Business & Industry

Is Paid Sick-Leave Unhealthy for Business?

The New York City Council has approved a bill that will require small businesses with 20 or more employees to offer sick-leave days. The legislation, set to take effect April 1, 2014, comes after several years of opposition, as some business leaders and politicians argue that such a measure is a potential threat to business. Nearly 1 million employees that do not currently receive sick-leave will...

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STEM Talent: Does Supply Outweigh Job Demand?

Despite reports that maintain there is a shortage of science, tech, engineering, and mathematics talent, new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) contradicts such claims, revealing that only one of every two STEM college graduates is hired into a STEM job each year. The EPI, which analyzed supply, employment, and wage trends in the STEM labor market, notes that U.S. employers have an...

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A Struggling Green Manufacturing Sector Causes Oregon to Retool Tax Incentives

The state of Oregon boasts many great opportunities for manufacturers: Friendly legislation and tax breaks, fairly inexpensive land (compared to other states), and a level of corporate taxes that aren't too burdensome. Oregon's attitude toward business and manufacturers has led to major corporations like Nike, Adidas, and Intel deciding to do business there, along with major solar companies...

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Which Small Businesses Create the Most Jobs?

The small business sector has traditionally been the main driver of U.S. job creation and growth, but its impact on the employment market has declined in recent years. Here we look at the types of small businesses that are still responsible for providing a significant share of new jobs and what can be done to support them better. Job creation is on everyone's lips. Although major corporations...

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Recycling Rare Earth Metals Presents Challenges, Opportunities

Few things have had as big an impact on modern technology as rare earth elements (REEs). Sometimes called rare earth metals (REMs), these are a group of 17 related elements which, despite their name, can be surprisingly abundant. They are found in a huge swath of technologies, including smartphones, TVs, light bulbs, glass, hybrid and electric vehicle batteries, steel and aluminum (as...

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Do Your Supplier Scorecards Meet the Mark?

Many companies have some method of supplier measurement or scorecard in place, but few are satisfied with the data collected. Why is it so hard to create an effective system that can provide actionable information in a timely manner to reduce risk and raise the bottom line? When it comes to supply management, companies frequently mistake activity for accomplishment. According to Robert J. Trent,...

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The Power of Why

In The Power of Why, author C. Richard Weylman explains why having the best products and services isn't always enough to beat the competition, and how companies can develop break-out strategies to succeed in their market. Win and keep customers by speaking to what they want to buy instead of what you want to sell. The Power of Why shows readers how to elevate their business performance in today's...

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Employment Survey Reveals Job Reality for Recent College Grads

A recent college graduate survey indicates that a significant percentage of new grads are underemployed or have jobs that do not require their degrees. Most of the approximately 1,000 2011-2012 grads polled also claim that they will need additional training to qualify for the job they want. The Accenture survey, conducted between March and April, captured responses from students graduating this...

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Many Manufacturers Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule

A new conflict minerals regulation is expected to affect more than 6,000 manufacturing firms and have a powerful ripple effect through the materials supply chain. Although the rule has drawn a great deal of attention, many companies have done little or nothing at all to prepare for meeting the new requirements in time. According to a recent survey by IHS, an information and analytics service...

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How to Fix Your Performance Management System

Although they have the potential to boost employee productivity and engagement, there are few enterprise technologies more misunderstood (and disliked) than performance management solutions. Here we look at ways to implement performance management in an effective manner. A performance management system is a technology solution that enables employers to track job descriptions, rating criteria,...

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