Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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Description: Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say UPS management is doing to deal with current challenges?… Read more »

Microsoft has hired a law firm to review sexual harassment policies, report to come this spring

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Description: Microsoft’s board said Thursday it will review the software maker’s policies on sexual harassment and issue a report in the spring after shareholders in November approved a proposal for a report on the topic. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 13, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/13/microsoft-hires-law-firm-to-review-sexual-harassment-policies.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications of this announcement, in your opinion? Do… Read more »

‘It’s wild out there’: Employees gain upper hand amid war for talent

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Description: The surge of Omicron cases across Canada is putting employers in a double bind as they struggle to keep businesses afloat with staff away sick, while also keeping existing employees safe and happy amid the so-called great resignation trend. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-wild-out-there-employees-gain-upper-hand-amid-war-for-talent-1.1707646 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

A Record 4.5 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in November

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Description: A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November while openings remained elevated, highlighting persistent churn in the labor market. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 04, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-04/u-s-job-openings-fall-in-november-quits-rise-to-record?srnd=wealth Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the job market? Why are people quitting? What does this mean for managers?… Read more »

Adam Grant’s 5 ‘Thinking Styles’ Reveal the Key to Effective Leadership and Professional Growth. Most Struggle to Get It Right

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Description: Not surprisingly, the learners are at the top — but most of us fall below, missing out on valuable opinions, perspective, and external information. Source: INC.com Date: Jan 05, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/jeff-steen/adam-grants-5-thinking-styles-reveal-key-to-effective-leadership-professional-growth-most-struggle-to-get-it-right.html Questions for discussion: Describe the five levels. Explain your thoughts about these levels. Do you think the top level is ideal for… Read more »

Google CEO addresses employee concerns about loss of ‘candor, honesty, humility and frankness’ by execs

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Description: Google employees are pressing executives to bring back a part of the company’s culture that, in the past, made it a desirable place to work: candor. ​Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 21, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/21/google-ceo-addresses-employee-concerns-over-loss-of-candor-and-honesty.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues facing the company? What is the significance of the recognition by the firm’s… Read more »

We’ll probably lose 20 to 30% of our hourly workforce during lockdown: Ascari Hospitality

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Description: Despite Canada adding 55,000 jobs in December, the hospitality industry is once again facing the brunt of heightened restrictions and closures. Erik Joyal, president of Ascari Hospitality Group, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the scale of lay-offs and labour shortages plaguing the industry over the past year. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan… Read more »

Next for the metaverse: convincing you it’s not just for kids

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Description: When a video game company only your kids have heard of goes public at a $38 billion valuation, you pay attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 22, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/here-are-the-companies-building-the-metaverse-meta-roblox-epic.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in this industry that should interest buiness people? What issues are related to the management applications such as the use… Read more »

Facebook Workplace executive departing to join venture capital firm as talent exodus continues

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Description: The head of Facebook’s Workplace business software unit has left for venture capital, becoming the latest high-profile departure from the social media company in 2021. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/07/facebook-workplace-executive-departing-to-join-venture-capital-firm.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the top management situation at the firm? What explains this… Read more »

Baseball’s record-setting free agency spending spree, in charts

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Description: Major League Baseball deal-making came to a screeching halt at midnight on Thursday when the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired, causing a lockout. But that didn’t stop a record-setting amount of cash that was doled out in the free agency market in the days before. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 06, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/baseballs-record-setting-free-agency-spending-spree-in-charts.html Questions for… Read more »