Archive of February, 2019

February 26, 2019

With the unemployment rate sitting at under four percent, small businesses must learn how to attract, motivate and retain talent – and it’s not just about the money anymore. 

This is positive news for business owners, especially when hiring employees under the age of 40. Millennial and Gen Z workers are more intrinsically motivated to find reward in their work, and that may or may not include monetary reward programs. 

  • According to a 2016 study, 84% of U.S. based organizations now use non-cash, socially meaningful ways to reward employees. 
  • A 2018 Harvard Business School study of 92,000 job ads concluded that life balance perks such as family-related leave, and personal and professional development opportunities attracted most applicants.
  • Employee recognition such as personal hand-written notes from their boss was cited as a benefit as well as more inclusive cultures that offered employees more ownership, autonomy, and room for creativity.

What about medical benefits? Small business owners tend to believe that since they cannot afford these benefits, they also cannot afford the employees who rely on them. However, when small business owners offer a small monthly stipend earmarked for insurance premiums, many applicants are willing to walk away from more robust medical packages, especially those who do not have children.

Most importantly, when a company sees itself as a rewarding place to work, job applicants will view it that way as well.  Believe in your business!

SOURCE:, 2/18/19

February 26, 2019
  • Ninety-nine percent of the U.S. population lives under light-polluted skies. In December of 2017, 1,400 square miles in Idaho were designated as America’s first “International Dark Sky Reserve” – one of only 13 places in the world where open space and restrictions on artificial light preserve the natural appearance of the sky.

SOURCE:  Washington Post, 1/27/19

February 26, 2019

The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. (You go, girl!)

The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii. Wisdom is at least 68 years old and has raised at least 31 chicks. She was first banded as an adult in 1956.

Wisdom and her mate, Akeaka-mai, have been returning to the atoll to lay and hatch eggs since 2006. Laysan albatrosses mate for life and lay one egg per year.

February 26, 2019

You would never snub a colleague trying to strike up a conversation. Yet, according to research, when you ignore an email, that’s exactly what you’ve done: digital snobbery.

February 26, 2019

David Rush of Boise, Idaho, has found a unique way to score his 15 minutes of fame.

February 26, 2019

The Dutch electric-scooter company Etergo has developed a model with a range of 240 kilometers (about 150 miles), said Micah Toll in