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September 28, 2018

Who Works in the App-Based Gig Economy? 5 New Findings

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new research today on the makeup of the rising gig economy. The government agency has recently begun studying the gig economy, which it refers to as the contingent workforce. Today, they added new research on workers who participate in the tech-enabled gig economy through services and apps […]

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September 24, 2018

As Baby Boomers Reach Retirement, Can Employee Buyouts Keep Small Businesses Open?

About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, fueling a retirement surge unlike previous generations — including a “silver tsunami” of retiring business owners who are faced with succession and ownership questions. At stake is not only billions in wealth, but millions of jobs. Boomers own 2.34 million U.S. companies with payrolls of almost $1 […]

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August 13, 2018

9 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs That Enhance Well-Being

Between people management and meetings, deadlines and random tasks, if you’re running a business, it’s safe to say you’re probably also running out of time. If you thrive in situations like this, that’s awesome. But if you don’t, you’re not alone: 87% of gen x, millennials, and baby-boomer professionals surveyed said they encountered technology and […]

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July 16, 2018

Rural Economies Have a Labor Problem. Are Remote Workers the Solution?

Vermont sparked plenty of buzz when it announced it would give $10,000 to organizations who hire remote workers stationed in the state (or are willing to move there). The move grabbed headlines — including here — and online chatter. But it will take time to see if it nets the desired result: young, working residents. […]

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July 11, 2018

How to Survive (and Thrive) In the Mobile Workforce

In 2016, it became official. The majority of Americans use a mobile device rather than a laptop or desktop for nearly every facet of their online life, from shopping to answering emails. As the virtual working era continues to thrive, it’s only a matter of time before the majority of people will be using mobile […]

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teammates celebrating company core values

July 10, 2018

How to Choose the Best Company Core Values

These days it’s pretty easy to figure out the company core values behind any given organization. Just a glimpse at their website will likely show you a section dedicated to the company’s core values. However, just because core values have become a necessity doesn’t mean the construction behind them is easy. Values can sometimes seem […]

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Company mission statement

July 9, 2018

How to Create the Best Company Mission Statement

Creating a mission statement for your company sounds simple enough – just summarize the values and goals of your organization. But many companies stumble in the actual writing of that mission statement. After all, how do you effectively encapsulate your “why?” What is the mission of your company? Before you get started creating a mission […]

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remote work at a coffee shop

July 6, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Remote Work and Telecommuting?

Remote work and telecommuting are often used interchangeably, but there can be small differences between the two. Remote work suggests that the employee is just that—remotely located. It’s not a technical definition, but it does imply that the employee is too far away from the company to come into the office. They may “work remotely” […]

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employees with flexible work arrangments

July 3, 2018

7 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

There are many types of flexible work arrangements, and choosing the right one can make a big difference. Whether you’re a manager or a job seeker, it’s important to know the differences between the various types of flex arrangements. Different setups might attract different employees or apply better to different job descriptions. Regardless of which […]

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July 3, 2018

Data Analytics Tools are the Magic Wand for Small Businesses

Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) drive the US economy by contributing close to 50 percent of the overall $19 trillion. But the importance of SMBs goes beyond just the economic contribution; they have also contributed to growth and vitality in socioeconomic metrics by creating jobs and further opportunities for women and minorities to achieve necessary […]

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stacks of employee records

July 2, 2018

The Small Business Guide to Employee Records

If you’re thinking about tossing out that personnel file on the employee who quit last week, hold off. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires you to keep all employee records for a year. And if you terminate someone, you must keep the employee’s personnel records for a year from the termination date.  Companies […]

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Volunteers

June 21, 2018

6 Example VTO Policies Employers Should See

While most organizations have some kind of paid time off policy, there’s a new type of PTO that’s on the business scene these days: volunteer time off, otherwise known as VTO. Why on earth would an employer pay their employees while not at their desks? Well, there are quite a few reasons. First, like many […]

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