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SHOP for health care is help for small business
www.usatoday.com

Businesses with 50 or fewer workers don’t have to offer employees health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, but the Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP can help them find affordable plans.

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We Can Now Automate Hiring. Is that Good?
blogs.hbr.org

The costs and benefits of outsourcing people decisions to robots.

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Irony alert: Newspapers were social media long before blogs and Facebook came along
gigaom.com

Newspapers and social media are seen as opposite ends of the media spectrum now, and in many cases as adversaries — but not all that long ago, newspapers themselves were a very powerful form of social media.

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20 Positive Ways to Confront Poor Performance
leadershipfreak.wordpress.com

Lousy leaders whine about mediocrity but can’t or won’t have tough conversations. Excellence is a function of confronting performance issues. Call people to rise up or they will leave or lay down.

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The freelancer stigma: How many is too many?
www.theglobeandmail.com

Marketing firm that translates big consumer campaigns for Quebec audiences faces questions about its extensive use of outside help. But should it change its business model for the sake of optics?

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The size of your latte has everything to do with your status at work
qz.com

Research suggests people who order large pizzas or coffees are seen by others as having higher status, Andrew O’Connell writes. “[S]urround yourself with the trappings of the salary and lifestyle you want, not the one you have,” he writes.

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Learn How to Spot Portable Talent
blogs.hbr.org

Just because someone is a star at one company doesn’t mean he will thrive at another, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz writes. It’s best to look for “portable” talent, meaning workers who are “able to effectively transition from one role, company, industry or country to the next, not only bringing their unique strengths to each but also growing […]

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7 leadership gift-giving ideas for the workplace
smartblogs.com

In the American workplace, this time of year often means the onset of gift giving. Whether it is a formal holiday gift exchange or simply the sharing of ideas.

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Take This Oath to Communicate Change More Effectively
blog.kevineikenberry.com

Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath before they can practice medicine. Lawyers take a professional oath after they pass the bar. And people elected to all sorts of positions take an oath of office.

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Why conflict beats collaboration
www.informationweek.com

Companies that shy away from conflict and aim to create safe spaces for brainstorming are unlikely to generate big ideas, writes Kate Vitasek. The aim should be to critically test ideas and adopt the best ones, not to come up with concepts everyone can agree with, Vitasek explains. “Collaboration is great, but applying too much […]

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5 ways to make HSAs more successful
www.benefitspro.com

Health savings account turn 10. To celebrate, here are five considerations for making HSA plans successful for your clients and their employees.

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Creating employee engagement through culture and job design
leadchangegroup.com

In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and interesting.

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Hiring employees on a zero budget
www.payscale.com

One of the hardest things to overcome when you are attempting to hire employees is doing so with no budget.

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The 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team Every Week
www.firmology.com

I am not a mind reader, but I’ve tried playing one at work. I think we all have. I used to imagine that I could peer into the silent void of a discussion with an employee and their thoughts and feelings.

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