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Workplaces are evolving with influx of millennials

Millennials have caused drastic shifts in the modern workplace, ones that are often heralded as challenging, at best. A wealth of negative stereotypes surrounds this generation: they lack loyalty, have a sense of entitlement and a constant need for acclaim. ...

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Millennials eager to offer their perspectives in workplace

The latest additions to Rochester’s workforce want to relate to their jobs in deeper and more rewarding ways. “Millennials are looking for more out of their employer beyond the nine-to-five workday,” says Mackenzie Zimmerman, a 25-year-old transportation design engineer at ...

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Massive accumulation of data leads to advances in health care

Since being awarded a $40 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2006, the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute has had one overriding goal: to find ways to help transform basic science research ...

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How three entrepreneurs improved the medical field

Given the propitious combination of academics and medical centers in the Rochester area, it’s not a big surprise that Rochester has forged companies that are improving the medical landscape through groundbreaking technologies. Though the entrepreneurial sweet spot can be elusive, ...

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Low-tech changes reducing stress of doctor visits

Robotics, sensors and apps have made their mark in health care, but not all recent innovations at Rochester-area hospitals and medical practices are high-tech. Some involve simple changes to boost patient satisfaction, while others aim to meet a specific patient ...

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Much to consider when looking for startup funding

Small startups can turn to a variety of sources for funding, each of which brings benefits and challenges. One common source has served new companies down through the years. “Businesses historically had used credit card-type financing to get themselves set ...

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Going the extra mile in the post-merger transition

A bank merger or acquisition faces a few more hurdles beyond satisfying regulators. An entirely new picture must be crafted from the discrete puzzle pieces of existing and acquired bank branches—not to mention maintaining a positive and productive business culture ...

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Construction projects can move faster with prefabs

Construction firms are relying more on prefab components such as walls and electrical devices for their projects. The use of prefabs can cut a project’s cost and the time needed to complete it as well as render the worksite safer. ...

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Shortage of skilled laborers has yet to be stemmed

With the Rochester-area homebuilding season now in full swing, skilled laborers are still in short supply. Some builders have needed to adjust their construction schedules to accommodate the workers’ scarcity. On the plus side, Mother Nature granted an opportunity to ...

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Bridges are both easier and harder to maintain today

Every motorist has likely driven by road crews working on a bridge, possibly getting annoyed at the delays and detours involved, but not giving it much thought otherwise. Bridges can seem perpetual and unchanging, almost like part of the landscape. ...

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Senior care staff help families pick the best place

Watching aging parents slowly lose their ability to live independently can be one of the most difficult things for an adult child, Courtney McGinnis says. But what is often harder is the conversation that comes next—when children or caregivers look ...

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Preparation is the key to savoring retirement

Sweeping away obstacles to a fulfilling retirement means preparing for the transition on many fronts, experts say. Unresolved legal matters, financial issues and doubts about no longer being moored to work commitments can sour what should be a pleasant new ...

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New horizons for virtual lawyering and accounting

The next advancement in the law or accounting office is doing away with the office entirely. Virtual or e-lawyering and accounting practices take advantage of legal and accounting software systems to provide services online—possibly eliminating the need for office space. ...

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Doing due diligence the right way prevents problems

To ensure that clients make informed decisions about whether to proceed with business transactions, attorneys and accountants often rely on due diligence. That fact-finding process should begin as early as possible during acquisition negotiations because whatever comes to light can ...

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