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Heat waves reveal another cost of climate change

by Kimberly Adams Jul 17, 2019
Rising temperatures associated with climate change will create a significant drain on economic productivity, according to researchers.
Glass installer Brian Herrera unloads a truck in Washington, D.C.  He says he often has to work in extreme heat, and has several strategies to protect himself.
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Worker productivity is booming. Why is inflation so tame?

by Tracey Samuelson May 2, 2019
Additional production isn't translating to additional income.
Tech workers use laptops during an Amazon event in Seattle, Washington on September 20, 2018.
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Is video conferencing worth all the trouble?

by Molly Wood Apr 16, 2019
Some companies have lost $1 million in productivity just getting the technology to work.
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Election Day likely cost billions in lost productivity

by Kimberly Adams Nov 6, 2018
Voting is a crucial part of democracy, but it can be a drain for businesses.
Arizona voters wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling place during the midterm elections on November 6, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizonans are deciding on a U.S. Senate seat between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, among other local races. 
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What's the downside of making friends at work?

by David Brancaccio May 16, 2018
A new study suggests those relationships might be getting in the way of productivity.
Though work friendships can provide emotional support, they can also be a distraction, says Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School. Above, stock brokers laugh at Frankfurt's stock exchange.
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Baseball’s opening day strikes some as more tempting than going to work

by Renata Sago Mar 29, 2018
For baseball fans, opening day at the ballpark means an introduction to the players. It’s the season’s first taste of a stadium hot dog,  And, for some? A reason to call in sick from work. So what are employers doing…

Productivity is poised to rise. Finally.

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 21, 2018
Labor productivity, a measure of how efficient workers are, hasn’t been improving in recent years. That has caused worry among economists, because worker productivity has a big impact on economic growth. Well, times may be a-changing. The McKinsey Global Institute…

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Flu season could cost employers billions of dollars

by Reema Khrais Feb 12, 2018
This flu season could cost businesses at least $15.4 billion in lost productivity, according to one employment consulting firm.
A sign advertising flu shots is displayed at a Walgreens pharmacy on Jan. 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. 
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White noise is the new soundtrack of work

by Judith Kogan Jan 30, 2018
White noise helps workers focus in open floor plan offices. It is especially popular with tech workers, designers and entrepreneurs, and demand is growing.
Jonah Lopin in his open office space likes to listen to the recorded sound of a fan through his headphones. 
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It's official. Politics is distracting us at work

by Sam Harnett Mar 6, 2017
We're spending two hours a day reading or talking about issues on the job, a survey finds.
“We found that 87 percent of employees are reading political social media posts during the workday,” said Kris Duggan, CEO of BetterWorks.
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