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Jun 12, 2017
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Americans are known to be good at many things. Vacationing isn't one of them. Year after year, workplace surveys reveal that millions of American workers failed to take their allotted vacation days. And increasingly, the overriding reason is fear. In 2016, 54 percent of Americans ended the year with unused vacation days, according to a survey from the U.S. Travel Association's Project Time Off. The Smith School's J...

Jun 09, 2017
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All those emotions you've been bottling up in the workplace in the interest of projecting a professional image? You might have been better off letting some of them fly free. Recent research from Smith School associate professor Myeong-Gu Seo finds that workplaces where employees feel comfortable expressing their feelings tend to be more productive, creative and innovative. For years, office culture has instilled the...

Jun 08, 2017
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Juggling a career and home life is often complicated. Smith management and organization lecturer Nicole Coomber has figured out how to apply business principles to managing her own career and family – and now she has outlined some of the most effective tools to help you, too.

Apr 26, 2017
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The global proportion of women among the planet's billionaires is still shy of 3 percent. That's a slim minority, but the proportion has tripled in the past decade. And as Forbes recently documented, 56 of these women are self-made billionaires. While the percentage remains small, the growth hints at a certain "golden era for female entrepreneurs," Smith School professor J. Gerald Suarez says....

Apr 19, 2017
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When you envision the future of autonomous delivery, do you imagine an army of drones for every supermarket and corner store, waiting to be deployed to customers' homes? Noted futurist and Smith School clinical professor Oliver Schlake sees a better way. He sees a future where everyone has a drone. He says homeowners and apartment dwellers will install landing docks at home for their personal drones, and retailers...

Apr 12, 2017
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Google’s mea culpa for ads appearing alongside extremist videos on YouTube has culminated in promises from the tech giant, including a measure to block ads from channels with fewer than 10,000 views and a new system in which third-party firms will verify ad quality standards. Is Google doing enough to reassure YouTube advertisers? One approach to assessing the effectiveness of a corporate apology is to view it against the...

Apr 06, 2017
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What does it mean when a pioneer of the telecommuting workforce begins to curb its work-from-home practices? For IBM, it means a massive culture shift, say experts from Smith School of Business. And while the tech giant might be hoping it results in a surge in innovation, it also might spark a surge of resignations. IBM is ending work-from-home policies for thousands of marketing employees, many of whom had never commuted to an office...

Mar 29, 2017
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Can U.S. companies simultaneously encourage that employees get enough sleep (7-plus hours nightly) and still maintain a competitive edge? Sleep deprivation costs U.S. firms 1.2 million employee work days and roughly $411 billion in revenue a year, according a recent report from the Rand Corporation. That lack of sleep knocks an estimated 2.28 percent off the nation’s gross domestic product each year. The groggy workforce is a...

Mar 17, 2017
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Those annual employee performance reviews can be pretty stressful. But what if instead of being a once-a-year thing with just your boss, they were every day, with everyone you work with? JPMorgan Chase & Co. is revamping the way it evaluates its 240,000 employees, deploying a mobile app that will let colleagues across the organization send and receive instant feedback about each other any time. Executives say the...

Mar 09, 2017
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GM headquarters, Detroit.It was never an easy marriage. Now General Motors and its European operations are officially calling it quits, laying bare their incompatibilities and the difficulties of bridging the consumer divide. GM will sell its Opel and Vauxhall brands to Peugeot maker PSA Group in a $2.33 billion deal that will make PSA Group the second-largest automaker in Europe, behind only Volkswagen. The German Opel and...

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