Tech Leaders Make a Bold Statement, Predicts These Companies Will Undoubtedly Fail in Three Years or Less

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Previously Published to News Break One year into the pandemic and our world is becoming the ultimate ghost town. We’re seeing a massive exodus from the West Coast, businesses closing doors, and workers being laid off in numbers from those that had never been laid off before. Tech says there’s an app for that but so many fail to listen! In an annual Kong survey, more than 400 senior technology decision-makers were polled across a broad range of US and European industries, the general consensus was that if businesses refused to modernize, they’d be next to be featured in the Smithsonian. According to the 2021 Digital Innovation Benchmark report, 51% of tech leaders expect a majority of businesses to go under, or be acquired, by 2024. These leaders went so far as to state that companies lagging in digital innovation may live only three years — and, that’s if they rush to do something now. In fact, nearly 89% of respondents went on to explain that by creating new digital experiences, businesses could easily combat the challenges faced by the pandemic and that these interests should serve as critical to their organization going forward. In 2020, only 75% of respondents […]

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The Benefits of Onshoring to Small Businesses and How Biden’s Plan is Right on Time

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Previously Published to News Break If you’re a small business owner or contractor, get ready! According to Clutch, a leading source for B2B research, ratings, and reviews, “80% of businesses plan to outsource in 2021, citing the ability to save time, grow their business, and work with other experts across industry.” In fact, taking a number of losses in 2020, many businesses have been forced to rethink operational efficiencies and have been looking for new ways to optimize existing business structures. As entrepreneurs, we see things differently than our colleagues or peers in the workforce. We often make excuses when things don’t go our way, and very often we feel a sense of loyalty to our weakest links. Sometimes, we do this to the detriment of our own wallets, rewarding those that were there with us from the beginning — whether they actually do anything meaningful, or not. In some cases, we feel the need to pay them a salary before we even pay ourselves — even if we wear damn near every hat under the sun and they sit around waiting for our business. Likewise, we tend to exert more energy towards tasks that pay little to nothing, stealing […]

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What to Look for When Hiring a Production Worker

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Previously Published to News Break When we think about “production,” we should also be thinking about the “product.” Depending on the market, production will be different, as will the requirements for the worker that we choose to work behind the scenes, making sure everything happens as it’s supposed to — with great quality and optimal fortitude. For the most part, the requirements of a production worker will always be the same. However, because we find ourselves working amongst a variety of niche markets, the actual specifications will vary quite a bit. They also vary, based on department, role, and area of expertise. To better understand what we are looking for in a production worker, we must think about: Quality, Turnaround & Output Popularity & Product Demand Equipment & Technologies Budget & Inventory Health & Safety Management Shipping, Packaging & Warehousing Order Processing & Logistics Team & Project Management While these are all concerns we have within the production environment, they can be carried out rather seamlessly with the help of a skilled workforce and solid leadership teams. Of course, nothing would be made possible without excellent communication and the ability to delineate. Production workers should carry a toolbox of soft skills within […]

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Developing An Employee Retention Strategy That Works

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TO NEWS BREAK One of the most important elements in every business isn’t necessarily, based on demand, the products, or even the services sold. In fact, it’s not always about the customer experience (although this is a biggie). It’s almost always the people within the company that help make it “tick.” It’s the relationship the business has with its employees that makes it successful. Once upon a time, businesses truly believed that if they had a solid product, they would always succeed. But, this just wasn’t the case. Eventually, they caught on. It’s the people that sell the product. It’s how they sell the product. And, it’s how they keep customers constantly coming back for more. A Few Things to Consider: ● If you keep your workforce happy, your bottom line will also be happy. ● Don’t just assume your workforce is happy. Listen. ● Your people are one of your most valuable assets. Protect them. ● Unify your teams under a collective vision. Make them part of the story. ● Help them to see that they are the most valuable part of your business. Grow together. The Facts. In search of something better, more than three-million Americans […]

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What are the advantages of a temp-to-hire employee?

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TO NEWS BREAK On average, there are more than three million temporary and contract employees placed by staffing agencies a week. A good majority of these workers prefer flexible work environments and openly choose to work in temporary positions due to the flexibility they provide a busy or demanding lifestyle. Temp-to-hire positions, however, are perfect for those looking for a more long-term opportunity, whether they need to find immediate placement or are actively auditioning for a future employer. One-third of all temp workers are offered a permanent position by the end of their employ, while only two-thirds actually accept those offers, as they move into a salaried role with benefits, added responsibility, and a home they can enjoy. The Facts. A temp-to-hire employee is usually recruited for a three-to-six-month period or longer, depending on role, project, budget, and/or industry. They often pose as a stand-in when our more long-term employees need to take some time away, whether on leave, out for a long vacation, absent due to illness or they have transitioned away from our company. Temp-to-hire workers pose as a valuable asset to most companies that they serve. For obvious reasons, many strive to work harder and […]

