Arrest of ousted Nissan Chairman Ghosn invites conspiracy theories, talk of ‘a coup,’ among auto executives

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Description: If all had gone according to plan, Carlos Ghosn would have been winging his way to Amsterdam on his corporate jet Wednesday night en route to a potentially critical meeting of senior members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — of which he has long served as CEO. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 30, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/arrest-of-ousted-nissan-chairman-ghosn-invites-conspiracy-theories.html Questions for… Read more »

Wrongful dismissal payouts compensate strictly for economic loss for period of time

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Description: Cheeky employers may offer less-desirable working notice as negotiating tool to reduce severance package: Howard Levitt Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 20, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/executive/wrongful-dismissal-payouts-compensate-strictly-for-economic-loss-for-period-of-time Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how managers should handle dismissal of employees? What does the article say about managerial relations with employees during conflict periods related… Read more »

Reduced holiday temp hiring is a sign Amazon is turning to more automation and robots: Citi

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Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and… Read more »

Now Is Not a Good Time to Skimp on Worker Training

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Description: With unemployment near a record low, many businesses have no choice but to spend to upgrade employee skills. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 26, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/now-is-not-a-good-time-to-skimp-on-worker-training?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about training in different countries around the world? How should managers interpret the suggestions in this article?

Small businesses are struggling to find workers — and the problem isn’t going away any time soon

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Description: Business owners need to think differently when it comes to recruiting as the number of new people entering the workforce keeps shrinking Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct.16, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/small-businesses-are-struggling-to-find-workers-and-the-problem-isnt-going-away-any-time-soon Questions for discussion: According to the report, why is it more difficult for smaller businesses to attract and hire employees? What hiring advice is directed… Read more »

How the Top 25 startups in Canada draw great talent: LinkedIn study

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Description: Professionals want to feel invested in a company that has some kind of purpose. The ping pong is ‘just window dressing’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct.03, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1003-biz-dd-linkedin-fpe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202018-10-03&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how Canadian professionals evaluate a firm and decide about applying for work there? Why is a firm’s… Read more »

The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

It’s time to celebrate, not slight, the spouses behind Canadian small businesses: CFIB

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Description: The new rules for sharing dividends or salaries with family members will have more than just the modest impact government vowed Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/its-time-to-celebrate-not-slight-the-spouses-behind-canadian-small-businesses-cfib Questions for discussion: Do you think the new rules will impact small business formation and motivation? Do you think the changes are fair to small… Read more »

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

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Description: As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug… Read more »

The dark history of our obsession with productivity

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity? Why do… Read more »