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Game Changer? Smokeless Tobacco Knocked Out of the Park in Boston

featured / tobacco / behavioral research / health research

Nationals’ Bryce Harper drew attention earlier this year when fans saw his cheek packed with what turned out to be an herbal mixture. Despite the Major League Baseball (MLB) restrictions on using chewing tobacco during televised interviews (but notably not during the game) and on carrying tobacco packages in uniform pockets, little progress has been made to disassociate baseball and chewing tobacco.

The MLB player’s union has stood firm in its opposition to banning smokeless tobacco use despite health concerns and last summer’s passing of hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who attributed salivary gland cancer to his smokeless tobacco use. The union’s argument is a common one when it comes to tobacco control opposition – personal choice. New players off the field, however, are... more

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Fors Marsh Group Makes Inc. 500|5000 List for Third Consecutive Year

featured / news / blog / in the news

Arlington, Va., September 2, 2015 – Inc. Magazine ranked Fors Marsh Group No. 4,285 on its 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the third consecutive year Fors Marsh Group (FMG) made the list.

Inc 5000 Fors Marsh Group

The 34th annual Inc. 5000 list takes a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names previously gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. Compiled from percentage revenue growth over a three-year period, the 2015 list represents the most competitive group of privately-owned companies in Inc. 5000 history. As part of... more

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Thriving in Times of Tremendous Company Growth - Focus on Teamwork

organizational performance / organizational health / fmg culture / featured / blog

Fors Marsh Group just made the Inc 5000 list for the third year in a row. We are surrounded by a number of other companies throughout the country experiencing tremendous growth - especially in regard to the number of employees they are hiring. So far in 2015, FMG has seen a huge surge in growth - with over 32 new hires since January 1, and another 10 expected before 2016. While extremely exciting, companies facing this much growth should realize that now is the time to put a strong emphasis on teamwork, a topic we all know something about, but many of us might not practice effectively. Growth Teamwork Fors Marsh Group In the past few months,... more

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Kids These Days - Considering Workforce Trends in the Design of Recruiting Strategies

featured / organizational performance / generational research / military research / recruiting

Organizations' future success is facilitated by their ability to generate interest in joining among potential organizational members. As current members retire, turnover, and change positions within the organization, they create vacancies that must be filled with new talent. Social influence, qualification factors, and historic events impact organizational recruitment. Prior research has shown that youth career choices, such as entering military service , are influenced by what they think their friends and family will think; the environment (e.g., unemployment, tuition costs); and whether they can qualify for service. When applicant pools are small or lack qualifications, recruiting becomes a focus. In contrast, selection processes are emphasized when applicant pools are more robust. Although often it seems to be feast or famine and some specialized field regularly... more

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Why Scientists and Communicators Can't Just Co-Exist, We Need to Co-Create: Takeaways from NCHCMM

behavioral research / conferences / featured / blog / health research

Last week, our Communication Research team attended the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media in Atlanta, GA. As speakers reminded us that we were there "to move the needle," I was reminded of Captain Planet. Hey, the mind works in mysterious ways. My biggest takeaway from the conference was more an observation. A path forward. A commitment to combining powers. More specifically, the conference brought together communicators and researchers - all working toward common goals and bringing something unique to the table that alone isn't nearly as powerful - but often the two seemed to be two sides to the same coin, never meeting. I heard communicators. I heard scientists. I heard communicators playing the role of scientists and... more

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Making Websites Work Well for All - Usability and Accessibility

featured / usability / user experience / voting / evaluation

This post was co-authored by Drs. Thad Hall and Sou Montazeri. Dr. Thad Hall has over 14 years of experience conducting public policy research for public sector clients and in academic settings, and works as Project Leader over FMG's Public Policy and Evaluation division. Dr. Sou Montazeri has over 10 years of experience in human-centered product design, design with intent, and user-experience thinking and research. At FMG, she is responsible for working with clients on the design, execution, and interpretation of UX research.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is important to remember that the population of individuals with disabilities is not small. According to the Census, approximately 34.2 million Americans aged 18 and... more

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