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Not surprisingly, given the data- and tech-driven nature of today’s workplace, 53% of respondents said analytical skills were among the most important hard skills for a potential employee to bring to the table. Zety compiled this list of hard skills — the kind easiest for companies to teach and to measure:

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Your remote team members might have roommates or family members in the same circumstances. They may be dealing with kids’ homeschooling. “When people aren’t going to an office party in person, they are still in their home environment virtually, and their significant others may find it hard to appreciate that they need to be on yet another Zoom call after hours,” says Lisa Jennings, chief experience officer at Wildly Different, an event production company. It may be best to hold the event during work hours unless you’re involving family members.

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“Whether it’s pre-COVID or now, when you’re thinking about a holiday event, my advice is always to come up with an event that’s aligned with your company values,” says Erica Keswin, business consultant and author of “Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic.”

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COVID-19 has led to major changes to daily life for Americans, including a shift toward remote and at-home work. While these changes have led to more flexible working conditions for employees, they have also increased data security risks.

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In the near future, the first autonomous vehicles will likely be taxis and cargo trucks. Both industries have remained bullish on autonomy for several reasons.

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(AP) — American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

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Employers have been put in a tough spot by the Trump administration -- they now have the option to temporarily stop withholding Social Security taxes from their employees' paychecks for the rest of the year.

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In this country, vaccine “hesitancy” — skepticism about vaccines that have been huge public health successes — is a growing problem, so there is concern that rushing a COVID-19 vaccine will add to distrust, said Jose Romero, who chairs the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group that will help the government decide who gets priority access to new coronavirus vaccines.

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Two groups, ACIP and a newly formed panel from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, are working on how to prioritize vaccines, because doses are expected to be limited at first. The academies committee released its draft recommendations earlier this week and ACIP’s may come later this month. It is not clear who will make the final decision on who gets initial doses.

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Phil Keoghan, host of “The Amazing Race,” celebrates everyday hard-working Americans in this competition series. He ventures out to real-world job sites, asking employees to engage in tests of strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness. At stake? A prize of $200,000. (July 8, CBS).

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TRUMP, on the administration’s health care efforts during the coronavirus outbreak: “We also acted swiftly to secure our veterans’ health care facilities. ... And we’re being helped very greatly by the passage of all the things that we got passed, Robert, especially Choice, so that people can go and see their doctor when they have to.” —remarks Thursday, with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in attendance.

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