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235,000 Jobs Added in February

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The second jobs report of 2017 showed that the economy continues to trend positively. The Labor Department reports that 235,000 jobs were added in February. The unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, down .2 percent year-over-year. The actual number of jobs added far exceeded the predicted number of 190,000, and as a result, there is an increased likelihood of a rate increase by the Fed when they meet next week.

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The Key to Fixing the Economy: Hire More Women!

It’s no surprise that there is a serious lack of women working in finance. A walk down Wall Street will confirm that when it comes to finance, men dominate the industry. After the recession in 2008, top researchers wanted to understand what happened and how best to stop another crisis from happening. The answer is simple – hire more women. Finance and investing is based on risk and reward. It’s a delicate balance. It’s important to maximize reward all while keeping risk tolerable.

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5 Ways to Avoid Social Media at Work

Social media sneaks into the workplace. Over two-thirds (68 percent) of employees feel using social media for personal reasons each day as a break from work tasks is appropriate. That’s staggering. But let’s be honest, to do a good job at work, you really need to be focused on the task at hand. Still, it’s hard to ignore distractions like the “dings” from Facebook.

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227,000 Jobs Added in January

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The first jobs report under President Donald Trump showed the economy added 227,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported on Friday, up from December’s 157,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.8 percent this month. Market reactions to the news saw stock market futures move higher while government bond yields fell. In January, employment increased in retail trade, construction, and financial activities.

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How do you know when it’s time to hire?

Every business faces the same question at some point: How do you know when it is time to hire? On one hand, hiring additional staff costs money and the more people you bring on, the less money you have available to invest back in the business. Right?

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How to Make the Most of Lunch Meetings

Lunch meetings can be tricky, and may even be passé in some regards. Consider that weekday foodservice lunch visits declined by 7 percent in the second quarter of 2016, constrained in part by more people working from home and higher menu prices, reports NPD Group, which analyzes the restaurant industry. “My philosophy is that lunch is not the most productive place to do business,” observes venture capitalist Eric Manlunas. Business productivity expert Nancy Gaines agrees.

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How to Identify Leaders

For an organization to grow and continue to meet its goals, it needs a plan in place to identify and develop leaders. Many companies have programs in place for leadership development, but to properly identify leaders is perhaps even more important. It can also be more challenging. When companies identify leaders early in their careers, they have more opportunities to develop their skills. Good leaders are cultivated over a career, not in a period of one to two years, so it’s crucial to start early.

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A Top Employee Left, Now What?

Your nightmare just came true: one of your top employees just put in her notice, leaving you reeling and wondering how you’ll replace her. Every company has to face the reality of losing top performers at one time or another. While it is a disappointment, it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few things you can do to make the best of this bad situation.

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The Secrets to Hiring Millennials

They are adaptive, tech-savvy and their generation makes up the largest share of the American workforce. It’s no wonder that the business world is obsessed with hiring Millennials. But traditional recruiting methods are unlikely to work with this skeptical generation. They know their skills are in high demand, and they are adept at connecting with people in ways beyond phone and email. So what is the best way to work with Millennial candidates?

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