Week’s Best – Trump’s Executive Orders | How ACA Order Affects Health Plans | Power of 90-Minute Intervals

Donald Trump is off to a quick start, signing executive orders on a wide range of issues …

His first executive order was to roll back Obamacare … He then signed orders to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and freeze federal hiring … and, on Wednesday, he turned his attention to building the border wall with Mexico, halting Syrian Immigration, and defunding Sanctuary cities.

Now that Congress and the President have signaled their intentions to repeal Obamacare, all attention turns to its replacement.  No one, including the Republicans, it seems, knows what will happen, but SHRM’s post, ‘How Trump’s Executive Order on ACA Could Afffect Employer Health Plans,’ provides some analysis that helps small business owners gain a better picture of the potential options that may affect their own health plans.

In HR, U.S. News published a story on the ‘5 Employee Benefits Trends in 2017‘ … and, SHRM  posted an in-depth article about ‘2017 Trends in Employment Screening‘ that contains some detailed analysis of the types of issues companies now face – like screening of freelancers, removal of ‘ban the box’ questions, and the need for continual screening, among other things.  And, employment screening is not the only HR area to experience change: TLNT  thinks ‘Everything in HR is Changing This Year.’  We’ll find out …

In Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s sage writer, Geoffrey James, penned ‘5 Marketing Megatrends Every Salesperson Should Know About in 2017′ – an insightful piece that describes the demise of some traditional marketing methods, and proclaims the superiority of one approach, though he admits most companies that employ it do it wrong.  Find out which approach your company should be using in 2017 by reading his article.

In Leadership & Management, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran shares ‘The One Trait All Incredible Leaders Have in Common,’ a brief video about what she really is at the core of greatness.

In Productivity, Inc.’s Wanda Thibodeaux published an insightful article about the research behind body rhythms.  ‘Why Working in 90-Minute Intervals is Powerful for Your Body and Business‘ explains why you are sharper at certain times, and how to capitalize on the daily chemical processes that affect your ability to think and produce …  and, Entrepreneur posted a throwback video that contains some helpful information about ‘5 Ways to Handle Stress.’  The information summarizes several other articles we posted in 2016, but it is organized, simple to grasp, and sound – worth a view if you sometimes feel overwhelmed … Inc.’s 7 Simple Things Successful People Do Every Night is a good read that may help you improve your nocturnal habits.

In Trends, Mashable reported that Google Translate has now added Japanese to a list of languages that can be translated instantly by simply pointing your android smartphone at the text.  You can find the Google Translate app at the Google Play Store, of course … and, we all know robots are going to replace jobs in the future, but Fast Company’s ‘Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs Robots Will Replace‘ presents a surprising list of tasks robots will soon perform that may take you by surprise.

Enjoy Your Weekend.


Inauguration day is here: Donald Trump was inaugurated as 45th president of the United States at 12:00p EST.  It promises to be an activist presidency.  If you did not see his speech, you can see the full speech here on CNN.

The President-elect has promised an active schedule, including an immigration plan in his first 100 days – that story from SHRM … 

In Leadership & Management, Harvard Business Review posted an article about ‘mindfulness’ that can help managers overcome reactionary habits, like anger.  Their post, Spending 10 Minute a Day of Mindfulness Can Change Your Reactions to Everything includes simple, yet practical steps that guarantee subtle changes that can help leaders stay in control in challenging situations … and, Science Reveals the Age at Which You Peak at Everything was a very popular video post this week from Business Insider that reveals at what age you’re the strongest, best able to handle math calculations, able to learn a second language, and several other things – an interesting view.

In HR, SHRM’s Professionals Prefer Promotions to Pay Raises cites the findings of studies that show advancement and growth are very important components of your employee development strategy, if you want to keep key talent in your company … Harvard Business Review also posted How to Deliver Criticism so Employees Pay Attention; a helpful article with practical tips that will help you avoid the mistakes of most managers … the I-9 form has been changed; you’ll need to start using the new form soon.  Find out about the changes and deadline for using the new form in the SHRM post … Cyber risk is increasing rapidly for small business owners.  STAFFLINK posted The 25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords to show you what they are, and provide you with tips to make the ones you create more secure.

In Trends & Technology, Fast Company posted, Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs that Will Be Replaced by Robots.  The article reveals the inroads automation is making in many fields, and how those gains are costing jobs – some of which are in fields you may not have guessed … and, are you an Android or iPhone smartphone owner ?  Business Insider ran a story about 6 Things Android Phones Can Do that iPhones Can’t . Some of the differences may be significant to you if you are considering a new smartphone … and, where are the ‘Hot Jobs’ in 2017? You can read SHRM’s post to find out.

In Personal Productivity, three articles stand out this week: First, SHRM posted an article, Stressed at Work?, that provides a list of insightful articles that can help you deal with a number of different kinds of stressors – a good read … Inc. re-posted an article from Quora, 9 Toxic Habits that are Wearing You Down.  The post provides you a list of the nine habits, and simple, yet helpful recommendations for dealing with each one … and, lastly, if you want a good night’s sleep, what you eat before going to bed can have a very significant effect – even two hours prior.  We combined two different video posts from Business Insider to give you a list of the ‘Best Foods to Help You Sleep,‘ and also, The Worst Foods if You Want a Good Night’s Sleep.’  Both videos show you four of the best and worst foods, and explain the research that led to each food’s selection.

Well, 2017 promises to be an exciting year.  In trends, we spoke about automation.  You are probably aware of the autonomous cars being tested by Uber, and autonomous trucks being tested in Europe; and, the autonomous delivery drones now being beta-tested by Amazon in the UK.

Along these lines, we’ll leave you with one of the best ads of the week, a brand new spot for Mercedes-Benz that features their new ‘remote parking pilot.’  The automation future is becoming mainstream.

Enjoy your weekend.


Week’s Best – Florida Lands 3 of Top 20 Best Cities for Finding Jobs | The Repeal of Obamacare Begins …

The inauguration hasn’t even taken place yet, and the legislative battles have begun in Congress.

Senate Republicans began the process of dismantling Obamacare by passing a budget resolution that will prevent a democratic filibuster – that story in the Chicago Tribune.  What will they replace it with ?  No one yet knows – stay tuned.

What Can You Expect from the Labor Market in 2017?  SHRM posted an article that posits continued growth, especially in certain industries. Read the article to find out which ones … and, Florida landed three of the Top 20 Best Cities to Find a Job in 2017, a trend article from Business Insider

In HR, Steve Boese of HRExecutive Online posted an article about the Top 5 Emerging HR Themes for 2017: AI and ’employee experience’ are two of the themes; perhaps, you can guess the others … TLNT published The Hiring Secrets of Top CEOs. The article reveals some of the ‘fit’ formulas that work well for companies like Facebook, Virgin, Kayak and others … January 31 is this year’s deadline for submitting W2 forms.

In Productivity, Inc’s Minda Zetlin posted, Want a Lifetime of Better Brain Function?  Change this One Habit Inc. also posted a brief video (1:09) from author, speaker, and productivity guru, Tim Ferriss, entitled One Key to Accomplishing All Your Tasks in 2017 – a good video backed by scientific research … and, Fast Company published Why the Most Productive People Do These 6 Things Daily – a simple, but helpful review and summary.  The article is one of the better productivity reads this month.

The inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump takes place next Friday, January 20; Senate confirmation hearings are already taking place on his nominees for the country’s top posts; and, President Obama issued his farewell address this week in Chicago.  2017 promises to be an eventful year …

Enjoy Your Weekend.

STAFFLINK – January 6 Week’s Small Business Best

Happy New Year from us to you!

The first week of January provided a steady stream of excellent 2016 reviews, including the Top 10 Best Recruiting Articles of 2016 … and, the Top 5 Risk Articles of 2016 – both from SHRM.

In HR, Inc.’s 5 Overrated Office Perks Companies Should Kill in 2017 bucks the trend toward adding features to employee programs; the article highlights five perks that are truly counter-productive.

TLNT’s These 4 HR Issues are Causing the Most Lawsuits also proved popular; it provides insight into the kind of issues to which you need to pay attention in 2017 …

And, our STAFFLINK OSHA Recordable Incident Advisor is a practical, simple to use calculator of sorts that enables you to gauge whether an incident at your company needs to be electronically uploaded to OSHA, in keeping with their new 2017 rules.  Take a look, it may prove helpful to you.

In Productivity, One Skill Will Increase Your Value 50% focuses on the immediate benefit public speaking skills can have on your career, according to well-known businessman, Warren Buffett.

And, it wouldn’t be New Years without a bevy of articles about resolutions and goal-setting … Here are three we recommend: Entrepreneur’s 5 Simple Resolutions that will Make You Smarter, Happier, and More Confident is practical, useful, and relatively easy to apply; 10 Essential Practices You Need to Succeed in 2017, from Inc., is a ‘back to basics’ primer that sums up the findings of many different self-help articles we’ve reviewed this year … lastly, Inc.’s Jeff Haden provides a list of the Best Books for Small Business Owners from 2016.  Jeff’s advice?  Read Them All!

From all of us at STAFFLINK, here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous new year!