Kellogg in the U.K. started letting workers leave after lunch on summer Fridays after research found the shorter days improved motivation. The company says the summer hours are part of a focus on work-life balance.
Learning how to manage transitions, as opposed to managing change, is an important skill for mergers, restructuring and downsizing, writes Mary Donato, president of Applied Principles and associate director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets. Among her five tips for organizations in transition, Donato suggests letting people "grieve" over the past while giving employees some measure of control over their future.
Twitter posts may seem different from e-mail, but legally they aren't, so more companies are including them in their e-discovery policies, reports InformationWeek's Bob Evans. The subject is more than a little confusing, Evans finds, but one thing is clear: If you do have a policy on Twitter posts, it had better be enforced.
Kellogg Co. in the U.K. started letting workers leave after lunch on summer Fridays after research found the shorter days improved motivation. The company says the summer hours are part of a focus on work-life balance.
A proposal to tax the people with the best health insurance to pay for those who don't have any is gaining backers in Washington, including members of the Obama administration. The proposal, which could raise $100 billion over five years, was initially opposed by President Barack Obama when it was floated during last year's presidential campaign. But Congress may have difficulty crafting such a policy, some experts say.
Inventors frequently use nature as a model when creating products, writes Andrew Winston, so why not do the same thing with business models? Winston argues that the study of ecosystems can inspire better work flow and organization, and he notes that companies as diverse as Boeing, General Mills and Nike have all used biologists to help them find better, more "natural" ways to do business.