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Everybody loves to hate the open office, but is it dead yet?

(This post originally appeared on Philly.com)

When I started working at my first job after college in the mid-1980s, the typical office was made up of cubicles, where every employee had his or her own private space. Offices have changed a lot since then. Now open-plan spaces, where workers share desks in large rooms without any barriers or cubicles blocking their views, seem to be everywhere.

Many large companies — from Apple to co-working locations, such as WeWork — have replaced ugly and claustrophobic little rooms with bright, open-space areas that offer wide views and a more team-oriented environment. Open-plan offices promised to help employees collaborate better and be more productive, improve workers’ health, reduce construction costs, and provide more flexibility as the workplace changes. Read More…

Does wearing a fake smile for customers drive you to drink? Maybe

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

How nice should you be to your customers? The answer, according to two recent university studies, is a little conflicting.

If you’re too nice, you may find yourself excessively drinking. That’s the conclusion of one study conducted by researchers at Penn State University and the University of Buffalo. The researchers combined phone interviews with other data from the National Institutes of Health to survey more than 4,500 workers across the country and zeroed in on employees working in service industries such as food, healthcare and education. Read More…

Making your business LGBT-friendly is not just good – it’s good for the bottom line

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

Having LGBT-friendly policies in your company is not only the right thing to do. It’s also good for business. That’s the conclusion from a report issued this week by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The report, called Business Success and Growth Through LGBT-Inclusive Culture, found that LGBT-inclusive companies attract better talent and decrease employee turnover. It also found that those publicly held companies with LGBT-friendly policies have seen their stock prices increase by an average 6.5% compared with their industry peers. Data cited in the report shows that more than 4% of the US population – or about 10 million adults – identified as LGBT in 2016. Read More…

Small Businesses Are Super-Optimistic…But What Does This Mean?


(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

The most recent survey of small business optimism was released this month and the news is consistent with previous surveys: small business owners continue to be optimistic.

Capital One’s Small Business Growth Index, a late-summer survey of 500 small business owners across the country found that optimism is up, as well as sales and business conditions. 60 percent of those polled found business conditions to be “good or excellent.” The numbers, which also took into account hiring plans and future financial positions, was the highest since 2012. Read More…

Report: Pa. Is One Of the Worst Places To Start A Business

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(This post originally appeared on PhillyMag)

WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently released its annual list of the best and worst states to start a business in the U.S. Pennsylvania ranked 45th on the list.

Are you surprised? I’m not.

I love this place. I’ve run a business here since 1994 and couldn’t be happier. I have driven countless times between Philly and Pittsburgh to visit my son at Pitt (a great state university), so believe me when I say that Pennsylvania is a huge and beautiful state with a rich history and plenty of great places to visit. Philadelphia is a super livable city with great food, sports teams, culture and people. OK, not the sports teams. But our location near the mountains, beaches and other major cities makes our area a perfect place to run a business and raise a family. Read More…

There’s surprising news about start-ups this year

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Start-ups are on the upswing, according to the entrepreneurship think tank, the Kauffman Foundation.

The 2016 Kauffman Index of Start-up Activity State and Metro Trends found 33 states experienced higher aggregate levels of new business activity compared to the prior year and 23 of the largest 40 metropolitan areas in the country also saw an increase in the number of new companies.

“Entrepreneurship is recovering from the Great Recession slump,” said Arnobio Morelix, senior research analyst at the Kauffman Foundation said in a statement. “While there is considerable variation from one locale to the next, the aggregate data bodes well for business startup activity around the country.”

That’s good news.  But there’s surprising news from the study too. Read More…

Could This Be the Person Who Saves America’s Entrepreneurs?


(This post originally appeared on Fox Business)

Entrepreneurism in America is waning. And I’m not the only one who’s saying this. What can reverse the tide?

A recent USA Today report found that startups rose in the second quarter of 2015 – the largest annual gain since 1998, according to Labor Department figures released last month. Could this mean a rise in entrepreneurship in America? It’s encouraging. But I wouldn’t get too excited. Entrepreneurism in America is waning. And I’m not the only one who’s saying this. Read More…