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Governor’s panel tackles workforce issues

PROVIDENCE – Issues associated with Rhode Island's workforce were discussed during Gov. Daniel J. McKee's weekly R.I. 2030: Community Conversations event on Thursday. A panel...

Domino effect

Will the reopening of other Rhode Island-based businesses help your business? Yes: 85.7% No: 14.3% Where do you expect increases in business at your company? More face-to-face interactions:...
BIG DECISIONS: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island CEO and President Peter Marino, left, hopes to eventually bring all 600 employees back to the insurer’s Smithfield headquarters. All but 20 are now working remotely. Speaking with Marino is Rob Magnan, facilities and mail room ­coordinator. At right is security officer Jennifer Castellanos. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Shift to remote work may alter landscape for commercial property

Has the office changed forever due to COVID-19? For many employers that have successfully transitioned to remote work over the past year, the likely...

Back to the workplace?

Is your company planning to have most or all of its employees return to the workplace this year? Yes: 60% No: 20% Unsure: 20% How much of your...

Showing thanks

Are there things your company is thankful for this year? Yes: 100% No: 0% What is your business thankful for? (Select any that apply) The health of our...

Staying safe

Has your company found challenges in maintaining safety protocols? No: 67% Yes: 33% What has been the greatest challenge with maintaining safety amid the pandemic? (Select any...
PUMPING OUT PRODUCT: The Bosworth Co.’s machine shop supervisor, who asked not to be named, uses a drill press to tap holes into the aluminum body of the Guzzler diaphragm pump. CEO and President Douglas Reilly, not pictured, said the East Providence pump manufacturer saw an increased demand for the Guzzler, a small, foot-operated pump used in portable sinks and hand-wash stations, during the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Finding opportunity in a crisis

Coming into 2020, Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry was doing well, with many companies experiencing banner years. Hiring was active, so much so that the...
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Q&A Debra Bedrosian

Debra Bedrosian | Cooley Group vice president, human resources and social responsibility Technical textile and geomembrane manufacturer Cooley Group has worked throughout the pandemic, including...

The necessity for velocity

“Pushing the envelope” is a phrase that gained popularity with American test pilots such as Chuck Yaeger and John Glenn in the 1950s. Each...

Hiring as an indicator

Has your company hired any new workers since May? Yes: 71% No: 29% How many new hires have you added during that timeframe? Less than 10 employees: 29% We...

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