The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part I
Feb23

The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part I

From the evolution of employee sick leave to an increase in disability claims, from changing workplace demographics to overtime expansion, human resource professionals are facing a variety of new and developing challenges this year. This month’s column will address four health-related topics. Next month, we’ll look at four workplace and employment issues. Paid Sick Leave The paid sick leave revolution is upon us. As of today, four...

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Making Friends, Making Careers
Feb23

Making Friends, Making Careers

Two 20-somethings walk into a pub, and notice everyone there is over 60. A setup for a joke? No, just a snapshot of Andrea and Matt Denhart’s first night out in the Upper Valley. “What did we do?” wondered Andrea, now 27. Ohio natives, the couple moved to the area two years ago from New York City for Matt’s job. “It’s a beautiful area,” Andrea remembers thinking. “There’s got to be something out there.” Well, of course there was, and...

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‘What Effect Can You Have?’
Feb23

‘What Effect Can You Have?’

Participants in the 10-month Leadership Upper Valley program from Vital Communities discover the rich diversity of the Upper Valley region. They gather in municipalities across the Twin States, grapple with critical regional issues, connect with local service organizations and establish a strong, collegial network. After graduation, as an outgrowth of their learning experience, participants often step into new leadership roles —...

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Chamber Profile: Lebanon Chamber Marks Centennial, Prepares for New Leadership
Feb23

Chamber Profile: Lebanon Chamber Marks Centennial, Prepares for New Leadership

On Friday, Feb. 11, 1916, the Granite State Free Press reported on the goings-on among the roughly 6,000 residents of Lebanon. The items included news of one Helen Campbell, who went to visit a friend in Etna for a few days; plans for a Valentine Leap Year dancing party at Town Hall; and a report that Rudolph White had returned to his job at Plamondon Brothers grocery after a six-week absence due to illness. The last entry gave an...

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The Big Event: Montshire’s 40th Anniversary Draws 1,200 Museum Lovers
Jan25

The Big Event: Montshire’s 40th Anniversary Draws 1,200 Museum Lovers

T he Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich has been offering hands-on science exhibits and programs throughout its 40 years, and the museum’s recent anniversary celebration hewed to that mission. The Jan. 10 open house didn’t neglect birthday basics — cake and a group rendition of Happy Birthday both were served up, and each of the 1,200 guests received a gift: free admission. But visitors also were treated to related science...

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Precision Valley Survivor: Lovejoy Tool Co.
Jan25

Precision Valley Survivor: Lovejoy Tool Co.

Warren Garfield is giving a tour of the Lovejoy Tool Co. factory, carrying his workingman’s frame with a graceful ease among the maze of rooms and jungle of machinery spread like sentries throughout the red brick building. If Garfield appears as comfortable on the floor of the Springfield, Vt., factory as a man does in his own home workshop, it’s understandable: He has worked at the company for 50 years, starting the day after he...

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A Small-Business Toolbox
Jan25

A Small-Business Toolbox

Many small businesses have a small human resources team. In many cases, one person is responsible for handling HR, along with other duties. Those outside of HR don’t always understand or appreciate what the function can do for their organization. Effective human resource management can help an organization in two major ways. It can manage risk by helping the organization avoid costly fines and lawsuits; and it can enhance productivity...

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Leadership Upper Valley: ‘Show Them the Magic’
Jan05

Leadership Upper Valley: ‘Show Them the Magic’

It’s a common problem among manufacturing companies in the Upper Valley and elsewhere: Experienced employees are nearing retirement, and there aren’t enough younger folks lining up to replace them. “We have been realizing over the past few years that we need to think outside the box to recruit talent to GW Plastics,” said Cathy Tempesta, human resources director for the Bethel-based company that specializes in precision injection...

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SCORE Stories: Painting the Town Red
Jan05

SCORE Stories: Painting the Town Red

A case of the corporate blues and being in the right place at the right time was all Tom Evans and Shawn Hickey needed to make a career change and join the millions of Americans who chance it every day and open a small business. Though neither had the innate entrepreneurial urge to break away from the somewhat predictable 9-to-5 corporate America lifestyle, both recognized an opportunity when it was squarely in front of them. Evans...

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Cover Story: Build Your Own Workforce
Jan05

Cover Story: Build Your Own Workforce

A perfect storm was brewing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center — hundreds of job openings to fill, few qualified applicants to fill them, many current employees nearing retirement — and the gathering tempest was raising concerns about patient care. “At Heater Road, we had to shut down to new patients for some time last year because we did not have the ability to get patients through fast or efficiently enough,” said Barbara...

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