Business & Industry

Engaged Employees = Whistleblowers?

A costly scandal at a French bank recently has observers wondering why workers didn't report suspicious activity. Some are saying the scandal highlights one of the most important challenges employers face today: poor employee engagement. In January, Société Générale announced that for years one of its low-level traders had been masking trades, which ultimately resulted in €4.9 billion ($7.2...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Fed Gets Pessimistic, Increasing Deep-Water-Drilled Oil, Acting to Raise H1-B Visa Cap...

... Unemployment Rises, Manufacturing Contracts, Automotive Sales Tank, Consumers Still Wary and Chrysler's Online Suggestion Box. Global Economy in 2008 The global economy is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year, compared with 4.7 percent a year earlier, the Peterson Economic Institute recently told The Wall Street Journal. Russia, Brazil and Australia are poised to continue prospering. Fed...

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Light Friday: The Buck Stops with Willie, Zany Inventions in Geneva, Rubber Bands for Cancer...

... Additional Desktop Shenanigans and MORE. It's rare to see the words We're sorry stamped prominently on the home page of any airline. But that's exactly what British Airways proclaims concerning the complete mess that has become the new Heathrow Terminal 5. Moreover, a week ago BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh went so far as to make a public apology after the chaotic opening of the new Terminal...

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U.S. Automotive Sales Race to the Bottom

Economic uncertainties kept U.S. buyers away from car lots in the first quarter as U.S. sales last month plummeted 12 percent for both domestics and imports from a year ago, posting the worst Q1 sales in years. It was not an easy month, Mark LaNeve, General Motors Corp.'s vice president of North American vehicle sales, service and marketing, said of March 2008's auto sales. There were lots of red...

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Plenty of Challenges for Manufacturers in March

Supplies are getting tighter and prices are getting higher as manufacturing continued its downward trend in March. These challenges continue to test the mettle of even the most entrepreneurial manufacturing leaders. The March 2008 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), shows its index (48.6) was slightly better than February's (48.3) though still in...

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Climate Change: Believe It or Not*

All but one of the 11 recent developments and discoveries herein are real (or at least based in science). Which is the fake? *Resources for actual reported stories appear in the first Comment box after the post ------------ 1) Glaciers Setting Unwanted Record Experts have been monitoring 30 glaciers around the world for nearly three decades and the most recent figures, for 2006, show the biggest...

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

In his acclaimed bestseller A Short History of Nearly Everything , author Bill Bryson tackles biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and astronomy in a way that makes science comprehensible and fun. Along the way, we meet some fascinating and eccentric scientists FROM THE PUBLISHER This brand-new edition of the colossal bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words,...

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Who Were the Founding Foolers?

Not all countries observe April Fools' Day in the same way. In some places, it is one of the most light-hearted days of the year; in others, the day is not a joking matter. Historians feel there is no definitive origin of April Fools' Day, but the current thinking is that it may have began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian calendar was...

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Inside Plans for the Space Station Dubbed 'Death Star'

Some claim this controversial aerospace project will beget an unspeakably horrific weapon. Others call it an unprecedented feat of engineering and logistics -- a kind of new hope. Blueprints and other confidential documents recently leaked to the Web portray a space-based battle station, being referred to as the ultimate weapon, expected to be an unprecedented feat of engineering and logistics....

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The Lighter Side of Engineering

Nonsense seems to have become the official language of business. Here is a sampling of Dilbertisms and how conversations between engineers and their coworkers are often lost in translation. Dilbertisms A while back, a magazine ran a Dilbert quotes contest asking for real internal-company quotes that, we think, shed some light on what is meant by the workplace maxim we've all come to know as an...

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