Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.
Smart thermostats, also known as programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), offer integrated features that surpass the basic sensing and control functions of traditional thermostats. Although the market for smart thermostats has struggled to gain traction, recent developments – particularly the purchase of smart thermostat maker Nest Labs by Google, for a reported $3.2 billion – indicate that growth is likely to accelerate.
The biggest name on the Web is carving out a small sliver of the home improvement space.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes high-end thermostats and smoke alarms.
Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has received strong reviews in various outlets, and so has the company’s new Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The new alarm uses a recorded human voice to indicate low battery and other signals, as opposed to annoying beeps.
Having a social media policy -- and training employees to follow it -- are critical practices for every organization. Even if your company is not using social media, you still need a policy because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidelines to protect your interests and your organization’s reputation.
Before creating a social media policy, employers should decide what they want to get out of social media, advises Eric Meyer, a partner in the labor employment law group of Dilworth Paxson LLP.
Technology’s impact on the recruiting process is having both positive and negative effects on employers of all sizes. Bob Corlett, president of Olney, Md.-based recruiting firm Staffing Advisors, says subtle changes in job-seeker behavior have left many small businesses in the dust when it comes to catching the eye of top talent.
At the same time, employers large and small are missing out on connecting with qualified candidates by not embracing mobile applications, which are increasingly being used by those on the hunt for new gigs.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a $3 million grant from Google to be used to “catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry” by accelerating the creation of healthier indoor environments.
Not to pick on Fortune Magazine — after all, I want to be a billionaire someday, too — but who couldn’t come up with a list of 500 publicly traded companies? Not to disparage our competitor’s fine work, but their Fortune 500 issue almost writes itself. All they really need is Google and a spreadsheet.
Outdoor power equipment manufacturer Husqvarna announced a plan to boost online visibility through a partnership with WebVisible.
The manufacturer will make WebVisible’s platform available to participating dealers through its co-marketing program. For dealers, WebVisible will create online campaigns and place ads across networks and search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing -- helping local dealers reach millions of potential customers, the companies announced.