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Idaho hotels tackle waste, sustainability (access required)

A bathroom in the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. The hotel's owner, the Aspen Skiing Co. in Colorado, has a goal of reducing its energy use 25 percent by 2020. Photo courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Co.

It’s not unusual to find notes in a hotel room asking you to conserve by hanging up your towels and not having your sheets changed every day. But some Idaho hotels are kicking their efforts to be green up a ...

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Hospitality management programs evolve to embrace technology (access required)

Students in Lewis-Clark State College's hospitality management program.

Hospitality management educational programs are becoming more professional, and technology is the reason. Hospitality has traditionally been thought of as an entry-level job. “The interesting thing about hospitality, unlike nursing, is that you don’t need a degree,” said Angie White, ...

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Low vacancy rate shows high demand for multifamily housing in Twin Falls (access required)

Downtown Twin Falls. There are few new multifamily housing developments underway in Twin Falls, even though the city is growing rapidly with the success of its food processing industry. Photo courtesy of the city of Twin Falls.

If you’re looking for an apartment in Twin Falls, good luck. There aren’t many vacancies and few new developments are being built. But that may be changing. “The vacancy rate for multifamily housing is extremely low,” said Josh Palmer, public ...

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Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and Post Falls see demand for multifamily housing (access required)

The Lake Apartments are a 43-unit apartment project designed by Tom Wilson of Momentum Architecture, and the builder is Glenn Construction. Drawing courtesy of the city of Coeur d’Alene.

While much of the attention toward Idaho’s growth is focused on the Treasure Valley, business is booming in northern Idaho as well, with the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Sandpoint reporting increased demand for multifamily housing. Some of ...

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Affordable housing is in short supply around Idaho (access required)

Downtown Hailey.

Affordable housing is an issue in many U.S. cities, but it can be even more acute in areas considered “resorts.” Idaho is no exception. In Idaho cities, more than half of renters with incomes between $15,000 and $30,000 annually are ...

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‘Ban the box’ efforts are active in states surrounding Idaho (access required)

Criminals who have paid their debt to society are often faced with a new barrier once they leave prison: Employment applications that ask whether they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, and potential employers that write off anyone who checks ...

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Companies expand screenings to temp employees, too (access required)

Office workers.

As organizations move from permanent employees to more use of temporary, contingent, and “gig” employees, the pre-employment screenings typically associated with permanent hires are starting to be seen for temporary employees as well. That’s according to the Society for Human ...

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Pay disparity hurts women in Idaho

Women working in a Treasure Valley health care office.

Idaho has been showing up on flattering Top Ten lists lately, but it’s also on one that isn’t such good news: The state ranked No. 7 for the worst inequality of pay between men and women. Policy and business leaders ...

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Employee engagement means connection and community (access required)

Josh Ryska (left) works with Isbelia Burnham during an employee engagement exercise at a quarterly St. Luke's leadership conference at Boise Centre on Feb. 23. Photo by Glenn Landberg.

Employers are learning that building solid relationships with their workers, not just their customers, is the key to keeping employees involved and excited about their jobs. The word for this two-way relationship is engagement. Business units in the top quartile ...

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At some workplaces, cafeteria lunch is a perk (access required)

A St. Luke's employee in the company cafeteria.

If “company cafeteria” conjures up an image of mystery meat and steam tables, you’re out of date. Many company cafeterias today stress healthy choices, and they promote their lunchtime options as an employee benefit. Albertsons’ Boise Café includes a wok ...

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