Amazon will let managers decide how often employees come into the office

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Description: Amazon is giving its employees more flexibility to work from home even after its offices begin to reopen next year. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 11, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/11/amazon-to-let-managers-decide-how-often-employees-come-into-the-office.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Describe the options available to individuals and teams working at Amazon. What are the benefits and drawbacks to this sort of organization shift? What… Read more »

Americans’ Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend. Source: Gallup.com Date: Oct 07, 2021 Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/355526/americans-trust-media-dips-second-lowest-record.aspx Questions for discussion: Summarize and explain the concerns with… Read more »

Recognizing a person’s pronouns is not an ‘accommodation,’ but a basic employer obligation

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Description: As one B.C. restaurant recently discovered in a case brought before the Human Rights Tribunal Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 05, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-recognizing-a-persons-pronouns-is-not-an-accommodation-but-a-basic-employer-obligation Questions for discussion: Summarize the legal and social implications described in this report. How should management approach the issue with the legal implications in mind?

​ SPOS #795 – Brian Primack On ‘You Are What You Click’

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #795 – Host: Mitch Joel. The new book is called, You Are What You Click – How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience (and, you need to read it). This book is for realists, and it was written by Brian Primack. Brian in Dean… Read more »

Employees of United Airlines Are Suing Over Mandatory Vaccines. Is Your Business Next?

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Description: After making headlines with its rigorous vaccine mandate, the airline is facing several employee lawsuits. How to prepare for your own legal challenges. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 27, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/employees-of-united-airlines-are-suing-over-mandatory-vaccines-is-your-business-next.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the law and dealing with employees who refuse to be vaccinated? What advice would… Read more »

The Future of Work Should Mean Working Less

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Description: A dozen years ago, my friend Patricia Nordeen was an ambitious academic, teaching at the University of Chicago and speaking at conferences across the country. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 23, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/09/23/opinion/covid-return-to-work-rto.html Questions for discussion: What does the essay say about changing attitudes toward work and organizational relationships? What does this mean for… Read more »

Labour shortage or lack of decent work? What really ails Canadian restaurants

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Description: Restaurant operators across Canada are struggling to find enough staff to run their operations. This labour crisis has been highly publicized by Canadian media as a “labour shortage.” Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 28, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/labour-shortage-or-lack-of-decent-work-what-really-ails-canadian-restaurants Questions for discussion: Is there a labour shortage? Summarize what has happened to the restaurant industry and how… Read more »

SPOS #794 – Jonathan Fields On Work That Makes You Come Alive

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #794 – Host: Mitch Joel. He is one of the kindest humans that I know. Jonathan Fields (aka the Good Life Guy) is all about delivering insights that spark purpose, possibility, and potential. He’s been on a decades-long quest to discover what makes people come fully alive. Jonathan is… Read more »

Golf’s growth in popularity is much bigger than a pandemic story

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Description: Golf surged in popularity in 2020 by nearly every metric, as people sought out the socially distanced outdoor activity amid the pandemic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 27, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/26/callaway-dicks-sporting-goods-score-with-growth-of-golf.html Questions for discussion: Explain the growth of the golf industry over the past year, according to the article. What are the related industries that… Read more »

Amazon says workers and applicants fired or barred during marijuana screening are now eligible for employment

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Description: Amazon is further relaxing its screening policies for marijuana, as it ramps up support for federal legislation to legalize the drug. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/21/amazon-will-lobby-government-to-legalize-marijuana.html Questions for discussion: Explain the decision-making followed by the firm to the present day. Why do you suppose attitudes at the firm have… Read more »