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Is Retail for You?

As an organization that has a large stake in the retail industry, Goodwill of Greater Washington is keenly interested and aware of the evolution taking place. In this week’s blog, we look at two questions. First, what are some of the permanent changes we can expect for retail? Second, is retail still a good career choice?

COVID-19’s Affect On Workplace Toxicity

We were curious to see how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the toxic work environment. On the surface, it would appear that being free to work from home would reduce the stress of toxicity. After all, we wouldn’t have to face the causes of our stress in person and could, in effect, hide from the problem. Unfortunately, there is some evidence that the exact opposite occurred.

Commutes Are Back and the Public Has Varying Opinions

In the time prior to March of 2020, commuting to work was an expected – and accepted – part of everyday life. At that time the average one-way commute in Washington, DC was around 30 minutes. Now, many who read this would wish their one-way daily commute was only 30 minutes.

Coming Fourth

Is there anything more “normal” than celebrating the Fourth of July? It is the unofficial mid-point of summer and screams barbeques and backyard parties. And, yes, it is also when we celebrate America’s independence. That word holds a slightly different connotation in 2021.

Ever Wonder What’s Involved in Opening a Goodwill Store?

While Goodwill stores operate in a very similar manner to most retail operations, we do have some unique jobs and processes. But at the end of the day, what makes Goodwill different from virtually any other retailer is that 91 cents out of every dollar we earn is funneled back into our mission services: providing free job training, education, and employment programs for people with disadvantages and disabilities. That is what makes us the most proud every time we open a new store.

To Mask or Not to Mask?

Face it, not wearing a mask will feel a bit unnatural for a time. Seeing people not wearing masks will still set off that virus alarm in some people. However, as of this writing, 60% of the US population had received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 37% were fully vaccinated. As this program proceeds, we will all feel more comfortable not wearing a mask.

9 Questions & Considerations For Switching Career Paths Post-Pandemic

If you’ve been in hold mode and are preparing to switch career paths, how has the pandemic altered that paradigm?

Offices Are Starting to Reopen. Now What?

While many brick & mortar businesses have been open for almost a year following global closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many with limited capacity, most office-based jobs have continued to work remotely using virtual meeting platforms like Zoom or Teams to stay connected.

Last-Minute Resources to Use Before Taxes Are Due

There are very few positives we can wring out of our shared pandemic year. However, one small shining light is the fact that the deadline to file your 2020 federal income taxes has been extended to May 17th. Since this is right around the corner, we put together a list of last-minute resources that can help you in your filing.

Vaccines in the Workplace – Should I Get One?

It has been a long, painful, and trying year and that light at the end of the tunnel does not appear to be an oncoming train. This begs the question – now that I can get vaccinated, should I?



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