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In the current climate of low unemployment and a changing workforce, employers are offering new types of perks and benefits, human resources experts say. Younger workers have different desires and expectations than those who are further along in their careers, but even later-stage employees want different things than they did 10 years ago. “We’re starting […]
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Athletic trainers, midwives, barbers, travel guides, milk samplers and emergency medical technicians are on the list of 34 occupations requiring licenses in Colorado, but every state has a different list of licensed occupations and different requirements for them. These disparities often create headaches for workers who want to move to a new state and continue […]
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Summer jobs used to be a rite of passage for many American teenagers. “It’s when you get that initial experience of dealing with customers and handling money and other skills associated with working,” said Jennifer Sweet, owner of Colorado Sno-Balls, at 5698 S. U.S. Hwy 85. “Everybody just needs someone to take a chance on […]
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National reports of the demise of pre-employment marijuana drug screening may not hold true locally, drug testers say, citing an uptick in business. “I’ve actually had more business since legalization,” said Chuck Marting, owner of Colorado Mobile Drug Testing. “What’s happening now is you have employers who have employees that are coming to them and […]
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Jenny Bishop, an engineer who works for Colorado Springs Utilities, started looking for child care before her daughter Clara was born. “I went to the state licensing site and pulled eight or 10 possibilities,” Bishop said. “I only found one who had an opening for an infant.” When her provider moved last year, Bishop and her […]
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About 4,800 students will graduate from Colorado Springs’ three major non-service colleges this month. It’s uncertain how many of them will stay to take jobs in the Pikes Peak region, but university officials have been working with local businesses to retain grads and fill local employment needs. According to Tatiana Bailey, director of the UCCS […]
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Curbing workplace violence starts with talking to employees. Workers often back away when they witness an outburst from a disgruntled fellow employee, and supervisors don’t engage with the employee to determine the problem. When grievances don’t get addressed, or managers don’t try to determine what’s going on and defuse a situation, that may be setting […]
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Veteran entrepreneurs run businesses that last, and employ 5.8 million people nationwide — but they’re on the decline. Delivering the keynote address at the 11th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference last week, Jessica Fialkovich, president of Transworld Business Advisors, talked about “alarming trends” in veteran entrepreneurship and how to turn them around. Fialkovich said veterans […]
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When customers enter The Men’s Xchange, they are greeted by the relaxing smell of essential oils and soothing music, such as Ray LaMontagne’s hit “Trouble.” What appears upon first inspection to be an urban men’s boutique is, in fact, a thrift clothing store focusing exclusively on men’s business and professional attire, founder James Proby said. […]
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Attracting and retaining quality employees is vital to a company’s success, but that’s gotten harder in recent times now that unemployment is low and more jobs are available. “Usually a hot job market means turnover,” said Chris Blees, CEO and president of BiggsKofford accounting firm. “We haven’t had a turnover in two years. That’s insane.” […]
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Dan Eckstein’s first major career transition came when he left his job at Aaron’s Sales & Lease to become an Army combat engineer. For his second, he turned to the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. Through hands-on corporate training, mentoring and educational sessions, the 12-week fellowship program gives service members who are transitioning out […]
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Controversy surrounded Colorado’s minimum wage increase even before it passed in the November 2016 election, and that hasn’t changed more than a year later as local business owners remain divided on the subject. About 55 percent of Colorado voters were in favor of Amendment 70, which incrementally raises the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 in […]
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