Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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Description: OAKLAND, Calif. — Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has settled a series of shareholder lawsuits over its handling of sexual harassment claims, agreeing to greater oversight by its board of directors in future cases of sexual misconduct and committing to spend $310 million over the next decade on corporate diversity programs. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep… Read more »

As Main Street crisis worsens, Facebook launches new small business platform

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Description: Facebook is increasing its focus on the small business community, launching a new interface called “Business Suite” on Thursday which is targeted at small businesses that have struggled throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 17, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/17/as-main-street-crisis-worsens-facebook-launches-small-business-hub.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the situation at Facebook… Read more »

Worried About Disengaged Employees? Make These 7 Changes.

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Description: Engagement strategies create happier employees and stronger companies. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/355186 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the level of employee engagement? Why do you suppose this is the situation? How can managers increase employee engagement?

The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020 with retailers hopeful that consumers will turn out early

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Description: Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-holiday-shopping-season-could-start-on-10-10-2020-with-retailers-hopeful-that-consumers-will-turn-out-early-11600197849?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the basis for these notions of an earlier start… Read more »

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch

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Description: Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/singapore-to-pay-citizens-for-keeping-healthy-with-apple-watch?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Describe the partnership plan between Apple, government,… Read more »

Kindergarten is the new calculus: How a private tutoring company survived a pandemic

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Description: Joanne Sallay’s in-person tutoring business faced overnight extinction. And then the elementary school parents started calling Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Aug 27, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/kindergarten-is-the-new-calculus-how-a-private-tutoring-company-survived-a-pandemic/wcm/b4622ea7-d5c4-4354-b4cd-5d37caeb36e3/ Questions for discussion: How did operations change as a result of coronavirus? How does the report illustrate entrepreneurial management?

Telemedicine

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

4 Strategies to Build Business Resilience Before the Next Disruption

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Description: If the pandemic has taught business leaders anything, it’s this: The question isn’t if the next crisis will come, but when. Source: Gallup.com Date: Aug 05, 2020 Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/316325/strategies-build-business-resilience-next-disruption.aspx Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the current disruption taking place? What does the report recommend to management?

Howard Levitt: Why employees can’t refuse to return to work because they fear an unsafe workplace

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Description: An employee cannot refuse to return to work because they lack confidence in the employer’s measures or believe that leaving their home or taking public transit is unsafe. Nor can they necessarily refuse to return to work because they are older or believe they bear a special risk because of their or their family’s… Read more »

These restaurant chains are unveiling new designs inspired by the pandemic

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic is spurring on a growing number of restaurant chains to build restaurants with new bells and whistles focused on convenience and safety. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/restaurant-chains-are-unveiling-new-designs-inspired-by-the-pandemic.html Questions for discussion: How have these restaurant chains responded to the coronavirus pandemic? Do you think these are good decisions? What else would… Read more »