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Guest view: Build workplace friendships on positivity

Recently, a co-worker was telling a story about a former mentor of hers who once said to her, “You know why I like you? Because you and I hate the same people.” We had an awkward chuckle over the shock and aggressiveness of that statement, but, it reminded me of Brene Brown’s concept of Common Enemy Intimacy.

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Collaborative discussion: Two years in since Highmark/Penn State partnership

Central Penn Business Journal played host to a sponsored roundtable discussion earlier this fall with key representatives from Highmark, Penn State Health and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. The talk centered on the collaborative partnership between Highmark and Penn State Health, which was announced in December 2017 and it highlighted why the collaborative makes ...

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D&H Distributing opens ‘Google of the East’ in Lower Paxton

Having a bright red, one-story, playground-quality corkscrew slide in your office doesn’t automatically qualify you as a progressive, forward-thinking workplace, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt. That is one of the first things you’ll see if you walk into the building at 100 Tech Drive in Lower Paxton Township. Formerly home to Amp Inc., ...

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Ask John Dame: Boundaries and expectations must be clear during acquisitions

Q: Our company made a major acquisition a year ago. The owner of the company we purchased stayed as president of his company. Additionally, he decided not to sell 100 percent of his company, and now has some ownership in the larger combined company and serves as a board member. He reports to me directly. The problem is that, over a year later, he is putting up roadblocks and fighting the integration process we agreed upon at the time of the purchase of his company. This is a big problem and is getting more costly by the minute. What can I do?

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Training can reinforce inclusive workplace policies

Not every company offers diversity training, but in today’s changing economic and political climate every business can benefit from it. While laws ban discriminatory hiring practices based on race, age or gender, workplace diversity or sensitivity training is a proactive step designed to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and accepted. Feeling safe at ...

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Hershey in talks to acquire NC nutrition bar maker

The Hershey Co. expects to close on a $395 million deal by the end of the year with a Charlotte, North Carolina, nutrition bar manufacturer. One Brands LLC, a nutrition bar company with an emphasis on low-sugar and high-protein snacks has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the Derry Township-based Hershey Co. ...

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A shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, raising costs and stressing workers

The nationwide shortage of construction workers is posing challenges for the industry, including making it harder to meet deadlines, raising costs to complete projects, and forcing firms to ask their skilled laborers to do more work. There's no easy solutions in sight, but those in the field are making efforts to tackle the problem.

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