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Beyoncé gives $1 million to Black-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic

Beyoncé’s foundation, BeyGOOD, announced Wednesday that it will be donating $US1 million to Black-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19. BeyGOOD will be working with the NAACP for the initiative. Black-owned businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The number of Black business owners dropped by 41% between February […]
Beyoncé gives $1 million to Black-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic
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The pandemic is giving the US a chance to fix its embarrassing unemployment benefits. Top economists tell us what the future of this crucial system could look like.

Summary List Placement Before 2020, US unemployment claims have never been filed in such high numbers – or had such outsized importance. The process has been slow and cumbersome, with many Americans claiming that they struggled to get access to benefits due to outdated and underfunded systems, and one survey […]
The pandemic is giving the US a chance to fix its embarrassing unemployment benefits. Top economists tell us what the future of this crucial system could look like.
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How top US companies like Bank of America and Salesforce are preventing parents from exiting the workforce by providing thousands of dollars in childcare benefits

One out of every five businesses have had employees quit or reduce their hours due to childcare needs during the pandemic, per a recent survey of about 235 employers by HR nonprofit WorldatWork. To prevent more employees, mainly women, exiting the workforce, more companies are stepping up and expanding childcare […]
How top US companies like Bank of America and Salesforce are preventing parents from exiting the workforce by providing thousands of dollars in childcare benefits
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10 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, companies that are still in business are going remote where possible, meaning that now is a great time to look for remote work. Here are 10 remote-focused job searching platforms to […]
10 websites to help you find remote work or freelance jobs quickly
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Your brain is a prediction-making machine — which is why it isn’t wired to deal with a pandemic. Here’s what to do about it.

Rasmus Hougaard is founder and managing director of Potential Project, a global leadership and organizational development firm serving many Fortune 100 companies and hundreds of others. Nick Hobson is director of Behavioural and Data Sciences of Potential Project and chief behavioural scientist at The Behaviorist, a behavioural change consultancy. Right […]
Your brain is a prediction-making machine — which is why it isn’t wired to deal with a pandemic. Here’s what to do about it.
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One chart shows how July’s housing surge doesn’t change the fact that America is still building fewer houses than it has in the past

Housing starts increased by 22.6% from 1.2 million in June to 1.5 million in July, continuing a three-month rise in new housing construction for privately-owned units. Despite this climb in housing starts, this figure is still low compared to previous decades. The following chart highlights the number of privately-owned housing […]
One chart shows how July’s housing surge doesn’t change the fact that America is still building fewer houses than it has in the past
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Job diary: As a professional bridesmaid, I deal with everything from missing grooms to wedding crashers. Here’s what a day in my life is really like.

Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur and founder of the company Bridesmaid for Hire, for which she works as a professional bridesmaid in the weddings of complete strangers. On the big day, she says her duties involve everything from being the bride’s personal assistant, social director, peacekeeper, and unofficial on-call therapist. […]
Job diary: As a professional bridesmaid, I deal with everything from missing grooms to wedding crashers. Here’s what a day in my life is really like.
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16 high-paying jobs you can do from home without a college degree

Researchers from The University of Chicago analysed which jobs can be done from home given their characteristics and work duties. Given this classification of telework jobs, we decided to look at which jobs are high-paying and can be done from home but do not require a college degree. Using education […]
16 high-paying jobs you can do from home without a college degree
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Inside the underground nanny economy, where many women of colour have few ways to fight workplace abuses and low wages, all made worse by the pandemic

The nanny industry is an unregulated “grey market” that predominantly employs women of colour who aren’t citizens. Because there’s so little oversight and so few protections, nannies have little recourse in dealing with discrimination and workplace abuses, including in some cases pay as low as $US5 an hour and racist […]
Inside the underground nanny economy, where many women of colour have few ways to fight workplace abuses and low wages, all made worse by the pandemic
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I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.

