Employers are embracing enthusiasm related to March Madness with activities such as food and livestreaming of games in the office. Staffing firm LaSalle Network holds a yearly party for clients and workers that includes a hot dog cart, beer and games streamed on multiple televisions.
Farmers in Midwest states hit by unprecedented flooding this week are wondering how they will recover from flooded fields, ruined crops and lost harvests. Additional flooding is possible in the coming weeks as rainfall and snow melt continue to overfill rivers and streams.
Google's upcoming cloud gaming service Stadia is ostensibly for video gamers, writes Vlad Savov, but it's also a way for Google to leverage and defend two key assets: YouTube and its cloud infrastructure. "If you want to be especially circumspect about Google's motivations, you can also envision a world where a majority of gaming video suggestions on YouTube start to point to Stadia, in a mutually reinforcing cycle of sending users back and forth between Google services," he writes.
The emails of 38 CEOs reveal that these executives maximize their time by responding immediately to the most important messages, writes Ben Bashaw. These CEOs commonly said "us" and "we" and delivered empathetic responses while regularly emphasizing the organizational mission.
About 80% of workers feel stressed by ineffective communication in the office, according to a study by Dynamic Signal, often because the communication mode is outdated. Replace fliers in the hall and town-hall meetings with video updates that can be viewed anytime and utilize instant messaging that speaks to the younger workers.
A new workout for the body and mind, Pound classes pair aerobic movement with music and drumming using sticks. "Drumming to a certain beat, especially in synchrony with other people, connects a lot of areas of the brain," said Dr. David Burke, professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.
Faculty at Purdue University in Indiana have complained that the wireless internet in academic buildings was becoming incredibly slow, to the point of utter uselessness. In response, the university has banned streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO that take up large amounts of internet bandwidth, as well as distracting many students in class.
Power poses didn't live up to the hype, but they can inspire simple yet effective body language that helps you put your best self forward during meetings or presentations, writes former FBI agent LaRae Quy. Give a genuine smile, use simple hand gestures, keep a wide stance, avoid touching your neck and maintain strong posture.
While the term "transparency" has become a buzzword, there remains value in authentic, open communication, writes Guy Pierce Bell. What's secret can be secret, but otherwise expect what information you share to be given to everyone, not just the people in the meeting.
The freemium business model -- when companies give away a basic service but charge for upgrades or extras -- has grown in popularity, but these businesses can struggle to gain revenue. Research by Xian Gu, P.K. Kannan and Liye Ma suggests that adding multiple tiers of premium offerings can increase revenue by giving users clear choices in terms of price and quality.
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