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June 7, 2021 Read time: 2 minutes

The speed and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to act quickly and decisively. In a matter of days or weeks, cross-functional teams from HR to IT and facilities made a massive shift to remote work possible. They put plans and policies in place, built communication and collaboration networks, and ensured that workflows remained…

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Young intern girl working from home
May 20, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

In 2020, COVID-19 adversely affected the number of internships available to students and new entrants to the workforce. Although some organizations — especially larger ones — were able to pivot their internship programs online, others were not as fortunate. In fact, 22% of internship offers were revoked last spring due to the pandemic. That’s why…

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Woman filling out visa application
March 30, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

Many industries are facing a crisis: finding workers to fill ever widening skills gaps. In fact, in February 2021, 51% of business owners reported having “few or no qualified applicants” for open positions. One way to close the gap is to hire “nonimmigrant aliens,” the term used to refer to tourists, students, business travelers, and temporary workers. Temporary…

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FLSA Document
January 25, 2021 Read time: 2 minutes

For decades, employers have struggled to determine which workers they may qualify as independent contractors versus which must be hired as employees. With the burgeoning gig economy further blurring the line between these categories, this struggle has only grown more acute over the past few years. And until recently, the Department of Labor has lacked…

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chart showing company growth
September 9, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

Many companies saw a significant dip in business thanks to Covid-19. Essential businesses, meanwhile, are dealing with a different challenge: sudden and unexpected growth - along with leaders having to scramble to keep employee engagement and company morale high while complying with health and safety standards. During these times of disruption, it's critical to have…

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Team Strategizing in group meeting
August 31, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

For successful businesses, innovation can be a double-edged sword. While it can be exciting for consumers, established businesses often see it as counteractive to a stable bottom line. But companies can’t afford to think like that anymore — if they ever could. Resisting innovation and ignoring disruption are great ways to end up like Blockbuster,…

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Diverse group of professionals together
July 30, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Increasingly in the last decade businesses have prioritized diversity in the workplace as a business strategy that maximizes productivity, creativity and loyalty of employees while meeting the needs of their clients or customers. If a company is only as good as their employees, then it stands to reason that a great deal of energy should…

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Business woman and man working together reviewing paperwork
July 1, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

For many companies, relying on a contingent workforce to get tasks done is a relatively new phenomenon, a result of the growing gig economy. While this increasingly popular workforce mindset is beneficial to both workers and companies, it includes its own set of managerial challenges. A risk assessment can help solidify that approach by identifying…

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Co-workers looking at a computer together
June 30, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on small businesses. The virus and its fallout have caused more than 60% of small operations to lose revenue and about 40% to reduce employee hours to avoid layoffs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With these factors working against small businesses, simultaneous efforts to make business- and…

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Business Continuity Plan for Company
June 26, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

COVID-19 has thrown countless lives and industries into upheaval. It probably should come as no surprise that 83% of employers have modified their business practices in response to the coronavirus. These modifications may be little more than an inconvenience for larger companies, but it’s a different story for smaller businesses. On average, small businesses only have enough…

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