How Great Perks at Work Impact Employee Wellness

Twenty years ago, typical employee benefits for new hires included two weeks of paid time off (PTO) and medical benefits. Today, a growing number of companies have expanded the idea of what a benefits package should include and are offering a number of other desirable work perks, such as unlimited PTO, pet-friendly offices, hybrid work environments, and free lunches. Enhanced work perks not only help companies attract top-tier talent, but they also improve staff retention rates. Additionally, organizations that take proactive steps to ensure their staff are happy and healthy are more likely to receive positive word-of-mouth recommendations, which can […]

The Importance of Work Friends: How to Establish Friendships with Colleagues, Even if You’re Remote

Humans are social creatures by nature. Developing strong relationships in both personal and professional circles offers a feeling of connection that may help people cope with stress and adversity. Although recent trends in remote and hybrid work environments have, in some cases, led to fewer opportunities to connect with colleagues in person, taking steps to develop and maintain friendships with colleagues is of paramount importance. Below are just a few of the reasons to consider strengthening your work friendships. Benefits of establishing friendships at work Various personal and professional benefits are associated with establishing friendships in the workplace. Having work […]

Remote Work and Mental Health: Maintaining Your Well-Being While Working from Home

The global workforce has undergone an enormous shift in the past three years. In late 2019, only 7% of workers with jobs that could be done remotely reported working off-site; as of March 2023, that percentage had increased fivefold, according to the Pew Research Center. More than a third of individuals with jobs that can be done remotely are now working from home full time, and another 41% of these professionals say they’ve adopted a hybrid schedule, working on-site some days and at home on others. Remote workers report that telecommuting has a variety of benefits, such as reducing or […]

Types of Machine Learning Algorithms

Machine learning (ML) is becoming increasingly important as more people use online search engines, recommendation algorithms, and other software that relies on artificial intelligence (AI). Different machine learning algorithms have different benefits and uses, and data science professionals can help organizations decide which technique to use. To learn more about the different types of machine learning algorithms, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Data Science program. Machine learning (ML) is becoming increasingly important as more people use online search engines, recommendation algorithms, and other software that relies on artificial intelligence (AI). Different machine learning […]

Smart Cities of the Future

The term “smart city” was coined in the early 2000s as major technology firms such as IBM and Cisco worked to leverage connectedness for greater urban productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. Since then, cities worldwide have used data science to implement at least some features of the smart cities of the future. To learn more, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Data Science program. What Is a Smart City? Although no universally agreed-upon definition of smart cities exists, experts usually describe smart cities as cities that incorporate interconnected sensors, the Internet of Things […]

The Unexpected Perks of Online Learning: Best Friends Born from Social Work Studies

The Maryville Online Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) program is all about connection for its students. Through hands-on experiences focused on diversity, self-care, social justice, and generalist social work practice, there’s ample opportunity for enrolled students to engage with a community of like-minded learners and professionals in projects based on real-world scenarios. Such was the case of Samantha and Alli, who were both drawn to the online program from various pathways of life – yet became best friends through educational discovery and a passion for advocacy. Samantha Found Flexibility and Accessibility in Maryville With on-campus out of the picture, Samantha […]

Why Dual Certifications Are Growing: Demand and Benefits

It’s no  wonder a large number of registered nurses (RNs) are looking to advance into nurse practitioner (NP) roles. Nurse practitioner ranks as the No. 1 best healthcare job and the No. 2 best overall job on the U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2023 list due to strong demand, high salaries, and above-average job satisfaction. To become an NP, nurses need to select a specialization area and then obtain certification to practice in that area. Many NPs choose to earn a second certification in a different area of focus, which can offer even greater opportunities for […]

History of AI: Timeline and the Future

The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) dates back several decades and has roots in the origins of modern computing. The history of AI includes the many ways television shows and movies use it as a simplistic catchall for the fear that technology is taking over our lives. This is a misleading depiction, of course, especially the stories where humanlike robots fight back against their creators, such as in “Blade Runner” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Setting aside the anxieties that the technology may provoke, AI now offers many benefits to our lives. They include: Increasing efficiency of transportationLimiting the need […]

What Is Tiny Machine Learning (TinyML)?

Machine learning is part of our everyday life. That’s because the concept exists at the core of a wide number of tech-driven innovations. Speech recognition devices use machine learning, as do chatbots that assist you on a website. Machine learning can also help detect fraud to keep your finances safe and enable computers to help connect you with online ads relevant to your interests. It’s become increasingly difficult to go through a day without having a machine learning-based interaction. However, machine learning hasn’t just arrived — it’s evolving. A prime example is the emergence of tiny machine learning. Also known […]

How to Get Into Fintech and What It Is?

Technology has had a major impact on the finance industry in recent years. This evolution has created a unique space called financial technology, or fintech, that has involved the rise of such tools as cryptocurrency, robo advisors, and personal finance apps, among many others. This rapidly changing environment has shifted how consumers interact with their financial institutions. People can now automate transactions from anywhere in the world and access their banking information any time of day. With over 26,000 fintech companies around the world, according to 2021 data from Statista, many people may be wondering how to get into fintech […]