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5 Ways to Mind Your e-Manners at Work

While technology is widely embraced by professionals today, significant discrepancies exist between its intended use and its application in the workplace. Simply put, some coworkers have no tech etiquette. For many, the Information Age has brought the American professional workforce to a point of dependency and, let's face it, rudeness. Between e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging,...

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Beating Boredom on the Job

Even the most exciting jobs can have slow days, but that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to long stretches of dullness. Here we look at ways to fight off boredom on the clock. Regardless of your profession, there are bound to be times when you're bored at work. Whether the assignment you have is particularly dull, or if there's nothing to do at all, boredom can put a cramp on job...

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Green Burial: Restoring the Literal Meaning of "Dust to Dust"

So you've heard about the Black Death, and even the Red Death, courtesy of Edgar Allen Poe, but what about the Green Death? Death, in principle, ought to be a very eco-friendly process. Once we shuffle off our mortal coils, our remains begin to decompose and break down into the base elements our bodies are made of, right? Not really. Though the words, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" are generally...

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The Right Approach to Job Relocation

The pursuit of career stability, a better lifestyle or a change of scenery leads many people to relocate. Tapping the right resources before a move can save time and prevent unnecessary stress. Approximately 82 percent of firms today have a formal employee-relocation policy, and most offer incentives to encourage employee relocation, according to the 2010 Atlas World Group Corporate Relocation...

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Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business

In Empowered, authors Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler describe how a new breed of office worker harnesses inexpensive, accessible technology to build stronger bonds with customers and why having such active employees is the key to getting ahead in business. Is your company empowered for success? You know it's happening within your organization. Your people, armed with cheap, accessible technology...

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Will High-Speed Rail Reinvent U.S. Transportation?

Disagreements over costs are creating resistance to high-speed rail's progress in the U.S., but supporters highlight energy efficiency, travel ease and job production as reasons to back such proposed projects. The Recovery Act of 2009 included $8 billion in funding devoted to increasing high-speed and intercity passenger rail infrastructure in the United States, and the Obama administration...

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Plastic Recycling Continues to Increase

The American Chemistry Council has released their third annual report on the amount of U.S. pounds of postconsumer non-bottle rigid plastics-packaging and non-packaging-that were recovered for recycling in the year 2009. The findings show that plastic recycling is increasing and demand for recycling is high. The report entitled "2009 National Report on Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic...

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What Americans Think of Labor Unions

Recent labor battles in states around the U.S. have brought the role of public-sector unions in a 21st-century workforce sharply into focus. How have Americans' attitudes about unions shifted over the years? The nation's latest political controversy recently came to a head when legislation was introduced in Wisconsin as a budget-saving measure but considered by many as a sweeping anti-union bill....

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Exports of Construction and Farm Equipment Up in 2010

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Show Mixed Results, Marine Industry Expects Modest Growth and Jobless Claims Decrease. Durable Goods Orders up in January New orders for U.S. durable goods rose 2.7 percent in January, driven mostly by transportation equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Excluding the transportation sector, however, orders actually fell dramatically for the month. New...

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Product Spotlight: Acceleration Sensor Enhances Electric Vehicle Safety

Continental, a leading global automotive supplier, has developed a sensor, the evSAT, for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that will immediately shut off the high-voltage battery in the event of a collision, which will allow emergency service workers to aid accident victims without the risk of suffering an electric shock. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are powered by high-voltage...

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