Grammar, a Victim in the Office


Grammar gaffes are invading the office in an age of informal email, texting and Twitter. Employers say the grammar skills of people they hire are getting worse... but language is evolving so fast that old rules of usage are eroding.

The Wall Street Journal, 6/20/2012

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Companies Slip Workouts Into Work


More and more companies are installing indoor walking tracks, stairwell programs, and treadmills in their offices in an effort to find clever and relatively inexpensive ways to get people moving without cutting into busy workdays or needing to join a corporate gym. The director of well-being and innovation at health insurer Humana Inc., Brent Densford, says, "The important thing is to increase activity on a day-to-day basis." Humana has invested in walkstations that combine a work station with a treadmill, so you can use a laptop and get exercise at the same time. The Walkstation by Steelcase, pictured above, is a combination desk-treadmill that goes up to 2 miles per hour.

The Wall Street Journal, 6/18/2012

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Revenge of the Nerds: Tech Firms Scour College Campuses for Talent

You don't have to be a star athlete to be recruited and courted on campus these days. Today, outstanding computer science majors are being enticed by tech companies to come on board even before they graduate. Companies are wooing these top college students with offers of equity, high salaries and free food.

The Wall Street Journal, 5/31/2012

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ID Thieves Loot Tax Checks, Filing Early and Often

Identity theft tax fraud has become a huge problem. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration told congress that in 2010, 940,000 fraudulent returns were filed by identity thieves. Those refunds would have added up to 6.5 billion dollars, and he said there could have been another 1.5 million returns they didn't catch, with potential fraudulent refunds of more than 5.2 billion. Career criminals are finding it easier to steal from the IRS thanks to electronic filing and the ability to access and steal people's social security numbers, including the social security numbers of those who have died (those numbers become part of the public record by law).  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who has introduced a bill, said, "There is almost no discentive, because the penalty is so low for a thief to do this repeatedly." The question now is, what can we do to reduce the likelihood of being a victim of identity theft?

The New York Times, 5/27/2012

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People Want Jobs That Make a Difference, Even If It Means A Pay Cut

A new survey comparing college students soon to enter the work force with current workers found that everyone wants an "impact job," and would do a lot to get one.

Co.Exist, 5/23/2012

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His profit, your problem: While Mark Zuckerberg has made billions, Facebook users have been paying with their privacy

Friday’s IPO brought billions to a handful of Facebook staffers.

Considering the fact that more and more companies are checking the Facebook posts of potential employees and even asking for their passwords, people now need to be even more careful to make sure they don't post any photos or personal information about themselves online that could cost them a job. The fact that there is currently no way for job seekers to completely erase potentially damaging old posts just adds to this challenge. As the writer points out, there is a background checking company, Social Intelligence, that stores for seven years all of the photos and personal information you share online. So potential employers can still access those old posts., 5/20/2012

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Gap Year Momentum Grows as Studies Show Higher Performance After Delaying College Admission

PHOTO: Sam Heldrop, 18, has deferred his acceptance to Hope College in Michigan and opted to teach English and backpack in Thailand next academic year.

College admission officers say the gap year is gaining momentum. And now, some of the nation's most competitive colleges -- Harvard, Middlebury and Princeton, among others -- have adopted formal policies to allow students to defer their admission. Higher education experts say that giving students an opportunity to explore the real world for a year after graduating from high school and before starting college helps them mature and become more independent and self-reliant. And early research reveals that once they restart their academic studies, they actually perform better than those who go straight from high school to college. Julia Rogers, director of Vermont-based EnRoute Consulting, explains, "We live in an increasingly digital world and are existing more virtually than before... The gap year forces them into a real experience -- learning a language on the ground, meeting people, engaging in situations." The gap year is also an attractive option financially, costing an average of $10,000 to $25,000 compared to college tuitions, which are now upwards of $55,000 a year, according to Rogers.

ABC News, 5/14/2012

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TOPS: Investing in employee health pays off

TOPS Club Inc., a non-profit weight-loss support organization, is encouraging people to use May, Employee Health and Fitness Month, as an opportunity to promote the benefits of workplace wellness. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) encourages employers to establish an employee wellness program because it not only improves employees’ health, but it can also contribute to a company’s bottom line.

The Lane Report, 5/3/2012

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Made in America: Global Companies Expand in U.S. Towns

PHOTO: Global Foundries, which makes semiconductors, has helped breathe life into the small town of Malta in upstate New York with new jobs and training programs at area schools.

Global Foundries, which makes semiconductors, has helped breathe life into the small town of Malta in upstate New York with new jobs and training programs at area schools. The town has been transformed economically because of their commitment to getting this global company to pick their town for a new factory. Germany's Siemens, Scandinavia's Electrolux, and the U.K.'s Rolls-Royce have all expanded and built facilities in the U.S. as well.

ABC News, 4/30/2012

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Patients in the Dark on Medical Costs, Study Finds

VIDEO: Americans pay high costs for routine procedures despite insurance coverage.

A new study by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that medical costs vary wildly from hospital to hospital. People often fail to ask ahead of time what a procedure is going to cost, and then they suffer from sticker shock when they get the bill, especially if insurance isn't picking up the whole tab. Read on for some consumer information you should know before scheduling your next surgery.

ABC News, 4/23/2012

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Pinterest could be worth over $7 billion virtual pin board is one of the fastest-growing Internet companies ever, with almost 19 million users.

NBC News, 4/20/2012

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Inspiring Insights by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, The Man Who Built A $1 Billion Startup

Following Facebook's announcement of their acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in Facebook shares and cash, the Instagram story will surely inspire aspiring tech entrepreneurs around the world. Answers by co-founder Kevin Systrom on the leading Q&A site, Quora, offer glimpses of how the 28-years-old entrepreneur managed to build a $1 billion startup in just 2 years.

Forbes, 4/9/2012

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