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Staying Productive During the Holiday Season

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Previously Published on News Break Relaxing in front of a toasty fireplace, we sip on hot chocolate and sing with our eight-year-old daughter. She has just discovered Karaoke for the first time and seems to be the next rock superstar, ready to make her big break. The holidays are for reconnecting with loved ones, spending time with family and rekindling the friendships we almost lost to the turbulence last year. It’s a time of great joy, warmth and spirit — but also a time of great stress and distraction. We must find time to relax for the first quarter. Yet, we must also stay productive in preparation for the upcoming new year. With the power to ultimately make or break first-quarter results, we should not reflect on our achievements, tally up our successes or equate our long, hard days we spent in the office to the growth of the business. Instead, we should begin planning for the future, set new objectives and give ourselves a head start. We can dwell on what went wrong, or we can point out what we did right. Reflecting will get us nowhere, it’s the action that changes lives. Whether we’re still in the office or out […]

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Improving the Corporate Culture | How to optimize your workforce from a distance

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Previously Published on News Break 2020 led to a surprising shift in how businesses would operate going forward. Many of these businesses have learned that they could actually cut costs by removing overhead. Others are downsizing and/or relocating to more tax-friendly areas of the United States. While some have let go of their workforce, others are growing at an unprecedented pace. With employees spread far and wide, companies are doubling down on the corporate culture and how teams operate. Productivity was a major concern for businesses with no existing infrastructure and with employees unaccustomed to working from home. Performance was another issue. Uncertainty in the market had led to uncertainty in business, forcing those businesses to think outside the box and tighten up their strategies to ensure continued success. Challenges are illuminating unique opportunities for companies to not just strengthen the workforce but to strengthen the corporate culture. By improving employee retention ratios, we begin to eliminate high rates of employee turnover, which often equate to higher rates of unnecessary spending, associated with the recruitment, training, and onboarding of temporary new hires. When employees don’t feel appreciated when they feel underpaid or as if there is no room left for […]

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6 Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2021 …and why we should be paying attention

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Previously Published on News Break Since the pandemic, the World has been accelerating at an unprecedented rate. And, yet, there’s irony in that it has entirely slowed down, altogether. We have been presented with a whole new dichotomy and are experiencing things we had never known before. For some, the pandemic has brought about a sense of relief. It has given them time to reflect and time to catch up. Some have benefited from such an occurrence, while others have hit rock bottom in its most purest form. The World continues to turn, and we continue to learn new things, adopt new techniques and perfect that of which would lead us to a better quality of life. Through grace and misfortune, 2020 has intrigued even the most abstract of thinkers — with many wondering what they can expect in 2021, as new stars align. Investors want to know where they’ll gain the greatest ROIs. Employees want to know if their jobs will be secure. Young adults are seeking direction. And, these trends will be sure to dictate our lives. * DISCLAIMER: To avoid potential liabilities, this list has been generalized. It should serve as a jumping point, as you do […]

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Why aren’t you getting any calls back?

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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED TO NEWS BREAK The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on our economy. And for so many, it has also taken away the jobs that they’ve relied on for more than twenty years. Many of these people were so secure in their positions that they never would have imagined seeking new employment — especially so late in their careers. But, the truth is, the world will never be the same. And unfortunately, the unimaginable has become imaginable. So, what do they do? They apply for one position after another to regrettably never get a word back. In some cases, they might receive a batched email, or an email stating that they were no longer being considered for that position and that someone else was a better match. No additional details are available, and the sender is unavailable for response. Hold tight to your confidence, because the reality is — it’s not always you, it could also be them. The job industry has changed so drastically in the past decade, and each year it shifts even further to the left. Hiring managers are less hands-on than they used to be, and automated filters are pulling the most qualified […]

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Could reinventing family fun serve as a lifeline in Chuck E. Cheese’s current bankruptcy case?

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PUBLISHED ON MEDIUM Home. Where a kid can be a kid. Growing up, a kid was a kid when climbing through plastic tubes, jumping into a lagoon of colorful balls, happily watching animatronics malfunction, eating pizza, and — of course — exchanging our hard-earned tickets for spider rings and bubble gum wristwatches. Over the years, our favorite birthday venue would transform before our very eyes, serving a newer generation and doing away with our bless-ed jungle gyms — all while adding touch screens into the mix. And, then… COVID struck. Amidst national shutdowns and closures, Chuck E. Cheese would go on to see its greatest transformation, yet. Concerned that virus would linger on the surfaces of old tickets and gaming devices, the company decided to go contactless and instead target families at home, while relinquishing the torch to good old Pasqually through the launch of a secondary pizza and wings business. Although many locations would remain open, capacity would be limited throughout the pandemic. Overhead remained. And now, the entire franchise is facing bankruptcy. Protecting customers at the pinnacle of the pandemic Initially, most Chuck E. Cheese locations remained open but shortened their business hours to abide by local laws […]

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