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 New research finds that this view is outdated: Engagement and retention don’t correlate with benefits awards.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 »

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 »

Why the new productivity model is no longer about watching the clock

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Description: A habit of constantly monitoring work hours is feeling more and more out of place amid a changing work environment. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Mar 10, 2022 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90728516/why-the-new-productivity-model-is-no-longer-about-watching-the-clock Questions for discussion: What does the article say about productivity and popular thinking about work? Do you agree with these sentiments?

Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

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Description: After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 08, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/return-to-office-why-executives-are-eager-for-workers-to-come-back.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Why are executives eager to get employees back in the office? What are the issues related to this debate?… Read more »

Howard Levitt: The gig economy is here to stay and Ontario is ahead of the curve in recognizing it

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Description: The pandemic has highlighted how the nature of work is rapidly evolving away from traditional employment to a more flexible, freelance model Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 11, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-the-gig-economy-is-here-to-stay-and-ontario-is-ahead-of-the-curve-in-recognizing-it Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the legal changes taking place and the nature of work? Do you think these proposals… Read more »

Can Workers Climb the Career Ladder From Outside the Office?

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Description: Translating opportunities for networking, mentoring and advancement to the virtual world isn’t easy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/03/business/dealbook/remote-work-careers.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the challenges facing businesses and their employees who work remotely? Why is the office an important contributor to employee develomment and career advancement?