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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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Four Signs That Your Health Could Be Impacting Your Job

The pandemic’s good news is we have learned a lot about how to keep ourselves healthy.  The bad news is we are not doing a very good job at it!    Over the past year, dodging the virus was the only priority for most of us.   As a result, many of us became too stressed, tired, and overwhelmed to eat healthily or exercise …

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Stop, Think, and Plan Before Mandating a Coronavirus Vaccine!

Finally – the long-awaited fix for the devastating COVID-19 is here!  Businesses large and small are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the hope that when all their employees are inoculated, everyone can get back to congregating and collaborating in person.   You might be writing that company-wide memo even now, telling people how, when, and where to get …

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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 …

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An Effective Diversity Policy Means Never Having to Say You are Sorry

It hasn’t been a good year for Goodyear.  COVID concerns disrupted operations, second-quarter sales were down 41% from a year ago, and to add insult to injury, last week, company officials found themselves in crisis management mode.  A slide from a Topeka diversity training session, labeled “Zero Tolerance,” itemized two columns of permitted and banned symbols and phrases on apparel worn at work.  Among …