Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem

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Description: A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/technology/amazon-employee-leave-errors.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for this managerial mess. What are the likely consequences for the firm and employees as a result of this publicity?… Read more »

Couche-Tard CEO optimistic worst of labour shortages is behind it

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says labour shortages have been a big challenge for its convenience stores and suppliers, but the Quebec company believes the worst is behind it. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/couche-tard-ceo-optimistic-worst-of-labour-shortages-is-behind-it-1.1686765 Questions for discussion: How have labour shortages affected this firm? How has the firm mitigated this problem? What are… Read more »

TikTok resumes and Instagram portfolios: How college students are using social media to find jobs

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Description: College students are on social media pretty much every day but when it comes to their job search, more than a third said they don’t use social media at all, according to a survey from College Pulse. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/14/from-tiktok-to-instagram-how-students-use-social-media-to-find-jobs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize the key suggestions in… Read more »

The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming From the Office

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Description: Work life for many is in a mushy middle ground, and what’s at stake isn’t just who is getting talked over in meetings. It’s whether flexibility is sustainable, even with all the benefits it confers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/business/return-to-office-hybrid-work.html Questions for discussion: What doe the article say is happening as… Read more »

Rogers Feud Erupts Again With Staffieri Named Firm’s New CEO

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Description: Rogers Communications Inc. named Tony Staffieri as its interim chief executive officer, giving Chairman Edward Rogers the leadership change he’s craved but setting off a new round of fighting with his mother and sisters. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 12, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-17/rogers-to-name-tony-staffieri-ceo-as-natale-is-pushed-out ​Questions for discussion: Summarize the fight for control taking place at the company?… Read more »

The Reason Your Organization Is Underperforming? A Lack of Clarity

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Description: Over the past two decades, the time that managers and employees spend in collaborative activities has skyrocketed by 50 percent or more. But don’t mistake this increase in collaboration for healthy collaboration–that’s a far call from the reality. ​Source: INC.com Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-hinds/the-reason-your-organization-is-underperforming-a-lack-of-clarity.html Questions for discussion: What are the key recommendations presented in this article? Why… Read more »

Rebuilding Relationships Across Teams in a Hybrid Workplace

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Description: Summary.   The coming year of inventing our way toward whatever our workplaces will look like offers a marvelous opportunity to refresh and reinvent cross-functional relationships. Working to rebuild these bonds is especially important because most people won’t be returning to… Source: HBR.org Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://hbr.org/2021/11/rebuilding-relationships-across-teams-in-a-hybrid-workplace Questions for discussion: What does the report… Read more »

How McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast food brands are dealing with labor shortages

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Description: Quick service and fast-food restaurants are facing several headwinds when it comes to solving their labor problems. The pressures have been mounting throughout the year. Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators said that recruiting and retaining employees was their top challenge in a National Restaurant Association survey in July — in January, only 8% said… Read more »

SNC-Lavalin CEO cancels Montreal speech, working on French

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Description: MONTREAL — The head of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has suddenly cancelled a speech to Montreal’s business community because his French-language skills need some work. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov 12, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/snc-lavalin-ceo-cancels-montreal-speech-working-on-french-1.1680841 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this social issue? Should firms based inside Quebec treat… Read more »

Amazon-backed EV start-up Rivian set to go public at $98 billion implied valuation

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Description: Rivian Automotive will make its market debut Wednesday, in what’s expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of the year. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/10/amazon-backed-ev-start-up-rivian-set-to-go-public-.html Questions for discussion: What advantage does the company have by way of its relationship with Amazon and Ford? How should marketers at the… Read more »