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DTE’s Superhero

  Since 2011, Todd Turfe, a multicultural specialist at DTE Energy, has been dressing up as favorite superhero characters and volunteering his time to visit kids in hospitals all across the metro Detroit area. On a typical day, Turfe’s superhero persona meets with 15-20 children, who are suffering from ailments ranging from broken bones to pneumonia […]

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After All These Years, Four Tops Singer Says He Still Loves His Job

The story of The Four Tops – one of Detroit’s most legendary musical groups – starts when Abdul “Duke” Fakir was eight years old. It is a story of unity, friendship and professionalism that ranks The Four Tops among the rare group of singing superstars that stay together for decades. Together, The Four Tops created […]

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Longtime Retailer Going Through Huge Renovations, New Store Openings

Some names are legendary in retail, and when you hear them you instantly think you know everything about those stores. A good example is Mr. Alan’s, a longtime sneaker and sports-apparel chain. But today’s Mr. Alan’s is a far different place than it used to be when it was founded more than 40 years ago. […]

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Steal This Idea: Hold a Career Open House to Introduce Your Company to Workers

Every office tries to be a “fun” place where there is a good mix of work, great co-workers and a relaxed atmosphere that celebrates teamwork. So if you want a mix ice-cream socials, mentorship for new hires, lifelong learning and cool HR practices like a casual dress code, Stefanini is looking for you. Stefanini, a […]

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Four Reasons Why Your Company Should Try Virtual Care

Virtual care, or telemedicine, is rapidly growing in health care because it is convenient, time-efficient and affordable for many businesses. According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of all U.S. hospitals currently have a telemedicine program and by 2017, about 70 percent of employer’s plans will offer telemedicine services as an employee benefit. […]

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Steal This Idea: Employees Control Donations Through Pay It Forward Program

If your company is wondering how to increase employee interest in its community-reach programs, one business has come up with a novel approach to getting donations and higher participation. Last year, Troy-based United Shore donated more than $150,000 to strengthen the Metro Detroit community – and 100 percent of the decisions were made by the […]

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Five Must-Try Business Lunch Locations That Focus on Fresh and Healthy

Tired of going out and eating the same old stuff with co-workers or potential clients? Then you need to try someplace new to break the routine and spark some fresh ideas. Here are some of Metro Detroit’s most popular and newest eateries that also serve great food. You can eat in these locations or take […]

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How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck with Meal-Delivery Kits

From innovative start-up concept to billion-dollar industry, meal-kit delivery services are an increasingly popular option for those looking to reduce the stress of nightly meal preparation. But health-conscious consumers should know what to look for before committing to a program, recommends Shannon Szeles, registered dietitian-nutritionist for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “Eating healthy, through one of […]

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Unique Workplace Mentoring Program Allows Students and Employees to Share Work and Life Experiences

  Comcast hosts the BBBS Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring program. Twenty-nine Comcast employees are matched with and mentor 29 Southfield McIntyre Elementary students during the school year. The Comcast “Bigs” and student “Littles” meet twice per month at a different Comcast office location.  

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Employee Wellness: Tips to Encourage Your Team to Take Advantage of Their Health Plan

Deductibles. Premiums. Co-pays. These might seems like the basics of health care today, but many employees may not understand the lingo. The question is: Do your employees take advantage of or understand all the benefits your health plan has to offer? According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, four in 10 people don’t know basic […]

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5 Ways Companies Can Support Healthier Employees in the New Year

As companies ring in 2017, employees will return with a sense of rejuvenation, hope and determination. This is going to be the year they improve their health. Those businesses that provide them with a comprehensive wellness program may be their ticket to a happier, healthier tomorrow, says Amy Ritsema, co-founder of OnSite Wellness. Ritsema is […]

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Steal This Idea: Refresh Your Post-Holiday Skin with the Hair of the Dog

Many people make New Year resolutions to take better care of their bodies – but how many actually follow up on this idea? Self-care practices are not only important, they actually can help make you more productive. To start the New Year off right, the Detroit Grooming Company Barber Shop in Ferndale is making it […]

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5 Ways Leaders Can Take Charge in an Era of Digital Disruption

The rapid advancement of technology continues to change the world – and the marketplace – faster than many businesses can keep up, disrupting all their plans and threatening to render them obsolete. That’s why it may be time for business leaders to take the initiative and start doing a little disrupting of their own, says […]

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Talk About a Bonus: Ann Arbor Company Shares Its Success with Its Employees

Every company has a reason to celebrate at year’s end – they could honor their yearly success, talk about their employee efforts or think about the work to come and how they’ll accomplish even more in 2017. One company did all that and more. On the heels of a recent recapitalization, Avomeen Analytical Services, a […]

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Electrical Apprentices Design Wreaths for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Baking cookies, singing carols and decorating for the holidays are a key part of getting ready for the holidays. But giving back to your community also should fit in there somewhere. Recently, student apprentices of Grand Rapids-based electrical firm Feyen Zylstra were able to give back through their creativity. The students and business donated six […]

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Should You Party Hardy? Six Tips on Holiday Etiquette at the Office

‘Tis the season for office parties, gift exchanges, and myriad opportunities for awkward situations at the office. Whether you’re the boss or an employee, there are a number of codes that govern what it means to be gracious – and keep your job — during the holidays. To help navigate these tricky topics is David […]

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These Simple Recipes Will Make You Look Like an Expert Host This Holiday

The holiday season has arrived, which means it’s that time of year when guests expect you to bring them some figgy pudding – or any type of pudding for that matter. After all, those guests likely subscribe to the idea that grabbing an extra slice of ham or overindulging in that box of chocolate-covered cherries […]

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Employee Support: Workplace Wins to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off

With the New Year around the corner, many employees are likely tackling one of the most popular resolutions: losing weight. Often people turn to fad diets to lose weight fast, but there is no quick fix for dropping pounds and keeping it off. According to the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of […]

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Steal This Idea: Company Gets Creative to Raise Donations for Game on Cancer

At its best, your job should be a mix of three things: Interesting, challenging and, believe it or not, fun. One Michigan company recently figured out a way to do all three things plus raise money for a good cause. M&O Marketing, a company based in Southfield, discovered how team work can make a difference […]