PG&E has lost half its value this week as shareholders fear utility’s role in California wildfires

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Description: PG&E’s stock has lost more than half its value this week as shareholders flee the utility amid concerns that its equipment may be partly responsible for the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 13, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/pge-has-lost-half-its-value-as-shareholders-fear-its-role-in-ca-fire.html Questions for discussion: Why has the company stock value fallen? What does this scenario… Read more »

Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features

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Description: With the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs, Facebook  has over the last year or so slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s  territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects. Source: TechCrunch.com Date: Nov13,… Read more »

Google will take over part of DeepMind’s health business

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Description: Alphabet is working to organize its many health projects. Source: Engadget.com Date: Nov 13, 2018 Link: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/google-takes-over-deepmind-health/?yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: Do you think these acquisitions are appropriate areas for future growth for Google? What does Google offer these firms that drives these deals?

Facebook follows Google to end mandatory arbitration for sexual-harassment claims

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Description: Facebook on Friday became the latest tech company to end a policy of requiring employees to settle claims of sexual harassment through private arbitration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. It will now allow employees to take these types of claims to court. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link:… Read more »

How Magic Johnson convinced Howard Schultz to partner with him and build more Starbucks stores

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Description: With five NBA Championships, an Olympic gold medal and various MVP awards to his name, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But the former Laker may be remembered for his business skills as well as his signature hook shot. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

These 4 myths about the skills gap will hold your company back

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Description:  “If companies really want to help employees gain new skills, there has to be a basic understanding of what learning is really all about.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261437/these-4-myths-about-the-skills-gap-will-hold-your-company-back?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=11092018 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about approaches to learning and training? Why do you think businesses approach training employees… Read more »

The 600-year-old history of the resume and its uncertain future

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Description: This is how everyone ended up using resumes to get a job, and whether they’ll ever die out. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 9, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261298/the-600-year-old-history-of-the-resume-and-its-uncertain-future Questions for discussion: What are the limitations to the traditional resume, according to the article? How can technology and AI, in particular, help HR managers deal with these… Read more »

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?