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Encouraging employees to do the right thing

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Since 2003, the Rochester Business Ethics Award program has honored firms in the Rochester region that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their daily business practices and in response to challenges or crises.

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Being small offers big advantages, greater agility

In any industry there is a common contest: big versus small. To some it may look like bigger is better, with the assumption that large firms have more resources, human capital and control, while smaller firms constantly compete for market ...

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In spite of technology, virtual assistants remain rare

As an executive secretary for a professional landscape-and-nursery trade organization, no two days are the same for Joyce Janson. Her duties include planning an annual garden show that attracts 14,000 attendees, preparing profit-and-loss statements and answering phone calls from the ...

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Robot usage grows with need for accuracy, repeatability

Robots around the Rochester area help make industrial lenses, pack bottles of wine, dispense medications and rhythmically complete other tasks at all hours of the day. “The inpatient pharmacy at Strong Memorial Hospital dispenses roughly 18,000 doses to inpatients a ...

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Power of people analytics can extend HR’s reach

By plugging in the right data fields and information on eHealth Technologies’ 40 employees, Michelle Halloran can guide some of her company’s human resources decisions.

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Employers face tough choices, brace for increased labor costs

Amid a federal proposal that aims to make roughly 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay, law firms have begun fielding questions from employers bracing for increased labor costs. Slated to go into effect next year, the revised regulation ...

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Entertainment district transforms, offers variety

When the Daily Refresher opened on Alexander Street in 2012, patrons soon got the message that this place was different, says co-owner Cameron Phelps. Rather than plastic Solo cups and vodka shots, the Daily Refresher’s “libations” menu features craft beers, ...

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Pop-up shows gain traction, create avenues for ideas

While the pop-up show may not have a clear-cut definition, the concept is gaining traction in Rochester—from art performance to conglomerates of craftspeople. For some, these shows are any short event that “pops up” in a studio or gallery; for ...

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AEDs play big role in handling sudden cardiac arrest

Despite decreases in heart disease and stroke mortality, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of death nationwide. Yet efforts are underway in the Rochester area to quash the helplessness bystanders often feel during a cardiac event. “Hands-only CPR and ...

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Powerful class of medications offers alternatives

Heart disease is the No.1 killer in America. The drugs to control its risks are among the most commonly prescribed, making new treatment options all the more exciting. Still, given the medications’ recent debut, some questions linger. PSCK9 inhibitors are ...

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Poorly managed conditions can prove deadly in children

Riaghlee Lagoner was about 8 years old when her mother noticed that she was slowing down. “When she was younger, she was extremely active—always on the go,” Micolette Lagoner says. “Then slowly, I started to notice … she would stop ...

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Schools rely on agencies to collect student debt

Although student loan default rates continue to rise, the debt collection process and a school’s involvement in it is little understood. It may come as a surprise that in reality many schools have little to do with student debt once ...

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Presidents listen carefully, exert decisive power

It has been just over a year since Deana Porterfield began her post as president of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary. She spent much of that year on what she calls a “listening tour,” beginning with faculty, staff and ...

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Study abroad programs cash in on experiences, not profit

While the ranks of students studying abroad continue to swell, Rochester-area colleges and universities generally do not make a profit from the programs. Even so, local schools have begun offering more opportunities for immersion and experiential learning on foreign soil ...

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New programs open doors to myriad areas of learning

From doctoral programs to two-year degrees, area colleges and universities continue to add to their academic offerings to fill gaps in the workforce and meet students’ needs. Here is a look at a few new programs: Bryant & Stratton College—Greece ...

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