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Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Baylor Study Finds

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As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a Baylor University study.

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High School Students Explore Beginning Architecture – and Perhaps a Career

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High school students take the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Architecture 100 course – free and online – to help inspire their interest in the field.

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Whistle While You Work

What is the key to being happy? More specifically, what is the key to being happy at work? More money, more time off, family benefits? University of Alabama professors at the Culverhouse College of Commerce may have just found the answers.

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Still Connected After All These Years

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Many of us cannot picture ourselves working for the same organization for decades. But a growing number of UC San Diego academics have been teaching students, conducting research and connecting with the campus for a half century or more. Following are remarkable insights from a few of these extraordinary faculty members whose fondness for the campus continues into their golden years.

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One of America's Most-Wanted Careers Could Help Fill Health Care Gaps

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Clinics and hospitals across the country are adding physician's assistant positions to serve growing numbers of patients, and in underserved rural areas, practices are turning to PAs to help expand access to care.

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Overtime and Adding Options Led to Auto Recalls Costing $167 Million Over Seven Years, Study Finds

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A study of North American auto production over a seven-year period finds that using overtime and increasing the number of factory-installed options are positively associated with manufacturing-related recalls. The study, accepted for publication in the journal Management Science, found that the economic cost of extremely high factory utilization -- operating near or at overtime levels -- translates into a recall cost of $167 million over seven years.

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Political Duels at Work? Baylor Expert Gives 9 Tips to Keep the Peace

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Sparring over immigration reform, ISIS and whether Trump should be in the White House can go quickly from casual to spirited to heated during water-cooler chats at work or in staff meetings.

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Good Boss? Bad Boss? Study Says Workers Leave Both

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When fast-rising employees quit their jobs for better pay or more responsibility at another organization, the knee-jerk reaction may be to blame their leaving on a bad boss. Although the common perception is that workers join companies but leave managers, new research by a University of Illinois business professor shows that workers leave good bosses, too -- and for companies, there may be a silver lining to their departure.

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Word-of-Mouth Recruitment Can Help Workforce Diversity

Word-of-mouth recruitment is the most common way to fill jobs, and management scholars have long thought that this practice contributes to job segregation by gender: women tend to reach out to other women in their networks, and men do likewise. In fact, however, this form of recruitment can – and often does – contribute to gender de-segregation. What’s more, employers can influence the process to ensure that it contributes to workforce diversity.

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Work Schedule Is Top Barrier to Staying Healthy, According to First-Ever Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up®

“The Mayo Clinic National Health Check-Up takes a pulse on Americans’ health opinions and behaviors, from barriers to getting healthy to perceptions of aging, to help identify opportunities to educate and empower people to improve their health,” says John T. Wald, M.D., Medical Director for Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic. “In this first survey, we’re also looking at ‘health by the decades’ to uncover differences as we age.”

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Three Myths of Multitasking – and Why You Don’t Want to List It on Your Resume

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Jobseekers should rethink adding “multitasking” to the list of skills on their resumes, said Anne Grinols, assistant dean for faculty development and college initiatives in Baylor University's’s Hankamer School of Business.

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Study: Workplace Flexibility Benefits Employees

New research released today shows that workers at a Fortune 500 company who participated in a pilot work flexibility program voiced higher levels of job satisfaction and reduced levels of burnout and psychological stress than employees within the same company who did not participate.

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Racial Makeup of Labor Markets Affects Who Gets Job Leads

Research finds that the racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker.

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ND Expert: Detained Swedish Human Rights Worker Further Evidence of China's "Dark Days"

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Reboot Your New Year’s Resolutions with a Monday Health Reset

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Public health experts think the key to success to turn our New Year’s resolutions into reality is to bring the “fresh start” mindset of the beginning of the year to the beginning of every week. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that Monday is akin to a “mini-New Year.” Reinforcing this “fresh start” Monday mindset with weekly cues and reminders can be a powerful tool in helping people sustain healthy behaviors over time.

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Negotiation Tip: Gain Sympathy and Gain the Advantage

Is sympathy considered a sign of weakness or is there a place for sympathy in negotiations? Research by Laura Kray, a professor in the Haas Management of Organizations Group at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, suggests that when one party conveys information with emotional reasons behind it, the other party is more likely to develop sympathy, be more willing to compromise, and find creative solutions.

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Study Strengthens Link Between Stock Market Performance and Employee Health and Safety Programs

A study utilizing investment simulations for 17 publicly held companies with strong health or safety programs for employees suggests that employers that invest significantly in health and safety programming can outperform other companies in the marketplace. The study, published in this month’s issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), is featured in a special section highlighting the impact health and safety programs may have on a company’s investment value. The study was sponsored by the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Integrated Health and Safety Institute.

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Premium-Based Financial Incentives Did Not Motivate Obese Employees to Lose Weight, Penn Study Finds

Employers around the nation are increasingly searching for ways to help their employees make healthy lifestyle choices including encouraging obese employees to lose weight, often by offering financial incentives in the form of reduced health insurance premiums to help encourage success. But these programs are likely to fail, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published today in the January issue of Health Affairs.

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During Great Recession Employees Drank Less on the Job, but More Afterwards

A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions explores the effects of the Great Recession of 2007-09 on alcohol use among people who remained employed.

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Service-Learning Courses Can Positively Impact Post-Graduate Salaries

Service-learning experiences in college can reach beyond the classroom—and help grow graduates’ bank accounts once they enter the workforce, according to a recent University of Georgia study.