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What is your organization’s New Year’s resolution? (access required)

The New Year’s resolution is a strange ritual. If we are to believe the numerous studies and surveys that pop up with a quick internet search, roughly half of the people reading this have already lost sight of or given ...

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Will it be a Happy New Year for investors? (access required)

The economy fired on almost all cylinders in 2021 and the S&P 500 Index is up approximately 26% through late December, versus 16% for all of 2020. While growth is expected to continue, it will likely slow, equity valuations are ...

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‘Stay interviews’ can improve employee retention, satisfaction (access required)

“With continuing concerns about turnover, there’s talk in our company about doing ‘stay’ interviews with employees to see what it would take to help improve employee satisfaction. It seems like a good idea on the surface, but doesn’t it make ...

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Business Calendar for Jan. 7, 2022 (access required)

CALENDAR The Rochester Business Journal welcomes press releases. Notices of business calendar events should be submitted three weeks before the event to ensure timely publication. Send digital submissions to [email protected] WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 The August Group Early Birds—Free—7:30–9 a.m.—Also offered ...

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Green Transition necessary for climate, beneficial for economy (access required)

Fossil fuel apologists constantly tell us that efforts to fight global climate change will kill jobs and/or destroy the economy. We saw this attack launched, in various forms, hundreds of times this year. President Biden’s Build Back Better bill was ...

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Take care that DEI efforts do not tokenize employees (access required)

In recent years many organizations have been very intentional about the DEI work they have committed to. While at the same time, some organizations have mistaken intentional DEI work for marginalization, differentiation, and tokenism. This happens when organizations jump on ...

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How to increase the uptake of EVs: Subsidize price or charging stations? (access required)

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that confronts humans today. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are collectively most responsible for the climate change problem. Therefore, national governments are thinking about how best to reduce the emissions of GHGs in their ...

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Presenting DEI strategies virtually has both advantages, disadvantages (access required)

Leaders at local companies striving to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion are finding that working with a remote workforce has both its benefits and deficits.   Sady Alvarado-Fischer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), notes that the vast majority of ...

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A thank you to Dr. Bieber for his work at Rochester Regional Health (access required)

Rochester is very fortunate to have two great health care systems, boasting both the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health. For a community of our size, we have one of the best health care ecosystems in this country. These two entities do more than just provide outstanding health care to their patients — as two of the ...

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Reflect, prepare and plan (access required)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”   – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  December is a humbling month, as holiday bustle collides with year-end reflection and tasks. However, it is a month that also presents ...

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