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November 17, 2021
5 Steps to Hiring and Retaining Talent in 2022

I was recently sharing a cab with the business owner of a print manufacturer heading to an industry conference where I was slated to be a presenter on workforce trends and solutions. He turned to me and said, “Ok, then tell me… where the heck did everyone go? Where are the workers and how do we get

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November 15, 2021
Industry News: OSHA's Vaccine Mandate

On November 6, 2021, the 5th US Court of Appeals issued an injunction based on a legal challenge filed in its courts. On November 12, 2021, the 5th Circuit ruled that this injunction applies country-wide and has ordered OSHA to "take no steps to implement or enforce...until further court order." The

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October 28, 2021
Vaccine Accommodations

We know there is a lot of confusion around vaccine mandates and applicable accommodations. In order to provide more in-depth information for you to consider when planning the best course for your company, we wanted to share some of the resources we have found on these topics.

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October 07, 2021
Industry News: Capital Forest Products Now a 100% Employee-Owned Company

A new beginning to strengthen company culture and Capital Forest’s commitment of top-notch service to stakeholders

ANNAPOLIS, MD – October 1, 2021 – Capital Forest Products announces the finalization of its transition to a 100 percent employee-owned company, effective today. Implementing an employe

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September 29, 2021
Engaging Employees During COVID-19

In addition to a tight labor market and increasing wages, employers are dealing with employee “bored out” (chronic boredom leading to feeling totally meaningless) and “the big quit” (with 4 million people quitting their jobs in April 2021 alone), while also trying to balance client demands and the c

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August 25, 2021
Where Have All the Workers Gone? – How to Survive the Labor Shortages of 2021

I’m writing this the morning of August 6, and the monthly jobs report from the USDOL has just been issued.  Last month’s report was somewhat underwhelming, so this one has been eagerly awaited.  It has lots of good news:

The economy added over 943,000 jobs in July, well ahead of economic forecasts

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August 25, 2021
Looking Inward Before Looking Outward

COVID-19 had an impact on how companies do business, and Portland-based Patrick Lumber was certainly no exception.  The company’s forward-thinking mindset, however,

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