Education at Work Receives $50,000 Grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Education at Work Receives $50,000 Grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation...

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Education at Work Inc., is awarded $50,000 from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) as a part of a three-year grant plan approved in 2013. Funds from the grant will assist the non-profit cover operational expenses related to growth initiatives. Since 2012, Education at Work has helped college students afford college through part-time employment plus tax-free tuition assistance. Students are employed as customer service agents in a contact center environment and learn critical skills in problem-solving, communications, and collaboration. To date, more than $690,000 has been paid out in tuition assistance with over $3.7 million dollars earned in student wages. The company maintains its status as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization while creating revenue-generating partnerships with major clients in the retail, financial services, and technology industries. Dave Dougherty, CEO and founder, hopes to grow the organization to serve more than 100,000 students in different cities across the United States by 2025. “Support from organizations like The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps Education at Work expand to serve students in a larger capacity,” says Dougherty. “We believe that helping reduce college debt for our students will bring them one step closer to reaching their personal and professional goals.” According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the national average of student debt is more than $1 trillion and is considered the second-largest financial obligation for adults after mortgage payments. About Education at Work Education at Work is a non-profit organization helping college students graduate with less debt by partnering with our clients to address their customer service needs through a high-achieving, millennial workforce. To learn more about Education at Work, visit www.education-at-work.org. About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation As a trusted philanthropic partner, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation inspires current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. To learn more about The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, visit their website: www.gcfdn.org. View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150803005872/en/ Contact: Education at Work Inc. Tanya Mahon, VP of Business Development and Marketing, 513-351-1555...
5 Ways to Turn Millennials Off at Work

5 Ways to Turn Millennials Off at Work

Promoting a healthy and sustainable work culture is more important now than ever. With the infusion of multiple generations in the workplace, it is almost unavoidable to face the different values and opinions among employees. In particular, millennials maintain an unapologetic, no-nonsense attitude that other generations would not even imagine their lips to muster. As the hustle and bustle of the workplace progresses, it is often that common practices that affect millennials are overlooked or underestimated. The average millennial is projected to have more than five jobs in their 20s and it is possible that we can blame this turn-over on five ways that can turn a millennial completely off in the workplace. 1) Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can pierce my confidence. Report to. Superior. Mandatory. You’ve heard them. Nine times out of 10, you’ve probably said them. Wash your mouth and cleanse control words from your vocabulary as they are a one-way ticket to an unhappy millennial. Despite using words like “report to” since the beginning of time, the tone of these words can leave one feeling slighted. What you can do: Regardless where a millennial falls on the organization chart, he or she wants to be comfortable around their peers and “superiors.” Millennials may likely prove to be better employees if equality is promoted in the workplace rather than the authority over others. Of course there are restrictions that prevent millennials from having the same permissions as their managers, but, in the long run, millennials will be appreciative if verbal language carries a tone that shows that they are valued and equal in the workplace – regardless of their status. 2) Transparency? What’s that? Endless unexpected changes in the workplace are enough to make a millennial feel uneasy about their position. When major decisions are made that affect the body of an organization without seeking the opinion of employees, a level of distrust is developed. What you can do: Transparency is the glue that holds an organization together. Involve your millennial (boomers and Gen X) employees in major decisions. Although you cannot please everyone, it is important to promote consistent written and/or verbal communication that outlines decisions and how it can affect your workforce. No matter how critical a decision, it should be important to display respect to the individuals that help keep your business alive. 3) There’s not exactly a welcome mat for ideas in a meeting. When ideas are abrasively rejected without reason or with no opportunity to be explained, millennials become discouraged and eventually disengaged. This practice is often found in team meetings or 1:1 discussions. What you can do: If you are in an organization that values collaboration, ensure that your millennial employees have the platform to be heard. Maintain an open mind and reroute potentially negative comments into thought provoking questions that help a millennial see your point of view through his or her’s own discovery. Although a millennial’s game-changing idea may not be the best option for the moment, use language that cultivate a deeper sense of critical thinking or risk critically conditioning a millennial’s mind to associate participating in team discussions or one-on-one’s as a negative activity. Of course, there is always the option to listen thoroughly and carefully – they may have something valuable to say. 4) Making Millennials feel under challenged and undervalued. When you give millennials tasks that are below their skill set, boredom can and will take over their ability to focus. Like any other...
7 Fashion Tips for Broke College Students

7 Fashion Tips for Broke College Students...

As part of the broke college student demographic, it can be extremely difficult to stay stylish in college with new expenses, such as books and food. Over the past nine months of being ridiculously poor and  trying to stay current in the Cincinnati fashion scene, I have developed some tricks on how not to spend all your money on clothes: Put all the big annual and semi-annual sales on your calendar and work paychecks around them There’s nothing worse than driving past Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and realizing you only have $4 in your bank account (trust me). Keep an open mind Some people think they’re “too good” for Marshalls or TJ Maxx? The only response I have to that is, are you too good for Citizens of Humanity jeans? For $39.99? Frequent thrift and consignment stores on free days – especially when searching for an outfit to wear to 90’s night at a bar. Don’t buy clothes for the temporary high Yes, I did just make a reference to getting a high from shopping – and yes, it is possible! A carnal rule of dominating that shopping world is to buy things that will last. Quality 100% over quantity. Sign up for all those annoying email updates Why? Two words – flash sales. One moment you may just be scrolling through your email and then all of the sudden you’re saving 30% with promo code WOW25. Also, always save money for big holidays such as July 4th, Labor Day, Black Friday and even Canada Day (thanks American Apparel) – the online sales are always amazing. Follow up with a store’s customer service line One time on NastyGal.com, half my order got cancelled due to the items being out of stock. I went into an online chat with a customer service rep with the opening line “WTF? I was so excited about that Melanie Button Up!” and walked out with $20 store credit and a 30% off promotion code for my inconvenience. Most stores are very accommodating when they give you trouble. Check out Poshmark and thredUP Both offer brand name merchandise for crazy cheap. Plus you can sell some old stuff that you don’t wear anymore (but they take 20% off all profits). Get a $5 credit when you sign up for Poshmark using the code PHEBC. Create a uniform Always have good supplies of basics such as nice white sweaters or tees and jeans for class. Also, always splurge on comfortable undergarments. An uncomfortable bra can make any day horrible. The transition into college is uncomfortable, so being comfortable and confident with your closet is key! Remember: even if you spend most of your money on clothes, your mom won’t say no when you ask her for money for food (unless she as access to your bank statement – then she definitely will). Article by Lauren...
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