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How To Build A Compassionate Workplace

As we approach Thanksgiving, and we look at what makes for good company – whether around the dinner table or around the boardroom table – compassion comes to mind. Compassion is an important yet often-overlooked element in any workplace. Even though employers and employees come together for business purposes, the close interpersonal relationships demanded in the office require a great deal of empathy and understanding between coworkers. Some questions facing management today are how can this compassion and empathy be fostered within a work environment, and why should companies be devoting time and resources to it? Outlined below are some…

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5 Unexpected Shopping Quirks for Travelers

In case you somehow missed the ads livening up the airwaves, web banners, and—yes—even good ol’ newspapers, Black Friday is this Friday. It kicks off the Christmas shopping season, and for the past nine years it has held its reign as this country’s busiest shopping day of the year. Whether you’re planning to set up a tent outside an electronics store or hunker down in your house with a plate of leftovers in one hand and your tablet in the other, you might enjoy reading about how the rest of the world shops. Here’s a crash course for you in…

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¿Por qué celebramos Thanksgiving?

Si vives en los Estados Unidos, probablemente ya sabes que cada cuarto jueves en Noviembre celebramos el Día de Acción de Gracias, o como se conoce aquí, Thanksgiving. Los americanos se juntan para comer muchísimo, disfrutar tiempo con sus familias y tal vez ver un partido de fútbol americano. Pero ¿sabías a qué se debe este día festivo? Primero, una tragedia En Septiembre de 1620, unos peregrinos ingleses se subieron a un barco nombrado el Mayflower y viajaron a través del océano atlántico hasta llegar a lo que ahora conocemos como el estado de Massachusetts. Habían dejado su país para formar una vida en un lugar que permitía la…

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Using Big Data in Higher Education to Drive Results

Have you taken the big data leap? The ability to analyze large data sets gathered from myriad sources can be used, among other things, to recruit, nurture, and maintain your student body—as well as, later, to inspire donations. Read on to learn more about utilizing big data in your institution. What is Big Data? The term refers to collections of data so large and complex that they cannot be parsed, processed, or understood by humans using traditional methods. No single spreadsheet or pivot table, in other words, can handle big data alone. One example of a dataset that qualifies as…

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Win a Free Vacation! – Rosetta Stone’s Around the Globe Sweepstakes

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re giving you a chance to win a free vacation! Register to win the Grand Prize of $2,500. Then play our Around-the-Globe game where you’ll learn interesting tidbits about Christmas around the world and get the chance to win instant prizes—like a Kindle® Fire Tablet, a Fit Brains annual subscription, and more! The holidays are a perfect time to get away—especially with a free vacation! Let Rosetta Stone help you expand your world! What better gift is there than learning? Give the gift of learning this holiday season! Rosetta Stone’s got something for everyone…

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Repatriation: The forgotten journey home, and the future lost asset

At the just concluded People In Energy conference in Houston, a thought-provoking discussion on global mobility trends ended with a common theme among attendees: what can we do about repatriation? Companies make a large investment in their expats who go on assignment. But often lost is the recognition that these employees also invest in themselves. The most successful expats take the time to personally learn a new language and understand the cultural nuances of working in a new country. Companies spend on the front end, and so do the employees. Many Repatriates End Up Leaving Think of the transformation a…

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The 10 Things We Learned from People in Energy

The Rosetta Stone team just came off an energizing three days at the 2014 People in Energy conference in Houston, TX. Here are the top 10 things we learned after hearing from many of the top voices in oil & gas HR leadership today: 1. “We need to change the public perception of engineering to sustain the U.S. capacity for innovation, and attract young people to the profession.” – Dr. Terri Reed, Texas A&M 2. “Three things that millennials seek in the workplace are a sense of mission, the challenge of learning new things, and a culture of transparency.” -…

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Globally Connected Courses Bring Culture to the Classroom

The short- and long-term benefits of studying abroad are well established, yet only 9% of U.S. undergraduates study abroad. How can faculty and instructors help the other 91% achieve a comparable level of success in a world where global perspectives are so important? One approach is the globally connected course. Using videoconferencing and a wide variety of other e-Learning options, instructors and students in the US are partnering with peers half a world away to complete projects that represent a significant opportunity for “internationalization at home”. The Challenges Participating students encounter and work through the same types of cultural barriers…

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Los Que Hablan Inglés Ganan Más Dinero

Se ha dicho que el dinero no puede comprar la felicidad. Sin embargo, la estabilidad económica te quita la preocupación de vivir de quincena a quincena y también te da tiempo de pensar en otras cosas aparte de proveer un techo y poner comida en la mesa. Así que si buscas tener finanzas estables, una de las mejores cosas que puedes hacer es aprender inglés. Muchas veces hablamos de los beneficios de aprender inglés en términos muy vagos. Pero ¿sabías que los economistas han estudiado la rentabilidad de inversión y hasta han puesto un monto aproximado de lo que puedes…

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Speaking More Languages Improves Cognitive Abilities in Older Age

As our bodies age, so do our brains. Many of us have seen our aging family members grow older and slower over time, and aside from physical aches and pains, we can often see the mental agility of our loved ones change shape over the years as well. As our brains age, cognitive function is impaired. “Cognitive function,” in layperson’s terms, refers to things like short- and long-term memory, how quickly the elderly process new information, and even simply the ability to pay attention. After all, whether or not we remember something later depends on how well we’re able to…

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