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Industry puts heat on schools to teach skills employers need
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Big U.S. employers, worried about replacing retiring baby boomers, are wading deeper into education and growing bolder about telling educators how to run their business. Several initiatives have focused on manufacturing and engineering, fields where technical know-how and math and science skills are needed and where companies worry about recruiting new talent. More

How women entrepreneurs are changing the world
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While they're at it, they're making a lot of money — sometimes a whole lot of money. It's inspirational to see some of the women who are becoming economic powerhouses internationally, often overcoming huge obstacles and discrimination. More

Keep Medicare and Social Security strong
IR Your Return via Helena Independent Record    Share    Share on
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Many in Congress are considering harmful cuts to Social Security and Medicare as part of a plan to raise America's debt ceiling and reduce the federal budget deficit. Currently, there are a variety of proposals on the table that would place "across-the board" arbitrary limits on federal spending. This could trigger cuts to Social Security and Medicare — which may dramatically increase out-of-pocket health care costs and reduce Social Security checks for our nation's seniors. More

Low-tech ways to increase productivity
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The single gating factor to your businesses and careers is time; it is the one thing money can't buy. Sure, you can spend a fortune on apps that promise to make you smarter, more efficient and profitable. You can buy a stack of hardware, too. But the secret of productivity really lies in how you manage your mind. More

Elderly women outliving men, savings accounts
Springfield News Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elderly women often outlive their male counterparts, but they also risk outliving the retirement funds they need to maintain their lifestyles. Older women, who almost outnumber elderly men by a 2-to-1 ratio in the Miami Valley, depend on Social Security to provide as much as 90 percent of their income when they can no longer sustain their normal lives with the retirement money they have left. More

Greater number of jobs does not spell relief for unemployment
Society for Human Resource Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the manufacturing and service sectors continue to add more jobs, it is still not enough to substantially reduce the unemployment rate, according to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management. "Though companies are still adding jobs, the rate of improvement compared to the same time last year has leveled off in the past few months," said Jennifer Schramm, manager of SHRM workplace trends and forecasting. Many companies are having trouble finding the right people for certain positions, which may be a result of greater qualifications needed for high profile jobs. More

Your chance to take shots at OSHA regulations
Occupational Health & Safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Labor has given the public until July 1 — safety and health professionals and employers take note — to comment on its preliminary plan to revise department regulations, including some from OSHA. A new web page has been created to accept comments on the "Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules," which DOL published on May 26. More

5 rules you should eliminate now
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The dirty little secret of business today: There really are no agreed-upon ways of doing business anymore. Every company does everything differently, and you can't really compare them because there are no controlled experience. As food for thought, the following are five old rules that successful companies are breaking all the time. More

Parents targeted in fight against childhood obesity
PostMedia News via The Montreal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Canada's obesity epidemic is damaging some children so badly that surgeons are turning to an aggressive remedy once reserved for adults: weight-loss surgery. As more children develop "severe complex obesity," doctors say the only option left for many is to expand access to stomach-shrinking operations for children and adolescents as young as 12. But the move is making critics uneasy. Some see the operation as a risky surgical fix that does nothing to address a fundamental issue that few seem willing to talk about — the role parents are playing in the nation's obesity epidemic. More

5 best apps for business
CNN Money    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Put the PC on ice and turn your company-issued laptop into a bookend or decorative paperweight: Mobile devices now pack enough processing smarts to make your traditional computer obsolete, and thanks to a proliferation of enterprise-friendly apps, executives today can get a ton of work done on these gadgets. Apple's App Store alone offers thousands of productivity and business apps. But which ones are truly indispensable? More
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