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The stock market is usually a good predictor of presidential winners, but this year is different.  USA TODAY > Restaurants in New York City will soon be allowed to add an extra charge for COVID recovery to diners’ bills. EATER NEW YORK ...

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How to disinfect if an employee gets COVID-19

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Here are four steps to take to disinfect your business if an employee gets COVID-19, according to My Cleaning Service, which is based in Baltimore: 1) Immediately evacuate everyone from affected space and provide notice to building management. 2) Call a ...

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SHRM launches legal services network for small business

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The Society for Human Resource Management is teaming up with a legal services network to offer legal resources to small businesses as they encounter employment laws and liability issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHRM is working with LegalShield to offer the ...

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Adding women to corporate boards improves decisions about medical product safety

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The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Medical supply companies with boards that included at least two women recalled life-threatening products almost a month sooner than those with all-male boards, according to our ...

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Study: Scarcity affects consumers’ use of price to judge quality

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One thing to consider during the business disruptions due to the pandemic is how it can affect perceptions of your business’ prices. According to new research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, scarcity decreases consumers’ tendency to use ...

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This book aims to hone your emotional intelligence for business


In any organization, people usually have to work together to assure success. But as complexity and uncertainty increase, workers and even leaders can let their emotions interfere with their ability to contribute to success. Leaders who learn about about emotions ...

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Everything in business goes better with a story, this book says


With a deadline approaching, it was time for me to review another book for BetterSMB. I’d gone through the stack of books on my desk, looking for something — anything — that would stand out when each of the books has ...

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Study: Job seekers who express interest in pay, benefits less likely to be hired


Job seekers interested in work who let hiring managers know of their interest in salary and benefits could end up hurting their chances of getting hired, according to new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. But the scientists behind the research say that being motivated by the work itself as well as the pay and benefits are common, and actually better for both organizations and employes.

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This book says you can close deals faster with science


What if you could use science to close your deals faster? What if it took only an hour or less to read a book about using science to close your deals faster? John Asher posits that you can do both ...

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‘Optimizing Growth’ with big data and predictive algorithms


For your business to succeed, it needs to grow. But growth these days is harder than it has ever been. Jason Green, Mark Henneman and Dimitar Antov aim to show readers the way forward with new growth strategies made for ...

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‘Smoothing’ earnings numbers can help, if management can handle it

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New research from the Kelley School of Business makes the case that “smoothing the numbers” can be beneficial — if you have the right team in place to handle the job. Smoothing, in this case, means adjusting accounting reserves up ...

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Nearly half of accused harassers can return to work

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Newswise — EAST LANSING, Mich. – What happens behind the scenes when employees are accused of harassment? New research from Michigan State University revealed that almost half of accused harassers can go back to work when disputes are settled by ...

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