Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.
Companies should develop a positive, healthy workplace to bolster recruitment and retention efforts instead of just offering perks, such as yoga classes or catered meals, that may not inspire corporate loyalty, says Paul McDonald of the global staffing firm Robert Half. Employees value a competitive pay package and respect for a healthy work-life balance, McDonald says.
A $1.1 million donation from a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is aimed at helping the school increase diversity among students in computer science programs, officials say. Women earned 18% of computer science degrees at the Indiana college during the 2015-16 academic year, said J.P. Mellor, head of the computer science and software engineering department.
Students at a middle school in Washington state recently decided on questions that would be addressed through a live video link to Mark Vande Hei, a US astronaut on the International Space Station. Students asked about climate change on Earth and food in space.
North Carolina assistant principal Heather Craven says she sees her job as leaving students "better than how they came to us, no matter what it takes." In this Q&A, she says her role is to work with teachers and parents to create a place where students can succeed.
When Dennis Miller took over a medical center in need of change, he soon learned that, without intentional listening, all the changes he wanted to make would only scare employees without getting their input. "The simple act of listening to employees across your organization will give you a ground-up view of everything that is happening in your organization," he writes.
Data breach concerns remain high among chief information security officers, with 67% saying their companies will be breached or attacked in 2018, an Opus Global survey has found. A majority of respondents say they are more concerned about breaches than they were a year earlier, while also expressing worries over a "lack of competent in-house staff" and "careless employees."
One South Carolina school district is recruiting new college graduates and using state funding to travel to job fairs in Pennsylvania and Michigan to seek new teacher hires. Acting Superintendent Debbie Hamm says the school board also recently approved a new employee-retention program aimed at encouraging teachers to stay.
Some school districts, such as Maconaquah School Corp. in Bunker Hill, Ind., are turning to online options to allow students to virtually attend classes during snow days or for other reasons. Officials in this article offer their advice on implementing such programs and say e-learning days can provide students the continuity they need to succeed.
Oklahoma lawmakers in their new session will consider a number of education-related bills, including a controversial measure that would require consolidation of smaller school districts. Other bills are related to issues including the establishment of charter schools and the ability of districts to use building funds for operations.