Microsoft will let employees work from home half the time

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Description: Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it’s safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC Friday. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/microsoft-implements-new-hybrid-remote-work-policy.html Questions for discussion: How would you suggest management at Microsoft monitor employee output and other metrics of performance?… Read more »

New Study: How Covid-19 Is Derailing Your Employees’ Career Growth (and What to Do Next)

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Description: Nearly half of employees don’t feel like they’re getting enough training, coaching, or mentoring to advance their careers. Source: INC.com Date: Oct 09, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/new-study-how-covid-19-is-derailing-your-employees-career-growth-and-what-to-do-next.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the gap between what employees want and what they feel they are getting? What should employers be doing about… Read more »

Yelp adds alerts for businesses accused of racism

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Description: Businesses accused of “overtly racist actions” from customers may soon see a warning on their Yelp page. The crowd-sourced review platform said it will allow customers to flag racist behavior, and it will place an alert on an establishment’s page when it “gains public attention for reports of racist conduct, such as using racist language or… Read more »

First-hand accounts of what racism looks like in Corporate Canada

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Description: Over the span of more than two-and-a-half years working on live events and music projects at Canada’s largest bank, Amara Nwogu’s dream job turned into a burden she says she could no longer bear. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 05, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/first-hand-accounts-of-what-racism-looks-like-in-corporate-canada-1.1501573 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about… Read more »

SPOS #743 – Gary Hamel On Creating Amazing Organizations

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #743 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s hard to imagine a more recognized business thinker than Gary Hamel. He is, without question, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe, and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker…. Read more »

Fourth-generation movie theater operator says chain is months from bankruptcy

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Description: B&B Theatres, the sixth-largest cinema chain in the U.S., has been operating for nearly 100 years. Its owners now say it is months away from filing for bankruptcy protection. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/movie-theater-operator-bb-theatres-says-its-months-from-bankruptcy.html Questions for discussion: Are there any solutions to this situation? What can management do to prolong operations… Read more »

Enough Already: Multiple Demands Causing Women To Abandon Workforce

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Description: Here’s a stunning stat: Women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men. Source: NPR.org Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/02/919517914/enough-already-multiple-demands-causing-women-to-abandon-workforce Questions for discussion: What does article say about women leaving the workforce and their reasons? Do you think this is a fair assessment of the situation? What are the managerial consequences for… Read more »

There is already a beer created by Artificial Intelligence

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Description: Technology has become a large part of our lives and with it Artificial Intelligence (AI) has intruded into our daily lives, so much so that with the help of it we have been able to create products that man normally makes. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357127 Questions for discussion: How was… Read more »

Coronavirus is devastating America’s small businesses — here’s how one expert says they can survive

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Description: While the novel coronavirus has been a boon for e-commerce giants like Amazon (AMZN), the pandemic has devastated America’s small businesses, particularly those with Black owners. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 01, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/small-businesses-survive-covid-laser-focused-enrichher-160905626.html Questions for discussion: Which small businesses are most affected by the virus? What is the advice being offered to small businesses in the report? What else… Read more »

Howard Levitt: New paid sick leave benefit will see employees suddenly feeling ‘sick’ 10 times a year

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Description: In the minds of the employees, the ten days become floating holidays Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/careers/howard-levitt-new-paid-sick-leave-benefit-will-see-employees-suddenly-feeling-sick-10-times-a-year Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the sick-days benefit from the employees’ and employers’ points of view? How can employers mitigate abuse of the benefit? Is there a better alternative to… Read more »