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Expect government focus to shift to preventing drug abuse and crime

Drug abuse remains one of the top five costliest health problems in the United States. Most of the money invested in combating alcohol and drug abuse goes toward responding to the consequences of these societal problems. Only 2 percent goes to prevention, according to a report from the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse… Continue Reading Expect government focus to shift to preventing drug abuse and crime

With reduced recruiting staff and diminished finances, companies will need to be as efficient as possible. One of the gurus of recruiting, Peter Weddle, has coined the term “crowdcruiting,” which suggests drawing on under-utilized employer resources as an alternative to burning out current recruiting staffs. These tactics include asking the employees to help with recruiting… Continue Reading ‘Crowdcruiting’ — hiring managers doing more with less

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Prompted by the lack of money to spend on vacations, people around the world will turn to agri-entertainment and agri-tourism – new, highly consumer-focused types of agriculture. These areas might offer additional options for diversification and add stability to farm incomes. To attract these tourists, farmers have invented a variety of “entertainment farming” options. Many… Continue Reading Agri-tourism and agri-entertainment on the rise

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A study released last week by the MetLife Mature Market Institute details the most important factors for engaging different segments of the work force. Titled “Engaging the 21st Century Multi-Generational Workforce,” the study indicates that employers can maximize the strength of their work forces and optimize worker productivity by using best practices geared to the… Continue Reading New rules for engagement multi-generational workplaces

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is 11.2 percent. During the same time period, the jobless rate for non-veterans of the same age group was 8.8 percent. In all fairness, there is a margin of error for the veteran demographic that… Continue Reading The veteran unemployment crisis

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It is not unusual during economic contraction for employers to cut their training programs for workers. These reductions are, at best, unwise and, at worst, dangerous. According to the “Maintenance Evangelist” Joel Leonard, a global advocate for maintenance training, “the postponing of maintenance training costs employers billions of dollars, both in accidents and machinery that… Continue Reading Before cutting training budget, consider the downsides

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A study conducted by Ernst & Young LLP reflects some interesting developments in the hotel industry. Throughout 2009, contracting economies and reduced leisure/business travel across much of the world will continue to put pressure on global hotel markets. Operating performance in the global hotel industry remained profitable, because most hoteliers focused on controlling costs and… Continue Reading Global hospitality’s near-term future focused on cost reduction

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Consumer-driven to save money

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The group change:healthcare is a leading edge informatics company created to help individuals and employers save money on health care expenses. If you knew you could get the same procedure or service for hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars less than what your physician or hospital charges, you could certainly make a more informed decision… Continue Reading Consumer-driven to save money

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A global survey of 4,500 workers indicates that more people anticipate leaving their employers this year than last.
In the 2006 BlessingWhite study, 65 percent of respondents said that they expected to “definitely” remain with their employers through the year. In the 2007 study, that number was down to 58 percent. Continue Reading Employees taking control might mean they’ll jump ship

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We have long suggested that pairing older and younger employees really works, because of the respect the two generations have for each other.
Finally, there is proof that this “buddy system” works to increase productivity and employee retention. Continue Reading Implementing a buddy system helps bridge the generation gap

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