High unemployment and the high cost of education at home are driving U.S. workers and students overseas in unprecedented numbers in search of jobs and educational opportunities.
As rapid socio-economic shifts transform the business environment and workforce, human resource experts and advocacy groups find themselves pressed to equip the industry’s professionals with adequate tools to keep functioning successfully.
Today, HR professionals are taking on more strategic roles within their organizations, partnering with other functional leaders to create and implement people strategies.
The sign of a busy worker used to be a desk with a huge PC crowded on the sides by small gadgets and hemmed in below by snaky tangles of data and power cables. Today’s business tech is neater and simpler: A thin laptop or tablet connected to a wireless network gets the work done and leaves room on the desktop for a cup of coffee — or your feet.
Small-business owners are adjusting their budgets to accommodate technologies that enhance operational efficiency, customer service and sales. Advances in computer, network and communications technology have revolutionized such areas as accounting, payment processing, marketing and communications, lowering overall costs and giving a competitive edge when applied.