Health-benefit costs rise | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
thelatestThe cost for businesses to buy health coverage for workers rose the most this year since 2005 and may reach $32,175 for a family in 2021. The average cost of a family policy is currently at $15,073.
 
Is Meg Whitman up to running HP? | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

imo-blogMeg Whitman is allegedly a top pick to be Hewlett-Packard's next CEO, but the to-do list is massive and it's unclear whether swapping leaders will make that much of a difference, says columnist Larry Dignan of CNET News.

 
The logic of cutting payroll taxes | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

imo-blogPayroll taxes are by no means the only thing that stops people from working, but one of President Obama’s payroll tax cut proposals could nonetheless create a million or more jobs, according to economics professor Casey B. Mulligan.

 
Making pay-for-performance plans pay off | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

imo-blogPay for performance systems are easy to get wrong — encouraging the wrong behaviors while creating uncertainty and resentment. Here are four steps to getting them right, developed with the input of turnaround CEO Bob Papes.

 
Oregon foreclosures trending down | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

thelatestMarkedly fewer home foreclosures are being filed in 2011, according to the latest figures released by Eugene-based Gorilla Capital, the state’s largest purchaser of homes sold at foreclosure auction.

 
Oregon unemployment ticks higher | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

thelatestJob cuts in Oregon government, primarily at school districts, have helped keep the state's unemployment rate high. Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in August, up slightly from 9.5 percent in July.

 
The customer is always right — and talkative | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

imo-blogCustomer’s expectations are at an all-time high and for a lot of people and a lot of companies, it is frightening.  For years businesses have been able to get by treating people mediocre and still making the deal.  They were able to hold a high gross profit all while having a low customer satisfaction number.  Well not anymore.

 
Create trust with the humble job description | Print |  Email
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Thursday, September 08, 2011
imo-blogThe CEO should be first in line to push for accurate, public job descriptions. When a team member is doing exactly what she should do, and everyone can tell she’s exceeding expectations, and then she gets promoted, that promotion creates a sense of satisfaction for everyone.
 
The danger of structural unemployment | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

imo-blogPoliticians are going to great lengths to avoid talking about the real effect of structural unemployment that we are now facing. This oblivious attitude, this constant pointing to the sliver of sunlight on dark and dreary days, is not only wishful thinking but destructive.

 
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