Unum boosts adoption assistance to $25,000 for employees

Unum | February 13, 2020

Employee-benefits provider Unum is now providing its own employees with a one-time $25,000 adoption assistance benefit. "Adoption is an important avenue to consider for people growing their families, but it can be expensive," Liz Ahmed, executive vice president of People and Communications at Unum, said in a press release. "Offering financial support to employees expanding their families is another way we can help working parents thrive." Unum also provides a $25,000 infertility benefit, as well as six weeks of paid parental leave after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child.

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Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces Helps Connect Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area Businesses

Office Evolution's Flexible Workspaces | May 19, 2022

While companies throughout the Washington, D.C. area look for new ways to maintain productivity, innovation, and connection in remote work settings, Office Evolution provides them with the perfect solution. The coworking provider is continuing to address demand and help both small businesses and entrepreneurs in Virginia by offering them affordable coworking spaces close to home. According to fairfaxcountyeda.org, more than 90 percent of local businesses in Northern Virginia are small ones, showcasing how important having flexible workspaces closer to home is for the area. The brand currently has four local Virginia locations in key business hubs, including Herndon, Tysons Corner, Fairfax, and Arlington-Rosslyn. "In northern Virginia, we make it convenient for local, small businesses to easily find office space, With locations throughout the area, businesses can easily tap into our flexible workspace options and secure the space they need to be successful. Each one of our franchise owners and Office Evolution members are a part of our Ohana – Hawaiian for family, That means we work together to collaborate and help support each other. Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburbs benefit from our collaborative community of entrepreneurs who have found a space where they can connect and thrive." -Mark Hemmeter, Founder and CEO of Office Evolution. Members benefit from being part of a nation-wide network of coworking locations where they have access to 73 other business locations in 25 states when travelling. Office Evolution is part of United Franchise Group's Coworks division which provides the largest privately owned affiliated coworking network of flexible office space franchises in the world. Office Evolution's network of locally operated locations provides remote workers and business owners with access to affordable workspace close to home with flexible terms. These spaces are where innovation happens and business performance is enhanced. Businesses of all sizes are shifting their focus towards flexible workspaces to get out of the home while avoiding the expenses and restrictions inherent in traditional office space. This transition from traditional workspaces to more flexible options in suburban markets has positioned Office Evolution perfectly for growth. "Office Evolution is the ideal solution for companies and entrepreneurs alike, People are looking for the amenities of a downtown office but want to work close to home. Now that travel for business is back, having access to a large network of flexible office space is a strategic advantage, especially in influential areas like Virginia and Washington DC." -Jason Anderson, President of Coworks. About Office Evolution Office Evolution® (OE), a shared workspace – coworking environment, cultivated on the principles of 'Ohana', the Hawaiian tradition referencing family working towards a common goal. OE was founded in 2003 in Boulder, Colorado by Mark Hemmeter a lifelong entrepreneur and real estate enthusiast from Hawaii. In 2022, Office Evolution joined Coworks™ the largest privately held affiliated coworking franchise network on the planet, associated with United Franchise Group™ (UFG), a successful community of affiliated brands and consultants. Office Evolution is serious about supporting small business owners – the Dreamers, Risk-Takers and Doers who dare to chase their passions. About Coworks Coworks™ specializes in franchising within the coworking industry, offering solutions, expertise, and shared service options within the flexible workspace franchise community. Part of the United Franchise Group™ (UFG) family of affiliated brands and consultants, Coworks was founded in 2021 by Ray Titus, founder and CEO of United Franchise Group, with the express intention of building a framework to connect a variety of coworking brands, services, and amenities within the coworking industry, providing the largest privately owned affiliated franchise network of flexible, professional, and shared office space options on the planet.

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HR STRATEGY

KnowBe4 Promotes Four Leaders to Executive and C-Level Positions

KnowBe4 | January 25, 2022

KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it has promoted four of its leaders to executive and C-level positions within the organization. KnowBe4 promoted 75 of its employees in Q4 2021. John Just has been promoted to chief learning officer, where he will be responsible for providing strategic leadership regarding content creation on eLearning. Tony Jennings has been promoted to executive vice president of international and global channel sales, where he will be responsible for spearheading the continued rapid growth of international sales and global channel sales, and driving revenue and strategic relationships with SMB and enterprise customers globally. Mark Patton has been promoted to executive vice president of engineering, where he will be responsible for building, leading and coaching the Software Development, Quality Assurance and Site Reliability Engineering teams in the U.S. and international offices. Mike Santos has been promoted to executive vice president of global customer success, where he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization's global customer success initiatives and work to drive results in customer growth, satisfaction and retention. "At KnowBe4, we believe in recognizing employees for their hard work by elevating them to positions with higher levels of responsibility, This entire group of professionals has demonstrated superior performance, outstanding leadership skills and positive attitudes in each of their respective areas. We are fortunate to have such a talented team and I look forward to the many stellar accomplishments from this group as we move forward." -Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. About KnowBe4 KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 44,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.

