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September 2015
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  • Management Tips  
  • Management Matters  
  • Safety Rules

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Top News

The Digital Destruction of MiddlAre robots replacing workers?e-Class Jobs
Technological innovations claim to aid people in life and employees at work, but is the constant march of digital development actually destroying middle-class jobs? The end of employees and the rise of robots is an apocalyptic prediction that has been forecast before, but never come to pass. However, the rapid advancement of tech could eliminate middle-income jobs that sustain many households, leaving workers without a digital skill set out of luck. Read more.

A (Practically) Perfect Parental Leave Policy
Netflix announced that it would be offering new parents the opportunity to take off as much paid time as they'd like in the first year of becoming parents. Netflix's new plan goes well beyond even generous parental leave policies of other companies, and far surpasses the majority of American companies which offer no paid parental leave. The policy seems practically perfect, and it could be, if implemented correctly.
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Amazon: The Future of White Collar Work?
At retail giant Amazon, workers face punishingly long hours and harsh feedback. But for some, this workplace, although severe, means the ability to work on innovative ideas and to interact with some of the smartest people in the tech world. Amazon will never be described as an employee paradise for white-collar workers, but is the results-focused culture obsessed with innovation the future of American workplaces?
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Back to School: 3 Reasons to Train Your Front-Line Managers
Fall is just around the corner. Books, pencils, and notebooks are filling the backpacks of children once again. Of course, most employees aren’t at that stage of life anymore. How long has it been since your managers have been trained? Did it stick? Is it in the budget this year? Guest expert Bonnie Cox outlines 3 reasons why sending your managers “back to school” should be one of your company’s top priorities.
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August Jobs Report
The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate decreased to 5.1%. The amount of new jobs was weaker than expected and economists are predicting that slower growth will delay the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates. Read more.

Go Figure

  7.6 million

7.6 million - the estimated number of Americans who will be working as providers in the on-demand economy by 2020, according to a recent survey by Intuit.

Management Tip

Don’t mistake cooperation for collaboration..

As a manager, you’ll have to work with other teams and departments. Don’t let projects slow down by mistaking being cooperative for being collaborative. To truly collaborate, agree on the goal and the plan of action from start to finish. Having a real dialogue about how to assign tasks and deadlines will ensure that real collaboration is taking place.

Management Matters

Motivating Back Office Employees
Back office work is essential for any company to keep operations moving smoothly. A business couldn’t function without this team. A manager is worried, however, that the repetitive (and sometimes boring) nature of the job may be causing low morale. Anita Clew offers advice on how to appreciate these workers and keep spirits up. Read more.

Safety Rules

Prepare Yourself to Deal with Choking

Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. Prepare yourself to act by recognizing the signs and knowing what to do if you find yourself in the presence of someone who's choking. Choking can range from a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete blockage of the airway, which can lead to death. Look for these signs if you think someone may be choking:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A bluish skin color
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Inability to make sound or high pitched sounds while inhaling

If a choking victim is responsive but unable to cough, speak, or breathe, you will need to perform the Heimlich Maneuver as an emergency procedure to prevent suffocation.

  • Stand behind the victim with one leg forward between the victim's legs.
  • Reach around the abdomen and locate the person's navel using a finger from one hand.
  • Make a fist with the other hand and place the thumb side of the fist against the person's abdomen just above the navel.
  • Grasp your fist with your other hand and thrust inward and upward into the victim's abdomen with quick jerks.
  • Continue abdominal thrusts until the victim expels the object or becomes unresponsive.
  • If the victim becomes unresponsive, begin CPR.


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