Whether companies try or not to budget for major storms that shut down commerce, those reached on Jan. 28, the day after blizzard Juno’s biggest punch landed across the region, say predicting major weather events remains an art that, when it is accurate, enables companies to adjust more readily.
As a researcher for the College & University Research Collaborative, Jonathan Harris, an assistant professor of design at Johnson & Wales University, is exploring whether bike paths and mass transit in the state cater to millennials – or should.
When hiring an employee, a company might choose to create a contract that outlines the expectations, hours, wages, benefits and other terms of employment related to the position. A contract employee might work for a defined period of time, from a few weeks to a few years.
Cindy Laughlin, president of Recruiting Specialists, was recently elected to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Laughlin began her career as an executive recruiter for a search firm that specialized in retail. After acquiring ownership of the firm in 1993, Laughlin built Recruiting Specialists into the talent-acquisition firm that it is today. Recruiting Specialists focuses on many facets of the retail industry, including big box and luxury retail. Outside of the office, Laughlin is also very active in the community. She was previously the president (and now the chairwoman) of Justice Assistance. She is also the education chairwoman for the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services, as well as a trustee of the Providence Performing Arts Center and she continues to support several of Rhode Island’s nonprofit organizations.
A strengthening economy has allowed some Rhode Island business owners to let down their hair this holiday season and throw more-elaborate company parties, though others continue to seek less-conventional methods of celebration.