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5 Best Tropical Island Vacations to Relax this Summer

5 Best Tropical Island Vacations to Relax this Summer

Enjoy sun, sand and sea before summer ends. Looking to get away from it all? Nothing beats a sun-drenched getaway to a seaside resort, from The Bahamas to Cancun. Imagine swimming in stunning blue waters and sipping your favorite frozen beverage on the beach. Pack your bags and book a relaxing holiday – here are five spectacular tropical destinations to explore this summer.

The Bahamas
This tropical paradise spans across more than 700 islands across the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll never be more than a few steps from the beach wherever you stay. Learn to scuba dive during a three-hour session with a professional instructor or snorkel at Stuart’s Cove to see a magnificent coral reef and sunken shipwreck. If you’re brave enough, you can even embark on a shark adventure.

Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata
Kick back in the DR. Spend your days frolicking on the beach, golfing or strolling through the historic old town of Puerto Plata. Just get plenty of rest because this beachy nirvana offers many (many!) hours of excitement, from day to night. Visit the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world, and then catch a dinner show with live dancing and colorful costumes.

Cancun
Nestled on the spectacular Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Cancun is a vacation wonderland that attracts people from all over the world. In between bites of spicy south-of-the-border fare and sips of refreshing margaritas, you can pick from a variety of unforgettable experiences. Swim with the dolphins during an amazing animal encounter or explore the mystical pyramid ruins of Chichen Itza, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Maui
Featuring dramatic volcanoes and rugged beaches, Maui is a stunning destination for an island getaway. Race down a zipline above lush tropical gardens, fly over volcanic craters on a helicopter tour or set sail for a romantic sunset cruise with a champagne toast. Of course, you can’t leave Hawaii without enjoying a famous luau with an all-you-can eat Polynesian buffet and live hula dancing.

Kauai
This natural paradise is all about the great outdoors. The magical landscape of Kauai is a highlight of Hawaii. Hike through lush rainforests and along awe-inspiring coastal cliffs. Paddle down the Wailua River or explore the 4,000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon. The Kauai Movie Adventure takes you on a Hollywood odyssey to famous film locations across the island.

By: Craig Nelson

Mission-Driven Companies: What’s Your Purpose?

Mission-Driven Companies: What's Your Purpose?

Now more than ever, employees are searching for a sense of purpose in the work they do. Companies are searching for the same. A company can leverage a deeper sense of purpose as a competitive advantage and use it as a way to attract employees – and customers. Driven by a shared purpose, mission-driven companies and employees can work together to find more meaning behind the work, and achieve better overall outcomes together.

The best candidates are typically looking for more than just a paycheck. They ultimately apply to organizations that appear aligned with their values or that provide a positive corporate culture. There are many other reasons a candidate might apply, but values and culture alignment are key in today’s war for talent. Developing a sense of purpose is also a significant boost for employee retention. Working day-in and day-out toward a deeper purpose encourages current employees in a way that maximizing profits alone never will. They are much more likely to be engaged and, in turn, much more likely to stay at the organization.

As much as employees want to find a purpose and create value toward it, they also want to be valued. TicketsAtWork’s Reward Management Solution platform helps boost employee engagement through recognition and employee awards. How an organization rewards employees is a key indication of the value they place on doing the right thing and living up to their declared values. This is magnified if a company rewards behavior and work that supports the mission or shows purpose-driven significance.

Today’s most successful business leaders understand the concept of shared value – and the balance between creating economic value and social currency. It’s a win for all when businesses pursue a mission that incorporates an overall purpose. Companies should also strive to allow for opportunities outside of work to find purpose through community service or pro-bono volunteerism. In a nutshell: For a company to thrive in today’s competitive environment, it needs to incorporate a strong sense of purpose into every product, service and workforce initiative it offers.

Ride into August with the Best Bike Tours Near You

Ride into August with the Best Bike Tours Near You

Are you ready for a summertime bike-riding adventure? TicketsatWork.com features a terrific selection of bike tours in exciting cities from coast to coast.

You will find great savings on sightseeing bike tours in popular cities like Miami, New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles. Explore the sights, sounds and famous landmarks on a guided, two-wheeling tour.

Jazz up your summertime getaway with a bike-riding excursion and explore popular neighborhoods and parks, as well as the top attractions in town.

Our bike tours provide a unique and fun opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and soak up the local culture and memorable attractions. Pedal along with family and friends as expert guides take you on an entertaining bike tour, offering a different perspective as you discover historical and notable locations throughout the city.

Here’s a quick look at just a few of the dozens of amazing bike tours featured on our website:

New York City

Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing – Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals
Explore lower Manhattan on two wheels. This 2-hour tour takes you up in the air above New York City. Cycle around Manhattan’s southern tip, climb uphill into the City Hall area, then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge itself.

After the 15-minute climb, the viewer from the center of the bridge is breath taking. The entire New York Harbor will be visible, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn, and several miles of the New Jersey coastline. You then descend into Brooklyn, seeing NYC’s Financial District from across the river, followed by historic houses of Brooklyn Heights. Then return over the bridge, to South Street Seaport.

Central Park Sightseeing – Hudson River Bike Rentals
Enjoy the lovely weather and stroll through beautiful Central Park by bike. This fun tour takes about 2 hours, including many stops near essential attractions of Central park. Your guide rides alongside you and shows you all that the park has to offer: Bethesda Fountain, hidden waterfalls, cast-iron bridges, movie scenes, celebrity homes, skyscrapers… all while passing beneath many of the park’s 26,000 trees.

Central Park Sightseeing ensures numerous possibilities for a day of simple pleasures in the heart of Manhattan.

