home office solutions
Home office solutions for form and function 3393 5090 Heidi McLean

Home office solutions for form and function

The growing number of freelancers and independent contractors in recent years means that more and more people are working from home. While those unable to step away from their desks to do a load of laundry may have a little work-from-home envy, working from home has its challenges, too. A freelancer’s home office that is…

hiring millennials
The avocado toast generation and the case for hiring Millennials 5397 3598 Heidi McLean

The avocado toast generation and the case for hiring Millennials

Gone are the days when you could rely on your workers to put in their time at the office and stay loyal to one company from cradle to grave. These self-indulgent, entitled youngsters want to get promoted just for showing up. Millennials want avocado on their toast, purpose in their jobs, and a healthy work/life…

How have “work relationships” changed as offices become obsolete? 150 150 Heidi McLean

How have “work relationships” changed as offices become obsolete?

Gone are the days when “work relationships” are made up of people we see on a regular basis. We can literally have an entire functioning relationship without ever seeing a person or even hearing their voice. Talk about an evolution from the days when sharing an office building was a prerequisite. Here are some of…

work relationships
How have “work relationships” changed as offices have become obsolete? 400 266 Heidi McLean

How have “work relationships” changed as offices have become obsolete?

Gone are the days when “work relationships” are made up of people we see on a regular basis. We can literally have an entire functioning relationship without ever seeing a person or even hearing their voice. Talk about an evolution from the days when sharing an office building was a prerequisite. Here are some of…

hiring contingent workers
Throwback Thursday: Hiring contingent workers pre e-anything 4404 2477 Heidi McLean

Throwback Thursday: Hiring contingent workers pre e-anything

On the rare occasion I pay a bill the old-fashioned way, I marvel. It wasn’t so very long ago that, for each bill, we’d sit down, handwrite a check, and then actually put it in the mail. Just as online bill pay has become the way of the modern world, so too have email, job…

sick leave
February 2018: Month in review 5808 3876 Heidi McLean

February 2018: Month in review

January took forever and February flew. Just like that, the second month of 2018 is over. Below are a few of the topics in employment and politics that made news in the shortest month of the year.   The FMLA turned 25…and had a quarter life crisis  On Feb. 5th, 1993 the Family and Medical…

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States double down to support women workers 3000 2000 Heidi McLean

States double down to support women workers

Between the famous gender wage gap and a dead last ranking among developed countries for paid maternity leave, the United States isn’t winning the Olympic gold for female-friendly business practices. While the federal government is scrapping Obama-era changes aimed at promoting pay equity, some states are enacting new protections.   Protections for family New York requires paid…

January 2018: The Month of Many Mondays 150 150 Heidi McLean

January 2018: The Month of Many Mondays

January 2018 is over (finally?) and it’s official: this year is already a doozy. It’s not that it’s all been bad, it’s just been…a lot. Below are a few (really, these are only a few) of the topics in employment, politics, and entertainment that made news in the first 31 days of 2018. In employment January…

contingent workforce
Questions we’re asking about the contingent workforce in 2018 4412 2941 Heidi McLean

Questions we’re asking about the contingent workforce in 2018

The relationship between workers, employers, and government regulations is a balancing act. Each affects the others as inter-connectedly as any of nature’s most delicate symbiotic relationships. The contingent workforce is changing the employer/employee landscape everywhere. Similarly, government changes in healthcare and tax codes are sending a ripple effect through the system. Here’s just a taste…

An 11th hour gift guide for your favorite techie 150 150 Heidi McLean

An 11th hour gift guide for your favorite techie

From turntables to everyone’s favorite OG droid: Everything old is new again. We work with techies both inside and outside the office every day and these are some of the gifts causing a buzz in our corner of the world. They’re sure to excite the technophile in your life. The most endearing Star Wars droid of…