Time to Revise Outdated Perceptions of Russia?

Franklin Templeton | August 10, 2020

Many investors seem to have misperceptions when it comes to Russia’s economy and the companies located there. Our Emerging Markets Equity Institutional Portfolio Manager Nicole Vettise explains how Russia’s economy offers investors a mix of old and new industries, and compelling areas of investment opportunity as a result. The double-headed eagle that features on Russia’s coat of arms is said to reflect its geographical position, facing both East and West. Maybe a more apt interpretation is Russia’s continued dominance in the old economy while thriving in the new.

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These days, many of us are just an email, text, or click away from work. So it's more important than ever to make sure you and your employees are getting time away to recharge. Increasingly, that's coming in the form of PTO or Paid Time-Off, an integrated system that combines traditional vacation, sick leave, or personal leave.

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These days, many of us are just an email, text, or click away from work. So it's more important than ever to make sure you and your employees are getting time away to recharge. Increasingly, that's coming in the form of PTO or Paid Time-Off, an integrated system that combines traditional vacation, sick leave, or personal leave.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT, HR PRACTICE

BHG was Named One of the Nation's Best Workplaces for Women by 'Fortune' Magazine and Great Place to Work®

BHG Financial | September 30, 2022

Today, BHG Financial (BHG) has been honored as one of the 2022 Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work® (GPTW) and Fortune magazine. This is the second subsequent year BHG has made this prestigious list. The women leaders of BHG drive a great deal of the success and this representation is integral to how BHG operates. BHG's persistence towards equality is one of the reasons the leadership team comprises over 40% women, compared to the national average of 21%. The recognition on this list is meaningful because it's the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly women say they're treated at work. At BHG, 98% of women agree that people here are treated fairly regardless of gender. "Since BHG's inception, we have always focused on nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace, Even as our company has grown geographically and in employee count, we've committed to providing personalized development programs that ensure women have equal opportunities. Our placement on this list emphasizes our dedication to offering a safe and fair workplace." -Katie Barnes, Chief Human Resources Officer at BHG Financial To determine the Best Workplaces for Women, Great Place to Work analyzed the survey responses of over 640,000 women who work for Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies that employ at least 50 women. Companies must also have at least 20% of non-executive managers who are women, and at least one executive who's a woman. In the Great Place to Work survey, 96% of BHG's women said BHG is a great place to work. This can be compared to the average US company, where only 57% of employees would say the same thing, according to Great Place to Work. BHG Financial has been certified as a Great Place to Work® since 2016 and has been recognized among Fortune and GPTW 24 times on numerous reputable lists. About BHG Financial BHG Financial is transforming the financial industry, leveraging the power of data, analytics, and cutting-edge technology to become one of the best sources for high-performing loans, and the creator of one of the largest community bank loan and product networks in the country. Since 2001, BHG has originated more than $12 billion in loan solutions to top-quality borrowers, which community and midsize banks can access via a state-of-the-art loan delivery platform. BHG Financials' dedication to providing services that meet the needs of its clients has led to the creation of a full family of brands that range from business, consumer, and SBA 7(a) loans to credit cards, collection services, risk management services, and point-of-sale financing. With record growth year after year, BHG continues to be recognized regionally and nationally, earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 for 15 years running and receiving accolades from Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine, among others. BHG Financial is partially owned by Pinnacle Bank (PNFP) and has headquarters in Davie, FL and Syracuse, NY. To represent the company's growth and dedication to continuously expanding their services, Bankers Healthcare Group became BHG Financial in 2021.

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HR ANALYTICS,HR STRATEGY

Humantelligence Named Best In Class HR Technology for Culture & Collaboration by HRO Today Association

