Joining a video call with a client while holding a screaming toddler, answering the door for a delivery, and quieting a barking dog. And doing it five days a week for nearly two years. If that’s not a recipe for burnout, then I don’t know what is. advertisement advertisement The fact that 44% of employees report feeling burned out doesn’t surprise me at all. What does surprise me is that the figure isn’t higher. With a similar number of employees considering quitting their jobs, it’s past time to start addressing corporate burnout. Marketers are no strangers to burnout. The pressure for growth and performance has been intensifying amid higher consumer expectations, shrinking budgets, and a swirl of technology and content. The pandemic magnified this complexity. So much so that nearly 70% of marketing leaders say that the last year completely exhausted their teams, according to new Accenture Interactive research . But here’s the good … [Read more...] about We’re not getting back to normal. Ever. Here are 3 strategies to manage now
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Microsoft ( NASDAQ:MSFT ) shook Wall Street when it announced the acquisition of video game publishing giant Activision Blizzard ( NASDAQ:ATVI ) for a whopping $68.7 billion on Tuesday, but a rival felt the tremors when the maker of the Xbox consoles revealed its proposed acquisition. Shares of Sony ( NYSE:SONY ) plunged 7% on Jan. 18 when Microsoft announced the deal, followed by a 5% drop on Jan. 19. Sony investors are spooked at the proposition of Microsoft owning Activision Blizzard . That's not surprising as Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5) could lose some major gaming titles to Microsoft's Xbox once the deal closes in fiscal 2023. Image source: Getty Images. The PlayStation 5 may be in trouble Activision Blizzard owns several popular gaming titles, including Call of Duty , Diablo , Overwatch , Crash Bandicoot , and World of Warcraft . Sony investors fear that Sony could lose access to some of these popular titles if Microsoft decides to make them … [Read more...] about Microsoft Just Delivered a Knockout Punch to the PlayStation 5
Retailers have really had to stay on their toes for a while now to stay afloat. Those that were already prepared to pivot to a more e-commerce-centered approach before the pandemic began were in a better position to survive the safer-at-home climate. Those with a weaker online presence struggled, and many went under. Then came labor shortages and supply chain issues . Many retailers have increased wages and benefits to battle the former. Some have leased their own ships and purchased their own shipping containers to get ahead of the latter. Through all these obstacles, retail as a whole has proven itself quite adaptable and resilient. Image source: Getty Images But what are retailers doing to draw customers inside their physical stores? Let's take a look at a few of the strategies we might see from retailers in 2022 and how commercial real estate investors might be affected. De-malling An increasing number of mall properties are being "de-malled," or repurposed as … [Read more...] about 4 Things To Expect From Retailers in 2022
Private real estate investing has long been the playground of the ultra-rich. For years, they were the only ones with access to this market. Many private real estate deals are only open to accredited investors, those with a high income or net worth. They also typically have high minimum investment requirements. Because of that, most individual investors couldn't access a market that has historically produced higher income yields and better risk-adjusted returns than other asset classes. However, Blackstone Group ( NYSE:BX ) has changed this game. It created Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT) about five years ago to target individual investors. The non-traded real estate investment trust ( REIT ) has grown into one of Blackstone's biggest funds, raising more than $50 billion. Here's a closer look at how Blackstone created a non-traded REIT behemoth. Image source: Getty Images. The draw of investing in private real estate Congress created … [Read more...] about How Blackstone Created a $50 Billion Non-Traded REIT Behemoth
In this episode of the Motley Fool Answers podcast, Motley Fool personal finance expert Robert Brokamp interviews Mark Kantrowitz, an expert on the topic of saving for college. And we answer your questions about options for rolling over your old 401(k). To catch full episodes of all The Motley Fool's free podcasts, check out our podcast center . To get started investing, check out our quick-start guide to investing in stocks . A full transcript follows the video. This video was recorded on Oct 12, 2021. Alison Southwick: This is Motley Fool Answers. I'm Alison Southwick, joined as always, by Robert Brokamp, Personal Finance Expert here at The Motley Fool. Hi Bro. Robert Brokamp: Hi, Alison. Alison Southwick: You bombed into anything we're with your name this week. Robert Brokamp: I just like the surprise, I don't know what to expect and that's what I love about it. Alison Southwick: Surprised, there was no surprise. In this week's episode. … [Read more...] about Helping Your Kid Pay for College? Check Out This Podcast.
