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Monday, January 25, 2021
How to Build Rapport While Wearing a Face Mask

Nonverbal communication in the workplace is extremely important. Whether you're trying to sell a car, pitch a project to your boss or nail a job interview, what you convey beyond words can determine the difference between success and failure. This makes communication in the age of Covid-19 more challenging for the obvious reason that masks, a necessary component of fighting the pandemic, hide the parts of our faces that display facial expressions—particularly those micro expressions that we use without

Heather Woomer

Monday, January 18, 2021
Once you've been hit, your business is never the same

Being hit with a ransomware attack damages an organization in many ways – from stopping it being able to fully operate for weeks, to angry customers and potential reputational damage. However, a ransomware attack also has a human cost, affecting the confidence of IT and information security teams – and potentially for a long time after the initial attack.

Heather Woomer

Monday, January 4, 2021
OSHA May Issue COVID-19 Standards Under Biden Administration

Employers can expect increased enforcement by OSHA under the Biden administration and possibly emergency temporary standards to combat COVID-19. The hiring of more OSHA inspectors also is likely. "The Biden campaign has stated publicly that the development of an emergency temporary standard is a priority for the new administration," said Eric Hobbs, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Milwaukee. "What it will look like is much more difficult to say."

Heather Woomer

Monday, December 21, 2020
How Leaders Can Build A Business For Profit And Social Good

As influencers, business leaders possess a rare ability—and perhaps even a responsibility—to impact society outside of their professional sphere positively. No business thrives without profitability. But as more organizations explore supporting social causes, they’re realizing that doing good and turning a profit can go hand-in-hand.

Heather Woomer

Monday, December 14, 2020
When Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccinations

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many employers will have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations, so long as their vaccination policies have certain exceptions, are job-related and are consistent with business necessity, legal experts say.

Heather Woomer

Monday, December 7, 2020
Employers Give Employees the Gift of Time

By mid-December each year, many workplaces start to empty out as employees take paid time off (PTO) to visit family and prepare for year-end festivities and travel. This year, workplaces are expected to be even more desolate thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heather Woomer

Monday, November 30, 2020
The 20-20-20 Rule Offsets Screen Fatigue And Improves Job Productivity

Spending long periods looking at screens can strain your eyes and add to screen fatigue. Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition in which you experience one or more of eye symptoms as a result of prolonged working on a computer. It can result in headache, eye strain, eye watering, eye redness and blurred vision.

Heather Woomer

Monday, November 23, 2020
71% of US Hiring Decision-Makers Agree Social Media is Effective for Screening Applicants

Seventy-one percent of U.S. hiring decision-makers agree that looking at candidates’ social media profiles is an effective way to screen applicants. Furthermore, 70% believe employers should screen all applicants’ social media profiles, while the majority (67%) say they use social networking sites to research potential job candidates. For those using social networking to research candidates, more than half (55%) have found content that caused them not to hire the applicant. And even after the candidate

Heather Woomer

Monday, November 16, 2020
New Survey: U.S. Businesses to Hold Wages and Benefits Steady

Compared to 2019, little more than half of U.S. hiring decision-makers (52%) expect wages to increase in the last quarter of 2020 at their companies, according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. Among those hiring decision-makers who expect wages to increase, around half say the increases will be performance-based (53%) or As states continue to relax COVID-19 restrictions, Express experts say the demand for labor, particularly in manufacturing, is indeed

Heather Woomer

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