A recent CDC report revealed how four summer camps in Maine were able to operate while successfully limiting COVID-19 transmission. Jack Hodgson, a former director at a non-profit New Jersey summer camp, now a postgraduate researcher at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, says this is encouraging news – but there […]
I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.
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California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires

While wildfires burn across California, communities and hospitality organisations are coming together to help house evacuees. Some areas are opening up more hotel rooms and lodging to evacuees, and others are offering reduced rates to those in need. Airbnb is also offering free shelter through its Open Homes program, and […]
California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires
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I turned my sailboat into a podcast studio after I lost my biggest in-person speaking gigs. Here’s my advice for starting your own show at home.

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. Due to the pandemic, Morin says many of her speaking engagements (which accounted for a major part of her salary) were either cancelled or indefinitely postponed. In order to pivot her business model, she […]
I turned my sailboat into a podcast studio after I lost my biggest in-person speaking gigs. Here’s my advice for starting your own show at home.
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I love balloons so much that I left my career as a wedding planner to start my own custom balloon installation business. My job often starts when everyone else leaves the office — here’s what a typical day looks like.

Clancy Cusack had corporate jobs and worked in the wedding industry in her early career, but always felt called to do something more creative. After discovering a love for balloons, she began working nights and weekends to create lavish balloon installations for clients and special events in her city of […]
I love balloons so much that I left my career as a wedding planner to start my own custom balloon installation business. My job often starts when everyone else leaves the office — here’s what a typical day looks like.
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5 charts reveal what you should (and shouldn’t) post on your dating apps

More people are using online dating during the coronavirus pandemic, and users are sending more messages to connect with potential dates. From March to May, daily conversations increased 20% on Tinder. Hinge, Plenty of Fish, and other dating apps have also seen spikes in new users, Business Insider previously reported. […]
5 charts reveal what you should (and shouldn’t) post on your dating apps
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PRESENTING: Employees who trust their bosses have more energy, less stress, and fewer sick days. Here are 4 ways to establish trust with your workers, according to a senior vice president at Salesforce.

Building trust between employees and throughout the company is fundamental to productivity, and it’s easy to see why: In author and professor Paul J. Zak’s survey of 1,095 working adults in the US, employees at companies with higher trust were 106% more energetic at work, 76% more engaged, 74% less […]
PRESENTING: Employees who trust their bosses have more energy, less stress, and fewer sick days. Here are 4 ways to establish trust with your workers, according to a senior vice president at Salesforce.
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PRESENTING: We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck open-source platform Almanac used to raise $9 million in funding. The CEO breaks it down and gives his advice for entrepreneurs to perfect their pitch.

Months before the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, open-source platform Almanac raised $US9 million in seed funding. CEO and cofounder Adam Nathan estimated at least 70% of their pitches in this round were done over the phone or video conferencing. The company predicts that nearly all full-time work will move […]
PRESENTING: We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck open-source platform Almanac used to raise $9 million in funding. The CEO breaks it down and gives his advice for entrepreneurs to perfect their pitch.
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How the University of North Carolina went from a leader in college reopenings to what the student paper called a ‘clusterf—‘ with 135 coronavirus cases in just 7 days

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had originally planned on a hybrid reopening, partially in person, with its dorms more than halfway full. Within a week of classes starting on August 10, coronavirus cases spiked, with six separate clusters reported and at least 135 positive tests. The school […]
How the University of North Carolina went from a leader in college reopenings to what the student paper called a ‘clusterf—‘ with 135 coronavirus cases in just 7 days
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How to make the perfect cheese board for any special event

Cheese boards are an exciting, versatile addition to any party, no matter how casual or formal. There are no hard and fast rules for creating a cheese plate, but you can impress your guests by featuring cheeses with contrasting or a similar variety of flavours. Tyler Frankenberg, customer experience manager […]
How to make the perfect cheese board for any special event
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I’m a therapist who traded in typical self-care advice for daily adrenaline boosts. Here’s why it’s working — and how anyone can put it into practice.

