Study: Working From Home Causes More Stress

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(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

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…

Should you fire your immigrant employees for not coming to work today?

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

A client of mine, who runs a small manufacturing business, is confused.

Twenty of his Latino employees told him this week that they would not be coming to work today as part of the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants.” This guy is a good employer and pays his people well. Most of them have worked for him for years. They are all legal, documented immigrants with green cards – some are even citizens.

My client isn’t the only business being affected. Tens of thousands of immigrants (maybe more) are walking off their jobs to protest President Trump’s recent anti-immigration policies. The walkout is designed to emphasize just how important immigrants are to the country. Read More…

Think You’re a Good Speaker?

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

If you desire to be a truly professional public speaker, don’t make the same mistake that Steve from Florida made.  I’m calling him “Steve from Florida” because I’m a Howard Stern fan. Steve is a real person and this is a real story. Steve’s name is Steve, but he’s not from Florida. Steve from Florida doesn’t really know me and I doubt he remembers me. That’s the problem. He should. I certainly know him.

Steve was the speaker before me at a conference of regional bankers recently. He wasn’t a bad speaker. He seemed to know his topic. Of course, he should. Steve from Florida’s company provides financial management consulting services, products and training for CEOs and managers. Read More…

These office sensors can track employees wherever they go

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

It happens all the time. The owner steps away for a few hours and all semblance of order in the office breaks down. Everyone jumps up and socializes. Hey, why not?  he boss is gone for a while. She’s never going to find out, right?

Not so fast. The Internet of Things age is here. Sensors are now entering the workplace, tracking inventory, monitoring temperatures, turning off lights…and keeping an eye on when employees are at their desks and when they’re not. Read More…

A hotel at JFK airport pays $65K over claims it bilked customers

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Back in late January, 2016 New York City was hit with the second largest blizzard since 1869, a storm that dumped 30.5 inches of snow in the area and caused the closing of roads, the shutdown of mass transit and the suspension of air travel into and out of the city. Travelers were stranded.  People were desperate.

So what do you do if you own a hotel in the area? Read More…

This battle over a massage parlor is for the dogs

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

All Grace Granatelli  and her two partners want to do is massage dogs for profit. Is that so wrong? Is she breaking any laws? Apparently yes, according to the state of Arizona.

So much so that the owners of a Pawsitive Touch Therapy, a massage business devoted to dog massages, received a cease and desist letter from the state’s Veterinary Medical Examining Board, claiming the business was violating a state law. Hey, keep your paws to yourself!
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Google Can Now Design A Dress Based On Your Activity…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Google and retailer H&M are teaming up to make you the perfect customized dress…by using your data.

You might want to sit down for this one. Using data taken from your travels, your dinners, where you’re going at night and during the day and what the weather is, retailer H&M is using Google’s Awareness API to create your own personalized, custom-made dress. Right now, the app is only available to a handful of style “influencers.” (Source: TechCrunch)

Why this is important for your business: Read More…