STAFFLINK Small Business Week – June 30 – Inside the Senate’s Healthcare Bill – Ransomware – When Robots Will Beat Humans

This Week in Small Business – The Senate Healthcare Bill … How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware … Why Small Businesses are Outsourcing HR … 7 Scientific Reasons Being a Morning Person is Better … and Apple’s New ‘Apocalypse’ video, voted #1 in the world.

The GOP-controlled Senate delayed a vote on the new healthcare bill until after the holiday in an effort to gather the support they need to pass the legislation.  Will they?  Not sure.  SHRM’s Healthcare Bill review provides a simple, yet very helpful analysis of what’s in the bill, and how it differs from the House version … much has been made of the CBO report that estimated 22 million would lose their insurance if the bill passes; but, Forbes’ ‘The CBO Estimate is Deeply Flawed’ reveals how the report came up with those numbers; why they are flawed; and, how taking some of the politics out of the report can arrive at a much more accurate estimate.

The New York Times published a thorough story about this  week’s massive global ransomware attack, which shut down computers in 39 countries, from the Ukraine to the U.S. Experts consider this a new norm.  But to its credit, the New York Times’  also published ‘How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware‘ – an article that provides sound advice for keeping  small businesses safe in this volatile cyber environment.

SHRM’s ‘CEOs are Losing Sleep’ over the increase in compliance demands reveals the results of a recent study about top executives and the stress effects of increased compliance issues – despite efforts by the Trump administration to roll back some of those regulatory burdens … these compliance struggles, according to a recent post in Inc.,  are one reason increasing numbers of small businesses are outsourcing their HR to PEOs.

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In Trends, Business Insider posted ‘When Robots Will Start Taking Beating Humans at Every Task.” The article is the result of a joint study by researchers at Oxford and Yale.

And, in Productivity, science has taken sides in the morning v. evening productivity debate.  Business Insider’s article, ‘7 Science-Backed Benefits of Being a Morning Person unveils research that purports to show why ‘early birds really do get the worm.’

This week’s video was voted the Top video in the world this week by Best Ads on TV.  It’s Apple’s new ‘Apocalypse’ web video (3:14) that tells us  ‘human’ error, not ransomware, may be the globe’s greatest danger.   Enjoy.


Small Business Week – June 16-18 – Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods | Resume Fraud | 3 Trends Disrupting Workspace |


Amazon bought Whole Foods on Friday … 5 Consumer Trends are re-shaping business … 3 trends are changing what our workspaces will look like in the near future … resume fraud has become epidemic … 43% of Americans do some kind of freelance work, and a new bill marks the importance of the trend … and if you’ve ever wondered whether waking up early, or staying up late is better, a new article puts the issue to rest – so to speak.  And, this week’s video is raging across the internet, and helping remove some barriers in the process.

In the NewsAmazon bought Whole Foods for 13.7 billion making nearly everyone in the market jittery; but, what does it mean?  You can gain insight from today’s post in CNN Money

In Trends, what do AR, Incognito Individuals, and Capacity Capture have in common?  They are three of the Top 5 Consumer Trends in 2017.  Learn what they are, and how they will impact your life in today’s article from Trendwatching …  the Gallup organization published a new report about the 3 Trends Disrupting Workspace Forever.  You can learn how your office space is about to change, and review the new study by clicking the link.

In HR, the interviewing process just got a little tougher.  SHRM’s Verify Degrees and Protect Your Company from Resume Fraud exposes the significant growth in lying on resumes.  Find out why it’s happening, and what a few simple steps you can take to protect your business in the article … The Gig Economy is growing dramatically: Inc.’s ‘Why Today is a Big Day for 43% of the American Workforce’ shows just how rapidly freelance work has expanded among Americans.  And, Recode posted that The Gig Economy Workforce Will Double in 4 Years .  What will this freelance disruption mean for benefits?  A new bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the first ever ‘National Gig Economy‘ bill, calling for 20 million dollars to answer that and other questions surrounding the unprecedented rise in freelance workers.

