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Go ahead, make home your workplace

In a campaign to encourage telecommuting, TeleworkExchange.com has declared the week of Feb. 14 Telework Week. More than 37,000 workers have pledged to work from home during the week. Doing so will save $2.6 million and 3.4 million pounds of pollutants. Working from home also has been linked to workforce productivity, operational efficiencies, sustainability, worker […]

Jenny Schade: Have you told your employees you love them lately?

By Jenny Schade, Guest Columnist When is the last time you focused on your relationship with your employees? In my interviews with more than 1,000 leaders and their staffs during consulting and coaching engagements, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon: The most effective leaders inspire results by creating mutually rewarding relationships with their employees. Simply put, […]

Three ways to boost employee engagement

By Richard Axelrod, Guest columnist When it comes to engaging the workforce, small businesses have an advantage over large corporations. Engaging dozens is easier and faster than engaging thousands. Studies show that engaged employees produce more, create higher-quality products and services, and create more customer loyalty than their disengaged counterparts. But just what is engagement? […]

News digest: Immigration raids, women and private equity, Iowa disclosure study

Government cracks down on restaurant hiring. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cracking down on restaurants that rely on undocumented workers, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. Some say the government’s recent crackdown of undocumented workers at Chipotle Mexican Grill locations that caused the firing of hundreds of workers in Minnesota should serve as notice to […]

News digest: Small business lending, HuffPost sale, new health care debate

Small business loans still lag. After months of economic uncertainty, some banks are eager to lend to businesses again, yet  bank lending to small businesses continue to lag other loan types, the Wall Street Journal reported. In addition, more banks have eased loan terms over the past three months for large and mid-size firms than […]