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iBrief Blog: Innovation in Human Resources Today
How can human resources contribute to innovation? How can we turn new ideas into reality, break old paradigms and step outside of the box with new solutions to old problems? Innovation may begin with creativity but it is more than an idea -- it takes place when great ideas come to fruition and make their mark in the world. In the past, most businesses focused on continuous improvement of their products and services to maintain a competitive edge. But in today's economy, that's not always enough.    

Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Hotel Lessons from Muhammed Ali
In early June, we all watched the news as a titan of professional sports passed away. Muhammed Ali was one of the most colorful athletes that ever lived - as entertaining in the ring as he was in the press box, and not without his own dose of controversy. And as winning hearts and minds is the name of the hotel game, we can all benefit from a careful reflection on his career and what made the late, great Ali shine above his peers.
Only Sports Betting has Exhibited an Upward Trajectory
In the last few years, only one of Nevada's established gambling games has exhibited an upward trajectory. The honor goes to sports betting, which continues to reach new heights each year. The betting handle is expected to approach $5 billion this year, double what it was as recently as 2006.
(Gaming Today)  Read the complete article
Are Millennials Propelling Airbnb's Revenue?
Airbnb is outpacing hotel booking websites like Booking.com and Expedia thanks to its undeniable appeal to American millennial travelers, according to new data from e-commerce analytics firm Slice Intelligence. Last week, the firm revealed that Airbnb's revenue jumped 89 percent in July 2016 compared to the same period last year, while other booking sites experienced an average growth of just 19 percent over that same period.
(Travel Pulse)  Read the complete article
With Occupancy High, Hotels Seek to Avoid Online Booking Services
Hotels and online travel booking companies tend to have a marriage of convenience - one that savvy travelers can exploit.
When hotels are having trouble filling rooms, they will grudgingly pay Expedia and other online travel agencies commissions of 15 to 30 percent to reduce vacancies.
(New York Times)  Read the complete article
Top Stories: Human Resources
These Three Major Workplace Changes Could Impact Your Pay, and Sooner Than You Think
"The way we work is changing, and businesses have to take a fresh approach to motivate and retain employees," says Kris Duggan, CEO and cofounder of BetterWorks, a creator of company goal-setting and management software. These days, many companies are evolving toward pay transparency, more frequent evaluations and other changes in how employees are compensated.
(Forbes)  Read the complete article
Get Ready:  IRS Obamacare Penalty Letters Are On Their Way
On the heels of the HHS' notice letters to employers about ACA premium subsidies their employees may have received, the IRS has begun issuing its own ACA compliance letters. The biggest difference: The IRS notices come with penalties attached.  
(HRMorning.com)  Read the complete article
Why Health Insurance Could Cost Employees a Raise
For 2017, PwC's Health Research Institute projects a 6.5% growth rate in medical cost trends, the same as in the current year.  The also report signs that the decade's slowing medical cost growth rate could tick back up as new healthcare access points increase utilization. 
(Employee Benefit Advisor)  Read the complete article
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