Unlocked: the OpenSesame eLearning Blog

Laura Suzuki's blog

Whatever position they may hold, these daily interactions with your co-workers are valuable opportunities to develop strong relationships. Here are three benefits you get from coworker relationships. ... [more]

Healthy individuals are supposed to be getting at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise in a week, and sometimes that’s often hard to do for full-time employees. After coming home from work, all you want to do is pass out or relax. So why not make some time during the workday to get some physical exercise in? Here are 5 benefits of exercise in the workplace! ... [more]

Internships are valuable experiences to have before the real job search begins. It’s an opportunity to enter a professional environment where they can make connections, learn new skills, and determine where their interests lie. You might be wondering how these interns can benefit you. Here are five benefits of establishing an intern program in your company! ... [more]

Unconscious biases are reinforced by the environments we grow up in and past experiences in our life. We could unknowingly be discriminating against people based on factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class. Remember--this doesn’t mean you aren’t a good person. However, it is necessary to address the existence of this phenomenon, and recognize the way our unconscious minds think. Here are 3 benefits of defying the unconscious bias in the workplace. ... [more]

We have been seeing the growing popularity of hackathons all around the world. There are a lot of factors that contribute to this phenomenon--the increasing size of our tech-reliant society, a growth in computer science engineers, and the popularity of entrepreneurship. Hackathons take place all over the world--not just in the United States. ... [more]

In today’s ever-increasingly technological world, being digitally connected is essential to social, political and economic advancement. Technology has revolutionized the way we learn, teach, communicate, and carry out even the simplest of tasks. The Internet is becoming a basic necessity in any field, and providing others with this resource will contribute to workforce development. The digital divide is described as the gap between individuals with and without access to technology, such as personal computers and the Internet. The digital divide is not just limited to underdeveloped or developing countries. The issue exists in developed nations, both domestically and internationally. ... [more]

Last week, the interns at OpenSesame took the morning off to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank with a couple of other tech companies around Portland. What we often see is that people genuinely want to volunteer, but find it difficult to maintain their work-life balance. What would happen if all volunteers just suddenly quit showing up to work? Utter chaos, I would imagine. Volunteers make up a significant portion of our society, and their time and dedication create a great impact on the economy. Learn how you can help be a part of that change! ... [more]

As of today, Oregon has joined three other states--Alaska, Colorado, Washington--and Washington DC, to allow possession and cultivation of recreational marijuana. Sure, this may be a date of celebration for some, but many businesses and employers are left wondering how these changes might affect their options in implementing drug-testing policies. There may be confusion, but staying informed on state and federal marijuana laws will allow you to maintain a safe and productive workplace. ... [more]

As the world economy continues to expand, individuals in the workplace will see many more opportunities to work abroad. You might be thinking: Oh great, a relocation that will take me from the comforts of my stable life and people I love. However, as an ex-expat’s daughter, I can tell you this is not the case. Sure, the transition is hard, but the cultural experience you gain from it is priceless. Moving to a foreign country expands your boundaries, and creates a strong international network of people you can turn to for advice. ... [more]

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