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April 5, 2018
Fighting Harassment and Improving Inclusion in the Workplace

By CEO Jim Annis Why do the female inspired #MeToo and its male led counterpart #AskMoreOfHim movements keep making headlines? It is not big brazen things in the news that shock today. Those (sickly) are expected. Instead, they are the micro incidences that have chipped away at the patience level of the people who have […]

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April 3, 2018
Merging Your Company’s Online and Offline Customer Experience

By CEO Jim Annis Your customers are everywhere. You can't be everywhere (until we get this cloning just right), but you can be everywhere your customers are. How many “places” did you visit today? Physical bricks and mortar location? Online store? Social media? Database aggregator? An app? Did these “locations” all represent multiple, unrelated companies? […]

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March 14, 2018
XYZ PDQ for Generational Workplace Cohesion

By CEO Jim Annis If those letters put a sinking feeling in your stomach, you probably had a kid tell you “XYZ PDQ” on the grade school playground. “Examine Your Zipper Pretty Darn Quick” meant your zipper was down. Upon its utterance, you probably did some quick damage control action like a quick zip up, […]

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February 23, 2018
Enough with the Millennials Already – Gen Z to the Rescue

By CEO Jim Annis Millennials are no longer the newbies. As HR experts, we are “over” over-analyzing this generation. We’re also tired of everyone blaming them for whatever ails us at the moment. It’s time to press the refresh button. Welcome Gen Z! This generation is the largest on the planet, numbering 72 million and […]

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February 13, 2018
Success Insurance

By CEO Jim Annis As a business owner, how do you ensure (and insure) your business will work and be successful? Put your risk management hat on. Identify each risk and decide what to do about each. There are four main strategies: avoid it, reduce it, transfer it and/or accept it. Buying commercial business insurance […]

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January 28, 2018
Your Work is Honorable so Sell Yourself

By CEO Jim Annis This article speaks to you – the student – who may be facing the philosophical duel that society has been fighting for a while now. Which is more important? Education or experience? In my mind, there is no clear winner. It is akin to, “which came first? The chicken or the […]

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January 9, 2018
We Still Need Artists in the Workplace

By CEO Jim Annis Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, once said, "The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin ... or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences […]

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December 29, 2017
What Did You Expect Us to Do?

A Play in Two Acts by CEO Jim Annis Cast of Characters Older generation: Traditionalists, Boomers and GenXers who get upset with younger generations for being addicted to their devices (versus being workaholics like themselves). Younger Generation: Gen Y and Gen Z who have been told to not play outside alone or talk to strangers, who […]

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December 19, 2017
Moving at the Speed of Nevada

By CEO Jim Annis The accolades are everywhere, “Reno is Starting to Look Like the Next Silicon Valley,” ‘Reno Places #9 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live,” and the list goes on. This is a speeding train. You decide whether you want a ticket to ride and then pay for it.   Backgrounder […]

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November 27, 2017
Work Culture is like Diet and Exercise

By CEO Jim Annis Company culture is probably the most written about and one of the most misunderstood subjects. The term refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company's employees and management interact and handle business transactions. Often implied, it develops organically over time from the cumulative traits of the people the […]

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September 9, 2015
Conducting workplace in-house investigations

By Jim Annis   The words, "in-house investigations," might lead to CLUE board game flashbacks like: Case File Confidential; suspects that begin with names like Colonel and Professor; Rooms and Weapons; and "Who dunnit?" Failing to perform in-house investigations will not result in fun and games — that's how employees win lawsuits. Why do an investigation? […]

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February 26, 2014
The Sexy Side of IT Security

Did we get your attention? The topic of informational technology (IT) security is boring, but so important. Most of the statistics are downright scary:

52 percent of people email documents from work to home via personal email account
66 percent of peo...

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