Amazon is expanding the line of live greenery it offers this Christmas season with the addition of 7-foot trees. It's uncertain how this will affect buying habits, as the National Christmas Tree Association reports most trees sold online in 2017 came directly from growers themselves and made up only 1% to 2% of the 27 million live trees purchased.
Appropriators in the House and Senate have reached agreement on a plan to provide $12.1 billion in funding to the Labor Department and $274 million for the National Labor Relations Board. That would leave NLRB funding unchanged while cutting Labor Department funding by $128 million.
Members of Generation Z crashing the workforce with expectations that differ from those of millennial counterparts is only one factor disrupting the practice of HR, says Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte. This roundup includes a snapshot of findings from Bersin's upcoming HR technology report, plus highlights from conversations about artificial intelligence, worker engagement and filling the onboarding gap.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.
People pick up on the words you use, writes Steve Keating, citing Tony Robbins, and when you use emotionally intense words, people ratchet up their reactions, "Remember, it's up to you to speak in a way that will move you closer to being the person you want to be," he writes.
Groups brought together to tackle business problems need to show ingenuity and creativity, but they also need to have a proper background briefing, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. That information should include important notes and resources, as well as a clear detailing of the goals.
An inability to control our tempers can be exacerbated by a failure to stop and reflect, as well as physical factors such as a lack of sleep and exercise, writes Dan Rockwell. Show leadership by deliberately replacing frustration with acts of generosity, he writes.
Try to think through your day in half-hour increments to be productive without becoming scatterbrained, writes Jim Davies, a cognitive science professor at Carleton University. "The advice is simple: when doing something that requires thinking, don't do anything else," he writes.
Rebecca Hamilton and Emily Schwerin-Whyte are sisters and co-CEOs of S. Badger, a family-founded maker of natural body-care products that allows employees to bring babies up to 6 months old to work. "Oftentimes, you have people who are taking your baby while you're in a meeting or on a call, and all of the programs help to support the impulse, which is that we are more than a company, that we're a community," says Schwerin-Whyte.
Two types of amphipods in deep waters near Antarctica are immune to the toxic emissions of sea snails and will hoist snails onto their backs as a defensive measure against predators, writes Natasha Frost. The snails, unable to dislodge from the crustaceans, often starve, according to a study in the journal Marine Biodiversity.