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Demand for connectivity keeps telecom providers busy

Amid a flurry of new and emerging cellular, wireless, cable, satellite and Internet-protocol technologies, telecommunications providers say demand for commercial and consumer services remains robust in the Rochester area.
 

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Advances in technology alter traditional office settings

Kate Dobbertin Bernola, a manager of global social marketing for Xerox Corp., likes the options she has in the morning.   If she chooses, she can get up a little later, go for a run, shower and still get to ...

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Consider an HR audit, avoid becoming a 2013 statistic

Woody Allen once quipped, "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."   Those 10 words sum up what many businesses are starting to feel as 2013 brings in broader workplace requirements for employers and hardline enforcement by ...

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Do your employee surveys measure what matters most?

There has never been a better opportunity to learn the truth from employees about what it is like to work at your company. Your current approach to gathering employee feedback, however, may not be as effective as you think.   ...

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Appetite for innovation is fed with key rewards, incentives

As more and more employers look for ways to improve employee engagement, retention and even recruitment, incentive programs that recognize and reward innovation are becoming a good way to do it.   "We are seeing a shift where companies value ...

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Notable lesson from 2012: Ignore forecasters, market noise

As we enter 2013, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at 2012 and see what lessons could be learned from all the market noise that permeated our collective psyche during the year with hopes of ...

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Funding platform galvanizes support, spreads the word

Local organizations and individuals have turned to crowdfunding to launch various projects. The fundraising method has many advantages, from its relatively low cost to its ability to galvanize supporters through social media.   Popularized by sites such as Kickstarter and ...

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Regulatory picture starts to clear, but concerns remain

Nearly three years after its passage into law, most of the specifics of financial regulatory reform are settled. Despite the clearer picture, bankers remain concerned about the number of rules.   “I suspect that this will be the pivotal year,” ...

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Sophisticated health care buildings offer major advantages

Advances in construction designed to make a medical facility smart have far-reaching benefits. They translate into controlled project costs, improved morale and, ultimately, better patient care.   "Technology is evolving towards the ability to be truly smart," says Stephen Beck, ...

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Aging population, demand for new sites inject optimism

After a few difficult years, area construction firms are looking to capitalize on projects in the health care sector. Though government regulations and economic challenges threaten robust growth, an aging population and demand for new structures breed optimism.   In ...

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Austere settings fade away in favor of inviting design

Local health care facilities are marching steadily away from the cold, ward-like environments of the past.   The buildings’ improved designs reflect changing patient and employee expectations, the growing presence of information technology in medical settings, and mounting pressure for ...

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Consistent knowledge transfer reaps benefits for tomorrow

Employers that disregard the importance of knowledge transfer risk losing expertise, client relationships and sales. They should have processes to cope with employees leaving, as well as to help co-workers share insight and skills they’ve gained from professional development opportunities, ...

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Healthy suspicion separates real threats from fake ones

There’s nothing quite as impressive as a leader who knows when to be suspicious.   I’m talking about healthy suspicion, not negativity.   Investigating problems with appropriate suspicion helps a leader distinguish a real threat from a fake one. Since ...

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Leadership programs place emphasis on personal touch

A few decades ago in the Rochester area, as Carin Conlon recalls, nearly all of an employee’s training would take place within the walls of the company.   But the economy has shifted in the last 20 years, says Conlon, ...

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Controversy over prostate cancer screening results in questions

An American male has a 16 percent chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Yet controversy over routine screening and differing recommendations leave many practitioners questioning how best to counsel patients.   "Prostate cancer is a major ...

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