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Are Working Moms Less Devoted to Their Work?

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Most employers think so, according to a new study.

When you’re sitting across from a female job applicant and she reveals that she has children – say young children – does that in any way influence your decision to hire her? Do you believe that, because she’s a mother, she’ll give less effort to her job than a father?

Not me. When I meet a mother with young children I don’t just feel like just giving her a job. I feel like giving her a bottle of Jack Daniels and some Xanax. But apparently, other employers aren’t as sympathetic. That’s the conclusion from a new survey published by child care provider Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

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A New York Bookstore Owner Actually Closed His Business to Protest Abortion

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My dad once told me to stand by my principles…but also to make sure I didn’t have a lot of them. So I took his advice. I don’t murder and I don’t steal. Hey, it’s a start, OK?

When I read about people who have their own set of principles and then put their money where their mouth is, I really take notice. Jon Speed, the owner of a small used bookstore in Syracuse, New York, is one of those guys. Speed ardently opposes abortion.

I’m personally a pro-choice guy. But that’s not relevant. Speed feels differently and I respect that point of view. He’s been active in the pro-life movement. Over the past few years he helped make an anti-abortion documentary called Babies Are Murdered Here and he’s working on a sequel. He’s very vocal about his beliefs. I’m assuming he’s protested abortion without turning to violence, and I have no reason to believe otherwise.

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Thanks, Netflix (and Google): You’ve Just Confirmed Everyone’s Worst Fear About the Cloud

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Netflix has just confirmed everyone’s worst fear about the cloud.

Make no mistake, Netflix is a cloud-based application. It delivers (and collects) data online for a monthly fee. At work, I get data about my customers, suppliers, employees, activities, and emails streamed to me. At home, I get the same information — except it’s about Kimmy Schmidt, Queen Elizabeth, and a bunch of teenagers in the ’80s exploring the Upside Down. Different data, same type of delivery. It’s all on the cloud.

This past week, Netflix did something that makes me — and many of my business clients who rely on their cloud-based accounting, customer relationship management, collaboration, and email systems — shudder. The company raised its prices. A lot. Thirteen to 18 percent, or about two bucks a month for the typical subscriber.

That’s a bad, bad sign.

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A Naked Restaurant In Paris Shuts After 15 Months

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Care for some additional toe cheese with your bread ma’am? May I bring you more pubic hair, sir?

In what many would consider a positive step forward for humanity, the owners of Paris’ first (and hopefully last) nudist restaurant – aptly named O’naturel – have announced that they will be shutting down their eatery in February after just 15 months in operation. The reason isn’t just the lack of clothes. It appears to be a lack of customers, according to this report in The Independent, which also includes a few action photos of unclothed diners eating that should permanently put to rest any interest you may have had in eating there.

But what a sad, sad day it is for the 2.7 million practicing nudists in France, right?

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Your Open-Plan Office Is Probably Missing This One Important Thing

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I just don’t understand how you open-plan people do it.

The thought of working all day just a few inches away from other people gives me the willies. I wouldn’t know how to behave. Don’t their phone conversations distract you? When is it rude to ignore someone? Doesn’t listening to your office mate’s criticism of anyone who’s not vegan get on your nerves? How do you put up with that guy who sits across from you and eats the same tuna salad sandwich every single freaking day?

If this describes your work environment I certainly sympathize.  But take heart – relief may be on the way.

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These Are The 3 People Who Will Attack Your Business Next Year

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Why do so many people hate you? You’re a good person. You recycle. You pay your taxes. You bite your tongue even when your sister-in-law is being her typically obnoxious self. You hold the door for the person behind you even though the guy in front of you let it slam in your face. You try not to think about all the ways that guy in front of you should die. You mostly succeed at this.

Yet still, people hate you. These are not people you know. These are people online. Criminals. Hackers. Jerks. They don’t know you but they hate you.  Why else would they be attacking you and your business?

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The Surprising Factor That Determines Whether an Applicant Gets A Job

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Experts will tell us that there are many factors that play an important role in determining whether or not a job applicant is accepted. Some employers look at experience. Others consider reasons like attitude, intelligence, problem-solving skills or compensation requirements. But there’s something else that many employers consider and it has very little to do with how well an employee can perform the requirements of a job. It’s where he or she lives.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame sent 2,260 resumes from fictional people – all from different proximities – to a collection of low-wage jobs in the Washington, D.C. area in 2014 as part of a study to prove this theory. Four out of five of the fake applications received no response, a handful were rejected and about one in five were invited for an interview.

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