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Survey: Health Insurance Costs Remain the Top Problem For Small Businesses

  • NFIB four-year survey says health insurance costs continue to be the biggest problem small businesses face
  • Health costs have been the top pain point since 1986, and fewer small businesses are offering these benefits
  • Survey identifies finding qualified employees and a variety of taxes as other issues affecting small businesses
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The Distinction Between Innovative Leadership and Innovation

  • Innovative leadership involves creating an environment where greater inventiveness and creativity can occur
  • Inventors don’t necessarily have the expertise to manage others, but flourish under competent leaders
  • Business owners must be prepared to provide flexibility and embrace a diversified workforce
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In an Era of Remote Work, Virtual Job Fairs Connect Employers to Job Seekers

  • Virtual job fairs were becoming more popular before the COVID-19, and are now a crucial resource for employers
  • Events are more specialized, with pre-screened candidates receiving time with recruiters
  • Companies should decide what type of event they’d like to hold and make sure to promote it
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As Remote Work Becomes More Permanent, Companies Respond to Employee Needs

  • Remote work arrangements set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have endured longer than employers and employees may have anticipated
  • Companies expand benefits, hold social events, and solicit employee feedback
  • Many businesses likely to favor hybrid model of office and remote work
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Companies Reassess Productivity Expectations as Remote Work Expands During Pandemic

  • Remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inefficiencies with the traditional office model
  • More casual workplaces emerge, with greater understanding for employee circumstances among both employers and clients
  • Automation likely to accelerate as a result of remote work
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Clean Energy Incentives Allow Remote Employees to Offset Higher Home Energy Use

  • Homeowner electricity bills are spiking as remote work and other COVID-19 factors contribute to greater energy usage
  • Companies have sought ways to offer clean energy incentives to employees as part of their employee benefits
  • Employers have also been covering some costs associated with home offices
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Icebreakers, Team-Building, and Other Alternatives to Zoom Happy Hour

  • Building employee camaraderie should go beyond a drink or two shared virtually once a week
  • Specialized apps allow team-building, icebreakers, trivia, and other activities to encourage co-workers to meet up remotely while social distancing
  • Efforts can help improve work-related collaboration and communication
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Making Philanthropy and Community Part of Your Business Operations

  • Advice from the Young Entrepreneur Council on how a company culture can incorporate more philanthropic efforts
  • Leveraging your businesses unique strengths to give back to your community
  • Donating, volunteering, and internship opportunities among the possibilities
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Being the Leader Your Employees Deserve During Uncertain Times

  • Organizational behavior professors at Stanford University offer tips on the “hallmarks of great leadership” during crises
  • Advice follows extensive research on how leaders build on successful performances and how companies have handled difficult situations
  • Compassion, stepping up to difficult tasks, and looking for opportunity in crisis are among the best strategies
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Stress Management for Stressful Times: Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Health

  • Social distancing, an uncertain economy, and other factors have all been detrimental to the mental health of many employees
  • Eight ways managers can help reduce stress and anxiety among their workers
  • Regular communications, flexible work schedules, and other tips for a healthier workplace
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