Choosing more meaningful work in the new year

As the year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the most meaningful work our company has done over the past 12 months. Amid our busy careers, it’s important to step back and assess: What meant the most to you?

Asset recycling could bridge funding gap

State and local governments are sitting on hundreds of billions of dollars in aging but revenue-generating infrastructure assets. Republicans and Democrats can be brought together through a process called asset recycling.

As climate changes, so does weather news

As the old joke goes, everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Then again, as a species, climate scientists point out that we have done something about it — or more aptly, about the climate — and the news stories have been heating up as this change wreaks havoc on our lives.

Trade war with China not unjustified

Why are we in a trade war with China? This seems to be a question on the minds of many people these days — especially in our state, as the fallout from this trade war may be particularly poignant due to retaliatory tariffs China has placed on soybeans, corn and pork.

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.”

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