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Flexible Law Degree Offerings Are Attracting Working Professionals

Faulkner Law | January 05, 2022

A growing number of non-traditional students seeking a law degree are discovering new opportunities to pursue a Juris Doctor (J.D.) through the expansion of distance learning and flexible scheduling options approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). One such offering is the Executive J.D. Schedule at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Faulkner Law's Executive J.D. Schedule provides part-time students with the same curriculum and services as students in their traditional, Full-time J.D. Schedule, only delivered through blended online and in-person courses spread out over a four-year time commitment. In its second year, the Executive J.D. Schedule has welcomed primarily non-traditional, working professionals with an average incoming age of 35. "For over 70 years, Jones School of Law was a part-time, evening J.D. program, This new age of distance learning and online technologies allows us to refocus on this same commitment to offering a legal degree to those students who require the flexibility of schedule to accommodate their professional and personal lives." - Faulkner Law Dean Charles B. Campbell. The blended learning delivery of the Executive J.D. Schedule is ideally suited to students within a three-to-four hour driving radius from the campus that is conducive to fulfilling the in-person learning obligations scheduled two weekends a month excluding the summer. The part-time schedule appeals to working professionals who may have previously thought about becoming a lawyer but could not afford to forgo employment to do so, including current student Preston Roberts, a government relations professional residing in Montgomery. Without this opportunity, Roberts states he would not have been able to pursue his law degree without leaving his career and interrupting his family life. While he acknowledges that law school requires a substantial commitment, he also believes the rewarding outcome will validate the pursuit. The Executive J.D. Schedule offers parity with Faulkner Law's Full-time J.D. Schedule, including integrating bar exam preparedness, maintaining compliance with ABA Standards, providing student services and academic support, and following established admissions standards. Learn more about the part-time Executive J.D. Schedule at law.faulkner.edu/executiveJD. About Faulkner Law Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law is a private, Christian law school in Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama. As an ABA-accredited school, Faulkner Law provides students a rigorous curriculum and hands-on experience to drive both academic success and community service, and celebrates its students who have a desire to use their legal degree to seek justice and serve their communities — wherever that may be.

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HR PRACTICE

15Five Reshapes Performance Management With a Holistic and Insights-Driven Platform for HR Leaders

15Five | March 14, 2022

15Five today announced the release of Perform, a robust performance management solution designed to help HR leaders create a performance program that fits their organizational goals, culture, and technology stack. Perform enables HR leaders to run an end-to-end performance management cycle, from performance reviews through to employee compensation and career development conversations. The platform has been designed from the ground up to be easy-to-use for HR leaders, beneficial for managers and employees, and robust for managing the back-end administrative demands of a performance cycle for companies of any size. “As companies adapt to a new work environment, the performance review needs to evolve and adapt, In addition to helping employees develop in their roles and drive informed decisions for advancement and compensation, the modern HR leader needs a performance review system that saves time to deploy, is flexible to their needs, and embeds seamlessly into their existing solutions. We designed a streamlined workflow with the goal of saving HR's time.” -Vincent Huang, Chief Product Officer at 15Five. The Perform platform is informed by 15Five’s research, which revealed that there are several inconsistencies and gaps in how HR leaders, managers, and employees perceive and experience the performance review process and its outcomes. For example, 75% of HR leaders agree that the review process provides an accurate representation of performance. That confidence level drops to 66% of managers and 43% of employees. 79% of HR leaders think the process is fair and equitable, but only half of employees agree. Similar differences exist for perceptions around the ability of reviews to improve performance, engagement, and employee satisfaction. Data also suggests the need for a new approach to make this process effective in the modern workplace. Leveraging Perform, HR leaders and managers are given an opportunity to reimagine the performance review process at their organizations, close the experience gaps, and make the process impactful and fair to all involved. An Easy-to-Use Solution A problem common to many performance review platforms is they become cumbersome and fail to maintain a user-friendly experience as they mature. They rely on manual processes that are time-consuming, labor intensive, and fraught with human error. The result is that following implementation, the platforms are often left untouched by managers and employees. However, being easy-to-use is in Perform’s DNA. The product features facilitate ongoing, growth-oriented performance conversations that are seamlessly integrated into the performance review process for greater accuracy and ease of use. Dynamic integrations with HRIS platforms Perform also enables dynamic integrations with leading human resources information system (HRIS) platforms, beginning with ADP and followed shortly by Workday and UKG. It streamlines the process of real-time updating by automatically receiving employee data from the HRIS and sending performance review data back. As a result, the HRIS can be maintained as the ‘central source of truth’ for all employee data, from job roles to historical performance results. Built-in Flexibility Perform can be customized to neatly fit with any culture or tech stack to create an experience that’s convenient for HR leaders and easy for employees to adapt. It gives HR easy access to prebuilt dashboards that are readied for quick insights that drive action. Perform’s dashboard and data tools allow HR leaders to get granular when required or view a summary analysis for an immediate read of a situation, such as company-wide stats on review completions. About 15Five Founded in 2011, 15Five equips HR leaders to play a strategic role in their company’s growth. HR leaders use 15Five to combine engagement, performance and OKRs on one platform so they can make insightful decisions and take strategic action. Unlike other “command and control” performance systems, 15Five uses the latest in people science to turn managers and employees into self-driven owners of performance and engagement. To further the impact of talent on company growth, 15Five also provides education, coaching and community for HR leaders, managers and employees. HR leaders at over 3,200 companies, including Credit Karma, Spotify and Pendo, rely on 15Five’s software and services to make their talent a growth driver.

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