By Monica E. Oss There has been much focus on the two ends of the workforce spectrum. The workforce that is providing direct labor in many markets—including health and human services—is in turmoil. The post-pandemic market that is emerging is rife with fierce competition for this workforce—with McDonald’s announcing a 10% hourly wage raise so entry-level staff will make $11 to $17 an hour while shift managers will make $15 to $20 an hour, based on location (see McDonald’s Raises Hourly Wages For Company-Owned Restaurants). And Burger King is offering signing bonuses of $1,500 (see Local Restaurants, National Chains Offering Incentives As Scramble For Workers Continues).…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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