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.

To help small business owners know whether outsourcing HR will be profitable to their company, STAFFLINK has developed an HR Assessment that takes just a few minutes, and is free.


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.





As we approach Memorial Day, the president’s new budget has arrived and includes 6 weeks paid parental leave – that story from SHRM.

The Miami Herald reports that South Florida has become the New #1 for Startups in the U.S., passing Austin, Texas, last year’s leader … the Department of Labor is scheduling June 9 as the start date for the agencies’ new Fiduciary rule.  Forbes reports that it’s a rule without consequences at the present time …

Also in HR, SHRM reports that OSHA has Delayed its New Electronic Reporting Rule … and,  the HR Daily Advisor reports that the Supreme Court let stand a rule that requires employers to include ‘opt out’ employee benefit payments as part of overtime pay calculations.  The case involved the city of San Gabriel, California and its overtime compensation to city employees.

In Sales & Marketing, two stories are blog worthy this week: first, Entrepreneur posted a brief video of tips from six highly successful entrepreneurs about ‘Closing the Deal‘; and, Small Business Trends published ‘4 Reasons Why Your Sales Calls Fail‘ – an article that could also be entitled ‘4 Ways to Improve Sales Call Success.’

In Productivity, Inc. contributor Marla Tabaka asks the question, “Are You Too Attached to Your Goals?”  She posits that wisely detaching from them is the 1 Thing (You Can Do) to Immediately Become Happier, Healthier, and More Successful.  Her article does not degrade goal setting, merely encourages a healthier view about the goals we set – an interesting read.

Monday is Memorial Day, the day Americans take time to remember and reflect on the the men (and women) who died defending our freedom. Freedom is never free; it is bought and paid for by those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives defending it.

To all of you, and to your families, we at STAFFLINK express our deepest respect and honor you to you today, and every day.  Yours is a debt none of us can ever repay.

All of us at STAFFLINK salute you.


The Excellent Broward Job Market … Fighting Ransomware … the Death of the Open Office … 5 High Productivity Morning Habits … the Feds Nix Small Business plans … and, the best Video Ad of the Week, ‘Love Story – these are this week’s top Small Business stories.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that 82% of Employers in Broward County are Hiring, but many report having a hard time finding qualified applicants …

Last week, Business Insider published the story about the 22-year old self-taught British man who ‘Saved the World from the Global Malware Virus.’  But most small business owners don’t know that 43% of all cyber attacks are targeted at small organizations.  SHRM’sHow to Protect Yourself from Ransomware‘ provides important information that will help protect your company.  And, Small Business Trends’7 Types of Cyber Attacks Threatening Your Small Business‘ reveals the types of attacks you need to guard against.  STAFFLINK has created a free download that will keep you current on 2017’s Risk Trends, including Cyber Attacks.  Simply click the link above, fill out the very brief form, and download.


In HR, SHRM reported that the Feds Nix Small Business Plans (Obamcare ‘SHOP’ Plans).  The article explains why the government is taking the step, and explains the alternatives being created designed to help small business owners provide better care and benefit from tax incentives …

Inc. published an article about a huge new study that reveals ‘Open Office Floor Plans are Killing Productivity.’  We reported about the death of the open office floor plan in our 2017 HR TRENDS Toolkit.  Expect them slowly to go the way of the retail mall …

In Productivity,  Time Management Ninja published 5 Simple Morning Habits That Increase Productivity – a user-friendly guide with proven recommendations.

Though we like to leave you, as  a rule, with something humorous, interesting and business related, today we’re going to show you the Top Rated International Web Ad of the Week.  This Ad, called ‘Love Story,’ was produced in Spanish by Young and Rubicam for the Mexican market, with English sub-titles.  It’s an important issue about which all parents should be informed, especially here in south Florida.





Small Business Week – May 12 –

Aetna Leaving Obamacare in 2018 … Weebly’s New Approach to Employee Burnout … 7 Cyber Attacks Threatening Your Business … The High Costs of a Bad Hire … and, What You Should Know About the New Comp Time, Overtime Rule – these are the week’s top small business posts.

