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American workplace is physically and emotionally taxing, survey finds

Relatively little is know about how Americans view their workplace, despite its major role in their lives. One of the most in-depth surveys ever done on the topic finds that the American workplace is physically

The Charity That Big Tech Built

Silicon Valley technology has been unkind to traditional middlemen. Streaming music punished the record industry. Netflix killed video stores. Life has become harder for intermediaries such as travel agents and stockbrokers.

So it is perplexing

Understanding how persuasion works can make consumers more savvy

When someone offers a free sample, it’s not really free. It comes with the implied expectation that if a person accepts it, he or she will feel obligated to return the favor and eventually pay

Employee Ownership

Econofoods in process of purchasing Jubilee Foods

Changes are in store for two of the Twin Towns Area’s supermarkets. Econofoods, Wahpeton, has entered into an agreement to purchase Jubilee Foods, Breckenridge, Minnesota. The purchase is expected to be complete before the end

Modern Times Beer Sells Out: To Its Employees

Modern Times Beer made a big splash on the craft beer scene when it launched in 2013. Located in San Francisco and founded by a former Stone Brewing Co. employee, the brewery’s first year was highlighted by a

Employee ownership trusts: is a tax-free business exit really possible?

For shareholders looking to exit from their companies, many challenges arise in finding the right buyer on the right terms, whilst continuing to operate the business throughout a sale process which may or may not

Environment

Urban oasis high atop a hospital Power Plant

Happen to be on the fifth floor or higher of the Shapiro building? Take a minute to look past the glass façade towards the Albany St. power plant. No, the power plant of a hospital

Proof Positive people and planet equal profit

It is easy to dismiss social impact as the latest CSR fashion: valuable in marketing to socially aware millennials and in staff recruitment, certainly, but difficult to adopt into a business in any material way.

Urban floods intensifying, countryside drying up

Drier soils and reduced water flow in rural areas but more intense rainfall that overwhelms infrastructure and causes flooding and stormwater overflow in urban centres. That’s the finding of an exhaustive global analysis of the world’s

Poverty and Prosperity

Banks are increasingly using software to decide who will get a loan

AMHERST, Mass. – Today, banks are increasingly using software to decide who will get a loan, courts to judge who should be denied bail, and hospitals to choose treatments for patients. These uses of software

Smartphone tracking shows fear affects where youth spend time

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Youth spend less time in their neighborhoods if area residents have a high fear of crime, according to a new study that used smartphones to track kids’ whereabouts. Researchers found that adolescents

The million dollar incentive to change the world

How would you improve the lives of those living in crowded urban spaces if you had $US1 million? UNSW students will have the chance to answer to this question at the Hult Prize competition, hosted

Health

Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults

Sedentary behaviours are associated with adverse health outcomes in middle-aged and older adults, even among those who exercise. We examined whether the degree of frailty affects the association between sedentary behaviours and higher risk of

Athletic ability and finger length linked?

A father-son research partnership has found that athletic prowess could be related to the length of your fingers. Grant Tomkinson, a professor of kinesiology and public health education department at the University of North Dakota,

New strategies to optimize and slow cardiovascular aging

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and growing older is the greatest -- and most inevitable -- risk factor for it. So what, if anything, can we do to keep

Impact Investing

Socially-Responsible Investing: Earn Better Returns From Good Companies

Sustainable investing is an opportunity to make money and make a difference in the world. Many people still feel like they have to choose between their money and their values. They still think about the

Startups: Tata Trusts to invest in social sector startups

Tata Trusts, philanthropic arm of Tata group, is looking to raise funds to invest in social sector startupsin the next few months. A top executive of the agency told ET that after incubating and investing in 15

Can Big Money Fix a Broken Food System?

Massive venture capital investments in food make for a steady stream of splashy, dramatic headlines. Juicero raises $120 million; reporters discover you can “juice” their product without the help of the $400 machine. Hampton Creek raises $220

Financial Wellness (also on sister website PFEEF.org)

Student loan debt: Why employers may want to help pay off college loans

Employers eager to recruit and retain skilled workers in a tight labor market have about 1.34 trillion reasons to expand their benefits package to include assistance in helping employees repay their student loans. That's the

Financial Wellness is About Boosting Confidence

Workers throughout the United States are struggling with managing their finances, and that stress could spill into their company’s bottom lines. According to a recent survey by Mercer, employers could lose up to $250 billion

The Solution to Negative Effects of Financially Stressed Workers

Employees distracted by financial pressures cost companies in several ways, and the impact on business revenue is quite severe. Heightened levels of anxiety hurt morale and prevent workers from producing at maximum efficiency. Medical expenses

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