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Elizabeth Wente, partner with Spencer Fane, LLP, says most of her practice deals with helping businesses reduce challenges and implement best practices for FMLA and ADA. Wente is a 2020 Springfield …

Author and Consultant Rosie Ward says only one third of employees are engaged in their wellness program. She says one organization has been examining how to reduce healthcare costs and encourage …

Sarah Walters, organizational leadership coordinator with Evangel University, says leaders must empower employees and train them to meet expectations. Focus on developing your team and take …

Brian Fogle, president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks says they have been asking staff what they’ve learned working through the pandemic. Fogle says adaptability, dealing with isolation …

Patrick Nett, owner of Thai Express, says keeping a good work atmosphere helps him and his employees keep their minds off the pandemic. He says his family and customers’ appreciation make it easier …

Independent business consultants Mary Overbey, Lucas Walker and Damion Trout have been discussing how businesses may be different after coming back from the pandemic. Owners may need to reassess …

With some employees returning to work after the shutdown, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has set requirements regarding what an employer can and cannot do under ADA, the …

Greg Pope, owner and master distiller of Missouri Ridge Distillery says transitioning from making liquor to hand sanitizer was a simple transition. The move allowed Pope to keep his staff working and …

Todd Nielsen, chief strategy officer with JMark, says leaders who are new to managing remote employees may worry about productivity. Nielsen says playing watchdog can be counterproductive. Be …

When the pandemic hit, Patrick Nett, owner of Thai Express, saw there was a risk he would have to cut hours or layoff staff. Nett told his staff he would do anything to keep everyone employed. He …

Chrystal Irons, director of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University says not all small businesses can afford to stay open by cutting employee hours. Irons says you …

Hold Fast Brewing owners Carol and Susan McLeod turned their fire station brewery into a drive through to accommodate the carry out only rule. The sisters say this is a big financial hit but are …

Are you part of a temporary layoff? The Missouri Department of Labor’s electronic mass claims filing system helps employers and employees file claims quickly and efficiently. Mass claims are …

Katherine Trombetta with the Missouri Job Center says they’ve been using social media to try to help people with their job search during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Job Center will host several …

“I think accountability is profoundly critical in an organization,” says Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage. She says leaders must exemplify accountability if they …

Paula Adams, president of Penmac, says they try to help clients find gainful employment regardless of whether they have a permanent address. She says they partner with Council of Churches to try …

Carrie Tennis, senior director of operations with Family Pharmacy, says focusing on communities, customers and culture is the formula for their success. Practicing kindness is a more than four decade …

“I would just say, the miracle here, the secret sauce is how the right person has come at the right time and who has expertise,” says Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope. Donaldson says you …

Ashley Fletcher, licensed clinical social worker, says a good self care regimen is important, but there’s a new trend in wellness. Community care involves the organization coming together and …

Angela Frantz with Ultimate Software, says some employers are skeptical about allowing employees to telecommute. “If they’re not engaging and self regulating and self motivating and making sure …

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