How older workers can push back against the reality of ageism

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Description: Ageism is one of the most unfair paradoxes in the labor market: People put in decades of hard work and then find themselves penalized for having done so. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/20/how-older-workers-can-push-back-against-the-reality-of-ageism-.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the managerial issues related to ageism?… Read more »

As employees return to the office, the much-hyped hybrid model faces acid test: does it work?

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Description: The days of mandating full-time work in the office are ending, hiring experts say Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/hybrid-work-office-return-1.6393222 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Canadian workers’ attitudes toward returning to work? What does this mean for management? What would you advise management and employees at this time… Read more »

Toronto, the Quietly Booming Tech Town

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Description: For all the excitement around places like Austin and Miami, the biggest tech expansion has been in Canada’s largest city. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 21, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/21/technology/toronto-tech-boom.html Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in Toronto and how the city is managing to draw IT developers. What does this report suggest to other… Read more »

Adidas announces new network that will allow more than 50,000 student-athletes to be paid ambassadors

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Description: Adidas announced Wednesday a new “name, image and likeness” network that will be open to student-athletes at NCAA Division 1 Adidas-sponsored schools.The new program will allow more than 50,000 students across 23 sports at 109 schools the ability to become paid spokespeople for the brand. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 23, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/23/adidas-announces-new-network-that-will-allow-more-than-50000-student-athletes-to-be-paid-ambassadors-.html Questions for… Read more »

Rethinking Your Approach to the Employee Experience

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Description: Human resources leaders commonly assume that for a company to stand out as a great place to work, it must deliver competitive perks—everything from skills training to pet insurance to foosball. New research finds that this view is outdated: Engagement and retention don’t correlate with benefits awards. Employees have begun looking beyond material offerings… Read more »

Starbucks’ 3-pronged effort to create a more inclusive future for the brand

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Description: Starbucks (SBUX) is taking action to eliminate “points of exclusion” for customers across the globe and connect more with consumers and their communities. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-takes-steps-toward-more-inclusive-future-here-are-three-ways-how-130048812.html Questions for discussion: How is management improving operations and eliminating points of exclusion? What are the overall benefits of this way of thinking?… Read more »

Women in low-paying jobs are losing billions as U.S. gender pay gap persists, Labor Department says

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Description: Women in low-paying industries, particularly Black and Hispanic women, are losing billions of dollars every year — exacerbating an already stark gender pay gap in the U.S., according to a new analysis by the Labor Department. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/15/women-in-low-paying-jobs-are-losing-billions-as-us-gender-pay-gap-persists-labor-department-says.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key arguments made in this… Read more »

Tim Hortons to open first store in India this year in continued push to become global brand

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Description: Plans to expand to 300 restaurants across the country in the next decade Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/tim-hortons-to-open-first-store-in-india-this-year-in-continued-push-to-become-global-brand Questions for discussion: Why is the firm expanding in India? Do you think they will succeed there? Should they modify their business model in any way because they are in India? ​

Warehouses Transform N.Y.C. Neighborhoods as E-Commerce Booms

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Description: The region is home to the largest concentration of online shoppers in the country. The facilities, key to delivering packages on time, are reshaping neighborhoods. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 16, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/16/nyregion/ecommerce-warehouses-nyc.html? Questions for discussion: What is happening in the NYC area and why? What are the benefits and drawbacks? Are there alternatives… Read more »

These strawberries were grown in a New Jersey warehouse — and they may revolutionize how Americans eat

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Description: KEARNY, New Jersey — Inside of a warehouse in this factory town neighboring Newark, thousands of strawberries grow in rows beneath bright lights. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/15/bowerys-vertical-farming-strawberries-go-on-sale-in-new-york-.html Questions for discussion: What are the competitive advantages and disadvantages for this type of agriculture? What sort of customers would… Read more »