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From the desk of Elizabeth Moon...

April 2021

We partner with Insperity to bring you relevant thought leadership content that can help you mitigate risk, maintain HR government compliance and grow your bottom line.

An employer's guide to COVID-19 for employees: Can employers mandate it?

 

Employers and business leaders must decide how to handle COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. It’s a hot-button issue that’s complicated by an array of factors. And, as with so many issues businesses have faced during the pandemic, there are no easy answers.

There are several general points worth contemplating when considering your company’s best course of action.

In this article, we will:

  • Provide links to federal guidelines on the topic
  • Consider possible pros and cons of requiring vaccines for employees
  • Outline four common approaches
  • Explore exceptions employees may seek to vaccination mandates
  • Identify five potential legal issues related to the topic

Keep reading here: https://www.insperity.com/blog/covid-19-vaccinations-for-employees/ 

November 2020

What is a PEO – and how can it help your business?

This is a complete guide to professional employer organizations (PEOs). 

In this guide you’ll learn everything there is to know about PEOs – companies that can work with your organization to provide comprehensive and affordable payroll, benefits and human resource services through a business-to-business relationship called “co-employment.”

We’ll cover:

  • What is a PEO?

  • Why businesses use PEO services

  • How PEOs operate

  • What it means to be a certified PEO

If you want to learn what a PEO is and whether it’s a good option for managing your company’s human resources (HR), this guide is for you. Keep reading here: https://www.insperity.com/blog/what-is-a-peo/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter


August 2020

Everyone likes to be recognized for their efforts – whether it’s a very public kudos or a hand-written note discreetly mailed to their home. In fact, employee recognition is considered one of the top ways to motivate people to do their best work and increase productivity.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management ,79 percent of employees say recognition makes them work harder and 78 percent say recognition makes them more productive and better equipped to handle change.

In today’s business world where more and more companies are shifting to a remote workforce and spending less time interacting face-to-face, finding new ways to reward your employees is more important than ever.

Here are 10 ideas to reward your remote employees and help them stay motivated to do their best work yet. https://www.insperity.com/blog/reward-remote-employees/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter


June 2020

Developing a mindset of resilience during changes and crises

When your organization goes through unstable or challenging times, it’s critical that everyone on your team adopt a mindset of resilience.

A mindset of resilience is:

The capacity to continue to develop despite disruption – for example, being able to adapt to changing circumstances, incorporate new behaviors and follow new processes

The ability to let go of what makes you comfortable

A tolerance for ambiguity


May 2020

How to build a successful work-from-home program: 4 steps

Say your best talent is out of commuting range. Or, a new parent wants to work from home for a couple of years. Or, maybe teleworking was thrust upon your company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, more than ever before, it’s important for business leaders to understand how to setup a successful remote work program. It requires deliberation, planning and, likely, some investment in technology.

Here’s what you need to know to build a successful work-from-home program.

https://www.insperity.com/blog/build-work-from-home-program/?utm_source=Channel-AFCEA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&pid=Channel-AFCEA-Newsletter

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The Navy Selects Small Businesses for GPS-Based PNT Hardware

Sechan Electronics Inc.,* Lititz, Pennsylvania (N0003921D2002); and Systems Engineering Support Co. Inc.* (SESCo), San Diego, California (N0003921D2003) are awarded a combined $452,850,428 indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery multiple award contract (MAC) for Global Positioning System-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Service (GPNTS) follow-on hardware production units.

Marine Corps Systems Command Selects Small Businesses for Amphibious Vehicle Test Advancement

Bowhead Marine Support Services LLC,* Springfield, Virginia (M68909-21-D-7912); DeVilliers Technology Solutions LLC,* doing business as, DeVil-Tech, Stafford, Virginia (M68909-21-D-7913); FedWriters Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia (M68909-21-D-7914); and MERPTech LLC,* Herndon, Virginia (M68909-21-D-7915), are awarded a combined $31,166,049 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the procurement of services to support the Amphibious Vehicle Test B

DARPA Expands Contract with Radiance Technologies for Secure Simulation and Modeling Platform

Radiance Technologies Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $13,169,089 modification (P00007) to exercise an option to previously awarded contract HR0011-20-C-0146 for the Secure Advanced Framework for Simulation and Modeling (SAFE-SiM) program. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $23,410,995 from $10,241,906.


