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Economics Employment

A chain reaction of layoffs

As someone who works directly in the labor market and who likes to read think tank pieces and articles by economists, it’s interesting to see smart people try to grapple in abstract terms with what I see every day. Many of the articles written are by people who are in academia or who have a […]

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Employment

Job boards have made the job search easier … and harder

When something becomes too easy, it can eventually become much harder. It’s one of those paradoxes of life.  Let me explain. When something gets used too much, it becomes less valuable. (Example: email. Email is valuable as a tool and used all the time, but the value of each individual email has been diluted.) When […]

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Economics Employment

‘Factory Man’ shows an important part of history

I remember driving through Mount Airy, N.C. one time, showing the town to some colleagues who were visiting from outside the area. We were mainly trying to showcase the more “fun” parts of the town, such as the tourism attractions for Andy Griffith fans and the open-face granite quarry, but it was hard to avoid […]

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Employment

An often overlooked requirement for managers

When I decided to become a business person and an entrepreneur, I thought predominantly about spreadsheets, finance, operations management, marketing, and making money. I started my first job in management in 2011, and I finished my MBA in 2012. I opened my business in 2016. I own and operate a staffing and recruiting agency, which […]

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Employment

Show Your Employees You Value Them

As 2019 approaches, I have been thinking about some of my goals for my business. We recruit and staff employees in manufacturing, distribution, and cleaning. (We also recruit and staff professional positions, skilled craftsmen, and skilled laborers, but I will leave that part of the conversation for another day.) One of my main goals is […]