How HR Professionals Can Handle Workplace Bullying

Most people think of bullying as a childhood experience but a surprising number of workers are affected by workplace bullying, which can damage a business.

According to a 2014 survey from The Workplace Bullying Institute, approximately 66 million U.S. workers report being affected by bullying in the workplace. This silent and psychologically toxic threat often causes irreparable damage to workplace productivity. And yet, it remains a complex, chaotic and unfamiliar topic to most HR professionals.

Topics: Business and Management, Career

Why Business Graduate Programs are Moving to 8-Week Formats and What That Means for You

In today’s fast-paced business world, finding quality solutions to global challenges in a timely fashion is often the difference between taking a profit and suffering a loss. Business executives know how valuable time is. So if they want to succeed in an ever-changing and shifting business climate, it is crucial that professionals can adapt to this new landscape to lead and succeed.

That is why, on July 1, 2015, the School of Business and Management transitioned all graduate business courses and degree programs in the School from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. Here's how this change may affect you.

Topics: Business and Management, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Why You Should Ignore These MBA Myths

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) still carries a lot of weight and remains in demand today, in both academia and the corporate world. According to the U.S. Department of Education, an MBA degree is now the most popular post-baccalaureate degree in America. More than 450,000 students are estimated to be enrolled in these graduate programs at more than 1,000 colleges and universities throughout the country.

Topics: Business and Management, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

MBA Application Checklist: 9 Things You Must Do Before You Hit Submit

Applying to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program involves a lot of planning, writing and preparation, and it’s never too early to start thinking about or working on your application. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to submit a rushed application package, and possibly hurt your chances of earning admission into a program that can transform your career.

To make sure that you send in the best application that you can, use this printable 9-point checklist to keep yourself on track before you hit submit. (And then figure out how long it will take you to earn an MBA degree online by checking out our Potential MBA Degree Timeline.)

Topics: Business and Management, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

3 Tough Decisions You Need to Make If You Want To Advance Your Career

What does it take to advance your career?

This is the one question that I'm asked the most frequently, being in my role as dean. Regardless, my answer is always the same: a solid, professional development strategy requires learning new things that increase your value to an employer and positions you as a strong competitor in the workplace.

Today, career building requires an integrated approach regardless of the field you work in. Businesses operate in unpredictable global environments that require effective critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills. They expect employees to solve complex business problems and make decisions based upon data and analytics. How can you ensure that you are well equipped to meet these evolving demands?

Topics: Business and Management, Career

How Graduate Students Can Use Mentors to Make Smarter Career Decisions

Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager or a corporate leader, you know how crucial it is to network with clients, industry peers, colleagues, even family and friends. At times when you aren’t working, you understand the opportunity to connect can happen anywhere; a trip to the coffee shop or driving your kids to school might lead to a career move, potential sale or chance to learn. But, as a graduate student, did you ever stop and think that one of your most beneficial career contacts might also be grading your assignments?

Topics: Taking Courses, Business and Management, Career

13 Apps For Your Inner-Business Mogul

13 Apps For Your Inner-Business Mogul

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, starting an MBA program, collaborating on a group project or looking to develop stronger professional skills, having the right tools at your fingertips to effectively and efficiently conduct business will prepare you for whatever corporate curveballs are thrown your way. We’ve found 13 apps that are designed to help you monitor your finances, keep up with trends and conduct meetings with clients or classmates at a desk or on the go. Maybe these apps will bring out the inner-business mogul in you.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Business and Management, Career

Latest Gallup Poll Reveals What Employers Look for When Hiring Employees

Latest Gallup Poll Reveals What Employers Look for When Hiring Employees

Qualifications. Employers favor them. Candidates want to develop them. But what does this factor even mean? And how can candidates and employers share the same definition of qualifications?

For the past three years, Gallup, Inc. and the Lumina Foundation have released an annual survey (What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign) gauging the American public’s perception of higher education, including workforce readiness. This year, in addition to this poll, a second survey was conducted of business leaders in the U.S. to determine what factors they favor when making hiring decisions for their organizations. The results reveal the qualifications employers want in a candidate and the competencies you should develop to get hired. According to the Gallup-Lumina Foundation study:

Topics: Business and Management, Career

Top 5 Tips Every Graduate Should Use in a Job Interview

As a college graduate, you are ready to utilize your degree and start (or continue) on the career path of your dreams. Now, after conducting an extensive job search and sending your resume out to countless prospective employers, you have risen above the candidate competition and landed the interview. Congratulations!

However, your hard work and initiative doesn't end there. As an educator and dean, I have noticed several productive and unproductive strategies during interviews that leave more questions than answers. And in today’s tough job market, anything you can do to set yourself apart as the right person for the position should come across in your interview.

Topics: Business and Management, Career

The New Human Resource Management: An Industry in Transition

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The role of human resource management in modern corporations is rapidly changing. Over the past decade, business leaders have either eliminated or outsourced human resource management functions that do not enable business-centered, human capital strategies. In response, a paradigm shift is occurring requiring human resource management professionals' to reskill; replacing reactive, low value transactional human resource functions with proactive, high value business enhancing strategic contributions focused on business growth and sustainability.

Topics: Business and Management, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs