STAFFLINK Small Business Week – April 28

On May 1 the USCIS begins issuing a new green card … the House moves to pass a great new FLSA OT rule addition … research reveals 7 reasons business owners should exercise in the morning … a new study shows the average income of Americans by age group … and, an article in Inc. poses 5 important questions businessmen and women should consider when faced at a crossroads … this is the week of April 28, 2017.

Business Insider’s Which Jobs are Most Disproportionately Popular in Every State provides readers a map with the name of the occupation.  The map doesn’t show which vocation is most popular, that would be retail sales in all states, only which jobs are  highly popular, and over-represented in comparison to other states.

In HR, the Washington Examiner reports that May 1 is the day President Trump begins issuing a new green card in his effort to help stem illegal immigration … and, SHRM reports that  a great new addition to the FLSA overtime rule, that allows employees to select time rather than pay for overtime compensation, has moved out of committee, and will soon be scheduled for a vote.  Currently, only government employees have that option.

And, Inc. posted new research on the average income by age group in the U.S. – where do you stack up?

Physical activity stimulates the release of hormones to boost your mood, jumpstart your energy, fight stress and more.  Entrepreneur’s 7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Start Their Day with Exercise provides findings from several recent studies that can help you improve your health, and work at an optimum level.

In Personal productivity, author Tim Sackett poses the question, “What Are You Doing with Your 30,000 Days?  The article provides a sobering look at the brevity of life, and may inspire you to focus more of that time on what is most important to you …

Are you at a crossroads in your life?  Inc.’s 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself is designed to help you simplify and process of selecting the direction that is best for you.

Enjoy Your Weekend.


April 14 Small Business – United Air Lessons | Selling Yourself | Best Exercise for Over 40 | Flying Ostrich

Are you ready for your taxes?  If not, we’ve included a post that will show you what to do.  This week’s top small business stories: lessons learned from the United Airlines debacle; the secret to successfully selling yourself ; winning business insights from America’s top entrepreneur … and, a new study that revealed the top exercise for longevity and physique … plus, the best ad in the world this week may have you ‘flying high.’

In the News, the United Airlines debacle grew worse as United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued more statements. Gizmodo’s article, ‘United CEO Doubles Down‘ shows the evolution of the company’s response in the first couple of days; but, there are key insights for business owners to glean from this story, and’s post, ‘Lessons Learned from a Damage Control Expert on the United Airlines Mess‘ provides a few of the best. Read the story to help prepare your company for any future incidents.

And, it’s tax time.  If you think you may miss the deadline, don’t sweat it. You can read Small Business Trend’s article “What to Do If You Miss the Tax Deadline;’ the post tells you what form to file for an extension, and else you’ll need to do.

In HR, TLNT’s article, Flexibility is More Important to Employees Than Almost Anything Else provides some background and tips that may be helpful in improving employee engagement and retention.

In Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s ‘The Surprising Trick to Selling Yourself‘ provides insights about the most effective mental approach to building a successful sales and marketing strategy – recommended.

In Leadership, the United Airlines story isn’t the only one generating valuable lessons for company leaders; Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, wrote a letter to his company in which he answered a question about the company’s future direction.  His post, one of the most popular this week, contains advice for a ‘Winning Business Strategy.’ Bezos should know. Amazon now generates more revenue than WalMart, Google and most of the top brands in America … and, Great Leadership’s post, ‘What Makes a Great Leader’ contains wisdom that can help executives focus and make better use of their time.

In Productivity, there were two exceptional stories this week that can help you improve your health, mood, and longevity.  Inc.’s ‘How What You Eat Alters Your Mood‘ cites recent research from an Australian University study that found strong correlations between the types of food one eats, mood, and overall mental health … and, Lifehacker’s post ‘Interval Training Helps Slow Down the Aging Process‘ presents research recently published in the journal, Cell Metabolism, that found strong links between high intensity interval workouts, overall health and longevity.  The correlations and improvements were especially strong for older participants.  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) also rated highest for improving one’s physique … Want better sleep?  Entrepreneur’s 12 Habits Dramatically Improve Your Sleep will give you helpful recommendations.

In Trends & Technology, AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) are disruptive technologies having a profound impact on business and culture: by 2020, it is estimated to be a 120 billion dollar business.  Do you know the difference between the two?  Augment’s Virtual Realty v. Augmented Reality is a user-friendly primer that will bring you up to speed so you can understand how these technologies differ … the flying car is officially open for business and taking pre-orders.  Fossbytes reports that Slovakian company, AeroMobil, is launching its its flying car on April 20th at the Monte Carlo Supercar Show.  You can learn more by visiting the Aeromobil site, or pre-order your own flying car for a cool $400,00.

Speaking of AR & VR, the top ad this week features an Ostrich being introduced to virtual reality – a discovery that leaves the rest of his flock with their head’s in the sand, so to speak.

Enjoy the ad, and your weekend.

April 7 – SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – Leadership Gap | 6 Sales Tips | Best Time to Exercise

A new Supreme Court justice; a raid on a Syrian airbase; and, the lowest unemployment figures since 2007 – the week of April 7th.

In HR, the Department of Labor  Delayed the Fiduciary Rule … and, SHRM reports that ‘Small Businesses Find I-9 Paperwork Burdensome,’ and that 75% make mistakes on the forms … the Department of Labor is seeking to Help Small Businesses Start Retirement Plans … President Trump has renewed his interest in repealing and replacing Obamacare, and began holding meetings again with the various factions of the Republican party earlier this week …

Recruiting was the focus of several articles this week … Inc. posted ‘4 Behavioral Questions‘ that uncover what a candidate is truly like … SHRM posted an article, ‘Recruitment Marketing No Longer Trendy, but a Necessity,’ that reveals some of the practices now necessary to secure top talent … and, SHRM also posted ‘New Hire Retention a Problem for 90% of Employers‘ – a post that details the difficulty many employers have keeping new recruits.  The article also offers a few tips that can help you avoid the problem.

You can learn about 2017’s recruiting trends, and pick up tips from the best companies, by downloading our 2017 HR TRENDS Toolkit – simply click the link, fill out the two-line form, and DOWNLOAD!

In Sales & Marketing, Entrepreneur’s 6 Sales Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Follow contains advice and insights that can keep you and your sales team focused and productive.

In Productivity, Inc.’s Lolly Daskal recently published a book that details the differences between leaders who succeed; and, those that don’t.  Her article, ‘The Leadership Gap,’ shared findings about the 7 major leadership types and the things that helped individuals with those leadership styles succeed … Also in Inc., Jeff Haden published our highest rated post this week, ‘The Best Time to Exercise for Maximum Weight Loss and Mood Benefits.‘  The article reveals the results of a recent research study in Belgium that tracked individuals who were asked to increase their food intake by 30%, and their fat intake by 50%.  They then tracked people who worked out, didn’t work out, and who worked out at specific times of day.  The results will probably cause you to change the time of day you exercise … and, you can find some helpful tips on improving your mindset in Inc.’s article, ’13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.’

In Trends, the New York Times reports on the U.S. jobs war between robots and citizens in ‘Evidence Robots are Winning the Race for American Jobs.’ But, the Times also posted How to Beat the Robots  – strategy for enabling humans to benefit from automation, and insure long-term job viability.   Both articles provide insightful evidence that automation is coming to most corners of the American economy.

We leave you with one of the world’s best TV ads this week from the Leo Burnett Agency in North Africa and the Middle East.  Their ‘Two for One Campaign’ for DU Telecomm was designed to encourage moviegoers to bring a friend; and, their humorous new ad, ‘The Man Sitting Next to You’ gets viewers to understand the potential benefits of attending movies with someone they know – and trust.  The campaign was developed primarily for mobile – one of this year’s biggest trends.

Enjoy the Ad, and your weekend.