Valerie Bolden-Barrett


Business Writer & Content Specialist

My writing service is in Central Connecticut, where I was born, grew up and currently live. After earning a B.A. degree from Temple University, I became a seasoned writer in employee communication, media relations, public policy and public relations. And before I went solo as a freelance writer, I was an editor and, later, a senior editor of national business publications for two major publishing firms — Simon & Schuster and Aspen Publishers. My business writing services include editing, copywriting, scriptwriting and ghostwriting. I help businesses and organizations tell their stories through articles, blogs, newsletters, case studies, white papers, scripts and essays. I specialize in turning complex facts and figures into easy-reading material. My content specialization is best business practices, government affairs, alternative energy and career development.
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Temple University, B.A.

Published Content

What is the State of the Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses?
November 5th, 2018
Demand for high-tech skills rises as talent search gets tougher
October 22nd, 2018
What Goes Into a Paystub?

The article contains a list of all the basic entries that make up a paystub.

September 25th, 2018
Mercer: Wage increases projected to remain flat in 2019
August 21st, 2018
Employees spend 30 minutes or less reading open enrollment materials

The article's purpose was to spotlight employers' communication problems in preparing workers for open enrollment.

August 17th, 2018
Study: Interpersonal tasks challenge CEOs more than business tasks
August 8th, 2018
Is Unstable Shift Scheduling Hurting Your Sales?

How unstable, or unpredictable, work schedules for hourly, largely retail employees can deflate sales. Article also covers predictive scheduling laws, which some states and municipalities have adopted.

July 27th, 2018
Unemployment rate dips to 3.9% as employers battle a tough hiring environment

Update on BLS's monthly jobs and unemployment report, and its effect on hiring and retention.

August 6th, 2018
Employees say they can't get 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time
July 17th, 2018
The use of tech and analytics is a common feature of top HR departments
July 25th, 2018
Study: Men who fear being seen as incompetent are prone to sexually harassing subordinates

The article is based on an academic study on the ties between sexual harassment, power and gender hierarchy among men in the workplace.

July 18th, 2018
61% of CHROs say they'd leave for a better opportunity — but half have no replacement in line
March 26th, 2018
Adobe says it's reached 100% pay equity in the US
December 11th, 2017
Starbucks shares a preview of its anti-bias training curriculum

This article is a follow-up piece on Starbucks' company-wide antidiscrimination training announcement.

May 25th, 2018
HBR: Internal cyber threats account for 39% of breaches
December 6th, 2017
Which employees will churn? Turns out you should just ask

Quick-read brief on employee churning, the rate at which workers leave their current jobs for work opportunities elsewhere. Insight section explains how the news hook affects employers and how they might address the issue.

April 25th, 2018
Study: More employees are using HSAs, voluntary benefits
April 9th, 2018
61% of US workers think the 9-to-5 workday is a dinosaur
August 2nd, 2017
US women's workforce participation declined 3% since 2000
September 6th, 2017
Coalition of 11 attorneys general vows to oppose DOL's PAID program
April 13th, 2018
Cornell: Laid off workers are 65% more likely to quit their next job
April 24th, 2017
Study: More employees are using HSAs, voluntary benefits
April 9th, 2018
61% of job seekers visit company sites before applying
April 20th, 2017
On Valentine's Day, 70% of U.S. employees have a 'work spouse'
February 14th, 2017
75% of employees in a survey are very happy working for a small business
May 16th, 2017
The worst boss trait? Micromanaging
April 10th, 2018
78% of business leaders 'aren't ready' for expected post-election changes
February 3rd, 2017
Korn Ferry study: 63% of employees want promotions, not raises
January 6th, 2017
Human Rights Campaign gives record number of 100% ratings to US employers
December 6th, 2016
66% of workplace bias victims said morale, commitment suffer
April 4th, 2017
Study: 81% of millennials want companies to be good corporate citizens
March 2nd, 2017
80% of companies aren't paying salespeople the right commissions
August 23rd, 2017
71% of workers think 'friending' their coworkers on Facebook is just fine
September 19th, 2017
Despite federal policies, 33% of employers plan to hire immigrants in 2017
April 19th, 2017
Anthem: 35% of millennials turned down job offers due to inadequate benefits
May 22nd, 2017
53% of workers think playing workplace politics could get them promoted
November 14th, 2017
Paychex: 80% of workers stressed about missing out on home activities
March 30th, 2017
Study: 60% of employers struggling to manage benefits
February 1st, 2017
Survey: 67% of employers expect partial repeal of ACA
February 21st, 2017
70% of employees don't know enough about preventing cyber fraud
October 4th, 2017
HireRight: 85% of employers have spotted lies on resumes
April 19th, 2017
Study: 79% of US workers get company news from the office grapevine
May 18th, 2017
ADP study finds 28% gap in variable pay between men and women
May 12th, 2017
Telecommuting has grown 159% since 2000
April 18th, 2017
Benefits, flexible work options may be key to attracting talent
April 13th, 2018
Survey: 84% of companies now offer financial well-being benefits
April 11th, 2017
Study: 94% of workers are open to non-traditional work arrangements
October 5th, 2017
Technavio report predicts 6% growth in use of HR consulting services
February 8th, 2017
Latest US jobs report shows 19% of people over 65 still work
July 11th, 2017
Top tech companies offer 35% more in vitro fertility benefits than other industries
December 31st, 2016
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