How coworkers’ random coffee dates transformed this company’s culture

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Description: Not knowing coworkers means coordination breaks down, information gaps develop, customers get a disjointed experience, and culture doesn’t get a chance to grow Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 11, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/0109-biz-rh-ryan-fpe Questions for discussion: What sort of benefits have derived from this program? Why do you suppose this program has been successful? What sort… Read more »

Welcome to the machine: Why white-collar jobs are safe from AI — for now

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Description: Artificial intelligence can perform certain specific tasks far better than humans, but it still has a long way to go before it can replace humans Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 28, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/welcome-to-the-machine-why-white-collar-jobs-are-safe-from-ai-for-now Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points that managers should undersatnd about AI and how it is likley to affect business… Read more »

Older Canadians forgoing retirement, working through golden years, census shows

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Description: The latest census data show more and more Canadians are choosing to eschew the traditional retirement age, whether for their health, their finances or just for the fun of it Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 29, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/retirement/older-canadians-forgoing-retirement-working-through-golden-years-census-2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What should HR managers do with this… Read more »

Matt Lauer Is Reportedly Seeking a $30 Million Golden Parachute

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Description: Matt Lauer’s lawyers are reportedly trying to ensure that the disgraced former Todayshow host walks away from his NBC gig with a hefty sum. Source: Fortune.com Date: Dec 01, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/matt-lauer-30-million-payout/ Questions for discussion: What are the issues facing NBC and Matt Lauer as they deal with his firing? How should management structure contracts… Read more »

G.M. Unveils Its Driverless Cars, Aiming to Lead the Pack

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — For more than a year, General Motors has tantalized investors with plans to build its future around self-driving cars. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/gm-driverless-cars.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=12&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What do you think of the progress made at GM? Do you think GM can become a global competitor in the… Read more »

Amazon.com wants to be your new executive assistant at work.

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Description: Now Hiring? Amazon Says Its Voice Aide Alexa Is Ready For the Office Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/30/amazon-voice-aide-alexa-is-ready-for-the-office/ Questions for discussion: How can Amazon serve as an executive assistant? Do you think this is the next big thing in technology for productivity in the workplace?

Canadian companies should be more courageous about diversity, Deloitte report urges

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Description: MONTREAL — Canadian business leaders need to take “courageous” actions to make sure their companies are more diverse and inclusive in order to remain competitive amid demographic and technological changes in the workplace, according to a new report released Wednesday. Source: BNN.ca Date: Nov 22, 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/canadian-companies-should-be-more-courageous-about-diversity-deloitte-report-urges-1.922556 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

Chinese-Owned Factory in Ohio Fights Off Unionization Plan

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Description: A Chinese glassmaker beat back a unionization bid at a plant in Ohio on Thursday, winning a key victory in an important test of the way Chinese companies handle employee relations as they increase their holdings in the United States. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 09, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/business/union-ohio-plant-china.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

How Sears could stir ‘a lot of instability’ in holiday season

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Description: Sears Canada is poised to be an agent of chaos for the retail industry this holiday shopping season, as the the prospect of deep discounts looms large over competing big box stores. While the company’s planned liquidation is sure to reverberate through the industry heading into year’s end, a pair of retail experts say… Read more »

New York’s Silicon Alley Is (Still) No Match for Silicon Valley

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Description: Numbers don’t lie: West beats East, although New York is coming along nicely. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-12/new-york-s-silicon-alley-is-still-no-match-for-silicon-valley Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the competition between east and west coasts technology development? How much influence do you think this new school will have on management decisions to… Read more »