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It’s almost all good news for Colorado Springs in the state economic outlook released last month. According to the 2018 Colorado Business Economic Outlook, the city is seeing a better standard of living thanks to increased productivity; El Paso County added more than 10,100 jobs in the past year; and the Springs is expected to […]
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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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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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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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The area’s strong economy and diversified industries will help keep local job growth steady in 2019. Tatiana Bailey, executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum, said even if an economic downturn does begin this year, the area’s workforce should fare better than before. “The state of Colorado, Colorado Springs and even Boulder are not completely […]
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Sarah Kersey is one of about 260 people who have found work through the Catholic Charities of Central Colorado jobs program, officially known as the Life Skills & Career Development Center, since its inception two years ago. About 10 local businesses and nonprofits partner with the program, which works to find jobs for people the […]
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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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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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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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See someone skiing on Tejon Street? It might be a Mountain Chalet employee on the way to work. Like most employers, the store’s owners want employees to get to work when it snows, if they can. But most also put safety first. Your employees should know what’s expected of them when it snows, human resources […]
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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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