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The Politics in the Workplace podcast series presents a broad range of workplace topics from national and global perspectives. Workplace politics relates to the use of power and authority in human interactions in an organization. It also relates to managing personal behavior and actions in dealing with the issues that affect workplace relationships and innovations. Experts from the legal field, human resources, management, and business collaborate to discuss current topics. This series is part of Online Career Tips brought to you by American Public University. To learn more about American Public University, visit us at www.StudyAtAPU.com. 

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The Politics in the Workplace podcast series presents a broad range of workplace topics from national and global perspectives. Workplace politics relates to the use of power and authority in human interactions in an organization. It also relates to managing personal behavior and actions in dealing with the issues that affect workplace relationships and innovations. Experts from the legal field, human resources, management, and business collaborate to discuss current topics. This series is part of Online Career Tips brought to you by American Public University. To learn more about American Public University, visit us at www.StudyAtAPU.com. 

    Ethical Challenges of AI in the Workplace | EP13

    Ethical Challenges of AI in the Workplace | EP13

    Ethics must be intentionally coded into artificial intelligence systems. But who decides on the ethical or moral standards used? How can programmers minimize bias from the system? What regulations are needed to oversee this evolving technology? In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks to APU business professor Dr. Wanda Curlee about the challenges of incorporating ethics into AI. Learn why it’s so important for corporations and any entity using AI to understand the system in entirety, monitor for unintentional bias, and assess the validity of outcomes. 
     
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    Managing a Remote Workforce | EP12

    Managing a Remote Workforce | EP12

    Working from home during the pandemic can blur the lines between an employee’s work and personal life. In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks to APU business professor and entrepreneur Dr. Suzanne Marlowe Minarcine about her years of experience supervising and managing remote employees. Learn why it’s so important to establish clear expectations so employees don’t feel pressured to work beyond business hours, why everyone needs a designated work space to focus, ways to improve time management strategies, and how to build trust and communication in a virtual work environment.
     
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    Crisis Leadership: Success in a Pandemic | Ep11

    Crisis Leadership: Success in a Pandemic | Ep11

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt operations nearly overnight. In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Linda Ashar talks to Dan Cwalina, the CEO of Lormet Community Federal Credit Union, about his experience leading an essential business through the pandemic. Learn how everything changed on March 9, 2020 – a day he equates with 9/11 – and how communication, transparency, flexibility, creativity, unity, and strong technological infrastructure helped this financial institution adapt its business model to operating in a new normal.
     
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    Leading Forward: Adjusting to the New Normal | EP10

    Leading Forward: Adjusting to the New Normal | EP10

    In this four-year anniversary episode, Dr. Linda Ashar interviews the original host, Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean of the School of Business at American Public University. Learn how much has changed in the business world during the last four years including the explosive growth of social media and what that means for employers and employees; social and cultural shifts that highlight inequality and the need for business leaders to address diversity; and the heightened political divisiveness that often spills over into the workplace. Also learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced executive leaders to practice crisis management on a daily basis and change business operations including managing a remote workforce. 
     
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    How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Workplace

    How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Workplace

    Artificial intelligence is changing how companies operate. In this episode, Dr. Linda Ashar talks with Dr. Wanda Curlee, the Program Director of Business at APU, about the influence of artificial intelligence, or AI, on the workplace today and in the future. Learn how AI is changing the way companies interact with customers, manage projects, assess risk, collect and manage data, and much more. As AI is integrated into more work functions, learn why it’s so important for organizational leaders to understand the technology, train employees so they can effectively use the technology, and plan for the future implementation of AI into more business operations.
     
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    The Role of Mentorship in Career Advancement

    The Role of Mentorship in Career Advancement

    What impact has COVID-19 had on mentoring programs and relationships? In this episode, APU business professor Dr. Ashley Taylor talks to Linda Beach about her experience participating in both informal and formal mentoring relationships during her 30-year career. Learn about the most successful approaches to matching mentors and mentees, the importance of aligning personal and organizational goals, as well as common mistakes organizations make in their formal mentoring programs. Also learn how the shift to teleworking has impacted mentoring relationships and what organizational leaders must be doing to ensure this critical professional development strategy continues to help them develop knowledgeable, competent, and confident employees.
     
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