According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, one in every 18 homes sold in the U.S. as of the third quarter of 2021 is a fix and flip. As activity for this real estate investment mainstay keeps rising, surprisingly, profits are steadily declining for much of the U.S. -- that is, unless you are working in these target markets. If you're an active real estate investor , find out the five places where market demand is still roaring so you can lock in solid profits on your next fix and flip. Image source: Getty Images. 1. San Jose, California When looking at the highest raw profits on median-priced homes in the major metropolitan areas included in the ATTOM Data Solutions recent report, San Jose came out on top, with a typical gross profit of $213,000. The median price of homes here is $1.3 million, according to Redfin , triple the median price of homes across the U.S. and putting San Jose solidly into the expensive market category . If you're only looking at … [Read more...] about Here’s Where To Invest as a Fix-and-Flipper in 2022
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Employees and volunteers are the lifeblood that keep the mission of a nonprofit organization moving forward. That’s why maintaining the existing workforce and taking steps to even increase retention rates can positively impact the effectiveness of a nonprofit’s work in a community. High turnover is one clear sign that something is going wrong in an organization, but leaders can take action to learn more about organizational issues and mitigate them. Below, 12 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council share effective strategies for nonprofit leaders dealing with a high rate of employee and volunteer turnover. 1. Do A Full Assessment Of Your Culture Start at the root and check your organizational culture. High employee and volunteer turnover rates are a fairly clear indicator that individuals want to be involved but then become disillusioned with the actual experience. Providing an inclusive and welcoming environment while also … [Read more...] about 12 Strategies To Reduce Employee And Volunteer Turnover At Your Nonprofit
Dividend investing is a tried-and-true strategy to incorporate into your overall investing approach. When you receive your cash dividends (which are usually paid out quarterly), you instantly have more money to add to your savings account or put back into your portfolio. But, what if you received dividends in crypto instead of cash? In this segment of Backstage Pass , recorded on Jan. 5 , Fool contributors Rachel Warren, Trevor Jennewine, Jason Hall, and Jamie Louko discuss. Rachel Warren : I saw this article on Yahoo Finance that reported that for the first time a company that's listed on the Nasdaq is going to be offering investors a dividend payout in the form of Bitcoin ( CRYPTO:BTC ) . According to the piece, "the Bividend will be payable at $0.05 a share owned in Bitcoin based on Bitcoin's price on the date when dividends are distributed." I'm curious guys, would you want to receive a dividend in Bitcoin or do you think this is going to be adopted, … [Read more...] about Would You Want to Receive Dividends in Bitcoin?
Following better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings results, Ericsson 's ( NASDAQ:ERIC ) board of directors plan to propose giving the company's dividend an impressive 33% boost at the annual general meeting in March. More interestingly, given the Swedish telecom specialist's solid balance sheet, low dividend payout, and attractive exposure to the promising 5G network market, that dividend should keep growing over the next several years. Ericsson had strong Q4 execution In 2017, Ericsson decided to boost its research and development (R&D) efforts to develop a competitive 5G portfolio and improve its margins. To that end, it increased its R&D spendings from 32 billion Swedish kronur ($3.8 billion) in 2017 to 40 billion kronur ($4.8 billion) in 2020. That strategy is paying off. During the fourth quarter, revenue increased 5% year over year (or 13% adjusted for comparable units and currency) to $69.6 billion kronur ($8.3 billion), and the company's gross margin … [Read more...] about This 5G Stock Will Boost Its Dividend By 33%
Following several challenging quarters, Nokia ( NYSE:NOK ) will start the year under a new operating model. Will that suffice for the telecom equipment giant to become a 5G stock to buy in 2021? Challenges despite an attractive 5G opportunity The 5G infrastructure market in which Nokia operates seems attractive. According to the research outfit MarketsandMarkets, it should grow at a compound annual rate of 67% to $47.8 billion by 2027. Yet the 5G and network specialist has been dealing with significant difficulties over the last several quarters. As an illustration, it lost a $6.6 billion contract with Verizon Communications in September to Samsung for the supply of 5G equipment. The U.S. telecom service provider remains an important customer for Nokia, but that event highlighted Nokia's declining competitiveness because of issues in integrating acquisitions and aligning research and development with customers' demands. Image source: Getty Images. Management … [Read more...] about Is Nokia a 5G Stock to Buy in 2021?