• Dr. Scott Dust is an assistant professor of management at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, who writes extensively on business leadership.
  • Months into the pandemic, the advice to overcommunicate or schedule frequent check-ins is old news for employers leading remote teams — and more meaningful, long-term strategies are needed to help workers feel supported and motivated.
  • Leaders shouldn’t pressure employees to share their personal challenges unless they want to, and should record virtual meetings to make them available when it’s convenient for different workers to watch them. 
  • In new or uncertain environments, employees tend to mimic the behaviors of their leader, he writes.
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A few years ago, just 2.5% of US employees worked from home. When the pandemic forced the closures of workplaces from coast to coast, this number peaked in June at 42%. Although this percentage

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Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at John P. Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.


President Donald Trump is persisting with the myth that Democratic rival Joe Biden proposes to ban fracking. Biden doesn’t.

TRUMP: “One of the most important issues for Pennsylvania is the survival of your fracking industry. Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged to abolish fracking. He’s a liar. He’s a liar.” — remarks Tuesday night at a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

THE FACTS: That’s false. Biden has repeatedly pledged not to abolish fracking.

His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, underscored that point multiple times in the vice presidential debate. None of that has dissuaded the president from repeatedly and wholly distorting Biden’s position.

At one of the Democratic primary debates, Biden misspoke when he addressed the subject, saying that if he became

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  • Retirees will see their Social Security benefits increase by 1.3% in 2021 due to an annual cost-of-living increase by the Social Security Administration, announced October 13. 
  • The average retiree received a benefit of $1,514 in June 2020, meaning that the average retiree can expect to see an increase of about $20 per month.
  • Next year’s 1.3% adjustment is lower than that of the past several years — adjustments were 2.8% and 1.6% for 2019 and 2020, respectively. 
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The Social Security Administration announced this week that retirees’ benefits are set to increase slightly for 2021.  The SSA announced a 1.3% annual cost-of-living adjustment for next year’s Social Security benefit. The adjustment is expected to give a small income boost to more than 72 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries next year. 

The administration evaluates the cost of living based

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.


The senator leading Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday launched into revisionist history on “Obamacare,” implying it was designed to help Democratic states like California, New York and Massachusetts while doling out less to states like his, South Carolina.

In doing so, Sen. Lindsey Graham skipped over the fact that health insurance is generally more expensive in places with a high cost of living. Also, South Carolina is among 12 conservative states that have not adopted the law’s Medicaid expansion, a big source of federal subsidies.

A look at the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman’s remark during questioning of nominee Amy Coney Barrett:

GRAHAM: “Under the Affordable Care Act, three states get 35% of the money, folks. Can you

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For many Americans across the country, the prospect of getting a second stimulus check from the government is a matter of life or death. With millions of people out of work due to layoffs and cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic, many households have been forced to depend on government aid to help pay for basic needs, including food, housing and essential bills. 

But instead of elected officials helping those in need, many critics say, politicians are playing games with their lives.

Last week in a series of tweets, President Trump called on Congress to pass additional coronavirus relief measures. It was a stunning reversal after he’d announced just hours earlier that he was calling off negotiations until after the November election.

“The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business,” Trump tweeted on

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Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale event can feel super overwhelming. 

Also: How to find the best deals for business

There are over 80,000 items on sale this year. Some are legitimate, while others should be ignored. So, to help you get the most out of Prime Day, which is exclusive to Amazon Prime subscribers, ZDNet is rounding up only the best deals. In this guide, we’ve selected items that professionals, remote workers, and commuters might find interesting.

We’ll regularly update this guide over Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 with deals as we find them. If you’d like to find more consumer-focused deals, as well as some tips and tricks, check out our Prime Day hub, where we’ll provide you with plenty of resources so that you can master Amazon’s 48-hour blowout sale. Hopefully, with our help, you won’t miss a deal.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2020 tech deals

Remember, you

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BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Petri Plumbing & Heating, a family-owned home services company in Brooklyn, advises homeowners to make sure their boilers are in in tip-top shape before cold weather arrives, avoiding a potential loss of heat or costly emergency repairs stemming from system strain during the first few days of winter use.

“Most boilers remain idle during warmer months, and when suddenly turned on, problems can occur,” said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. “Having a malfunctioning boiler and no heat during a cold snap isn’t just an inconvenience, it could be a health and safety hazard. Getting your boiler serviced before winter can ensure your family’s comfort and safety.”

The Petri Plumbing & Heating team is providing homeowners with the following warning signs that their boiler might need servicing now:

  • Thumping or gurgling noises: This could mean several things,
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It’s now unlikely that a new stimulus bill will be approved before election day November 3, where Donald Trump is seeking reelection against his challenger, Joe Biden.

But what if you’ve not received the first check yet and it’s due to arrive in the post? Will it arrive today on Columbus Day?

Unfortunately the short answer is no. US Post offices are closed on Monday. This means that there won’t be any residential or business deliveries except Holiday Premium/Priority Mail Express. Regular mail delivery and collections resume Tuesday.

When’s the earliest a new round of stimulus bills could be sent?

With two votes (one in the House and one in the Senate) and

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House Democrats are calling for another round of stimulus checks in their new $2.2 trillion proposal.

Will there be a second COVID-19 stimulus relief plan, including a second round of stimulus checks? The chances for it diminished on October 10. That’s when the White House sweetened the pot to $1.8 trillion, but it didn’t go anywhere. What gives? Who’s responsible for the fact you haven’t gotten a second stimulus check yet?

The answer is both sides. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the offer saying it didn’t do enough. However, she’s not the only opponent. Senate Republicans aren’t coalescing around that amount either. They think it’s too much.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow went on the Sunday talk shows and insisted the deal wasn’t dead. He believes Republicans will come around if Democrats do. That’s an open question, of course.

“No, I don’t think it’s dead at all,” said

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he’s fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn’t so and declared the coronavirus is “disappearing” even as cases spiked.

President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The comments over the weekend capped a week that featured the only vice presidential debate of 2020 and Trump’s hurried approach to leaving his convalescence behind and getting on with the campaign for the Nov. 3 election.

President Donald Trump removes his face mask to speak from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Donald Trump removes his face mask to speak from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With confirmation hearings beginning Monday for

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