Kohl’s to hire more than 50,000 holiday workers
Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores said it plans on hiring more than 50,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores and growth on its online platform.
Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 40 associates per store to provide shoppers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,158 stores in 49 states.
In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 6,400 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 350 seasonal credit operations positions.
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Wal-Mart and McDonald’s make Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership ranking
Philadelphia — Wal-Mart Stores and McDonald’s were the only retailers to crack the Hay Group’s eighth annual Best Companies for Leadership Study Top 20 list.
The study surveyed nearly 18,000 individuals at more than 2,200 organizations worldwide to examine how companies develop their leaders and foster cultures of innovation. This year, Procter & Gamble led the Top 20. Wal-Mart ranked No. 7, and McDonald’s came in at No. 8.
According to Hay Group’s study, the Best Companies for Leadership are purposeful and strategic in developing, enabling and motivating leaders throughout the organization to do their best. In fact, 73% of the Top 20 companies reported giving everyone at every level of the organization the opportunity to develop and practice the capabilities needed to lead others, compared to only 47% of all other companies. These future-focused companies also look ahead to what roles are – and will be – mission-critical to their success, and then intentionally identify and develop leaders with the right skills to fill those roles.
To facilitate this process, the Top 20 companies reported doing more to develop their population of new and mid-level managers, with higher usage rates of web-based leadership modules (72% versus 39% at all other companies), classroom-based leadership training (80% versus 55% ) and mentoring by a senior manager or executive (68% versus 39%).
In other findings:
- 82% of the Best Companies for Leadership use rewards or reprimands that are based on rigorous measurements of performance against goals, compared to only 58% of all other companies. Similarly, 89% of the Top 20 companies encourage employees to set challenging or aggressive goals, versus only 69% of all other companies.
- 76% of the Top 20 companies reward and stimulate cross-business-unit collaboration to develop new business lines, compared to only 54% of all other companies.
- The Top 20 companies are also more likely to encourage employees to learn in areas outside of their areas of expertise (70% versus 48%) and to recognize and reward employees for really new and different business ideas (77% versus 58%).
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OfficeMax opens digital collaboration center
Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax has opened a digital innovation collaboration center (called Digital IC2) in its headquarters in Naperville, Ill.
“I am extremely pleased to introduce our new Digital Innovation Collaboration Center, yet another key milestone demonstrating the overall progress of our Digital initiatives," said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax. “The new center is aimed at fostering the creativity, collaboration and real-time innovation needed to expedite the delivery of digital solutions that expand upon our multichannel capabilities to better serve the rapidly changing ways that customers shop.”
The Digital IC2 was designed with direct input from digital associates to create a space that facilitates team communication and creativity based on the digital teams’ work styles to help bring innovation to market.
“OfficeMax is committed to expanding upon the award-winning digital experience that our customers have come to expect,” said Jim Barr, OfficeMax executive vice president and chief digital officer. “The OfficeMax Digital Innovation Collaboration Center is a highly interactive working environment that enables real-time innovation and ideation to help strengthen our position within the e-commerce and omni-channel landscape.”