Nurture employees’ mental health during the holidays

By Brooks Jackson | Guest Editorial
For many people, the holiday season is a time of joy, reflection, and celebration. For some people, it also can be a time of stress, anxiety and sadness.

Avoid these pitfalls when leasing commercial space

For many new business owners, finding the right place to do business is one of the most pressing issues on the docket. That’s definitely important, but I would suggest taking steps to ensure the leasing process proceeds in your best interests — or at very least that you are going in with eyes open — is even more vital.

Starting a business? Remember, your time is valuable

Eight years ago, I started my business. It was just me in my basement, contacting potential local clients about human resources services. The business has now grown to an office in North Liberty with six employees supporting clients in 20 states. How did I get here? By delegating.

Is the open office format bad?

A lot of articles are being published about how bad the open office environment is for employees and culture. Here’s the thing: If the workplace culture is crappy, an open office format will exacerbate it.

Six ways to change your workplace by saying thanks

Choosing words with great care is my business. And over the years, I’ve come to a conclusion on what may be the most powerful word in the English language: thanks.

Big data and the future of VA Health Care

By Judith Johnson-Mekota / Guest Column
As director of a VA Health Care System, I’m often asked two general questions: “Where is the VA headed,” and “what is most fulfilling about my role.”

Six benefits of private equity investment

By Scott Bushkie / Guest Column
Private equity gets a bad rap. There’s this view of PE firms as takeover groups who will buy your business, break it into pieces and sell off the parts.

Effective public relations requires planning

By Betsy McCloskey / Guest Column
Public relations planning can be a beast to tack­le, and unfortunately, many companies don’t put in the time or effort needed to take their marketing to another level. If you have not taken a piece of your marketing mix to create an effective PR plan, it would be in your company’s best interest to start now.

Engaging in productive conflict – it’s your choice

By Gale Mote / Guest Column
Generating innovative ideas and solutions to the challenges and opportunities we encounter in our work requires healthy, productive con­flict. It’s good that we do not all see things the same way and that we can challenge one anoth­er’s points of view.

Debates help Iowa voters see beyond attack ads

By Joe Sheller / Media Column
I am a fan of election year political debates — not because they are all that entertaining, but because they provide an important venue for voters to see candidates and get beyond the attack ads.

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