How to keep everyone in a group working hard

A group setting in which some individuals slack off is a concept called "social loafing," writes Ken Downer. To combat this, Downer suggests creating smaller groups, giving each person clear tasks and goals, and making feedback part of the process.

College presidents advocate for DACA students

Georgetown University President John DeGioia, along with the leaders of three other schools in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., area, is urging Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for students currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. At a forum this week, the leaders met with DACA participants who say they are worried about their future.

Consumers say student-loan debt is delaying homebuying

Seventy-one percent of nonhomeowners polled by the National Association of Realtors say student-loan debt is keeping them from buying a home. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported that 22,900 student-loan complaints were filed over a one-year period that ended in August.

Trader Joe's cools on new store openings

Trader Joe's has finished opening its 14 new stores planned for 2017, bringing the retailer's new store count to one more than last year. However, Trader Joe's store openings this year came in below its average of 23 new stores per year over the last decade.

Lawmaker reintroduces bill for national data-breach notification standard

The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, a bill that calls for a national standard for data-breach notification, was reintroduced last month by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. The bill, previously introduced in 2015 amid opposition from the National Association of Attorneys General, calls for companies to notify affected individuals within 30 days with assistance from the Federal Trade Commission and from local media outlets, should the breach affect 5,000 or more people within a state.

Snap teams up with NBCUniversal, Duplass Brothers on original content

Snap and NBCUniversal have created a joint studio to produce original content, including scripted shows. Snap has also signed a deal with the Duplass Brothers' creative agency, Donut, to produce original content for brands.

Syrian refugees benefiting from IKEA's supply chain change

IKEA's new effort to support female Syrian refugees living in Jordan is changing lives. Key to this success is that IKEA pays each artisan a salary that is equal to or above the monthly minimum wage in the area and ensures workers receive social security benefits and insurance.

USPS aims for 2025 launch of self-driving trucks

The US Postal Service plans to work with the University of Michigan to create self-driving trucks that it will launch on rural routes by 2025. A worker could sit behind the wheel sorting mail, for example, while the delivery vehicle moves from home to home.

Researchers develop hydrogel arthritis treatment

Researchers in Korea developed a hydrogel treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that can deliver medications to joints and absorb excess synovial fluid. The gel responds to nitric oxide, according to a study in the journal Advanced Materials.

Google proposes way to share 3.5 GHz spectrum

Google, which is part of the CBRS Alliance -- whose other members include Comcast, Charter and all major US wireless operators -- is pushing for a "use it or share it" business model for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. Under the model, companies that launched a service in the band would be protected from interference, but if they did not launch a service, others would be allowed to use the spectrum.

W.A. Richardson hired as construction manager for $4B Vegas casino

W.A. Richardson has been hired as construction manager at the $4 billion Resorts World, an Asian-themed casino and resort in Las Vegas being developed by the Genting Group. The project broke ground in 2015, demolition has been underway and bases for tower cranes have been installed.

Ocean Conservancy, partners start fight against marine waste in SE Asia

The Ocean Conservancy and its partners are starting the first phase of a plan to reduce marine plastic waste in Southeast Asia and make plastic a valuable commodity that users will be motivated to recycle. The $150 million campaign has the support of Procter & Gamble, 3M, the American Chemistry Council and others.

FedEx, UPS donate millions, supply transportation for hurricane relief

FedEx and UPS are donating cash and free transportation of supplies to survivors of hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma, it was announced Monday.

AH&LA president joins US apprenticeship panel

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, has been appointed to the Labor Department's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Lugar joins 19 others on the panel, which will recommend strategies to the White House.