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Keep hiring issues from hurting the team you have right now 

Hiring issues are hampering how companies operate right now. Nearly half of all U.S. businesses recently reported unfilled jobs, and the candidates who are applying aren’t qualified for the positions they’re hoping to fill. Workforces are running thin. Employees of those understaffed ...

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Western wildfires — as foresters, we urge science-based solutions right now 

More than 75 million acres across America have burned in the last decade. The California cities of Paradise and Concow were both destroyed in 2018, and tragically, 349 wildfire-related fatalities have occurred in the past 20 years. These aren’t just numbers on a page ...

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A letter to Washington state Governor Inslee: halt Washington Care Act 

Dear Governor Inslee:   I’m very concerned about the Washington Long-Term Care Act. So are thousands of other Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) employee-owners in several states. Forced participation in a state-mandated program is no substitute for individual choice and responsibility.  Some Washingtonians want long-term ...

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How technology impacts hiring: What Idahoans need to know

Anyone tuned in to the job market will have seen a lot of discussion about the role technology plays in the hiring process and in particular, the role of artificial intelligence. While it can seem like this would only affect ...

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Danger lurking in Biden plan to eliminate or cap 1031s 

The strength and resilience of the commercial real estate market has been tested many times over the last 100 years — never more so than during these past 16 months as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered countless retail centers, strip shopping centers, shopping ...

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Streamlined payment systems improve business inside and out 

As both our personal and professional worlds become increasingly digitized, sticking to old cash-and-check payment systems means businesses are losing time and money. Even for companies that are already accepting card payments, investing in modernized and integrated processes improves efficiency; ...

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Workers are people, not mice

The world is a bit hysterical these days. There is a palatable fear about the virus and public health. But we must be careful to prevent fear from destroying freedom. People should not be forced into medical decisions they are ...

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Tips to compete in Boise’s competitive homebuying market 

If you’re hoping to buy a home this summer, you’re in good company. Homebuyers in Boise face the most competitive United States housing market in decades: low mortgage rates and strong demand can mean heated bidding wars. The past year has fueled a stronger desire for homeownership, and Bank of America’s latest Homebuyer Insights Report found prospective buyers are eager to swap unpredictable monthly rents with ...

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Being authentic with DEI in the workplace

It happens every June. Rainbow-colored company logos start popping up everywhere, from small startups to massive, Fortune 500 corporations. Some even drop trending hashtags like #loveislove or #poweredbypride. At face value, the sentiment is positive, with companies showing, at least ...

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