Business & Industry

How to Talk Politics at Work

On Election Day, plenty of people are eager to talk about their views at work. However, there are numerous pitfalls to avoid when talking politics at the office. In the past, it was generally understood that there were three things you didn't discuss at work: religion, sex and politics. This, of course, was during the keep it to yourself era. Today, as evidenced by social media's meteoric rise,...

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Lights Out Production: The New Late-Night Shift

Automated systems are enabling production lines to run for 24 hours a day without human assistance. Is this lights out process the future of factory work? Lights out, or unattended, manufacturing involves implementing a wide range of automated systems into production lines to enable complete or nearly complete self-guided production. The term comes from the idea that machines can run in a lights...

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How Hard Did Hurricane Sandy Hit Manufacturers?

Last week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States. Although experts are still assessing the full extent of the storm's damage, initial estimates suggest the economic impact has been severe, not only in terms of direct harm, but also shuttered businesses and halted production. What are the true costs of the hurricane, and what can industrial companies do to mitigate the...

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Monster Bosses and Other Workplace Horror Stories

Some of us don't need to ride a roller coaster or watch a scary movie to get the chills because there are plenty of shocking things to be found in the professional world. From bullying bosses to nightmare interviews, the workplace is full of hair-raising tales. Employees face a unique set of fears in their day-to-day lives. Awkward, uncomfortable and even downright horrifying workplace scenarios...

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5 Strange Science Breakthroughs to Make You Think

Every few years there are bound to be a handful of discoveries that fall out of the norm, and these breakthroughs often prove how far certain industries have come. Check out these unusual and jaw-dropping scientific findings, from eco-friendly cremations to belugas that imitate human voices. Batteries Powered by Bodily Fluids Here's a strange way to generate energy: harnessing urine and blood. A...

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Clients From Hell

Clients From Hell is a collection of anonymous submissions from over a thousand designers, featuring the most bizarre requests, communication breakdowns and outrageous expectations from demanding clients. It offers an insider's view of the nightmares that can arise from day-to-day work. A cult phenomenon among those who work in graphic, print and web design - and those lucky enough to have...

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U.S. Manufacturers Find Value in Bringing Jobs Back Home

Economic conditions are driving many overseas manufacturing operations back to the U.S. How widespread is the reshoring trend and what benefits can we expect to see? A recent survey of United States manufacturers found that 14 percent of companies plan to move at least some of their operations back home from overseas - they're reshoring. According to the Wall Street Journal, their motivation...

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With Each Passing Superstorm, More Companies Seek Alternatives to the Grid

When Hurricane Sandy began crawling up the Atlantic Coast and on its way to merging with a Nor'easter just before Halloween that would give it especially frightening strength and staying power, meteorologists gave it a new nickname: Frankenstorm. A full week in the wake of Sandy, over a million electricity users still wait for power restoration. The U.S. has seen a spate of so-called superstorms...

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Packaging Study: Sustainability Will Trump Cost as Top Focus in 10 Years

A survey of marketing and packaging professionals finds that the chief focus of the packaging world will shift over the next decade from cost to sustainability. In 10 years, life-cycle analysis and recyclability of packaging will be the most important criteria for evaluating sustainable packaging. Researchers working for DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers and the trade journal Packaging...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Auto Sales Rise Despite Hurricane's Impact

Plus: Manufacturing Expands in October, Factory Orders Increase, Companies Feeling Fiscal Cliff Effect, Unemployment Rate Climbs and Consumer Confidence Hits New Peak. Manufacturing Sector Expands The United States manufacturing sector grew again in October, marking the second consecutive month of expansion following three months of contraction, according to the Institute for Supply Management's...

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