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Friday, June 26, 2015

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A Scheduling Note From The Content Guy

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As is my custom at this time of year, I'm taking some time off…

MNB will be on hiatus until Monday, July 13.

This will give me some time to recharge the batteries a bit … do a little jogging, a little hiking. a little reading, a little biking, a little rafting, some eating and drinking, a little hanging out with my family, and a little enjoying of the great Pacific Northwest.

MNB will return on July 13 with all new stories and commentaries. Between now and then, the MNB archives will, of course, be open. And, I may post the occasional note or picture on Facebook if the spirit moves me … sometimes I can't help myself! You can keep up with me here.

Thanks, as always, for your patience … and I hope you'll also get some time this summer to recharge your batteries.

Fins Up!


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There's Good News, And More Good News



From MNB, May 29, 2015:

USA Today reports this morning that "companies are scrambling to hold on to workers amid a tightening labor market and higher turnover, doling out bigger raises, expanding benefits and providing more training and other perks ... The U.S. unemployment rate last month fell from 5.5% to a near normal 5.4%, helping shift the labor market's balance of power to employees. In March, 2.8 million workers quit their jobs, largely to take other positions, the most since April 2008.

"Companies are responding. Wages, salaries and benefits jumped 2.6% in the first quarter, the most since 2008, according to Labor's Employment Cost Index."


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If you are looking for a change, and for fresh opportunities to make a contribution and embrace new challenges, contact Samuel J. Associates today.

It's time to get to work.

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