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Economic perceptions occasionally turn out to be myths

Investors and analysts look to economic conditions and trends for clues to the direction of the prices for stocks, commodities, and other assets. Often enough, however, what we perceive we can learn from the economy and what it actually tells ...

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With employee benefits come employer responsibilities

Unless you’ve been hunkered down under a rock the past few years, you recognize that the landscape has changed as far as employee benefits are concerned, as well as how companies providing those benefits are impacted. Especially if your company ...

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Local business: The job-creating engine the valley is looking for

We hear a lot of bad news about the economy and how “nothing will change until someone brings in more jobs.” We do need more jobs in the Treasure Valley. But where are they going to come from? The same ...

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‘Wizard of Oz’ offers lessons for the workplace

Many workplace lessons can be learned just by considering the characters in the Wizard of Oz. Although author L. Frank Baum said his books were written to please children and generate income for his family, the richness of Baum’s characters ...

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Employee satisfaction up; job security down

Watching Wall Street, watching Europe, watching Greece – makes us all feel a bit like we’re watching a picture within a picture within a picture – indefinitely. There is no light at the end of the unstable economic tunnel. This ...

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What the ‘Occupy’ movement is missing

Agree or disagree with the list of demands put forth by folks “Occupying” Wall Street and other places, there’s one area where I think they’re missing the boat, and that’s the need for personal responsibility. Personally, I find some of ...

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Where in the world to invest in 2011

The world is not an easy place in which to invest these days. To make any headway, investors must exhibit the patient determination of an explorer such as Marco Polo. “There are really no bright spots, but you can find ...

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The value of having a mentor or coach

If your name is God then you don’t need a mentor or a coach. For everyone else, let’s explore the value of having one. First, some definitions. A “coach” operates with an organizational focus and is often assigned to you. ...

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An opportunity to resolve discrimination complaints

You have developed anti-discrimination policies and done your best to set a positive overall culture for your business. Employees understand the avenues available for raising concerns, and when an issue is raised, it is addressed in good faith. Nevertheless, you ...

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Developing a corporate code of conduct for private firms

Corporate codes of conduct are a relatively new invention. Although first suggested by business and government leaders following ITT’s (a U.S.-based multinational corporation) involvement in the 1973 Chilean military coup that resulted in the assassination of then-president Salvador Allende and ...

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