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  • Update: DOL Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors for 2018
    by Dara L. DeHaven - January 17, 2018
    On September 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an increase in the minimum wage rate to be paid to workers performing on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, 'Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.' Beginning January 1, 2018, the minimum wage covered contractors are required to pay covered workers under the Executive Order will be raised from $10.20 per hour to...
  • Courage
    by Carole Kanchier - January 16, 2018
    'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.' Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the Af...
  • The Evolution of Human Professions
    by Alexandra Levit - January 12, 2018
    Until recently, professional service consisted of human providers having real-time, face to face interactions with customers that were rewarded according to the amount of time spent. In this traditional model, advice or products are highly customized, focusing on the needs of individuals. But in the near future, disruptive new models for the production and distribution of expertise are emerging thanks to advances in digital...
  • Stay or Leave? Consider It Carefully
    by Debra Wheatman - January 11, 2018
    I frequently field questions from new moms who are struggling with the realities of returning to work. They usually go something like this: My daughter just turned three, and I just had my second child. In reviewing our family’s finances, it seems futile for me to return to work when my entire take home pay will be gobbled up in daycare expenses. I’m seriously considering quitting to stay home with the kids whil...
  • Motivate Your Colleagues by Creating Memorable Moments
    by Beverly Jones - January 10, 2018
    People like to be appreciated. In fact, we need it. If a friend or colleague offers us a warm and sincere “thank you,” we tend to feel acknowledged and validated. And each little expression of gratitude might help create a sense of connection between those giving and receiving thanks. Psychologists say that feeling appreciated promotes a healthy sense that we are valuable and that our life has meaning. And good...
  • Resolve to Attain Desired Goals
    by Carole Kanchier - January 9, 2018
    The New Year is here and many of us are planning to make the most of 2018! Here are some tips for moving forward! - Think positively. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve. But you must be persistent, optimistic and patient. Also, restructure negative thoughts by restating them positively. - State realistic goals in concrete terms. Ensure your goal is consistent with your purpose. Intend to achi...
  • Interview Preparation Tips That Make a Difference
    by Sherri Edwards - January 8, 2018
    You’ve waited for months to finally get invited to the interview for your dream job, and tomorrow the big day will have arrived. Excitement and enthusiasm about the role can add a lot and sometimes even push a candidate to the top of the choices. But if you’ve not prepared sufficiently, neither excitement nor enthusiasm will take the place of carefully thought-out responses to interview questions. In the past yo...
  • Relocation May Soon Be a Thing of the Past
    by Alexandra Levit - January 5, 2018
    In a research paper, Understanding the Long-Run Decline in Interstate Migration, Greg Kaplan and Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis analyzed the secular decline in interstate migration in the United States between the early 90s and the early aughts. They found that while gross flows of people across states are about 10 times larger than net flows, they declined by around 50 percent over the study&rs...
  • Key areas for routine
    by Steve Farber - January 4, 2018
    Routines are a normal part of life for most successful people – even for those who consider themselves spontaneous. And speaking as someone who considers himself spontaneous, let me just say this: Thank goodness, we can rule over our routines rather than allowing them to rule over us. Routines don’t have to be rigid. They don’t have to become boring. They don’t have to create ruts that get us stuck l...
  • What Can Job Seekers Expect in 2018?
    by Debra Wheatman - January 3, 2018
    Clearly, 2017 was a year of change in the job market. The improving economy and market record highs have made for low levels of unemployment. Just a few short years ago, employers held all the cards, but that has changed. In a tight labor market, candidates wield power that they didn’t have until recently. The job market is projected to continue its current trajectory into the New Year. Here are some trends that we can e...