In Productivity, in case you’re still wondering whether its better to get up early, or stay up late, a new post from Business Insider compiled recent research that should put the ‘issue to bed,’ so to speak, in ‘7 Science-Backed Reasons It’s Better to Be a Morning Person.’

Finally this week, we mentioned the 5 Consumer Trends of 2017 earlier.  One of those trends is ‘Worlds Apart’ – defined as the economic opportunity in helping remove global barriers between peoples and nations.  One of the most popular videos in the world this week, The DNA Journey, is one example of this trend – though the actual spot may contain some actors, and the test itself isn’t endorsed by all experts, the spot and business is sure to give Momondo, a Copenhagen-based travel website, an economic jolt.  Enjoy the video.

The Retail Death Spiral Accelerates | Right & Left Sides of Your Brain | Why Logic Fails to Persuade

This week, employers received good news from new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta … the new Fiduciary rule started today … an article revealed why logic alone in sales fails to persuade potential clients and customers … the retail store spiral continued at an accelarated level … studies show more people are lying on their resumes … and, new statistics revealed the importance of conducting fair and effective drug testing programs at your company.

This week, employers received good news from the Department of Labor. Former FIU Dean, and United States Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta, rescinded Obama-era policies regarding joint employment and worker classification .

Also in HR, the Fiduciary Rule begins today.  You’ll find what you need to know about the rule and its impact in today’s post from SHRM … HR Morning posted The Alarming Rise of Alternative Facts in Hiring, which shows just how prevalent misinformation has become in resumes, and why you really need to check out the facts posted on resumes.

Workplace drug usage is growing.  This week, NPR published Opioid Addiction Overwhelming south Florida treatment centers.  The article reveals the growing problem of opioid addiction here, and how people flocking to Florida for treatment are being preyed upon by unsavory individuals that actually target rehabilitation centers.  HR Daily Advisor also revealed this week that workplace drug usage has increased to a 12-year high among employees … TLNT published an article on the need for drug testing programs for small business owners, and listed 6 Tips for Fair & Effective Drug Testing Programs.

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In Sales & Marketing, Inc. published ‘Why You Will Fail to Persuade 90% of the Time If You Only use Logic.”  The article reveals how important it is to uncover the emotional arguments that may be blocking your sales efforts.

In Productivity, Entrepreneur posted Surprising Truths about the Right and Left Sides of Your Brain – an article that dispels some earlier notions about the two different spheres work; and, provides tips for helping you use them more effectively … and, Entrepreneur’s 11 Skills that Make You  Super Successful provides some useful insights into the ways people succeed.

In Trends, the Retail Death Spiral continued this week at an accelerated pace.  Business Insider posted a story highlighting 5,000 retail stores – JC Penney, Sears, Macys, KMart, Payless, Radio Shack and others – that are closing due to slow sales.  You can find a complete list of the store closings in the article … Gallup published a report on The 3 Trends Disrupting Workspace Forever – an interesting article about work trends that are affecting how we work, and what employment will look like in the near future.

Enjoy Your Weekend.



Small Business Week – June 2, 2017 – May Job Surge | AI Ups Harley-Davidson NYC Leads 2930% | 4 Mental Tricks of Success

This week, south Florida businesses received good news:  the Tampa Bay Tribune posted that Florida’s economy is the 4th fastest growing in the U.S., and first among large states.

With the advent of summer, the Sun-Sentinel announced that this weekend is when you can purchase ‘tax-free’ hurricane supplies … and, if you’re planning a summer vacation, Fast Company published an article that reveals the ‘Keys to a Restorative Vacation

In Sales & Marketing, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the 5 Strategies He Used to Build Facebook … and, Harvard Business Review posted an article about Harley-Davidson’s New York City store, and how AI helped them improve lead generation by 2930%.

In HR, Risk Management Monitor published the findings of a research study that shows ‘CEOs That Improve Compliance Programs Sleep Better.’

And, in Personal Productivity, Inc.’s Productivity is All About Mastering These 4 Mental Tricks presents the findings of the psychological community about the focus that enables some people to achieve their dreams, while others ‘dabble, but never succeed.’

Here’s to you succeeding in life.  Enjoy your weekend.