If there is one thing technology groundbreakers have in common, it is the passion of their vision. Joining the illustrious ranks of our Hall of Fame this year are four innovators just as intense about advancing technology now as they were when they first won recognition for their work. Martin Cooper invented the first portable cell phone; Ravi Arimilli lead IBM's Power4 chip team and holds the company's most patents; Richard Stallman founded the free software movement; and Arvel Hathcock created the MDaemon mail server. Each is working as hard today to develop their ideas as they were years and, in some cases, decades ago.Cooper developed the portable cell phone for Motorola in the 1970s and is still pushing wireless data technology as CEO of ArrayComm in Santa Clara, Calif. "I have always wanted to invent things," Cooper says. "I knew I was going to be an engineer even when I was little. I had an unceasing curiosity about how things work and about how to make them better."In 1973, … [Read more...] about 2003 Hall of Fame: a passion for innovation
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Do you have a close friend at work? Research from job hunting platform Good&Co shows that 65 percent of workers maintain a tight-knit friendship with at least one co-worker. These types of relationships can boost employee satisfaction and engagement, and it shows. Good&Co's researchers found that 54 percent of employers believe strong work relationships help improve company culture."Relationships matter because they help us feel connected, making us more motivated and productive," Catherine Fisher, LinkedIn's senior director of global integrated marketing and communications, wrote in a blog post. "It's much easier to share feedback with someone if you have built up a solid rapport, or ask someone for advice if you have invested in the relationship."The research showed that employees increasingly value a positive social and cultural environment at work, nearly as much as good compensation. About 36 percent of workers say they look forward to going to work when they work with a … [Read more...] about Why It’s Good to Have a BFF at Work
The overall vibe of a workplace, from the office layout and break-room setup to co-worker dynamics and company culture, has a huge impact on your team's performance and happiness."Positive workplaces tend to exhibit a common set of traits that foster excellence, productivity and camaraderie," Linnda Durré, wrote for Monster.com.The reverse is also true: If people are physically, mentally or emotionally uncomfortable in the office, they're unlikely to be successful or satisfied with their jobs. Here are four ways you can improve your work environment and, in turn, employee engagement.Smart businesses know that a good work environment starts with hiring the right people."Make sure you're hiring people who are professional, can work in a team and can contribute to a positive work environment," said Jazmin Truesdale, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Mino Enterprises. "One bad apple can spoil the bunch."The same idea translates to those who are already in the office. When employees are … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Improve Your Office’s Work Environment
While the benefits of receiving recognition at work are well-documented, new research shows that just as much good comes to those giving the praise.A new study from the O.C. Tanner Institute revealed that employees who always give recognition to others are more engaged, have higher well-being scores, and are more innovative and productive than those who never or rarely hand out acknowledgements for a job well done.Specifically, employees who always give recognition had 26 percent higher engagement scores than those who never or rarely recognized co-workers for good work.The research shows that when employees are more engaged they have: Increased motivation to contribute Increased support of company values Increased understanding of how teams contribute to organizational success Increased likelihood to recommend the organization Increased pride in the organization Increased willingness to go above and beyond Increased desire to be working at the same organization in one year"Despite the … [Read more...] about For an Engaged Team, Encourage Employees to Recognize Others
The Apple Watch can make you more productive, and it pairs nicely with business-casual dress — but so can other, less expensive smartwatches. That puts Apple's first wearable device in a bit of an awkward spot. It's an excellent product, but competing devices offer similar functionality at a fraction of the cost. Fortunately, the Apple Watch does a lot to help justify its premium price. It offers a more polished interface than other smartwatches, as well as a bigger app library at launch than any other wearable operating system. You also get features you won't find on many other watches, like the ability to take phone calls. And like any good smartwatch, it ensures you'll never miss an important alert. Only iPhone owners need apply, though — the Apple Watch must be linked to one in order to function. The Apple Watch is probably the best overall smartwatch on the market, and the best one for business users, too. But with such a high asking price — $349 for … [Read more...] about Apple Watch: Is It Good for Business?
