However Tempting It May Be, Monitoring Employees Won’t Improve Productivity

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By Tanner Garrity It took me 31 minutes and nine seconds to complete a recent article from The New York Times. I know that because the publication used specialized software to track my activity, registering clicks, keystrokes and the amount of time my computer ran idle. While it doesn’t normally take me so long to read a piece, the Times kept the meter running when I took a break for some standard morning rituals: a shower, a smoothie, a switch of the laundry. The simulated surveillance was part of a recent investigation into “the worker productivity score,” and a way for the Times to display … Read More “However Tempting It May Be, Monitoring Employees Won’t Improve Productivity”

Aflac virtualizes the customer enrollment experience

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At the outset of the pandemic, Aflac’s independent agent/franchise business looked to be a dead duck. The traditional in-person process of insurance agents meeting with prospective customers to discuss policies, sign paperwork, and load it into the company’s client/server system came to a complete halt. While Aflac’s other major division, its business-to-business insurance line, was relatively unaffected by the pandemic, its independent agents hung in the balance, just as the publicly traded company was undertaking a transformational journey to the cloud. “Because we are an insurance company, … Read More “Aflac virtualizes the customer enrollment experience”

Making more than ends meet

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The Bangkok Post

A move to expedite the enforcement of the new daily minimum wage as early as October has added to the debate over what the most acceptable wage rise should be. Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin wants the cabinet to give the final say on the new wage within September, so it can take effect on Oct 1, three months ahead of the original schedule in January. The minister reasoned that October is the right time to help workers relieve the cost of living situation as their purchasing power has fallen amid more expensive goods, driven by higher energy prices. Businesses are bracing for the impact of th… Read More “Making more than ends meet”

10 Most Interesting Live-Action Cartoon Films Ever Made

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For three decades, from the ’60s through the ’90s, there may have been no more popular form of kids’ entertainment than the Saturday-morning cartoon. From the Hannah Barbara classics of the ’60s, through the Japanese imports that began in to appear in the U.S. in the early ’70s, to the form’s high-classic period in the ’80s, cartoons provided laughs, adventure and the occasional spooky story to children across America. And then, as the century rolled over, these stories broke out and went mainstream, with studios like Pixar and Disney turning cartoons into immensely profitable movies targeted … Read More “10 Most Interesting Live-Action Cartoon Films Ever Made”

America Needs More Immigrants

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The Moderate Voice

If America is going to continue to be an economic colossus, we need more workers. The “great resignation,” Covid retirements and low birth rates have all contributed to a need to fill open jobs. That can only be accomplished by increasing immigration. Throughout American history, immigrants have always played a large role in America’s workforce. Population growth has been declining in America as birth rates have become lower, a trend that will only be exacerbated in the future. In the 1970s and 1980s, population growth of people in their prime working years-25-54, in the United States was over… Read More “America Needs More Immigrants”

Cat game Stray is raising money for real-life strays

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Euronews (English)

Indie game developers love animals. First, there was Goat Simulator, an open-ended third-person perspective game in which the player controls a goat. Then, Untitled Goose Game, the 2019 puzzle stealth game in which players control a goose who bothers the inhabitants of an English village. And now we have Stray, which allows you to control a stray cat. The choice of protagonist makes sense, as felines have long reigned as the undisputed rulers of the internet: from the earliest memes to cat-related TikTok, we’ve long relied on our furry friends to give us that much-needed hit of serotonin. ArtRead More “Cat game Stray is raising money for real-life strays”

Amazon Agrees To Buy Roomba Maker iRobot

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Q2 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more AmazonTo Acquire iRobotAmazon agreed to pay $61 per share for the Roomba maker. The acquisition will strengthen the e-commerce giant’s position in consumer robotics, a space the company has been interested in some time. Last year, Amazon launched its Astro household robot, which is equipped with Alexa and used for home monitoring. Currently, it sells for $1,000 and is only available by invitation. Amazon also offers other smart home devices, including the Ring connected doorbell. The e-commerce firm acquired Ring in 2018. CNBC notes that the acq… Read More “Amazon Agrees To Buy Roomba Maker iRobot”

Treatment techniques for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostate Cancer

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The Bangkok Post

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate gland enlargement, is common in males over 50. Over half of men older than 50 years old have this condition. Enlargement of the prostate gland may obstruct the bladder neck and section of the urethra that traverses the prostate. Men with BPH may experience symptoms such as a weak urinary stream, incomplete bladder emptying, or post-micturition urinary dribbling, among others. However, keep in mind that some may have other symptoms. Treatment of symptomatic BPH usually starts with medications, but sooner or later may require prostate surgery due t… Read More “Treatment techniques for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostate Cancer”

Look: Aaron Rodgers’ Rumored Girlfriend Reacts To Interview

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By Daniel Bates Aaron Rodgers upcoming appearance on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” seems to have caught the attention of his rumored girlfriend. The Packers QB dropped by the show to discuss his NFL career, mental health and journey to self-love, among other topics. Rodgers’ girlfriend, Blu of Earth, caught the preview and dropped a comment: “Changing history and forging the future one courageous truth at a time. Legendary moves.” After audio clips of FS1’s Colin Cowherd cut in saying, “Aaron Rodgers is snippy,” and questioning “How committed is he?” the reigning back-to-back MVP seems to addres… Read More “Look: Aaron Rodgers’ Rumored Girlfriend Reacts To Interview”

Made in Britain: Broken supply lines drive manufacturing back home

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Reuters UK

By Kate Holton BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – In central England, birthplace of the industrial revolution, factories are buzzing anew, hammering out parts for cars, planes and medical machines that used to be made in Asia. After two years of global supply-chain disruption, and with dark clouds on the horizon, manufacturers around Britain’s second city of Birmingham say they are inundated with orders, helped by new and old domestic clients bringing some production back home. For decades, supplier decisions were based largely on price. But the pandemic and mounting geopolitical tensions have un… Read More “Made in Britain: Broken supply lines drive manufacturing back home”