Q: Two years ago, our department got a new director who came from another business. "Rick" gradually brought in more employees from his previous company, and they now make up a rather large group. These people all enjoy socializing and often attend parties and ballgames together.
After awhile, I began to notice that Rick's friends seemed to be ...Read more
When Pope Francis made his historic trip through the U.S. last month and sent a message that strong families are the foundation of a healthy society, he left me to ponder the predicament America finds itself in.
Can strong families and successful companies co-exist? Can we raise our children with values, break the cycle of poverty and care for ...Read more
CHICAGO -- As if job interviews weren't stomach-churning enough, imagine sitting through one while looping around a giant Ferris wheel.
Last month, top executives from ad agency Havas Worldwide commandeered six gondolas of the Ferris wheel at Chicago tourist hotspot Navy Pier to interview job candidates for several dozen positions, giving each ...Read more
CHICAGO -- A small cluster of stones on Maggie Birk's desk remind the consultant what she does best.
Responsibility, reads one stone. Emotional expression, reads another. Balance, reads a third.
The stones, tucked under Birk's computer monitor at Bain's Chicago office, physically represent her metaphorical rock pile: the natural strengths Birk...Read more
Q: Lately I seem to be irritable at work all the time. The smallest things bug me, and I don't enjoy things or people I used to. It's somewhat the same at home. I have trouble focusing, too. What can I do?
A: Find ways to slow down so that you can savor each moment. Then the distractions will have less impact.
One great way to slow down? Get ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Like many United fliers in recent years, Oscar Munoz was recently on a lousy flight to Chicago.
It was Labor Day, just after his daughter got married and just before he took over as CEO of the airline. He was in the seat he always seems to get, 22A, on a cramped 50-seat regional jet. Two people were denied boarding because the flight...Read more
A job hunter offered to come in for an interview because she was "needing a daytime job to fill my time."
She will not be hearing back.
The applicant, a young adult, may well be reliable and honest, as she wrote in her email to a business owner. But there was nothing in her attached resume to indicate she was remotely experienced in -- or even...Read more
Workplaces are awash in statistics. Surveys and studies pop up weekly on every issue imaginable -- diversity, health, engagement and job satisfaction, to name a few.
I approach such data with reasonable suspicion, not because I doubt the validity of the reports but because they are, to paraphrase Shakespeare, full of words and numbers, ...Read more
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon warning last week about excessive consolidation in the defense industry comes ahead of a multibillion-dollar contract award for a new bomber that, depending on who wins, could make the problem worse, some analysts say.
In other words, the warning may prove to have come too late.
"If the trend to smaller and smaller ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Liz Szabo has spent many summers craving a healthy smoothie. Driving around Pittsburgh, the most common were sugary, calorie-ridden concoctions sold at gas stations and fast food joints.
In a burst of free-market inspiration, the lifelong Pittsburgher decided to start her own business selling what she loves. Szabo, 29, inked a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Responding to a vendor protest, the Government Accountability Office has concluded the FBI should for a second time scrap its planned acquisition of a new nationwide two-way radio system because its proposal amounts to a single-source award to industry giant Motorola Solutions Inc.
Lawyers for the GAO, which serves as the referee ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group plans to hire 1,700 employees in the Twin Cities over the next six months, the health insurer announced Monday.
UnitedHealth, based in suburban Minneapolis, also announced openings for 140 customer service representatives in Duluth and for more than 1,000 jobs that could be filled by people working from home ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries is recalling several 2015 all terrain vehicles due to a possible fire hazard caused by an installation error that may prompt the fuel tank vent line to pinch and catch fire, company officials announced Monday.
The voluntary recall, which affects 53,000 Polaris's 2015 RZR 900 and 1000 ATV models, was reported to...Read more
CHICAGO -- In yet another sign of the continuing downward pressure on newspaper industry revenues, Tribune Publishing offered buyouts to non-union employees across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and its other media holdings on Monday in a bid to cut costs.
The buyouts would give employees one week of base pay for every year of ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- General Mills is recalling about 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios because the cereal was accidentally made with some wheat flour, which by nature has gluten.
The recall announced Monday comes at a time when General Mills, based in suburban Minneapolis, is trying to bolster its sagging cereal ...Read more
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford HealthCare said Monday that because of the pending state cuts in Medicaid in Connecticut, its effort to absorb Day Kimball Healthcare has been suspended.
The parent of Hartford Hospital, in a written release, said it might eventually pursue the affiliation with Day Kimball, which is located in Putnam and has several ...Read more
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Richard Trusz, a former UBS employee in Hartford who sued after he was fired in 2008, won a victory at the State Supreme Court Monday.
The court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that employees who make arguments at work about matters of public concern are protected by state law against retaliation -- with stronger protections ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Volkswagen's stunning admission that it rigged its diesel cars to pass emissions tests is setting up one of the largest, costliest legal cases in U.S. history.
And it could all be played out in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles.
More than 230 federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against the German automaker in courts ...Read more
DETROIT -- UAW union leadership is taking active steps to better inform members of the tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that they rejected but which could still provide a starting point for a modified agreement if the two sides return to the table.
UAW President Dennis Williams, in a letter to the membership posted on Facebook...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The successful conclusion of a 12-nation agreement to free up trade across the Pacific region will significantly boost trade and transportation along the U.S. West Coast and also could spread other benefits across the country.
The immediate trade benefits are likely to fall largely on the West Coast because of geography and ...Read more