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  • President’s Day: Everything You Need to Know – and a Little More 

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    While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it wasn’t until 1879 that Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas proposed an actual holiday in Washington’s honor. In 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the measure into law. The holiday initially applied to the District of Columbia alone, but in 1885 was expanded to the whole country.…

  • Work-flex – Part II: Manufacturing Employers

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    When you’re talking workplace flexibility or “work-flex” in the same breath as manufacturing, there’s bound to be some head shaking. Some grunting and huffing to go with the arms jerked tight across the chest. Work-flex in manufacturing, however, is not a complete impossibility. Sure, some out-of-the-box thinking will have to happen. And no, pieces of…

  • 4 Reasons to Love Manufacturing in 2018

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    As one of the largest and most influential sectors of the U.S. economy, manufacturing accounts for a large chunk of the workforce, employing 8.7 percent of the country, the third largest regarding jobs. But for many people, the thought of a job in manufacturing still summons visions of dark, dusty factories where overworked employees operate…

  • Work-flex – Part I:  Employees

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    QUESTION: What is workplace flexibility or work-flex? ANSWER: A dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when, and where work gets done. This alternative to the traditional business/employment model with rigid, cookie-cutter schedules is fast becoming the norm across many sectors. The broad term includes such options as telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, job…

  • Advancing Your Career

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    With the holidays but a memory and the slower-paced days of January nearly over, many a thought turns toward the typical, day-to-day routine; to the job that occupies a large chunk of your time each week. At this time of year, many people ask themselves questions like “Am I happy with my job? Am I…

  • 5 Tips for Keeping Key Employees

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    If the new year finds the HR department holding their collective breath, fearing/dreading the announcement that a top-notch employee has resigned, it’s time to rev up efforts to prevent the loss of your workers to greener or perceived greener pastures. Everyone knows losing a key employee is costly, making employee retention a challenge facing every…

  • Stress: Part II – Eliminate, Manage, Cope? 

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    So, now that you understand the mechanics of stress, all that’s left to do is divide and conquer, right? Identify the stressors interfering with your mental, emotional, and physical well-being and all will be good. Well, if it were that easy, the harmful type of stress that chips away at people’s health and happiness would…

  • Making the Most of the Shiny New Year

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    Are you greeting 2018 with excitement and anticipation or dread and trepidation, maybe even boredom? If your history with new year’s resolutions has chalked up more failures than successes, you may have developed a bah humbug attitude about anything change or improvement related when it comes to a new year. These New Year’s resolution statistics…

  • Stress: Part I – Understanding & Identifying Stress

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    Did you know that not all stress is bad? When the body’s physical, mental, and emotional faculties and functions shift into high—or mega high gear—in reaction to a perceived threat, that type of stress reaction can be lifesaving. This “fight-or-flight” response labeled as acute stress is the body doing what it’s supposed to do, propel…

  • Happy New Year

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    There’s no need to worry about the post-Christmas blahs settling in with so many fun, exciting, and interesting events still to come this month for the residents of the Twin Cities. With a plethora of ways for Minnesotans to ring in the new year, folks of all ages will be saying goodbye to 2017 and…