Several Republicans, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, announced on Tax Day that filing taxes next year will be a much simpler process with just a one-page form or postcard to fill out. While it's true that many taxpayers will likely claim the new, bigger standard deduction, many will still calculate if they'd be better off taking the deduction or itemizing, and the IRS hadn't indicated that it plans to change the filing forms.
US companies who import materials from China to manufacture goods in the US could be hit with most of the imposed tariffs proposed by the White House, analysts say. Ultimately, US consumers will see significant increases in prices.
Walmart is trying a dress code at some stores that lets employees wear bluejeans for the first time. The relaxed standard, which also lets staffers wear shirts of any solid color, could give the retailer an edge in a tightening labor market.
The Justice Department released redacted memos from former FBI Director James Comey about his interactions with President Donald Trump, which detail conversations about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other US officials. In response to the memos, Trump tweeted that they prove there was no collusion with Russia nor obstruction of justice.
Scientists have created robots that can assemble IKEA furniture, having put together a chair in just over 20 minutes. Although the robots had to be programmed to do the assembly steps in sequence, the researchers said that in the near future, robots could gain the ability to read the manual themselves and build the furniture.
Leaders and employees alike will be more motivated if there's a clearly stated purpose to their work beyond profits and a marketing slogan, write John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen. Reiterate the company's value to the community and/or society as a whole during meetings, hiring and decision-making, they write.
WPP founder Martin Sorrell is no longer CEO after he and the board reached an agreement to settle undisclosed allegations of misconduct. Sorrell left Saatchi & Saatchi to build WPP into an empire known more for acquiring whatever it needed rather than inventing it, writes Ken Auletta in what he calls "a professional obituary for Sorrell."
When struggling to write something for work, try assuming a character altogether different from you, writes Aaron Britt. "Imagining yourself making this transformation is the key to shedding your baggage and liberating your creativity," he writes.
Make your sleep schedule easier by getting to bed at a consistent time, even on days off, and limiting the amount of light in the late hours, whether blue light or other home lighting, writes Eric Barker in a summation of research. When you go to bed, make sure that room is at dark as possible, Barker notes.
A caring leader knows what's going on in employees' lives and why their performance may be off, says Adon Allen Jr., senior operator at an Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville, N.Y. "People are too quick to rush to judgment, to make up in their mind what they think happened before they know the facts," he says.
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