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. During the pandemic, Morin has been working from her sailboat home with little social interaction or outside activities, which she says for some can be a recipe for depression. Instead of going the traditional […]
I’m a therapist who traded in typical self-care advice for daily adrenaline boosts. Here’s why it’s working — and how anyone can put it into practice.
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COVID-19 turned our European summer holiday into a staycation. Here’s why we’ll opt for another UK break next summer — even if travel goes back to normal.

When the COVID-19 pandemic derailed travel plans, Marc Shoffman and his family traded in kids’ clubs and breakfast buffets in Menorca for a summer staycation in Norfolk The outdoor getaway was a more comfortable option than flying – but there were still plenty of rules and social-distancing guidelines to maintain […]
COVID-19 turned our European summer holiday into a staycation. Here’s why we’ll opt for another UK break next summer — even if travel goes back to normal.
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The head of North Carolina’s college system knows who to blame for Chapel Hill’s botched reopening: Not the school but ‘students behaving irresponsibly off campus’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ditched its hybrid reopening plan on Monday, just one week after welcoming students back to campus. Roughly 130 students tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Thursday, the university has reported six COVID-19 clusters, including within fraternity houses and freshmen dorms. Other […]
The head of North Carolina’s college system knows who to blame for Chapel Hill’s botched reopening: Not the school but ‘students behaving irresponsibly off campus’
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I’m a psychologist who specialises in trauma. Here’s how parents can help their kids feel safe and stress-free returning to school, whether online or in person.

Paula Madrid is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specialises in trauma; she’s assisted in a variety of disaster response efforts and is adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s National Centre for Disaster Preparedness. Now, she writes, the big question on everyone’s mind is what to do about school reopenings. When […]
I’m a psychologist who specialises in trauma. Here’s how parents can help their kids feel safe and stress-free returning to school, whether online or in person.
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I’m certified in Marie Kondo’s tidying methods and have been helping people declutter their homes virtually during the pandemic — here’s what a typical day is like

Erin Mursch is a certified master KonMari consultant and the owner of her own professional organising business in Austin, Texas. Since 2015, she’s worked in over 100 homes to help people say goodbye to items that are taking up too much space in their lives using the tidying principles of […]
I’m certified in Marie Kondo’s tidying methods and have been helping people declutter their homes virtually during the pandemic — here’s what a typical day is like
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Trump’s extension of student-loan relief may help some people, but it’s so vague even his own education department is awaiting more guidance

President Donald Trump‘s executive action extending student loan relief until December 31 is both good and bad news. Borrowers with a federal government-owned federal student won’t have to make payments and will keep a 0% interest rate. But the relief leaves out 9 million student-loan borrowers, the Student Borrower Protection […]
Trump’s extension of student-loan relief may help some people, but it’s so vague even his own education department is awaiting more guidance
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A new Starbucks in Japan has contactless ordering and workspaces that can be reserved in advance, and it shows how the coffee chain is adapting to keep up with remote work demands

A new Starbucks storefront in Japan features several reservable workspaces where patrons can keep a distance from one another in their own partially-enclosed stations. This comes amid news of major companies continuing their remote work arrangement to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photos of the new Tokyo location, which […]
A new Starbucks in Japan has contactless ordering and workspaces that can be reserved in advance, and it shows how the coffee chain is adapting to keep up with remote work demands
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The 25 highest-paying jobs that you can do from home

Researchers from the University of Chicago studied which jobs can probably be done from home based on their work activities and responsibilities. Many of the jobs that can be performed remotely typically earn more than those that can’t be. We looked at which remote work jobs pay the most, based […]
The 25 highest-paying jobs that you can do from home
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3 skills hiring managers are looking for in remote job candidates

As more businesses consider operating remotely for the foreseeable future, they’re also looking for new skillsets in job candidates. Business Insider spoke with recruiting executives on what hiring managers are looking for in remote candidates, and what candidates can do to excel in a remote interview. Some of their best […]
3 skills hiring managers are looking for in remote job candidates