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  • Memorial Day

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    While many Americans think of Memorial Day as the unofficial kickoff to summer, the holiday’s origins remind us of the significance of this three-day weekend, which is commonly filled with cookouts and trips to the beach. Many folks are unaware that each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m.…

  • In Celebration of Moms  

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    Mother’s Day will celebrate its 110th anniversary on this May 13, thanks to Anna Jarvis, who holds the title of “mother” of the long-standing May holiday. On May 10, 1908, Jarvis honored her late mother, Ann, with 500 white carnations sent to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, as well…

  • Management’s Role in Effective Teamwork – Part I     

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    Everyone knows that teamwork works. A team effort allows for the workload to be shared and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. It’s a manifestation of the “many hands make light work” idiom. A productivity-enhancing, efficiency-building proposition, described by the acronym: Together Everyone Accomplishes More. And of course, management plays a vital role…

  • The Value of Vacations

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    “Many entrepreneurs, executives, and self-employed people pride themselves on being too busy for vacation. They perceive it as a sign of importance and commitment,” shares Tine Thygesen, a Scandinavian entrepreneur who has adopted the opposite view. In her country, five weeks of vacation is not only the norm, it’s legally mandatory. This and other European…

  • 4 Strategies – Snag the Brightest and Best of 2018 Grads

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    Results from the 47th annual “Recruiting Trends” survey notes the 2017-18 academic year will represent the eighth consecutive year of steady hiring expansion, the longest stretch since such stats have been tracked. “The overall hiring outlook is white-hot,” says Jeff Kauflin. While this is fantastic news for the nearly three million college students who will…

  • EVP: What It Is & What It Can Do for Your Company

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    Are you missing out on a fab opportunity to impact just about every aspect of your business for the long-term? If you’re not familiar with or have brushed aside the re-emerging concept labeled “Employee Value Proposition”—EVP for short—then yes, you are missing out. Heralded as the solution to the talent retention dilemma in this highly…

  • Going Green – St. Patrick’s Day

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    Since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Association, Inc. has spearheaded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Paul. The year’s March 17 noon parade marks the 52nd spirited tribute to the area’s sizeable Irish population. Mayor Thomas Byrne led the first parade in from the Hilton Hotel (now the Radisson) down Kellogg Blvd. to the…

  • Resumes 2018 Style

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    Anyone with career aspirations should be “resume ready” at all times. Even if you’re not actively seeking a new position, it would be tragic to miss out on a great opportunity that may unexpectedly pop up, because a polished resume is not at your fingertips. So, what’s new in the world of resumes for 2018?…

  • 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…