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How curbing obesity saves billions

Cutting the fat, not just in the health care system, but literally among millions of Americans, could save billions of dollars in health care costs, according to McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm. In a recent article in the ...

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30 million worldwide visitors come to Idaho annually

Each year, the state of Idaho welcomes some 30 million travelers from across the globe. Families, adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those just looking for a relaxing getaway visit Idaho to experience all the state has to offer – from ...

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How to be an effective manager

If you’re going to be an effective manager, you better be able to make tough decisions. You also need to be good at communicating appreciation, taking initiative, delegating, and following through with your promises. Sure, there’s more, but these were ...

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Why some employers choose to pay for Rx

As the economy slowly recovers, employers are taking some innovative steps toward controlling health care costs. One strategy generating attention and adoption in several companies is waiving prescription drug co-pays. That’s right – at a time when most companies are ...

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The power of being authentic and fast

It’s amazing that companies place so little emphasis on customer service training. Notice I didn’t say “dollars,” but “emphasis.” Training in customer service doesn’t require much money. It’s mostly ongoing awareness perpetuated by a service mindset throughout the organization. Such ...

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Bi-weekly mortgage payment benefits a matter of math

Since the housing downturn began around 2007, most homeowners now view the mortgage on their primary residence as it always should have been viewed – a significant liability to be reduced and, where possible, paid in full. To help you ...

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Workforce planning necessary to running a business well

Does your organization know what kind of talent it needs to be successful? Do you understand the skill sets of your current workforce and where your people need development? Do you have a clear understanding of when to recruit and ...

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Bank stocks could slowly be turning the corner

Bank stocks favored by investors are few and far between these days. Despite improved earnings and more stringent safety requirements, the stocks of financial institutions have lagged behind the broader market in 2011. Weighing down their prospects are a slowly recovering ...

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Fewer 401(k) loans may be coming

A new bill in Congress is designed to reduce the number of loans Americans can take from their 401(k) savings plans. The bill, introduced by Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin and Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, seeks to make it tougher for employees ...

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