Our favorite ultraportable business laptop just got a lot more flexible. Dell's new XPS 13 2-in-1 is a super-compact hybrid laptop with a flip-back display, so you can use it like a tablet. It's a variant of the standard XPS 13, which – in our estimation – happens to be the best commuter-friendly laptop on the market. It retains that laptop's glorious edge-to-edge display but also offers a slightly less-powerful processor and shorter battery life. The lack of even a single full-size USB port will also make this laptop a hard sell for some workers. Still, the XPS 13 2-in-1's sheer versatility, gorgeous design and excellent pen support make it a really enticing work machine. Like other systems in the XPS line, the XPS 13 2-in-1 sports a striking edge-to-edge display with razor-thin bezels. It looks great and helps keep the system really compact — a perk if you need to stuff it into a crowded work bag before your daily commute. In fact, the XPS … [Read more...] about Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review: Is It Good for Business?
If you work on a PC, don't hesitate to upgrade your operating system to Windows 10. The free update represents the most refined version of Windows yet, and it's jam-packed with productivity-boosting features that business users will really appreciate. The follow-up to Windows 8 — there was no Windows 9 — reintroduces the classic Start menu, integrates a new voice-activated personal-assistant app, and adds handy organizational features like virtual desktops. Add in hundreds of small usability tweaks and you have the best desktop operating system yet. Many PC users — and most offices — passed on Windows 8. That's because the operating system introduced huge and often confusing changes to the classic Windows interface, including a jarring full-screen Start menu, and touch-optimized "modern" apps that are good on tablets but not so useful on traditional computers. Windows 10, in contrast, looks more like the Windows you remember. Perhaps most significantly, … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Review: Is It Good for Business?
Fast performance, a sturdy aluminum design and a really affordable price point make Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 an enticing work companion. The hybrid system, which sports a flexible, folding design, starts at an extremely affordable price of $750. It's held back by a mediocre keyboard and lackluster battery life, but it's still a very good deal for budget-minded business users. BUY Dell Inspiron 13 7000 on Dell.com As its name indicates, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 sports a flexible, folding design so you can use it in a handful of different modes. Folding the display back a full 360 degrees will let you use it as an oversized tablet, though the system is too bulky to feel very practical in that orientation. Workers will probably get more mileage out of the intermediate stand mode, which comes in handy for using touch-screen apps or for showing off slide shows to a small group. The Inspiron 13 7000 is heftier than its closest rivals, which is something you'll notice while flipping … [Read more...] about Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Review: Is It Good for Business?
With incredible battery life, a sturdy keyboard and handy dual styluses, Toshiba's Portege Z20t tops Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in several key ways. The device is a sleek 12.5-inch tablet that snaps onto its keyboard dock to transform into a reliable laptop computer, with no kickstand required. You also get solid performance and a crisp HD display. On the other hand, the Z20t is heavier and pricier than its closest rivals, and it's not as speedy as the fastest hybrids. Still, this feature-packed device is a great choice for anyone who needs to work on the go. [For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.] The Z20t tablet snaps together with its keyboard seamlessly enough that you might forget you're carrying a hybrid device, at least when it's closed like a traditional clamshell notebook. When you open it up the silver hinge protrudes a bit below the bottom edge, though it doesn't hinder the laptop's usability at all. Like most hybrids, … [Read more...] about Toshiba Portege Z20t Review: Is It Good for Business?
Hard work is something that's been engrained in me from a young age, but I never knew it would be the impetus of a business venture I believe is changing America.I grew up in a low-income household outside of Philadelphia. I didn't have the support or finances to attend college, so I joined the Army. I spent two years stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA and made the most of it, ultimately deciding that I wanted to attend college on the GI Bill. After about six months of school, I quickly ran out of money and was forced to drop out.Left without options to further my education, my work ethic was kicked into overdrive. I started working odd jobs to make ends meet – everything from bouncing at a nightclub to working as a dish washer at a restaurant, and even a gas station cashier. It felt freeing to work hard and make my own money. One of my jobs was loading trucks in a warehouse for $5.50 an hour, and because of my military work ethic, I would clock in 90 hours a week and was ecstatic … [Read more...] about My Life-Long Work Ethic Fueled a Military-Inspired Franchise Business