Business & Industry

Is this the Year Hiring Rebounds?

Employers expect to add new jobs in the coming months, but they don't plan to ramp up hiring in a significant way until substantial economic gains occur, market research suggests. "Cautious optimism" remains the phrase du jour in the employment outlook, as recent market research suggests employers expect to add new jobs in 2012 but are waiting to see how the economy shapes up before they ramp up...

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Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

In Necessary Endings, psychologist and leadership consultant Henry Cloud addresses the benefits of concluding unsatisfying work (or personal relationships) and advises readers on diagnosing when the situation can be resuscitated or must be shut down. While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation or regret. But...

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Business & Industry

Another Year of Odd, Dumb and Strange Things

From glowing dogs to the Qwikster debacle, there was no shortage of memorable science and business stories last year. Here we look at 13 of them. In our third annual roundup, and in no particular order, we look back at some of 2011's more offbeat developments and discoveries, which took place in offices, boardrooms, laboratories and beyond. 1) In 2011, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made a series of...

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With the holidays behind us, are we still arguing over lightbulbs? Yep, it's a political issue now

You just never know what's going to become a hot-button political topic in America. Oh sure. We know that abortion, the death penalty, raising taxes, illegal immigration ... all of those are clearly controversial, interesting and often heated topics, clearly pitting two sides against each other. But lightbulbs? Lightbulbs are a hot-button issue? Really? Yep, even as we just come off the December...

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A Look at the Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline

The proposed Keystone Gulf Expansion Pipeline Project, which would stretch from Canada to the Gulf Coast, may significantly alter the landscape of the energy market - for better or worse. The existing Keystone Pipeline transports carbon-rich crude oil and bitumen from Alberta, Canada, to multiple locations in the United States. The oil sands of Alberta are thought to contain an estimated 1.75...

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Drop "Low-Hanging Fruit" and other Business Jargon

Business jargon is often the go-to lingo for many industry pros trying to sound credible. Yet those who rely on buzzwords and office-speak are often perceived as untrustworthy communicators. By now, we're all familiar with overused buzzwords in the workplace. Despite its negative reputation, business jargon persists, sacrificing clarity in favor of showcasing obscure, often meaningless words and...

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Green Facts About New York's New One World Trade Center

There are green buildings, and then there are green buildings. A sustainably built and operated skyscraper is currently rising over the skyline of New York City, and it has more eyes on it than any high-rise building in human history. Upon its completion in 2013, New York's One World Trade Center (colloquially known as the "Freedom Tower"), part of a complex currently under construction to...

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The Damage Done, Part 5 - Nuclear Power, the Green That Glows?

When I was living in Brattleboro, Vermont, during the 1970s, there in the shadow of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant just south of town in Vernon, some of the favorite bumper stickers around town were "No Nukes Is Good Nukes" and "No Nukes, Yes Cukes." (That's cucumbers, in case you're not a gardener.) Countercultural oasis that it was, sentiments against nuclear power ran pretty deep...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: 2012 Employee Compensation Outlook

Plus: Consumer Confidence Rebounds, Manufacturing Tech Demand on the Upswing, $77 Million in Counterfeit Goods Seized and Jobless Claims at 3-Year Low. 2012 Employee Compensation Outlook Employers expect compensation levels in the United States to increase for both current staff and prospective employees in 2012, as recruiting for skilled talent becomes more competitive, according to...

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The International Plastics Showcase Includes Special Focus on Sustainability

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association hosts NPE2012, the triennial expo that presents polymer technologies for the packaging industry. The expo is taking place on April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. "Polymer technologies for the packaging and web converting industries will be everywhere at NPE2012," said John Effmann of ENTEK Manufacturing Inc, who...

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