as the pipeline problem. While there is controversy over whether the problem is a significant impediment to D&I efforts or simply a convenient excuse, the general premise is that diversity at the highest levels of organizations is lacking because there isn’t enough diversity at the lower levels of organizations. The reason there isn’t sufficient diversity in organization


Who's Training the Next Generation of Managers?

Today, in most U.S. organizations, the power resides at the top and is shared between a select few. For modern businesses to be truly effective in the long term, though, they must harness the value of the input that employees can provide—sharing that power with them. In this manner, employees will, in essence, be better developed and better positioned to step into leadership roles. Roles that current research says are desperately needed to ensure enough leaders for the future, and the present.


The Introvert Advantage

The ability to work remotely was a coveted fantasy of millions of workers for years before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the hands of employers around the world and made it a reality. Previously in-office workers often dreamed of working from bed in their pajamas or possibly even an Italian villa or tropical beach and without their managers constantly looking over their shoulders.


Remote Work and Moonlighting

One of the top concerns for managers with respect to widespread remote work was that employee productivity would suffer, in part due to the related concern that the ability of managers to oversee subordinates would be diminished if they weren’t physically in the same location.


Best Benefits Practices for the Gig Economy

Gig work—project-based assignments performed by people operating as independent contractors—became more prevalent as the COVID-19 pandemic led rising numbers of employees to leave traditional full-time jobs. But the shift toward a gig-dependent economy predates the public health crisis and is expected to continue post-pandemic.


How Employers Can Respond to ‘Two-Timing’ Workers

Imagine this: One of your employees, now working from home, has established three side businesses that do the same type of work your company does and serve the same types of customers. They're running their businesses during the hours you're paying them to work for you. They're using your databases to access information to help them sell their services online. Worse, they've actually contracted with some of your other employees to help them run these businesses.


What’s a “Mouse Wiggler?” Or, How to Manage People in a Hybrid Work Environment

Suspicious employers and their managers who still ascribe to the “out of sight and out of mind” concerns about managing a remote workforce and seek to use Machiavellian measures to monitor remote work performance may be turning off employees and sending them looking for job opportunities elsewhere in an already tight labor market. So how can companies effectively manage productivity in a hybrid workforce?


Taking Another Look at Cafeteria Plans

Cafeteria plans are getting new attention during the pandemic as a way to let employees select—and fund with pretax dollars—optional insurance benefits and spending accounts that meet their health and caregiving needs.


Wellness Portals Help Fill Employee Need

Employers have long recognized the role they can play in providing resources and support for employee wellness—initially to manage rising health care costs, but there are other impacts as well. Successfully managing employee wellness can positively impact absenteeism, productivity and turnover.


HR Leaders Agree: People Matters Are at the Heart of Business Success

In most organizations, the human resources (HR) department tends to be thought of as “owning” the employee experience and everything related to employee engagement, satisfaction, productivity, etc. In truth, though, people issues are everyone’s responsibility, from senior leaders through front line supervisors.


Five Key Questions About Video Marketing Answered

There’s an old saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s so trite, but it’s true, especially for moving pictures (i.e., videos). However, not all content marketers are equally adept at communicating via video. And their experience level varies widely. In this column, I take a look at some commonly asked questions and provide insights from experienced video marketers.


Quick Fixes for Common UX Mistakes

If the user experience (UX) on your website isn’t optimal, you could be missing out on visitors and engagement—and revenue. What are the top pain points when it comes to engaging users who come to your site? What are the biggest barriers or turnoffs? How can you discover what may not be working well on your site? What should you do to improve your site’s performance? Can you take a DIY approach, or should you hire a UX firm?


Mobile Apps for HR Communication

In the current digital environment, there are many options for mobile apps that can help streamline communications and ensure that employees and managers stay connected with their teams, colleagues and others. From enterprise tools like Slack, to free apps and plug-ins, HR professionals are making use of a wide range of apps as they continue to navigate a new work reality.


Return-to-Work for New Hires

As workers return to their physical workplaces, there's one group of workers that deserves special consideration: those who were hired during the pandemic and have never been physically present at the worksite, nor engaged face-to-face with their colleagues or managers.


7 Ways the Gig Economy Changed During COVID-19

The gig economy was already exploding prior to the pandemic, but the gig economy changed during COVID in ways that are likely to continue well into the future. Businesses that previously thought face-to-face interactions were the only way they could conduct business had to suddenly pivot and become more open-minded and innovative about how they would interact with customers—and employees.


Top 6 Reasons People are Quitting Their Jobs (and How to Keep Them)

SHRM and others have predicted a “turnover tsunami” that is expected to unfold over the next several months as employers begin to call workers back into their physical settings. Visier’s research also supports the likelihood of this exodus which has already begun to be felt at many organizations. Over the past several months employees have gotten a taste of the freedom and flexibility that working from home can provide. During this time they’ve also had ample time for reflection.


Shining a Light on the Dark Funnel

The dark funnel is a concept that has been making the rounds for some time now in sales circles. The term refers to the often-veiled insights marketers might fail to uncover as they attempt to understand the customer journey. While the digital marketing environment yields some powerful insights into consumer actions, some of these actions, like visits to other websites, research conducted through third-party sites, social media impacts, etc., might be hidden from marketers.


Is Your Content Review Process Out of Control? How to Fix It

Companies crave content—high-quality, timely, and accurate content that is brand supportive and designed to connect and compel target audiences to some desired action. To achieve these goals content providers, publishers, and organizations must establish content review processes. These processes generally involve multiple touchpoints, and many eyeballs, reviewing content for a wide array of reasons—from grammar, spelling, and style compliance, to SEO, content accuracy, and more.


Best Practices for Repurposing Content

It can be extremely expensive to feed the constant demand for content from a wide range of audiences. Content marketing has become a major industry in the 21st century, with companies of all types and sizes working hard to produce content to help them distinguish themselves from competitors as they attract and engage audiences that can represent potential customers.


Are You a Slave to SEO Keywords

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a very important consideration in today’s digitally-driven content environment. After all, if you can’t get visitors to your site, and get them to engage with your content, you’ve obviously missed the mark. But, in an increasingly competitive quest to rank ever higher in Google SERP (search engine results page), some content marketers may go a bit overboard when it comes to chasing the numbers.


Practical (and Scary) Implications of Speech Technology in HR

Conversational artificial intelligence isn't a thing of the future. It's here now. It is now possible for technology to artificially replicate an individual's voice to, for instance, share a voice message from the CEO, respond to common employee questions, offer voice-driven training or just-in-time instruction, and much more. But while there are practical applications, there are scary ones as well.



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Independent business journalist specializing in content marketing, online communications, marketing and HR/employee relations. I am the author of more than 15 books, and hundreds, if not thousands, of articles on topics ranging from customer service to how metalworking fluids impact the food manufacturing industry. I’m a prolific writer and enjoy the process of digging into a topic and conducting research to create content to address readers' needs and interests.

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I worked there from 1/2000 until now


Courses on a variety of communication and marketing related topics including consumer behavior, marketing research, business presentations and PR management for both undergraduate and graduate-level students, in live and online formats.

Company: UW-Eau Claire

I worked there from 1/2002 until now

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Owner/CEO of Strategic Communications, LLC, and a marketing and communication strategist with expertise in strategic planning, B2B content marketing, PR/media relations, social media and SEO. Her background as a freelance business journalist, advertising copywriter and corporate communication professional provides the foundation for understanding how to produce and use high-quality, personalized content to inform, motivate and engage audiences.

Company: Strategic Communications

I worked there from 1/2000 until now

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