Sitting around a conference-room table, a group of executives paused during a quarterly-earnings call to review a line chart. They are proud of steady improvement — especially with the chart's sharp uptick over the last 18 months. But what are they looking at? New clients? Total revenue? Profit? You may not have guessed employee health. Although, a small and growing group of forward-thinking CEOs are doing just that. That is because there is untapped business potential in worker health and well-being. As we rethink what it means to be a corporation, employee safety, health and well-being should be front and center. A workforce that is safe, healthy and well is arguably one of the most important assets for any company. Years of research, locally and nationally, show us that it is linked to better financial performance in the marketplace and supports the overall economy and community vitality. Local proof As part of our longstanding partnership with the Center for Work, Health and … [Read more...] about To run a business more responsibly, start with employee health
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By SUSAN DOMINUS FEB. 21, 2019 What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them? The FUTURE of WORK Decades on the Job, and Counting The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn’t Just Improve Lives. It Saves Them. An Office Designed for Workers With Autism The Rise of the WeWorking Class America’s Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable The New Labor Movement Fighting for Domestic Workers’ Rights Why Aren’t Women Advancing More in Corporate America? The FUTURE of WORK What happens when people who have trouble fitting into a traditional workplace get one designed just for them? By SUSAN DOMINUS Photograph by RYAN PFLUGER Ben Hirasuna at Auticon’s office in Santa Monica. Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times Before Ben Hirasuna showed up for the first job interview of his life, he went for weeks at a time without leaving his parents’ home in Santa … [Read more...] about An Office Designed for Workers With Autism
Their names are Vince Marie and Priscilla Costa. She’s an artist, wedding-gown designer and business owner. He runs a creative production agency called High Heels and Bananas. Vince is a widower. He lost Janine, his wife of 27 years, to an aneurysm the day before the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February 2018. When those memories surface, he wipes away some of his tears, and Priscilla helps with the rest. Priscilla, who came to this country from her native Brazil in the early 2000s, is recently divorced. Fueled by a creative spirit, she’s quick to laugh and hasn’t lost much of her homeland’s accent or joie de vivre.Neither one of them has time for people who choose to tear others down. It's a theme revisited countless times during a conversation Monday that lasted a couple of hours. Snuggled on a couch in the Maple Glen, Montgomery County home they’re trying to sell, they finish each other’s sentences like people who have been together for decades. … [Read more...] about An intimate chat with the couple selling the ’50 Shades of Maple Glen’ home
Today’s word of the day describes an obsession with something – or a group of fish. When you notice that you started checking out your work colleague a little too often or find yourself thinking about someone much more than you originally intended – you might have a Schwarm. Time's running out to join the Lingoda Language Marathon. Click here to learn German for free! Limited places, offer ends soon. If this Schwärmerei leads to something is up to you.Schwärmerei literally translates to “swarmery,” which I have to admit doesn’t make any sense. To explain it a bit simpler, it means to fancy somebody – so to say the step before falling in love with someone. Schwärmerei is related to the word Schwarm, which is primarily used in the German language to describe a group of fish, birds, or insects – a swarm or a flock. But it also has a different, older meaning. In the 16th century, the notion of a … [Read more...] about German word of the day: Die Schwärmerei
In light of the fracas regarding Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s use of a term to describe President Trump that can’t be spoken on broadcast news, a term that starts with “mother” and ends with a variation of the f-word, I’ve recalled some dialogue from the film “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” In the movie, 23rd–century-born characters Spock and Adm. James T. Kirk are navigating 1986 San Francisco when Kirk is nearly hit by a car and is called a “dumb ass” by the car’s driver. Kirk, a creation of deep feelings, responds with a “well, a double dumb ass on you!” Afterward, Spock calmly tells Kirk that “the use of language has altered since our arrival.” Kirk then asks Spock if it is the profanity he notices. Spock says yes, and Kirk replies, rather memorably, that “well, that’s simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word.” This sequence … [Read more...] about Have we caught up with James T. Kirk’s observation on profanity? Maybe not quite.