Meetings get a bad rap. However, their lousy reputations aren’t unwarranted since most people consider meetings a waste of time alongside stoking a lack of motivation and energy-sapping feelings. According to these sentiments, most meetings are terrible, and they’re getting more time-consuming and even less liked. advertisement advertisement If you’re a blatant opponent of meetings, you are not alone. A study by Atlassian found U.S. businesses waste $37 billion in salary costs for unnecessary meetings, and the average person attends a whopping 62 meetings per month. Research by Otter.ai found 70% of employees experienced a 70% increase in meetings when remote work was introduced. Working from home is great, but the downside may be even more meetings. In addition, according to data from LiveCareer , 36% of workers spend 4 to 7 hours per week in meetings, 32% spent 7 to 10 hours per week in meetings, and 39% said their meetings were getting … [Read more...] about Remote meetings have overtaken our calendars. Here are 3 ways to home in on the most necessary ones
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s a bit of unreported on history that will eventually vanish, but back in 2005 Ben Bernanke went on a “listening” and “courting” tour. This thoroughgoing Keynesian who believed deeply that economic growth caused inflation, that government spending boosted growth, and most laughably, that “tight money” from the Fed brought on the 1930s, tried to refashion himself as a “Republican” economic thinker, whatever that means. Bernanke met with anyone on the Right who would meet with him, and who theoretically had juice. His motives were clear: he was on George W. Bush’s shortlist for Federal Reserve Chairman, at which point he was checking the various Right-wing boxes. He even had lunch with Cato co-founder and President Ed Crane. Crane was clear about his disdain for the Phillips Curve (see above), only for Bernanke to mutter something indecipherable about growth and inflation a la Alan Greenspan’s own inscrutable mutterings as Fed … [Read more...] about Alan Greenspan’s Genius at the Federal Reserve Was In Hiding How Little He Knew
(CNN) Florence Pugh and Zach Braff have been used to the attention on their relationship , which they quietly ended earlier this year, according to Pugh. "We've been trying to do this separation without the world knowing, because it's been a relationship that everybody has an opinion on," Pugh told Harper's Bazaar for their September 2022 issue. "We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we're not together. So we've done that. I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it." Last year before they broke up, Pugh talked to the Sunday Times about people's criticism over her being 21 years younger than Braff. "I think it bugs people that it's not who they expected," she said then. "But it's my life and I'm not doing anything to please people or to make it a better headline or story. I want to also be a person!" She told Harper's Bazaar she's not a … [Read more...] about Florence Pugh confirms split with Zach Braff
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline A Florida appeals court affirmed Monday a lower judge’s ruling that a 16-year-old minor in the state cannot get an abortion, based on a law requiring parental consent for minors, forcing the teenager to carry her pregnancy to term as such consent laws come under increasing scrutiny in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Key Facts A three-judge panel at the First District Court of Appeals in Florida sided with a circuit court judge in Escambia County, who ruled that the plaintiff “had not established by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” as Florida law requires. The state’s parental consent law , enacted in 2020, lets minors seek a “judicial bypass” and get court permission to get an abortion if they can’t get consent from a parent or guardian. The judges said their decision was based on the fact that … [Read more...] about Appeals Court Blocks Florida Minor From Getting An Abortion
Representative image. Many SMEs approach us for consultation on how to implement PoSH (prevention of sexual harassment) provisions at workplaces, especially when new investors scrutinise such provisions. The new-age investors understand the need for making the workplace safe and congenial and the PoSH guideline is the first step to inclusion and diversity. Diversity on the other fronts comes later. Though the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act has been notified, the details on its administration are not clear. We hear about sordid cases of harassment every now and then. These grab the headlines, especially if the people involved are high profile. SMEs can have a major challenge if things blow over and their major ethical customers stop dealing with them due to their poor record on this front. This can also present a risk because while details of how to submit compliance reports are nebulous, the fines prescribed can create an … [Read more...] about Should SMEs take sexual harassment at workplace seriously?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The last months have seen allegations of Russia abducting Ukrainian children and subjecting them to illegal adoptions in Russia. In March 2022, less than a month after Putin attacked Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that Russian forces have illegally removed 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to Russia. In April 2022, Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner, Lyudmila Denysova , tweeted that more than 121,000 children have been forcibly deported to Russia over the weeks. This number includes orphaned children and those who have one or both parents. Denysova added that Russia was “mak[ing] changes to the legislation to organize the accelerated procedure of adoption of children from Donbas.” According to Denysova, “Russia repeats the 2014 scenario when it was taken out of the occupied Crimea of Ukrainian children so-called ‘train of hope’ for their adoption.” As the evidence of such … [Read more...] about We Must Act To Protect Ukrainian Children – From Abductions And Other Abuses Suffered In Putin’s War