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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  10/1/2014
Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost the Bottom Line
Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits. But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.
National Public Radio

Retailers Hiring the Most Employees for the Holidays
Retailers across the nation are accepting waves of new employee applications in preparation for the imminent 2014 holiday hiring season. Seven of the nation’s largest retailers will together add nearly 400,000 jobs this winter. Once again, Macy’s leads the nation with an expected 86,000 seasonal job openings.
24/7 Wall Street

America’s Oldest Workers: Why We Refuse to Retire
For these seniors, the best retirement is not to retire. From a 102-year-old Wal-Mart worker to an activist park ranger, these workers have stayed on the job well into their golden years. At 102 years old, Loren Wade is one of the oldest workers in the country. For the past 30 years, he has worked at Wal-Mart's Winfield, Kansas store.

Are You a Jerk at Work?
Say you want a raise. Or to inspire your underlings. Or to get your bosses to endorse your plan of action. How do you go about trying to get your way? Are you aggressive? Not aggressive enough? Did you hit it Goldilocks-right? Whatever you think you are—persuader or aggressor, collaborator or inspirer—you’re probably wrong.
The Daily Dose

Top 10 Companies Lobbying Washington
Influence peddling in Washington is about as old as the city itself. Financial and political pundits like to talk about how Corporate America's money controls politics, yet few people can tell you which companies are the Beltway’s biggest benefactors and why they give so much.

The Internet Is Broken
We helplessly rely on the Internet for everything, yet it is riddled with holes and glitches. Reports of Internet bugs like like Heartbleed and the recent shellshock are growing more frequent and the problems they pose are increasingly more dangerous.

New York City Mayor Gives Thousands of Workers a Raise
Thousands of New York City workers got a raise Tuesday, after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took a page from the Obama administration’s executive order handbook. Mayor de Blasio’s executive order will require business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages from $11.90 per hour to $13.13, effective immediately for employees who do not receive benefits.
Christian Science Monitor

In Trying to Save Darden, a Board Sealed Its Own Demise
Gestures of futile nobility seem mostly confined to the movies these days. And yet the directors of Darden Restaurants, the owner of Olive Garden and other quintessentially American restaurant chains, may have decided that they would rather commit corporate suicide than give in to the demands of two activist shareholders,
New York Times

Union Accuses Bravo of Unfair Labor Practice
A labor dispute between the producers of the reality TV show "Shahs of Sunset" and a union seeking to represent its editorial crew escalated Monday. In a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees alleged that Bravo Media committed an "unfair labor practice" after the company said it would dismiss the editorial crew.
Los Angeles Times

Should You Roll Over Your 401(k)? It Depends
For many people whose nest eggs are socked away in 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts, the time comes when they wonder if they should roll over their money to a different type of tax-advantaged option.
NBC News

British Manufacturing Hits 17-Month Low
The U.K. manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and eurozone weakness, a survey has said. The Markit UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 51.6 in September from 52.2 in August. A figure above 50 indicates growth.
BBC News

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