Humantelligence | November 25, 2022

Humantelligence (HT) won the 2022 HRO Today Association Award for Best In Class HR Technology in the North America region at last week’s HRO Today Association Conference - attended by more than 150 senior HR executives. The award recognized the company’s innovative one-to-one and team collaboration technology for its ease of use, quick implementation, and ability to optimize collaboration on the spot for remote and hybrid teams. For more than 15 years, the Association has recognized company and individual accomplishments in human resources and leadership in North America, EMEA and APAC. The nomination process offers people, teams, partners and companies the opportunity to share best practices and successes so colleagues, and the industry as a whole, can benefit from their experience. The awards recognize leadership, collaboration, innovation, and hard work, as well as a commitment to people and process improvement. This year’s awards garnered hundreds of submissions, and 71 finalists were named. Humantelligence delivers personalized communication insights through the tools organizations use every day: Microsoft Teams®, Outlook®, Gmail®, Zoom®, Webex®, Slack® and calendars. When drafting an email, chatting with a colleague, or joining a meeting, the tool automatically surfaces useful, customized tips for more effective communication and collaboration between team members. With this tool, leaders can create more balanced & diverse teams, reduce friction between team members, and improve productivity. By focusing on collaboration in this way, clients - including BASF, Bank of the West, Honda, AFLAC and others -- have improved team effectiveness and employee engagement while maximizing investment in their current communication technologies. “It’s important to empower employees with the kind of tools that enable more effective collaboration. We know that when people better understand themselves and others, they can better connect with each other, become more deeply engaged in their work and perform better. At the same time, organizations can increase productivity and improve the employee experience - it’s a win-win for everyone. In our work with hundreds of organizations, we’ve seen our collaboration tool change the way companies think about how people work together, and it’s really gratifying to be recognized by HRO Today for this work,” - Humantelligence’s CEO, Juan Betancourt This year, Humantelligence earned top technology honors by RemoteTech Breakthrough and TalentCulture for its team collaboration solution. About HRO Today Association The HRO Today Association is the premier networking and content community for advancing the human resources profession. By engaging in professional development opportunities and connecting with peers, members improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their HR operations and service delivery. The Association is managed by HRO Today/SharedXpertise Media, whose magazines, web portals, research, e-newsletters, events, and social networks reach over 180,000 senior-level HR decision-makers with rich, game-changing content. About Humantelligence Humantelligence delivers personalized insights for better one-to-one & team collaboration, surfaced in the communication tools you use every day: Microsoft Teams®, Outlook®, Gmail®, Zoom®, Webex®, Slack® & calendars. As a result, companies optimize collaboration and engagement while reducing turnover and can build engaged high-performing teams across the organization.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

HiBob Introduces Workforce Planning to its HR Platform 'Bob'

HiBob | October 14, 2022

HiBob, the company behind Bob, the HR platform transforming how organizations operate in the modern world of work, today launches its native Workforce Planning module, designed to help companies optimize for efficiency by enabling them to easily plan, track, and analyze their positions and people data. Workforce planning is the process of building a robust organization through attracting, hiring, and training suitable candidates within each department. Businesses use workforce planning to avoid under or overstaffing and to support hiring employees with appropriate levels of knowledge, skills, and experience. Ultimately it allows businesses to reimagine their teams' structures, support their people's growth and by extension the company's overall success. Incorporating a workforce planning strategy enables companies to carefully respond to emerging economic or technological trends disrupting the workplace to build realistic business plans. It also ensures HR brings visibility and data to the finance team, and other executive stakeholders when deciding, executing, and tracking headcount planning. Companies that "workforce plan" are more likely to experience overall success through strategic control and care of staffing needs balanced with business requirements. HiBob used customer feedback to develop this highly valued use case, collaborating with a select group of over 25 early adopters. These included Eurowag, Parimatch, LHV, Danish Industry, Fiverr and Landa who all acted as design partners helping to define an MVP, and build the prototype that culminated in the final module. "Changes to the modern world of work caused by flexible, remote, hybrid models and dispersed teams have made HR technology imperative for business success. By the same token your workforce planning strategy needs to be equally as dynamic and agile. It impacts every department within an organization because it's more than just headcount planning, requiring cross-functional input. -Ronni Zehavi, CEO and co-Founder of HiBob It's the foundation of effective recruiting and hiring, it reduces spending, eliminates inefficient hiring practices, and enables accurate predictions of future job developments. Importantly it increases employee retention through higher levels of satisfaction. When all of these facets align with the company's long- term objectives and goals, workforce planning should ultimately help drive the business forward. HiBob's Workforce Planning module includes the ability to plan for cycles including the creation and evaluation of different scenarios such as re-organizations, acquisitions or other large-scale disruptive changes. It streamlines position planning, turning spreadsheets into living, running processes with full visibility, analytics, and accuracy for HR and finance teams. It also pulls analytics to identify any problems with the execution process, identifies skills gaps - and in this way helps with succession planning - as well as tracking internal mobility when filling planned positions. About HiBob HiBob is on a mission to transform how organizations operate in the modern world of work with its HR platform 'Bob'. Leading the way for the future workplace, Bob offers resilient, agile technology that wraps all the complexities of HR processes into a game changing, user-friendly tool that touches every employee across the business. HiBob is used by more than 2,500 multinational companies - including Cazoo, Gong, Hopin, Monzo, Happy Socks, Fiverr, and VaynerMedia. Organizations using Bob are able to accelerate hiring, retain the best talent, upskill and elevate employee engagement.

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