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katie.hurst@opensesame.com

Training Remote Employees: A Look at the Apple At-Home Advisors Program

Hiring a remote workforce offers many benefits for both the company and the employees--reduced overhead costs and more schedule flexibility for employees are key examples. However, without the benefit of regular face-to-face interaction with other employees or a supervisor, training and retaining remote workers can be a challenge. We interviewed Ashley Verrill, via Skype, to learn about how Apple overcomes this challenge with their At-Home Apple Advisor's Program.

kaitlyn.chock@opensesame.com

Innovative Work Environments

Urban Outfitters

Though the idea of a corporate office is not the most pleasant, there are a few companies opposing the norm. There are a number of innovative workspaces across the globe that showcase playful office decor. This article highlights a few of these innovative workspaces.

kaitlyn.chock@opensesame.com

Looking to boost office morale? Try a Fantasy sports league

As football season begins to ramp up, an estimated 24.3 million Americans will be dedicating time to maintaining their fantasy teams, many during business hours. Surveys have shown fantasy players spend an average of one hour updating their lineups during the workday, which can equate to around $6.5 billion in wages paid by employers to play fantasy sports. Before you bring down the hammer on employee fantasy time, take a look at our post on why fantasy sports can be good for business.

joe.becic

4 Stages of Effective Hiring Practices

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With the economy expected to grow and continue full-scale recovery in 2014, companies will no doubt be expanding and hiring more employees. Hiring new employees is a tricky feat. Being in charge of your organization’s hiring process means not only screening for candidates who are qualified, but also whom are compatible with company culture and will help advance company goals.

joe.becic

Top 5 Essential Social Media Marketing Podcasts

Staying up-to-date on the latest industry information and trends is imperative to executing a successful marketing campaign in the social media platform. Podcasts are a great way to get all the current market trends and information you need to know without pulling you away from your work; it’s as easy as just listening in. We recommend the top 5 social media marketing podcasts to add into your listening rotation.

Daniel Chen

Tips for Adding Stunning Visuals To Your Projects (for free!)

Using visuals to convey information can greatly increase the reception of your work. Readers who “see and do” retain four times as much information as those who just read. Additionally, color visuals increase readers’ willingness to read by 80%. Our post shares tips on navigating Creative Commons and copyright rules, as well as free sites for finding and modifying visuals.

Daniel Chen

7 Mac Apps to Boost Productivity

It's Productivity Wednesday! Looking to boost your productivity? We've put together a list of Mac apps that assist in keeping you focused and on task such as toosl that block time-wasting websites, modify the color of the screen depending on the time of day, access files in just a couple key presses, and more.

kate.cornelius@opensesame.com

Tools to Enhance Your Online Presence and Increase Your Reach

Have you created accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Vine, Tumblr, Snapchat, and other social networks? Whether you want to find the best way to keep your networks organized or are looking for ways to enhance your online presence, there are many tools out there to help.

These tools will help you get serious about social media and take your presence and experience to the next level, both personally and professionally.

katie.hurst@opensesame.com

Productivity Wednesday: Get your inbox under control!

Remember when hearing "You've Got Mail!" made your heart leap in excitement, anticipation building for what special message could be waiting on the other end? How fast times change. Now that little red number hovering over the inbox icon leaves us feeling overwhelmed and terrified. We've got a special deal to help you get rid yourself of email anxiety and get that inbox under control!

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