In the NewsAetna announced it is leaving the Obamacare exchange in 2018 as their financial losses escalate … and, on Friday we witnessed a global cyber attack that affected 99 countries at last count. We told you in our 2017 STAFFLINK HR Trends Toolkit that cyber security is the major risk issue facing business owners this year.  Download a copy for your company – it’s free.  Small Business Trends‘7 Cyber Attacks Threatening Your Business Right Now‘ provides you a practical guide to the kind of attacks facing your company.  Read this article so you can protect yourself.

In HR, two recruiting articles may help you focus more attention on the process you use to attract and retain talent:  SHRM posted ‘The Astronomical Costs of a Bad Hire‘ … and Entrepreneur published ‘5 Hiring Pre-Tests to Help You Make the Right Hire.’  Of course, the best way to insure you hire right is to contact STAFFLINK.  We help companies attract and retain top talent.  Call us at +1(210)495-1171 … SHRM also published the IRS’ New 2018 HSA Limits.

Employee Burnout is becoming a major problem, but companies like Weebly are taking a wanderlust approach to it.  Find out what they are doing to improve engagement in Inc.’s article … and, Entrepreneur’sData-Driven’ Approach to Employee Engagement and Retention reveals research that shows just how important attention to the employee experience is regarding your company’s growth and profitability.

In Leadership, Harvard Business Review posted ‘Level 5 Leadership’ – a classic article that identifies the two paradoxical traits leaders must possess if a company can move from mediocre to great.  The article reveals the findings of a 5 year study on the subject that surprised even its authors.

In Productivity, Inc.’s The 5 Daily Choices the Smartest People Make takes a look decisions and mental approaches that increase your chances to succeed, and lead a higher quality of life.

May 7-13 is ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week.  We provided you a checklist for your company in our linkedin post this week.

In Trends, one of the most popular viral videos in the world this week focused on what humans will look like in 1,000 years … we leave you with the video, and with STAFFLINK’s wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers who have invested their lives into the love and nurturing of someone else.

Enjoy your weekend.

Small Business Week – The American Health Care Act | 20 Habits of High Achievers | 8 Exercise Benefits for Your Brain

Today’s May 5 Small Business week features a look at the Obamacare repeal and its replacement, The American Health Care Act … a study about the detrimental effects of managers that don’t praise employees … 8 surprising benefits of exercise on your brain … 20 daily habits high achievers credit with their success … 4 habits that can help you end procrastination … and, some tips to help you avoid illegal unpaid internships.

In the News, President Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare got a strong start yesterday as the House passed the American Health Care Act.  Read SHRM’s post to learn how it differs from Obamacare, and what’s next …

In HR,  Entrepreneur published a very helpful article for business owners, The Basics of Employee Benefits, that outlines what’s required, what’s optional, and what’s good policy when it comes to benefit packages.  The article is a great primer.  Contact STAFFLINK if you’re looking to add benefits to your company – we’ll save you time and money … SHRM published a post entitled, Employers: Is Your Unpaid Internship Program Illegal?‘  If you’re considering an internship program, review the article to create a program that will keep you out of trouble … SHRM also posted ‘Past Hiring Checks are Critical to the Hiring Process,’ an article that reveals the what and how of effective background checks.

Harvard Business Review published the findings of a study that reveals ‘Why Managers Avoid Giving Praise.’  The article also reports on the detrimental effects that occur when managers neglect to praise employees … on the positive side, HBR also published ‘How to Be an Inspiring Leader‘ – the findings of a 2,000 person study by consulting giant Bain & Company …

In Personal Productivity, Business Insider’s8 Surprising Ways Exercise Benefits Your Brain‘ takes a look at the many ways exercise improves your emotional well-being – take a look … Inc. published ‘20 Simple Daily Habits High Achievers Credit with Their Success’ … and, Quora posted ‘Harness These 4 Habits to Solve Your Procrastination Problem.’  The post digs into the reasons we procrastinate, and provides some common sense solutions that may make you more productive quickly …

In Trends, Elon Musk delivered an enlightening Ted Talk recently about the future of transportation. You can find a video that shows you his new ‘Boring Company’ project here … and, we’ll close this post with a look at one of the best TV Ads of the week – an Ad from Nespresso, the coffee machine company, that takes a look back in time.

Enjoy Your Weekend.

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.