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About Maria VanDyken

As the Creative Director at EC Group, Maria generates and oversees our multimedia—from print, to web, to video. She also enjoys doodling on her iPad, and taking care of her desk plant.

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employee happiness

What is the Essential Ingredient for Employee Happiness?

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A couple weeks ago, Seth Godin wrote a blog post about empathy. (If you don’t subscribe to Godin’s blog, you should. His posts are brief, insightful, and one of the best things I find in my inbox every day.) Since the post is so short, I figured I’d just paste it right here for you: “Empathy Empathy doesn’t involve feeling sorry for someone. It is our honest answer to the question, ‘why did they do what they did?’ The useful answer is rarely, ‘because they’re stupid.’ Or even, ‘because they’re evil.’ In fact, most of the time, people with similar…

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retaining employees

Tips for Retaining Employees: Infographic

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Receive content like this and more in your inbox! Want more tips for retaining employees? Check out our post on how to make your employees happy, productive, and want to stick around.      Sources: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/labor/report/2012/11/16/44464/there-are-significant-business-costs-to-replacing-employees/ http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/turnover-and-retention http://www.jdapsi.com/client/articles/coh

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corporate social responsibility

Big Corporate Social Responsiblity for Small Business

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People often stereotype corporate social responsibility initiatives as being only for large companies, which often causes small business owners to think that CSR is not for them. I’m here to tell you that that doesn’t have to be the case. To prove my point, I’ve identified key initiatives by large corporations and listed out ideas for how small business can get involved in similar ways. Without further adieu, here are my three corporate social responsbility “hacks” for small businesses. Google: Disaster Relief Google supports a great number of social initiatives, but one issue that it’s integrated particularly well with its…

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corporate social responsibility

How to Stand out When Corporate Social Responsibility is the New Normal

By | Culture, Heartbeat, Learning | No Comments

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” -Pearl S. Buck Why is everyone so obsessed with CSR? Over the past five years, there has been a significant increase in corporations participating and forming corporate social responsibility programs. Did everyone suddenly become better people? Should someone welcome us all to the new age of enlightenment?  I don’t think it’s that simple. Many folks will give you theories on why there’s been such an increase in companies participating in corporate responsibility, but one argument remains the strongest of all: the…

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offshore outsourcing

The Offshore Outsourcing Series: Questions Answered

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Intro to Series: Historically, many U.S. companies have viewed offshore outsourcing as affordable, but not reliable. In an effort to improve reliability, this four-part series overviews different factors, challenges, tools, and processes that are all involved in offshoring—all from the perspective of both the client and the offshore service provider. We hope this series alleviates the mystery that some feel about offshore, and provides an alternative way of thinking for those who may have tried it and had a bad experience. These solutions are based upon my experience at EC Group and previous engagements. Part 1: Factors that Affect Offshore…

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corporate social responsilibty

5 Steps to Maximize your Company’s Corporate Social Impact

By | Culture, Heartbeat, People | No Comments

These days, it’s highly understood that doing good is good for business. Many businesses engage in corporate social responsibility programs for different reasons, but whatever the motivations may be, statistics have proven CSR to be a good choice.  The CECP’s Giving in Numbers survey found the following to be true of socially responsible companies: Among companies giving at least 10% more since 2010, median revenues increased by 11% while revenues fell 3% for all other companies. Employees are the most important stakeholder influencing decisions to expand community investments. The percentage of companies offering paid time off for volunteering increased from 51% of…

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electronic medical records

Struggling to Satisfy Your Electronic Medical Records User?

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My first ever job was at my dad’s medical practice scanning paper records into the brand new electronic medical record system. Looking back, I remember what an exciting season of life those four years were…NOT (scanning an endless pile of paper is not fun). This was around 2008, when lots of medical practices and hospitals were just starting to transition from paper to electronic. Seven years later, we’re well into the age of EMR. The industry use of EMR went from 60% in 2012 (when I finally quit my job) to 90% in 2014 (when I landed my current job…

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