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 »

Tesla will have zero sales in China by 2030: analyst

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Description: Tesla (TSLA) may not have much of a future in the world’s largest electric vehicle market, if one analyst’s predictions pan out. Morgan Stanley’s (MS) Adam Jonas says that CEO Elon Musk’s high-tech automotive company will likely see sales in China plummet to zero by 2030. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Oct 02, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-will-have-zero-sales-in-china-by-2030-analyst-203938920.html… Read more »

The Road to Greener Concrete Is Paved With Clay

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Description: Among the myriad steps needed to clean up construction, a cement made with heated clay stands out. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 01, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-01/lc3-clay-cuts-cement-industry-co2-emissions Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the cement production process and its contribution to CO2 pollution? How can producers reduce their pollution from production and what is… Read more »

As Ellen DeGeneres fights claims of a toxic workplace, here are 3 signs you work in one

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Description: On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres addressed allegations made by former employees that her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” had an internal culture of racism, fear, and intimidation as well as sexual harassment. The allegations gained national attention following a BuzzFeed article that reported on the show’s “toxic work culture” — and three of the show’s high-ranking producers… Read more »

Warren Buffett Says 4 Choices in Life Separate the Doers From the Dreamers

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Description: Now 90 years young, the Oracle of Omaha is still impressing with important life lessons. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-4-choices-in-life-separate-doers-from-dreamers.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the advice presented in the report. What do you think about it?

WestJet tells workers their pay will be cut by half due to wage subsidy changes

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Description: WestJet Airlines Ltd. is warning furloughed workers their pay will be cut by up to 53 per cent starting Sunday due to changes in the extended federal wage subsidy, prompting flight crews to call on Ottawa for action. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/westjet-tells-workers-their-pay-will-be-cut-by-half-due-to-wage-subsidy-changes-1.1499504 Questions for discussion: How are employees being paid… Read more »

How Target gets you to spend money

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Description: Target has revolutionized the entire shopping experience, from the width of the aisles and the weight of the shopping carts to the smell of Starbucks coffee and placement of dollar bins. The tactics are paying off. Despite the pandemic, profits rose more than 80% year over year. Here’s how Target uses dollar bins and… 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 »

SPOS #737 – David Burkus On Building Great Teams With Purpose

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #737 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the world’s leading business thinkers (and my friend), David Burkus, is a forward-thinking idea machine focused on helping leaders and teams do their best work ever. He is the best-selling author of five books about business and leadership (including The Myths… 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?