Don’t Believe the Latest Jobs Report

I recently saw this opinion piece and found it provocative enough to do some fact checking on my own. What I discovered after pulling the April jobs data is that the author is factually correct in computing the statistics presented here. While it is unclear what this actually means for Texarkana, I can tell you that our present Business Retention …

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How to Maintain Effective Leadership in Your Company

Cisco’s CEO, John Chamber’s, shares about what an established company should do to maintain effective leadership. Chamber quotes, “If you’re going to lead you have to listen.” Chamber explains you have to listen to your employee team, your customers, you have to get market transitions right, and you have to have the courage to see things coming and make changes …

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How do you empower your leaders?

How much does it matter to have engaged, empowered, enthusiastic employees? Sometimes it can make the difference between success and failure. It’s not about people who are good at what they do, but people you can trust. As an employer it’s important to have the vision, and it’s up to your employees to buy in to become a successful company. …

Embracing the Future and Today’s Employees

Today we recruit and retain our best employees primarily through financial means. We attract talent using extrinsic incentives, such as an attractive salary, good benefit package, and flexible work arrangements. The competitive nature of hiring the best candidates has forced many companies to offer creative (and expensive) packages. What’s changed? Today’s employees come from a different generation and subsequently have …

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The Benefits of Cross-Training

Implementing cross-training into your company will help you to achieve operational readiness, while promoting teamwork among individuals and across departments. Cross-training will prepare you for the temporarily loss of an employee due to sickness, family emergency, vacation leave, departure or other reasons leaves the company susceptible to decreased productivity, lost revenue, a lower bottom line, and strained customer. “Cross-training helps …

An individual guide to Affordable Care Act Requirements (Obamacare)

For many the Affordable Care Act legal requirements are a still a mystery. The Chamber recently enrolled its staff in a health insurance plan through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. They sent us a guide about compliance with the ACA. This blog isn’t an endorsement of the company in particular. But I did find that their explanation of …