Archive for September, 2019

Micro-Internships: The Next Generation of Interns

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Micro-internships offer college students an opportunity to complete small projects in place of a more traditional longer-term internship. Micro-internships consist of projects that require the student to work between five and forty hours over a span of a few days to a few weeks. These students are often compensated, similarly to freelance work, and given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at a potential career path. Micro-internships provide an opportunity to those who might not be able to follow the path of a traditional summer or semester-long internship, opening the door to minorities and low-income college students. While this…

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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It is said that “laughter is the best medicine” and experts agree that this is just as true in the workplace as it is in your personal life. In a world where 83% of Americans report unhealthy levels of stress at work, more laughter might be exactly what the office place needs. In fact, research shows that if your employees are not laughing it may be detrimental to organizational success, decreasing productivity and innovation. Employees who laugh in the workplace not only have increased levels of job satisfaction and improved mental health but are more competent and creative in their…

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Combatting Rising Healthcare Costs

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Navigating employee healthcare is never easy. In a country where employer costs have been steadily rising while employee coverage is shrinking, finding the right health benefits for your employees can seem impossible. Experts anticipate additional rises in costs in 2019, with the average employee healthcare cost increasing to $15,000 per person, a more than 5% increase. As costs rise, employers, especially those running small business, look for cost-cutting measures to allow them to stay within budget and provide adequate healthcare to their employees. Here are a few things that you can do in order to increase the effectiveness and cost…

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Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

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The opioid crisis has created circumstances in the American workforce that no employer was entirely prepared for. While many employers have a no tolerance policy in place for illegal drug use, the opioid crisis has presented its own unique challenges. Today, more than 71% of employers report that they have been affected in some capacity by prescription drug abuse. Opioids are often less detectable and less prominent in our policies, but no less dangerous than non-prescription drugs. Despite the prevalence of the issue, many employers feel unequipped and unsure of how to broach the subject with employees at all, let…

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