Sorry to all you non-baseball fans for this post. I felt that I must blog on a baseball related topic this week since the SF Giants have won this year’s world series!
First of all I found a most appropriate book held in Green Library titled:
Also Forbes reports on the financial side of the World Series that the postseason can be a financial windfall for the participating teams but not when a plyoff series ends in a four game sweep!
Checking your work e-mail from home – again? New perks offered in Silicon Valley (and Stanford Med School) might leave your loved ones more inclined to forgive the time. The New York Times reports that breaking trends in employee compensation address work life balance in new ways, with options like housecleaning, family dinners, and vacation funds. As the article notes, “Now that technology has allowed work to bleed into home life, it seems that companies are trying to address the impact of home life on work.”
Want to know more? The library can help. Check the Business FAQ tab on our home page to search for info on employee tenure, compensation, best companies to work for, and even where GSB alumni work. Our catalog will point you toward books on work life balance, or select the Articles tab in our Databases by Topic for the latest research, including the NYT article above.
Have trouble tearing yourself away from the office for a little R&R? A recent NYTimes article covers the vacation-prep basics for small business owners (and managers alike). Being unwilling to get away (AND unplug!) ”can be bad for the health of both the owner and the business.”
How to take a real vacation (and not stress promptly upon return):
- Prepare you staff
- Manage client expectations
- Plan around slow periods
- Set a schedule
Read the NYTimes, WSJ, Washigton Post, and more newspapers for free via GSB Library resource – Factiva. Happy 4th of July!
MIT’s Technology Review recently wrote an interesting article on What Facebook knows. Touching on human social behavior, data collection and mining, the article also goes into how Facebook is under increased pressure for new sources of profit. Check it out to see what you’re really sharing (and not just with your friends)…
Can’t decide between going for the big bucks or opting for a career filled with personal meaning? Check out idea number 7 in the March 12 issue of Time’s cover story, 10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life. Of course, it’s intrinsically obvious that greater affluence doesn’t equal greater content if you’ve chosen a career that isn’t personally fulfilling. However, the article High Status Stress presents recent research indicating that even theoretically desirable perks that come with success, such as being able to set your own hours, having power, and high status “can make life harder if you’re the sort of driven, work-devoted person that high-status individuals tend to be.”
Year after year hoops fans flock to March Madness on Demand for streaming video but this year, according to Bloomberg, something new has been added — free live streaming for the first time on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, according to an announcement from Turner Sports and CBS Sports. Networks are hoping to capitalize on a younger demographic that is tuned into mobile devices while also watching television, walking and do I dare say – working.
Is the office screen saver an underutilized vehicle for change? In an article for Fast Company, GSB Prof Chip Heath and his brother Dan contend that passion provokes change. They tell the story of a hospital that is finding it difficult to get complete compliance on hand washing. A committee of doctors and administrators were taken by surprise when, after lunch, they were asked to press their hands into a Petri dish. A few days later and the results were startling — gobs of bacteria from hands that had just had been used to eat a sandwich. The Petri dish photo became a screen saver and compliance followed quickly. So stow away the statistics and whip up some emotion if you want to bring about change in yourself or your organization.
The Insurance Research Council warns us that a recent survey revealed that almost one in five drivers in the U.S. reported texting while driving in the last 30 days. Younger drivers were more likely to admit they were texting than older. Yikes. Depending on your state, such things may be illegal, but it’s alarming to think how many drivers think that this behavior is acceptable.
According to authors, Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake, M.D., women should “Find your fortune while you’re young and marry a man with money. This is what we call the Gold-Digging Imperative–”The GDI.” Thy have authored a new book titled Smart Girls Marry Money.
Historically marrying for money or position isn’t something new and in fact was quite the norm in the good old days. Marrying for love, especially if it wasn’t profitable, was something frowned upon and just not done.
Read the Forbes article to learn more.