Miami

Miami Bike and Kayak Tour
Set out on a short bike ride through the historical districts of Miami Beach including the Art Deco district and Espanola Way district. Stop for some photos, passing by the very famous pastel structures and Versace’s former mansion and afterwards, you’ll hop in a kayak and paddle through the calm, warm, aquamarine waters of the Biscayne Bay. Experience Miami Beach in the best ways: on wheels and in the water.

Day Bike Rental
Whether you live in Miami or you’re visiting on holiday, the best way to enjoy the wonderful city is via bike. Feast on authentic Cuban delicacies in Little Havana before cycling across the beautiful Rickenbacker Causeway, connecting the first of the Florida Keys to the mainland.

There are bicycles for kids, plus family bikes available. Explore Miami for a day by bike: cruise down Ocean Drive, head to the beach, and check out exciting neighborhoods. Grab a bike and plan your own schedule as you have fun discovering the sights and sounds of Miami!

Los Angeles

Bikes and Hikes LA – Hollywood Hills Sunset Hike
For hikers, Los Angeles is definitely a paradise. You’ll be amazed by the natural beauty and breathtaking views you’ll encounter on this adventure up to the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory. Your expert guide will educate you on the history of Los Angeles as you hike up to the summit of the mountain, there you will get a 360 degree view of the entire Los Angeles basin.

Afterwards, you will hike to a vista overlooking the Hollywood sign and take an epic group photo while your guide tells you the fascinating evolution of the Hollywood sign.

Bikes and Hikes LA – LA in A Day Bike Tour
This 32-mile, 6-hour Los Angeles bike tour leaves no sight unseen in the city of angels. With several breaks, including lunch on the beach and a walking tour along the way, there’s time to rest and truly enjoy the very best of Los Angeles.

This experience begins on the legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood, and then goes through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. Up next are LA’s world-famous beach towns of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. It’s a unique way to see LA for a memorable, up close and personal travel experience. It’s great exercise, plus amazing sightseeing all wrapped into one special bike tour during your visit to Los Angeles!

Explore some of the most unique cities in America… on a bicycle. A bike tour is a fun and interesting way to discover the best of the city. Book a bike tour today with special savings from Tickets at Work!

By: Jeff Hyatt

The 12 Best Twitter Accounts to Follow to Learn More About HR Technology

The 12 Best Twitter Accounts to Follow

In 140 characters or less, a Tweet can express a lot – and that extends to HR technology. The HR tech landscape changes often and Twitter is the perfect platform to remain up to date on the industry. Follow these twelve Twitter handles to stay on top of the latest HR trends. And, for the latest great offers and deals from TicketsatWork, check out @TicketsatWork.

  1. @HRTechWorld – This is the official Twitter handle of the HR Tech World conference held in San Francisco in 2017 (the first time in the United States). HR Tech World is the largest network of global HR professionals focused on HR Technology. Most impressively, this conference explores how human interaction balances with new digital or tech solutions.
  2. @ImSoSarah – Sarah Brennan is a former industry analyst and creator of the HR Tech Blog. The blog and Sarah’s content focuses on “free and unbiased access” to HR Tech content from a variety of sources.
  3. @williamtincup – William is the president of Recruiting Daily (bonus handle to follow = @RecruitingDaily) and is a blogger, speaker and advisor “at the intersection of HR and technology.” Following William is also entertaining, thanks to his hilarious reposted memes.
  4. @SHRMnextchat – This is the official Twitter handle of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s #NextChat Twitter Chat. Every Wednesday from 3 to 4pm ET a group of HR professionals discuss a key topic impacting human resources and you’re invited to join. It’s not always focused on technology but these chats are a wonderful source of information and just the right amount of networking and fun as well.
  5. @JenniferMcClure – As CEO of Disrupt HR and Unbridled Talent, Jennifer is a key influencer in embracing the future of work. She has delivered keynotes or led workshops at over 350 conferences and corporate events – is yours next?
  6. @billkutik – If you’ve ever checked out the HR Tech column of HREOnline.com, you’ve most likely read something written by Bill Kutik. Bill is an independent HCM analyst and brings a level of experience and perspective unmatched by most.
  7. @TalentCulture – TalentCulture is a community of professionals focused on how to reimagine the modern workplace. Join other TalentCulture followers for the #WorkTrends podcast and Twitter chat every Wednesday at pm ET.
  8. @JohnSumser – John is a principal analyst at the HRExaminer. He challenges the status quo of human resources and technology, helping industry professionals think differently about what they do or what they can do.
  9. @Josh_Bersin – Josh is the founder of Bersin by Deloitte, a leading research and advisory firm in the HR technology and general leadership and management space. Known for information focused on corporate learning and talent management/development, this group now touches on every aspect of human resources with an emphasis in technology.
  10. @SHRM_Research – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s official research handle is loaded with information and data behind emerging workplace topics. Beyond the identification of trends, the SHRM Research team turns that information into actionable insights and best practices.
  11. @jackyeclayton – Jackye is the editor of com, part of the Recruiting Daily family mentioned above. Jackye’s refreshing sense of humor and perspective makes for a fun and valuable resource for anyone interested in learning how technology is transforming talent acquisition.
  12. @SteveBoese – A list of HR Technology influencers would not be complete without a mention of Steve Boese. Steve is the co-chair of the HR Technology Conference and regularly pops up as the preeminent HR Tech expert across many different publications and platforms.

By following these people and conference/chat handles, you’ll be well on your way to mastering HR Technology. Heck, if you listen closely enough and participate in their conversations – you might find yourself on this list next year!

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