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Are You Prepared to Pay $25K for A Physical?

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Healthcare is a big topic of conversation for many of us – both personally and professionally. Costs are rising, and strategies to keep expenses down are limited. Many companies offer wellness plans to their employees because healthy employees mean lower long-term insurance rates. But we all know people that eat well, exercise regularly – yet are still affected by illness. Is there any way to really find out about and treat employee’s health problems before they become known?

J. Craig Venter has been asking the same question. “How do you know [people are] healthy?” Venter pointed out in this Forbes article. “We use a definition of health out of the Middle Ages: If you look okay and you feel okay, you’re deemed healthy. We have a different way of looking at people.” Read More…

Study: Working From Home Causes More Stress

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You’d think that working from home is all about warm slippers, hot cocoa and your cat purring contentedly on the desk next to you. Or maybe it’s just you purring contentedly. Whatever. It’s the life, right? Well, maybe not so much.

A study of workers in 15 countries released last week by the United Nations International Labour Organization found that even though technological advances have made it much easier for employees to work from home, the negative side effects can be significant. It doesn’t matter if an employee is “highly mobile” (always on the run), a regular at-home worker or one who splits time between home and the office – it’s just more stress than even a few daytime episodes of Dr. Phil can treat. Read More…

Will This Robotic Arm Destroy Jobs or Save Society?

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The company is called Sewbo, and what it does could have an enormous impact on the way clothes are manufactured – and the people who manufacture them.

Sewbo makes a robotic arm that is able to sew a T-shirt without any human intervention – a “long sought goal of automation for garment production,” according to its website. The company believes that its technology will allow manufacturers to make clothing at a much lower cost and shorten supply chains.

The breakthrough is not really just the robotics. It’s about the fabric. Sewing a shirt is complicated because the fabric shifts during production, and manipulating or straightening the materials has been something that only humans could do. Sewbo’s product temporarily stiffens the garments, making them rigid like sheet metal, using a water-soluble stiffener. That makes it easy for the arm to do its thing. Simple. Brilliant. Read More…

Please Don’t Harsh On Johnny Depp Until You Read This

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The media have been loving all the stories this week about actor Johnny Depp’s extravagant lifestyle. His $30,000 a month wine budget. The $45 million spent to buy and refurbish his 14 homes. The $300,000 monthly bill to support his 40-person full-time staff. The insistence on taking private jets everywhere. The art collection. The memorabilia. The $3 million to blast the ashes of author Hunter Thompson over Aspen, Colorado, from a cannon. The news was made public in a counter-suit filed by Depp’s money managers Mandel Company, who handled Depp’s affairs for 17 years until being fired in March 2016. Depp has claimed that the firm financially mismanaged him.

Who’s at fault here? It doesn’t matter. All I ask is that you please don’t judge the great actor on the news reports alone. New and secret documents revealed only to this reporter have proved that Depp was also a brilliant investor and philanthropist. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples Depp’s financial genius. Did you know that Depp spent… Read More…

A Fired IT Worker Changes a Password — and Demands $200K For It

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The American College of Education, an online for-profit college, is experiencing every business’s worst nightmare: the wrath of a vindictive IT guy.

The IT guy is Triano Williams, and he seems pretty angry. Last year, the school made a move to consolidate its technology operations at its Indianapolis headquarters, which would’ve meant an unwanted move for Williams. Although a severance package was offered, the college claimed that the systems administrator was fired after refusing to relocate. Williams has a different story. He’s accusing his former employer of racial discrimination. Read More…

5 Great Online Apps to Keep Your Millennial Employees Happy

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I totally understand why it’s tough to be a Millennial. Millennials just don’t have it as good as their parents.

They’re forced to drink one percent milk, exercise frequently and grow beards. They have to be politically correct, drive low-emission cars and pretend to like kale. They’ve never known the joy of eating French Toast Crunch cereal, Adams Sour Gum or Carnation Breakfast Bars and that’s just a darn shame. This is the largest generation in the U.S. They make up about fifty percent of our workforce. And they have to deal with these problems day in and day out. This makes for a pretty unhappy life. As employers, we need to help these poor people enjoy their time on earth just a little more. It’s important to them. And it’s important to us. Read More…

Are You Aware Of This Brand New Way To Make Money On Facebook?

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Did you know that Facebook users watch 100 million hours of video every day? It’s true. My household accounts for about 30 percent of that number. We like watching kittens, OK?

There are more than a billion people using Facebook every day and video has exploded on the social media platform over the past year. If you’re running a business it’s time for you take notice. Facebook has launched a new program that will enable you to make money from your Facebook videos.

According to this report from Recode, the social media giant will soon start testing a “mid-roll” advertising service where you can insert an ad into a video that users can see after they’ve watched for 20 seconds. Facebook will sell the ads for you and take 45 percent of the revenues. Read More…