• New in the Blue Sky Vault: A guide to Chicago coworking spaces
    Posted by Danielle Braff on September 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Want to bring your dog to work, get free beer on the job or collaborate in an office rather than sit in a coffeeshop? Dozens of new coworking spaces in Chicago are jostling to offer the best desks, beverages and networking to draw you in. A guide to spaces that are open to the public is the latest... […]

  • Huge ambitions fuel Avant's appetite for hiring, training staff
    Posted by Meg Graham on September 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    When your company plans to grow from three employees to nearly 1,000 in a few years, finding people and keeping them happy enough to stay is a priority. That’s the case for Avant, the Chicago-based online lender that launched as Avant Credit in January 2013. Since then, the company has raised at... […]

  • How Chicago's innovative companies put their spin on the open office
    Posted on September 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Companies have realized employees shouldn’t be relegated to high-walled cubicles if they want their employees to be creative and collaborative. But many have also realized that a completely open office can be detrimental to good work. These companies have crafted spaces to inspire employees as... […]

  • Motorola Mobility's move to Mart put culture on display
    Posted by Kate MacArthur on September 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    As Motorola Solutions and Kraft Heinz prepare to follow other companies in moving their headquarters to Chicago, they’ll find that their cultures can hurt or help the process, say change management experts. The transformation saga of Motorola Mobility provides an example. Over five years, it spun... […]

  • More businesses wear their personalities on their walls
    Posted by Susan Moskop on September 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The walls in your office no doubt seem a drab gray compared with Open Books’ 24 shades of office space, where employees take their colors personally. “People really embrace the idea that this is our space,” says Stacy Ratner ⇒, founder of the Chicago-based literacy-focused organization, which moved... […]

  • 4 ways startup founders can empower employees
    Posted by BusinessCollective on September 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    When I started my business several years ago, I found myself trying to control every aspect of the day-to-day. I micromanaged my team and refused to let them use their own creativity to solve problems. I believed, like many entrepreneurs, that if I wanted it done right, I would have to do it myself.... […]

  • Why companies should conduct 'stay interviews,' not 'exit interviews'
    Posted by Kate MacArthur on September 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    In the post-recession, tech- and data-driven world, companies are ignoring one of their most important competitive advantages. “How we interact with and view people in organizations is fundamentally broken,” says Nicole Dessain, founder and chief talent strategist of Chicago-based talent.imperative.... […]

  • Companies reject retreats for outings with real returns
    Posted by Cheryl V. Jackson on September 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Businesses still believe in getting their employees out of the office to refuel, but they are increasingly trading pricey, time-consuming retreats at resorts for shorter social trips, experts and companies say. “The days of going away for a week and just playing golf together are gone,” said Bryan... […]

  • Why companies should poll their employees every week
    Posted by Kate MacArthur on September 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Maybe you arrived on your first day of work and your desk wasn’t clean or nobody greeted you. Management experts say that’s a problem and that strong companies require frequent, transparent communication. Yet many companies fail to do that, especially during “on-boarding” when employees begin new... […]

  • The 'frog call' and other alternatives to long meetings
    Posted by Cheryl V. Jackson on September 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    In lieu of a traditional officewide morning meeting, Chicago-based Supernova Lending does a “frog call.” Employees meet each day at 10:30 a.m. and stand in a huddle. Workers from other locations call in. All share a daunting task they want to complete by the end of the day. “People can hear what... […]

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