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One feature of the past two or three decades is what economists call the polarization of labor markets. This is a fancy way of saying that we are seeing growth in high- and low-wage jobs, but a decline in middle-wage work. By any definition, the U.S. still has a large middle class, but three…

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One of my favorite jokes involves an election in a mythical town in which there are 1,000 Christian voters and 250 Jewish voters. There is an election for mayor featuring a Christian candidate and a Jewish candidate, who get, respectively, 1,000 votes and 250 votes.

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During the time of remote work, the amount of email and text message traffic has exploded. While some of this email traffic is certainly necessary to complete projects, many of it replaces the usual face-to-face conversations that we have with co-workers and friends. This leads to many insta…

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Round 2 of COVID-19 relief funds have been allocated and billions have been sent out already. Did you get $1,400 for each person in your household? Unless you had less than $80,000 in income ($160,000 for a couple), you didn’t see those checks.

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It’s commencement season, and this year’s grads are headed into a competitive employment environment. One of the factors that will determine their destiny is social media. What they do — and don’t do — can mean the difference between finding an ideal job, and finding themselves with limited …

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On March 12, President Joe Biden signed into law another stimulus bill to address the enormous damage done to our economy through COVID-19. There are principled arguments for and against most details of the $1.9 trillion bill. I feel Congress could’ve passed a much smaller bill, maybe half t…

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This week marks the beginning of our 17th year of publishing The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly (GFWBW), and the one-year anniversary of when the uncertainty ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality. WHAT a year it has been for all of us in our local business community!

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It is hard to believe that our community has lived with COVID-19 for one year. One year of quarantining, masking and social distancing. One year of e-learning, meeting virtually and, for many, working from home. In that time, many of us have adapted to a new way of living, working and engagi…

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Spring must be near. The clocks will need to be changed. Waterfowl fly northward across the sky. The creek behind the house travels fast and full from the runoff of developments upstream. Tiny green shoots appear in the garden

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I was recently speaking with a social media manager about some of the challenges she and her peers face. A central theme was the persistence of the job. In other words, while there's nothing especially difficult about the work, there are several items that require nearly constant attention: …

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The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission released their report in mid-December. All Hoosiers should be interested in what it did and did not say about teacher pay, along with recommendations they offered. I begin with some stark observations about education finance.

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Not only is variety the spice of life, but it also holds a lot of value for small businesses. Hiring a diverse workforce — a staff that’s inclusive of people from different cultures, capabilities, religions, ages, educational backgrounds, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and person…