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Navy Information Warfare Day
09/28/2021 - 09/28/2021
NGA, Springfield, VA

This industry-focused Secret-level discussion the Navy IW enterprise s first since 2019 will focus on the IW priorities shaping Fleet readiness, acquisition, and modernization in support of the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy. Navy leaders and experts will describe current and future IW investments in the Fleet, in unmanned systems, in cybersecurity, and in unmanned systems -- to minimize operational risk while meeting the increasingly urgent pacing threat. The goal of the day is to thoughtfully explore how the public and private sectors can best work together now to address the Navy s gaps and barriers to programmatic and operational success.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by RedSeal: Real World Lessons From Large-Scale Cloud Migrations
09/29/2021 - 09/29/2021
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Examine the challenges in inventorying your applications, network and services prior to your cloud implementation, learn the cross-organization coordination necessary for secure cloud deployments and more.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Nokia: Automating Your Communications Network for 5G and Cloud-Ready C5ISR
09/30/2021 - 09/30/2021
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Learn the opportunities and challenges for defence networks posed by 5G and cloud-based service delivery, why network and cyber-security automation and orchestration is needed, how to automate your defense strategic and operative networks and more.

Corporate Member Briefing - October 2021
10/13/2021 - 10/13/2021
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SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Verizon: EIS and the DoD: Transition and Modernize With Ease
10/14/2021 - 10/14/2021
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During this webinar, Verizon defense subject matter experts will discuss: What the EIS contract is, how defense agencies should use it to help plan their digital transition journey and ways EIS can help future transformation needs

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by PacStar: Reliable Multi-Cloud Access at the Tactical Edge
10/20/2021 - 10/20/2021
Web

The rapid adoption of cloud technologies for capabilities envisioned by programs such as JADC2 to support machine learning, IoT and ISR provides new opportunities for defense organizations to achieve and maintain C5ISR overmatch as long as networks can reliably deliver those benefits at the tactical network edge. In this webinar you'll learn about modern tactical networks.

TechNet Cyber
10/27/2021 - 10/28/2021
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD

JUST ADDED! DISA's Forecast to Industry, Friday, October 29th! The cyberspace battlefield has changed. No longer an arena where adversaries launch a single distributed denial of service attack, lob a virus or infiltrate a network, it is now a state of persistent barrages and simultaneous campaigns. Attacks against high-value targets still occur, but they are accompanied by a torrent of continuous assaults on political, economic and security interests. TechNet Cyber is a forum for military, industry and academia to discuss and plan how to achieve persistent engagement, presence and innovation. It is the opportunity to devise a new strategy to build resilience and defend networks.

TechNet Indo-Pacific
11/08/2021 - 11/11/2021
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI

TechNet Indo-Pacific is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and AFCEA Hawaii. It is the largest event in the Pacific Rim focusing on regional defense issues. Keynote speakers, panel moderators and panelists will discuss defense policies and challenges in the Indo- Pacific region and their relevance to both industry and government. Industry exhibitors will demonstrate products and solutions to meet the services' requirements and needs.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Forcepoint: Strategies for Enabling Multi-Domain Collaboration through Secure Data & File Transfer
11/09/2021 - 11/09/2021
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Discuss practical considerations for enabling collaboration within and between agencies and allies.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by REDCOM: Zero Trust Architectures for the Tactical Edge
11/30/2021 - 11/30/2021
Web

Discuss the state of Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) today along with some of the challenges in bringing this technology to the edge and learn REDCOM's answer to this problem - a seamless, lightweight, easy-to-deploy authentication solution built from the bottom-up to meet the needs of users in the tactical domain.


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