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We’ll Find Out Soon If Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

Today’s jobs report confirms much of what we already know: Workers are finding employment at a steady but unspectacular rate, private-sector job creation is good but not great, hours worked are ever so slowly ticking up and wage increases are pretty much nonexistent.

Mar 8, 2016 Barry Ritholtz

Status Check: Young Leaders

In last March’s young professional issue, we featured 10 of the top players leading the charge of change in our region (“The Next Wave,” Laurie Lauletta-Boshart). Take a look at what some of them have been up to over the last year:

Mar 1, 2016 Kelly Higdon

How to Exit Gracefully

4 tips for leaving a job on good terms

Long gone are the days of employees spending 40 years in service to the same company. Some experts now say that you should plan to change employment every three to five years to continue to advance and grow. Whenever it comes time to leave your job, you’ll want to make a graceful exit both as a professional courtesy and in consideration of your reputation.

Feb 29, 2016 Kelly Azevedo
John Haswell has been a light rail vehicle technician at Sacramento Regional Transit for the past seven years.

A Clean Track Record

Sacramento RT employs approximately 941 people locally, 77 percent of whom are dedicated to operations and maintenance of the bus and light rail systems. John Haswell has been a light rail vehicle technician at Sac RT for the past seven years and says he is “genuinely and thoroughly thrilled to be working on the light rail vehicles.

Feb 26, 2016 Kelly Higdon

How an Expensive Suit Can Make You Better at Your Job

A recent study conducted by researchers at Notre Dame, the University of Kentucky, and Penn State found that using brand- name gear can provide a noticeable placebo effect that could boost performance. In other words: If you’ve ever felt like you give better presentation when wearing an expensive designer suit, it might not be your imagination.

Feb 19, 2016 Seth Porges
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Have Millennials Made Quitting More Common?

Quitting is in. More than 3 million Americans quit their job in December 2015, the highest number since 2006, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The quits rate, which measures how many people ended their employment out of everyone who worked each month, reached its highest level in seven years.

Feb 16, 2016 Natalie Kitroeff

The Masked Agitator

Don’t let toxic employees manipulate you into poor leadership

Toxic people don’t lack insight into their behavior — they lack motivation to change it. Instead, they spend their time gaming bosses, employees and jobs to their own advantage and the detriment of others. Leaders need to deal with them as soon as a problem arises with clear communication and accountability measures. If the bad behavior persists, they need to go.

Feb 15, 2016 Tania Fowler
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How to Improve Your Job Performance in Two Seconds

Today, our bodies still have this expectation baked in, says Max Vercruyssen, a retired ergonomist and human-performance specialist who’s conducted pioneering research related to posture. That means, depending on how you hold yourself, there could be huge differences in how your body operates, which could have major implications for office workers looking to boost their productivity.

Feb 9, 2016 Seth Porges

Getting it Right, Right Away

Without a clear onboarding process, you risk losing new business

Sales and marketing can feel like a never ending marathon — as soon as you reach the finish line with one lead, there’s another sale to close. Even when all your hard work results in new sales, many businesses fumble when they pass the baton to engaging and welcoming the new client. The lack of a solid onboarding strategy can result in a rocky start to your relationship with clients, increased requests for refunds and decreased confidence in your business.

Jan 29, 2016 Kelly Azevedo
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How to Exercise at Your Desk, in Secret

You’ve heard it a million times: Sit less. Your desk is slowly killing you. But standing desks—and their juiced-up descendants, treadmill desks—are expensive, often require an office manager’s approval, and simply stand out too much for the more modest- minded among us.

Jan 26, 2016 Seth Porges
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How to Make Flexible Work Schedules a Reality

Surveys have found that more than half of employers offer some sort of flexible work arrangement, from telecommuting to flex time. But many of the employees that take advantage of that flexibility say they’re made to feel like slackers. An Ernst & Young survey concluded that one in 10 workers in the U.S. have “suffered a negative consequence as a result of having a flexible work schedule.” 

Jan 22, 2016 Rebecca Greenfield
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Your Brand Needs a User Manual

Here’s a list of chapters to include

If brand is more than a logo, why are most brand books little more than a style guide? A style guide isn’t going to empower your employees to deliver on your brand’s promise, guard your brand’s differentiators, or make everyday decisions in line with your brand strategy.

Jan 19, 2016 MaryJayne Zemer