Great news for the small business economy: according to the HIS Small Business Index, small business growth expanded in February to the highest level in nearly a year.
The Index expanded last month to 100.75, up .10% from January and just .08% of the pace set a year ago in February 2015. According to the study, and reading above 100 indicates growth. Further, the pace of small business growth is up .33% in the last quarter.
With a new year comes the annual desire to understand what may be the important Human Resources topics, issues, and insights in the months ahead. In 2015, we saw a number of new trends, and in 2016, the HR landscape is changing more rapidly than ever before. Read on for 8 HR trends to look for in 2016.
- Overtime changes – The Department of Labor has been hinting a major changes to overtime eligibility rules that will affect the minimum salary threshold. Much to the relief of much of the business community however, the DOL recently claimed that the rules likely wouldn’t be issued until late 2016. This gives employers more time to prepare for the shift; but be aware it is coming.
Apple announced this week that the new version of iOS 9 would include a feature called Night Shift, aimed to limit iPhone user’s exposure to bright, blue-tinted phone screens in the evening.
Research suggests that the kind of light emitted from hi-res smartphone screens wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms, increasing the time it takes to fall asleep and even interferes with overall sleep quality. Night Shift will change the color temperature of iPhone displays depending on the time of day.
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It should come as no surprise that the age of VR is finally within our grasps. The first big test to see if the public is ready to embrace the new technology begins with pre-orders for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
New year, means new year resolutions, not just for you but for your business too. It’s time to look back at the things that worked for you in 2015 and the things that didn’t quite meet your standards.
Before making your resolutions talk to your staff. Learn about their experiences from the previous years. Remember, they see things you don’t.
1. Get Organized. The biggest successes start with organization. Start with the small things, like organizing your desk. Organize your computer or documenting system. Perhaps you need to reorganize your stock room or the floor plan of the office. I could even be time to reorganize your staff.
An important new change to U.S. tax law quietly passed before the end of the year. I know, it sounds dull, but it’s actually quite exciting; the change is intended to help small and mid-sized businesses and might even work to stimulate the economy.
The boost for SMB owners comes from an adjustment to Section 179 of the US tax code dealing with deduction. The new rule establishes a permanent deduction for purchases of qualifying equipment.
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Just a friendly reminder to all, be extra diligent when opening emails this time of year!
Hundreds of thousands of computers become infected from phishing emails appearing at first glance to be legitimate, and these email appear more than ever during the Holiday Season. Phishing is a form of online identity theft in which fraudsters trick users into submitting personal information to illegitimate web sites. Below is a list of items (from our friends at TechRepublic) that can help you identify phishing emails. If you receive one, just simply delete it permanently by holding down the shift key while pressing the delete key. This will help protect your computer as well as the company’s assets.
The idea of the Facebook News Feed as an actual news feed has always been a bit of a joke. A more appropriate name would be the Facebook Clickbait Stream, or the Facebook Babies & Weddings & Cute Animals Collection. The point being, more often than not, our Feeds were not feeding us any actual news. Today Facebook released Notify, a smartphone app for reading customizable breaking news (actual news), information, and entertainment push notifications from your lock screen.
It has been over a month since EMV’s adoption began here in the U.S., and an overwhelming number of consumers are still unaware of this major change in the payments world.
If you haven’t yet heard, from this point on, merchants will assume responsibility of fraud brought from swiping an old magstripe card instead of scanning or dipping cards with chips. However, as with all new technologies, it’s going to take a little time to adapt.
Countless publishers “borrow” news from Reddit everyday, in response, the social aggregator has launched the dedicated news site Upvoted. Upvoted will host curated news written by Reddit’s editorial staff.
Reddit is a public site that is fueled by user-generated content or news. Content and communities are grouped by topic and/or interest in sections called Subreddits. For example, you want information on DIYs, link to the DIY subreddit (r/DIY) and bask in the glory of “how-to” heaven.