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.

WEEK’S BEST – INAUGURATION | IMMIGRATION FIRST 100 DAYS | 2017 HOT JOBS | AGES YOU PEAK

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!

Week’s Best – Top Posts of 2016 | 1 Surprising Daily Habit for Mental Toughness | 5 Secrets …

Christmas is behind us and a new year is in view.  You can get an idea of what our readers found most interesting this year in our recent blog post, Our Top 7 Stories of 2016.

In Trends, today’s post from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Why the Coming Jobs Crisis is Bigger Than You Think, gives insight into the employment issues that may result from automation and globalization trends.

There has been a lot of talk about the dropping unemployment rate, but what most people don’t understand is that the jobs that are being created are low-paying ones, and that the jobs lost are the kind that can provide for a family. SHRM’s post, Is Dropping Unemployment Rate Masking Under-Employment Trend? reviews the issue.

In Marketing, 6 Small Business Marketing Growth Strategies for 2017, from Small Business Trends, provides business owners with a look at the type of marketing platforms that are growing in influence, and can be useful if you want to grow your company.

In HR, Business Insiders’s brief video, 5 Things to Say in Your Cover Letter if You Want to Get the Job, and TLNT’s The 5 Secrets of Great Interviewers both provide helpful information whether you are looking for work, or tasked with whittling through prospective applicants.

And, it wouldn’t be a new year’s eve review without including a few ‘self help’ posts.  There have been dozens of posts about how to make 2017 a great year, but three stand out: Inc.’s The One Surprising, Counter-Intuitive Daily Habit that Makes You Mentally Tough;  Quora’s The Biggest Secret to Success is Spending 10 Hours Per Week Just Thinking; and Inc.’s Geoffrey James more-is-less post 6 Easy, But Scientific Ways to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever.

From all of us at STAFFLINK, Happy New Year!

Week’s Best – 2016’s 6 Top Pay & Benefits Stories | 7 Ways to De-Stress | 7 Ideas for Your Time Off

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Well, the holidays are here, and the close of 2016 approaches.  It has been a year of change and uncertainty, especially for small business owners.

SHRM posted two reviews that summarize what has taken place in 2016: The Top 6 Compensation Stories of 2016 and 2016’s Top Benefits Stories. Both articles grant you a preview of what to expect in 2017.

You will find a brief snapshot of our coming January ‘Small Business Trends’ report in this week’s blog.  The blog post focuses on three of 2017’s important trends: video, remote employment, and app development.

In HR, the January edition of our OSHA newsletter presents changes in enforcement penalties for 2017 … the DOL strengthened rules for disability benefit claims … and, our new Cyber Security newsletter highlights the increase and sophistication of cyber attacks.

In Personal Productivity, Inc. posted an interesting article about One Surprising Daily Habit that Makes You Mentally Strong – a counter-intuitive finding backed by scientific research … and, the Fundera Blog published a practical article about 7 Ways Small Business Managers Can De-Stress that Actually Work – a good read for any small business owner.

And, as we approach the holidays, Lifehacker’s 7 Ideas for Making the Most of Your Time Off During the Holidays is a practical read that may help you get ahead by the time you return to the office; idea number seven may not apply to many of you (find a new job), but thinking about ways to recruit and retain top talent may work well.  You may want to refer back to The Top 6 Benefits Stories for a few good ideas because some companies are having success attracting new employees by altering their benefits packages.

As the holidays approach, we leave you with one of the top holiday shorts in the world: a three-minute video animation produced by Sainsbury’s in the UK … enjoy!

From All of Us at STAFFLINK, enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

2017 SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS SNAPSHOT

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We are in the process of creating our ‘Top Small Business Trends’ blog post for 2017, and we’ve begun by reviewing several small business trend posts from the past few months.

One of the ways we create our own post is to score what some of the experts are saying; but we add to that our own algorithm; together, it provides a good picture of the near future.

Already, three trends are emerging that we can share in this brief 2017 Small Business Trends snapshot: video, freelancing and app development.

