The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has fined Uber $649 million over unpaid employment taxes for the company's drivers. Uber maintains that gig workers are "independent contractors in New Jersey and elsewhere," spokeswoman Alix Anfang said.
Leaders have a responsibility to help employees grow but often want to do the work for them instead of asking good questions and implementing a flexible development plan, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. Good leaders, she writes, "understand that they are the spark that helps ignite insights in others."
Team members who fear their leaders are less creative, less thoughtful and less compliant, writes Harrison Monarth. "A leader who can inspire her staff with her vision can get their full commitment without resorting to scare tactics," Monarth writes.
McDonald's and other restaurants and retailers may need to rethink their cashless kiosks as franchisees and customers balk. Cashless stores have many advantages, including convenience and lower labor costs, writes Kayla Matthews, but could put low-income shoppers at a disadvantage.
Employees who hide or hoard their knowledge generally feel unsafe at work and are often cynical about their employer, according to studies conducted by Flinders University professor Zhou Jiang. He suggests using anonymous surveys and communication campaigns to increase psychological safety and identify employee feelings about their jobs.
Professional speakers can build a personal brand by getting clear on the image they wish to project and deciding what they want to create, build or do, writes Amy Boone. "Today's speakers have to be masters of our multi-media world, shaping and creating perceptions that will lead to greater audiences and opportunities," she writes.
After trying "The 30-Day Money Cleanse" from Fiscal Femme founder Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, writer Emily Pandise says she learned how to cut "frivolous" expenses, save more and feel less anxious about money. "I didn't have to deprive myself of anything I wasn't willing to let go of, and now I can start feeling better and doing better with my money," Pandise writes.
Yale University senior lecturer Heidi Brooks, a tennis enthusiast, says studying the leadership traits of players such as Serena Williams and Roger Federer gives her insights into how they "engage their emotions in support of purpose." In tennis, and leadership, she says, it's "a question of managing your own power and control" and being willing to learn.
In the city, Allan Ripp's garbage is whisked away from his door, but at his country home, he's found that his longer trek across the yard to the bin has turned into a form of therapy. There, he says, he can chat with neighbors, and the view of the stars at night helps him put work and life challenges into perspective.
Identify the people and activities that affect your energy levels as a starting point for choosing more of what invigorates you, writes Scott Eblin. "There's even a chance that you might influence the energy draining people in your life to take a more productive path," he writes.
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