Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment

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Description: Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 01, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/technology/google-walkout-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues that precipitated the action by employees. What does this action say about the changing culture in this company?… 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?

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 »

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 »

Tim Hortons owner strips disgruntled franchisee of his licence

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Description: Great White North Franchisee Association president is no longer a franchisee, company says Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 04, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-1.4809590 Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this dispute? Do you think either side is handling the conflict effectively? What might be the consequences of this dispute with respect to potential and… Read more »

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

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Description: Two tech titans made billions and remade the city. Is it any better off? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 30, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-30/how-big-tech-swallowed-seattle?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tech company investment has had on Seattle? What lessons are there for managers of these and other firms?

The huge job opportunity in Canadian tech (that no one is talking about)

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Description: The current innovation boom hasn’t just created outsized demand for IT pros, it’s created an equivalent demand for salespeople Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/the-huge-job-opportunity-in-canadian-tech-that-no-one-is-talking-about Questions for discussion: Summarize the sales training and hiring issues facing Canadian tech companies, according to Ryan Holmes. Do you agree with his solutions and recommendsations? What… Read more »

Tim Hortons franchisee organizer has licence revoked amid public squabble

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Description: Head office and group of franchisees have been sparring over a number of issues Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 10, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-kuziora-1.4612559 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing Tim Hortons as an organization? How would you advise management to mitigate the dispute with franchisees? How would you advise management to mitigate the bad… Read more »

Air Canada flight staff graded on appearance, sexually harassed by management, union alleges

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Description: Airline says it has zero tolerance for harassment or discrimination Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 28, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-sexual-harassment-flight-attendants-cupe-1.4597640 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues raised in this report. How should management and employees deal with complaints?