VIDEO BECOMES ESSENTIAL

Nearly all 2017 trend reports, like one from Inc. magazine, believe the growth of video is an essential component for small business success in 2017.  According to a recent Forbes study, video is becoming a critical source of information for executives:

• More than 80% said they are watching more online video today than they were a year ago.

• Three-quarters (75%) of executives surveyed said they watch work-related videos on business-related websites at least weekly; more than half (52%) watch work-related videos on YouTube at least weekly.

• Overall, 65% have visited a vendor’s website after watching a video.

Hubspot’s Consumer Behavior Survey confirms this trend. Over half (55%) of users say they consume an entire video, compared to 29% for blogs and 33% for interactive articles. Concludes the report, “If you want your entire message to be consumed, video tends to be the preferred medium.”

Video isn’t just about creating ads for online viewing; it is more about providing content for potential clients making decisions; showing them the benefits and Unique Selling Proposition of small business products.  In 2017, small businesses will incorporate video into their marketing plan or slowly get left behind.

REMOTE EMPLOYMENT

Freelance and Remote employment, too, are experiencing growth.  Freelance workers provide flexibility, and generally are highly cost-effective; they can provide a company high-level skills for the time needed without the need to provide benefits, or worry about compliance issues.

Small Business Labs listed the trend toward freelance employment at #5 on their list:

This year will see an inflection point in terms of major corporations embracing freelance talent. After studying and testing the use of freelancers (called “agile talent” and “contingent labor” by corporations) for several years, 2017 will see the corporate use of agile talent increase and become mainstream. This will, of course, increase the demand for independent workers.

Remote employment is growing steadily, too. According to Inc. magazine, in its 2017 Business Trends article:

10 years ago, you may have never even heard of a remote employee. Nowadays, tech companies and startups are doing most of their hires remotely. IBM led this trend and many other companies have followed suit. Since meetings can be done over Skype or other video conference platforms and customer service, social media and programming positions only require access to the computer and Internet, talented Millennials can be hired for positions no matter where they live.

  RISE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS APP

Apps used to be only for the largest corporations, but that has changed with the rise of app development companies like Good Barber, MobiCart and BuildFire, along with a host of other companies.

Today, small businesses can create their own do-it-yourself app, or pay $3,500 – $10,000  to have someone create one for them.  The emergence of mobile has made apps an important small business tool.  A recent survey revealed that the majority of small businesses are building apps to increase sales (55 percent), improve customer experience (50 percent) and become competitive in a specific market (50 percent).

Below is a graphic from a recent Small Business Trends article, Nearly Half of All Small Businesses Will Have a Mobile App by 2017, showing the rapid growth.

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“Three years ago, a small business might see 10 percent of its total traffic coming from mobile, but right now it’s closer to 70 percent. Within the next couple of years, a shift to a mobile app or a mobile-friendly site will become obvious,” says Viktor Marohnic, CEO of the app builder Shoutem.

So, there you have it, an early look at three of our Top 2017 Small Business Trends – video, remote employment, and app development.

Stay tuned for our complete post in January.

Week’s Best – End of FLSA OT Rule? | 8 Things Great Bosses Say | Rise of ADA Lawsuits

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The holiday season is upon us; the biggest and brightest full moon for decades is now waning; and, President-Elect Trump continues to appoint cabinet members.  One of those appointments is Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nomination for Labor Secretary; insiders believe Puzder’s selection signals the end for the FLSA Overtime rule – that article in HR Morning.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer revealed earlier this week that more than 1 billion user accounts were hacked in 2013; a much larger hack than the highly publicized one that took place a few months ago where 500 million user accounts were stolen – so much for transparency and cyber protection.  In light of the revelations, Business Insider lists several steps you can take to help protect your company.  Cyber attacks are increasing for small business owners, too.  Fortunately, Business News Daily published 13 Cyber Solutions for Small Business.  We included this story last week, but in light of the Yahoo revelation, we’ve decided to include the post this week, too.

