The turkey leftovers are long gone and the holiday shopping season is moving into crunch mode. And though Thanksgiving-weekend retail sales were a little disappointing, I’m more intrigued by—and upbeat about—an emerging, high-tech aspect of this annual winter spending orgy: the smart use of big data.
Two of the biggest trends in corporate IT today are BYOD—the “bring your own device” preference of employees who want to use their own phones and tablets at work—and software delivered as a service (SaaS). But those two trends are creating a huge security headache for companies. And no one, to date, has been able to cure it.
Do happy employees make for happy stock returns?
In the case of the firms honored in Glassdoor’s most recent “Best Places to Work” list, that appears to be true. Our analysis of the data underlying the rankings found that on average, the year-to-date stock return for the 27 large public companies on the Glassdoor list was 15.0%. (The median was also 15%.) That handily outpaced the 9.7% return for the S&P 500 during the same period.
Nitro Software COO Gina O’Reilly with company CEO Sam Chandler.
Fairly or unfairly, ‘traditional’ human resources conjures images of problems, paperwork, and processes with an unhealthy amount of bureaucracy and red tape.