Business & Industry

Mixed Outlook for Hiring and Salaries

Once again, the forecast for the labor market appears mixed. Herein are the latest figures on hiring expectations in manufacturing and service sectors, the outlook for salaries and incomes, and a breakdown of annual compensation of supply management professionals. According to The Conference Board's latest Consumer Confidence Index, released this week, 14 percent of the 5,000 United States...

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Weak Signals and Happy Accidents

Weak signals can be defined as imprecise, early indicators of an impending important event or trend. And in today's rapidly changing business environment, being aware of current weak signals can lead to reaping huge rewards from tomorrow's trend. This is no less applicable to managers. Lisa Bodell, CEO of consultancy FutureThink, recently offered some excellent tips and tricks for individuals to...

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Toyota Putting Brakes on U.S. Plants

It seems Toyota has concluded that it has quite enough factories in the U.S. and it doesn't plan to build any more any time soon. Top Toyota executives are concerned the Japanese automaker may have built too many U.S. plants, in part to build political support by providing new jobs in lots of places. Over the past decade, Toyota Motor Corp. has gobbled up market share by anticipating the...

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Light Friday: Pluto's Last Stand, 2007's Worst Jobs in Science, 15 Geeky Vacations...

... Fired Over Fair Pay/Paid Beyond Fair Pay, Damned Internet Terms, Brightest Supernova Ever and MORE. Pluto's Last Stand Former planet Pluto has suffered yet another blow to its status. First it was demoted from planet to "dwarf planet," and now research shows that it cannot even lay claim to being the biggest of these. A study has confirmed that the dwarf planet Eris — the discovery of...

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Chemical Costs and Supply Pressures Drive Up Raw Materials Prices

Raw materials prices continue to cut into profits with little relief in sight. If prices continue to rise and solutions to these problems go unaddressed and worsen, they cannot help but undermine the future health of U.S. manufacturing. If they haven't already, manufacturers might want to brace themselves for more steep cost hikes. AMR Research and The Manufacturing Institute's May-released "The...

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The State of the Federal Contracting Workforce

Although the total number of contracting professionals in the United States federal acquisition workforce has continued to grow, during the past year it grew far short of the contracting growth rate, according to new government data. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy recently released its Annual Report on the Federal Acquisition Workforce showing the number of procurement professionals in...

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The Civilized Workplace: No Jerks Allowed

An obnoxious coworker, a malicious manager, a bullying boss — there's no getting around it: today's workplace is beset with jerks. These people deliberately make coworkers and subordinates feel bad about themselves in our day-to-day working environment, and the human and financial toll is high. WARNING: This post contains a certain word that may be offensive to some readers. However, if you...

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Nuts, Bolts, and Jolts: Fundamental Business and Life Lessons You Must Know

In Nuts, Bolts, and Jolts, Rich Moran imparts more than 2,000 prescriptions to common workplace ills, developed through years of boring meetings, business trips and countless embarrassing moments. The bestselling "bullet point king" offers a roadmap to understand that work is not something to dread, as well as how to achieve life-work balance. The bestselling bullet point king is back with his...

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Is Telecommuting Right for You?

Perhaps in response to the seemingly countless number of horrors in the workplace, telecommuting is continuing to gain in popularity among small and large firms alike. Could it work well for you and your employer? Here we consider the "why" and "how" to do it and do it successfully. American commuters alone take an average of 24 to 51 minutes a day traveling to and from work. The average U.S....

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