CBS’ 60 Minutes recently aired a special report on ‘Drive By ADA ‘Access’ Lawsuits.  Our post this week on Rising ADA Lawsuits includes links to the program, and to a brief interview with one of the law’s architects, as well as an article from Lexology about the expansion of these ADA lawsuits into new areas – like website access …

In HR, Inc’s 8 Things the Best Bosses Constantly Tell Employees contains helpful advice and tips that can improve your management success … and, a New Law Now Allows Small Businesses to Utilize HRAs (Health Reimbursement Accounts) for employee healthcare benefits – that story in SHRM … Why Your Company Needs a Drug Free Workplace provides 7 reasons, backed by statistics, that a drug free workplace program will improve your company’s profitability.  The good news is that STAFFLINK is now offering a program that is free to implement for non-DOT companies, and costs only $35 per test to administer.  Contact us at 1-877-899-LINK to learn more.

In Personal Productivity, Inc. posted an insightful video about Why Expanding Your Business Isn’t Always the Right Choice …  and Tim Ferriss’ brief video (1:40) Use This Lesson to Start 2017 with a Bang presents a significant performance secret that champions use to improve their training – worth a quick listen … CNBC’s tax tip post, Give Now and Push Income to 2017 provides practical advice that will save you money this month.

Finally, in Trends, they’re here!  Amazon Performed Its First Real Drone Delivery in the UK – just think this trend is going to create a visual pollution mess in the skies, and lead to legislation that will curb much of the practice (can you imagine a package falling on someone?) … soon, some creative entrepreneur will color drones red, shape them like sleighs, and stuff them with Santa and reindeer mannequins for holiday deliveries – mark my words, it’s coming.

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Why You Need a Drug Free Workplace Program

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THE BENEFITS OF GOING DRUG FREE … If you are in business, it’s time you know the facts….

STAFFLINK has partnered with OM Management, a reputable Miami-based company that provides a legal Drug Free Workplace program, which is available for clients and employees in all states. StaffLink and OM Management will provide you with a “Drug Free” workplace policy that is free to implement for all non-DOT clients, and only $35 per test to administer.  This low-cost program can protect you and your employees, and help prevent future employment issues.

Here are 7 reasons your company benefits from implementing a Drug Free Workplace program.

Increased Productivity & Efficiency 

Employers realize higher productivity with fewer man/woman hours and less over time hours. The end result is increased profits.

Reduced Absenteeism

Drug using employees are 2.2 times more likely to request early dismissal or time off and 2.5 times more likely to be absent eight days or more a year.

Reduced Tardiness

Drug using employees are 3 times more likely to be late for work.

Reduced Employee Theft

Drug using employees are more likely to steal from the company. Drug usage erodes moral ethics. Users need to support their drug habit.

Reduce Employee Turnover

Employees under the influence of drugs are more likely to leave or abandon their jobs rather than employees who are not. With a drug free workplace, employers will save time and money on re-training for those positions.

Reduced Injuries

Drug using employees are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident and 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. A drug free workplace leads to a safer work environment, less time and money spent on lost time and medical issues.

  OSHA Compliant

On December 1st, 2016, OSHA put in place a new rule that disallows employers from requiring post-accident drug tests, UNLESS THE EMPLOYEE IS PART OF A LEGAL DRUG FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM.

THE STAFFLINK ‘DRUG FREE WORKPLACE’ PROGRAM – FREE TO START; $35 PER TEST TO ADMINISTER

Also, for clients of StaffLink Outsourcing, OM Management has agreed to implement Random programs at NO CHARGE. Typically, the charge for a Random program is $200 for setup, and $100 annually.

For our non-DOT clients, the only charge will be the price of the drug test. Random programs are very helpful at keeping employees clean year-round, not just at the time of hire.

To learn more, contact Beverly Finkelstein at Beverly@STAFFLINK.net, or call 877-899-LINK to learn more.