The US Department of Labor announced rule changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These changes strengthen affirmative action procedure and plan requirements, and they apply to all prime and sub contractors working under contracts exceeding $10,000.
Generally, PROCAS Connect focuses on news and information that is intended to make government contractors more successful. However, once in awhile, world and national events supersede that mission. Such is the case this week with the ever-escalating conflict within Syria.
From reduced federal budgets to furloughs to employee morale scrapping the barrel bottom, sequester’s played havoc with contractors and federal employees alike. Now, however, as we peer over the horizon at the end of fiscal 2013, things are looking up.
It makes common sense … Employees who are happy and fulfilled at work should be more loyal, more motivated, and more productive. But, if it’s such common sense, how come it’s so rare? Don’t managers believe it? They sure should.
And now … the news: Sequester is taking a toll on budgets, staffing, morale and contracts … But, Health & Human Services is among the agencies exceeding its goal for women-owned business awards. HHS awarded 6.43 percent of its contracts
Twitter, the 140-character micro-blog, is fascinating. It is simultaneously … inspiring … infuriating … and idiotic. It’s also becoming an emergency lifeline in a crisis. So, it’s easy to see why the government’s paying attention. Contractors should pay attention, too.
In 1994, Jeff Bezos quit his Wall Street job, moved to Seattle and started selling online books from his garage. People said he was nuts. Bezos said, “You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”
Personal branding may not seem important to someone who sells airplane parts or programming services to the federal government. But, branding means increased visibility, stronger credibility, and name recognition. So, maybe it would be a good idea to delve deeper.
Robert Frost famously wrote about diverging roads in a lush, verdant wood and extolled the virtues of choosing the path less heavily traveled. Jerry Seinfeld, however, reminded us that, “Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”
Looking for a great new product idea or an innovative solution to a nagging problem? According to Mike Maddock, author of Free the Idea Monkey, first you need to, well, free the Idea Monkeys in your company. Then, the fun begins.