A survey found remote workers were more likely to be happy with their jobs than brick-and-mortar employees, but they had problems drawing boundaries between work and home life, researchers wrote in the journal New Technology, Work and Employment. David Ballard of the American Psychological Association said telecommuters should take breaks in which they do not think about work to reduce stress.
It's often smart to set up a dedicated team for holiday planning to ensure that your company makes the most out of the season, writes Bart Mroz. Make sure your team has the marketing tools they need, along with awareness of trends and customer buying patterns.
Although the US continues to lead the world in gross domestic product, figures that control for relative prices show China ahead of the US, writes Noah Smith. Although China still has a modest per-person income level, its economy is expanding at a rate of over 6%.
The Senate will likely vote today on a budget resolution vital to Republicans' success in passing a tax reform bill by year-end. Senate Republicans appear to have enough support to pass the measure, which comes to the floor under reconciliation rules which allow Republicans to pass tax legislation with a simple majority.
A bill under consideration in the Senate would require foreign investors to prove proposed deals with US firms are in the best interest of America's economy. The deal comes amid a flurry of international business deals, such as China National Chemical's purchase of Syngenta last year.
When President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972, the events of the unprecedented trip, including the nightly feasts, were televised for American viewers. This resulted in a Chinese restaurant boom as Americans started trying more authentic Chinese food, including Nixon's favorite, Peking duck.
Debt is often feared by entrepreneurs, and too much of it can endanger a fledgling business. But debt can also be a useful tool for several purposes, such as financing the development of new products, achieving certain tax benefits and gaining necessary funds without giving up equity, writes Sean Smith of Lehman College.
Lego has announced that its new Women of NASA set, inspired by pioneers Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, Mae Jemison and Margaret Hamilton, will go on sale Nov. 1. The set was proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock and designed by Lego's Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges.
Overcoming adversity is easier when you possess confidence, persistence, dedication and control -- all traits that can be developed over time, writes LaRae Quy. "Control your own emotions, thoughts and behavior rather than trying to control other people," she argues.
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