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Two Smart Hiring Strategies Heading into a Recession

America’s economy is at a strange tipping point where unemployment is low at 3.6%, help wanted ads abound, and talented candidates call the shots.  Yet, simultaneously, rising interest rates, business costs, record inflation, and sinking consumer confidence are signaling the potential for a hiring slowdown.  So how should businesses approach near-term hiring decisions with an eye to a sudden downturn in the economy?   …

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Three Ways to Get Your Work Mojo Back

Let’s not beat around the bush.  Admit it; you can’t seem to get back your pre-pandemic mojo at work.  The electricity you once felt tackling new projects is now just a sizzle and dwindling each day.  As a result, even getting ready for work is stressful.  While there is no magic wand to erase job dissatisfaction, there are strategies that can help reinvigorate a positive …

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When Job FOMO Gets Real!

Were you one of the 467,000 who decided they were not going to miss out on a plum job in January?  If so, congratulations on your workplace reentry!   However, if you are one of the unemployed 6.5 million thinking about reentering the workforce, FOMO is here!  But there is still time to beat the crowd, leverage your skills and talent, and snag that once-in-a-lifetime …

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How to Retain Employees in the “New Norm.”

A small medical equipment manufacturer had a great deal riding on the completion of their next-gen medical device.  Engineers, technicians, and marketers were stressed and exhausted from setbacks and long hours.  Yet, no one dropped offline or stopped showing up for work.  Why?  Because this company had worked hard to develop a culture that resembled a family more than a workplace.  Management recognized and responded …

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The Best Way to Avoid the Consequences of Misclassifying Workers

Tempted to fill a labor gap with a contract worker?  Here’s what you should know before you do: In 2019, California passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5 to) to reclassify freelance workers as employees rather than independent contractors.  However, app companies, citizens, and many contract workers revolted, launching one of this year’s most expensive ballot measures – Proposition 22.  Prop …