Issues: Vol. 29 Issue 1

Office Design

Is your office space bringing you down?

(photos provided by Julie Legg Photography) Your office: Let's talk about it. Is your current workspace truly optimized to inspire your team to greatness, and to keep them engaged and energized? Is it a place where both employees and the company as a whole will thrive? If not, you're missing out. Big time! Your physical workspace is a tool. Just like a phone and a computer help get the job…

Youth Entrepreneur

Sofa, So Good

As he runs his own furniture repair service, 17-year-old Ben Belanger redefines “the high school hustle.” Meet Ben Belanger, a junior at Shawnee Mission South. He’s interested in business and engineering, and like many other teenagers, he enjoys sports (like tennis) as well as hanging out with friends and family outside of school. Oh, and he runs his own foam cushion replacement business. Belanger first got the idea for KC…

IT Support

The SMB Guide to Creating a Cloud Migration Plan

More than a decade after the term “cloud computing” entered the popular business vernacular, the technology has finally emerged as the transformative force it promised to be. Today, 90 percent of SMBs use cloud computing in some capacity, and nearly half of SMBs worldwide spend at least $130,000 annually on cloud-related expenditures. While the cost of public cloud usage may seem high, the savings accrue over the long term. In…

Human Resources

Job Descriptions – An Employer’s Best Friend

Imagine that you show up to your first day of work for a job you’ve always wanted. You meet with your human resources director and they hand you a paper that details everything your job entails and what your new company expects of you. You excitedly sign the paper without hesitation. Fast forward a few weeks: You are in your supervisor’s office being reprimanded for not sending out weekly updates…

Digital Content

A Bear, a Hare … and an Alarm Clock

How to use storytelling to connect with your audience. Alarm clocks were once found on nearly every nightstand — a reliable, necessary evil to get us up and at ’em at just the right time each day. (At least those who didn’t slam the snooze button one too many times.) But in the modern world of ubiquitous cell phones with built-in alarms, bedside clocks have become increasingly optional, and perhaps…