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Performance reviews in most organizations are so bad that they do more harm than good. how does grading someone on what happened a year ago drive next year's productivity? 


The current slump in electric vehicle sales does not necessarily indicate a change in trend. The biggest factors affecting EV growth rate remain government mandates and incentives. (Cali, we're talking to you.)


Manufacturers are finding loyal, capable employees in some of the nearly 700,000 Americans who leave prison each year. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President Trump encourage companies to hire more felons.


On Oct. 7, the average California regular retail gasoline price surpassed $4 a gallon for the second time since 2014. Prices fell after refiners in the state assumed normal operations. 


The new rate became effective Oct. 1 and affects per diem allowances paid to any employee who travels away from home.


For a dual-career couple, somebody still has to get the kids to practice. Offering flexible work schedules and evaluating worker results — rather than timecards — build employee loyalty.


Emerging roles will gain importance through 2022. Meanwhile, other jobs will become unnecessary. See examples of tomorrow's stable, new and redundant job titles and strategies to address shifting skills needs.


PEI recently commissioned a new report, “Confronting the Labor Shortage: Strategies and Solutions for Distributors Facing a Growing Skills Gap,” in partnership with the Association Education Alliance. 

PEI members may download the free PDF to learn from peers across distribution sectors their winning strategies on finding and recruiting top talent.

In the report:


Don't be scared of black cats and the number 13. Make today your lucky day. We're sharing 13 ways you can show Friday the 13th who's boss.


Pass these etiquette tips on to everyone in your company who attends trade shows and business meals. 


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