Economists expect Fed to keep rates low
Ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting this week, economists expect the central bank to maintain historically low short-term interest rates, despite signs of a strengthening economy. Unemployment remains at 7.7%, and at previous meetings, the Fed has pledged to keep policies in place until unemployment drops to 6.5%, provided inflation remains mild. The Washington Post/The Associated Press
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5 simple tips for improving company culture
"[T]here are adoptable practices to turn a halfhearted team into one that's resilient and devoted," writes Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network. "It's as easy as celebrating and investing in your employees." Gimbel's tips include making a team out of people who don't normally socialize together, embracing cultural events such as March Madness, involving employees in big decisions, setting aside a regular time to meet with each staff member and offering workshops and additional training. Fox Business Small Business Center
How March Madness can put a spring in the step of workers
There are legal considerations to letting employees participate in a March Madness bracket at work, but doing so correctly can build team spirit and morale without hurting productivity, says Murat Philippe of Avatar HR Solutions. Bracket betting "is something that is going to happen anyway, no matter what a company may say," Philippe said. "It doesn't really cost you a great deal, so you may as well saddle it up and ride it out." USA Today/Gannett News Service
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