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Author: Rachel Bussey

To remain competitive in today’s labor market, employers are constantly looking for avenues to attract, retain and reward key executives. They need options that will not only appeal to their employees, but also align with the company’s strategic plans and long-term goals. Certain benefit plans, such as the 162 Bonus Plan, when structured properly, have the ability to provide advantages to both employers and employees.

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From autonomous vehicles to smart refrigerators, technology seems to be transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s playing a bigger role in almost everything we do, including how we source our food. The agriculture industry has experienced a significant tech boom and, as a result, produce is reaching consumers quicker, safer and more efficiently than ever before.

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What makes your company stand out from its competitors? Twenty years ago you might have said that technology gave your team a competitive edge, but in today’s environment, technology is a common (and typically necessary) commodity that simply helps maintain the status quo. So where are companies regaining that lost advantage? The answer can be found in an organization’s human capital.

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It's been said that "a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." Perhaps Wayne Simmonds knew this when he began selling dust mop services for an up-and-coming franchise business known as Dust-Tex in the late 1950s. Fresh from active duty in the U.S. Navy, Wayne returned to Omaha, Nebraska with his young family and worked for the business until it was eventually acquired by American Uniform Company.

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Each year, employers spend billions – yes, billions of dollars resolving issues related to overexertion injuries. In fact, these claims have been repeatedly identified as the leading cause of disabling workplace injuries in the United States. What’s more important, however, is that many of these injuries can be prevented through the application of a few ergonomic analysis tools.

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Warning Sirens Echo as Harassment in the Workplace Rises
Harassment, like a natural disaster, can wreak havoc on any community or business. This year we had several devastating hurricanes make landfall and more workplace harassment scandals than we can count. Media coverage on harassment has recently exploded; however, harassment in the workplace is not a new issue. Organizations have been working toward harassment-free workplaces for years by taking action against individuals who violate company guidelines.

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Buildertrend Delivers Streamlined Software Solutions
In 2006, the housing market was at an all-time high, the iPhone hadn’t been released yet and Steve Dugger, Dan Houghton and Jeff Dugger realized that home building software was an open market, ripe for disruption from the rapidly evolving world of technology. Each brought their own unique expertise, combining their skills and ideas to ultimately create Buildertrend. Ahead of the curve, they developed a cloud-based software to help residential construction companies build more homes, reduce costly errors and maximize customer satisfaction. During its first year, Buildertrend was already being used in 20 states and turning a profit – all while operating out of a basement.

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The world is waiting. What will you become? 

How many times were you asked this growing up? More than you can count? You’d think we’d all have pretty good answers by the time we reached adulthood, but for many, the answer does not come easily. Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) understands that people often need an encouraging atmosphere to explore their strengths and fine-tune their skills before they can carve out their path. Located in the Loess Hills of Council Bluffs, Iowa, this campus has been a place of self-discovery and opportunity for 50 years. Growing from an inaugural enrollment of just seven students to nearly 6,000, IWCC has become an educational staple in its region. Students choose IWCC for many reasons – whether it’s to build a career with its construction technology program or to learn about the innovative field of robotics and automated technology, the possibilities are nearly endless with 84 vocational / technical / liberal arts programs to choose from. Ready for an education? It’s time to learn more about IWCC.

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There is a newer trend hitting the health insurance industry in the form of concierge-style services. While providing excellent customer service and exceeding client expectations are still priorities among most carriers, the health insurance industry has become more complex and the need for additional assistance has grown.

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Mention Joslyn Art Museum to someone in the Museum's hometown, Omaha, and you can typically expect a lively conversation or a good story to follow.

Maybe in the form of a memory of a visit long ago or just this past weekend; a “did you know” bit of information (possibly about daily free admission, the Rembrandt or the latest major exhibition); a comment about what an exquisite location it was for a recent wedding; and often an expression of endearment. People speak of their love for Joslyn – for the building, for the art, for its history and for its future. Having served as a cornerstone of Omaha’s cultural life for 85 years, Joslyn Art Museum has played an important role in the lives of generations of families across Nebraska.

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