Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Morning Workplace News Round-up

Here are some stories catching my eye this morning:

A new study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development finds female bosses are more likely to be sexually harassed than their entry-level female counterparts.

Here are the top 10 workplace time wasters, according to an Australian news article. Facebook ranks first, Twitter ranks second. One of my favorite time toilets, Failblog, makes the list, too.

This article offers 5 tips for addressing a group of angry employees.

A new report finds only 44% of 20something employees are contributing to a 401(k) plan. 1 in 4 surveyed is paying off a loan. Student loan payments, anyone?

A new Institute for Corporate Productivity study finds 84% of companies think flexible work arrangements improve employee morale. It's an 8% increase over a similar study conducted last year.

The Employment Non Discrimination Act was introduced in the Senate last Wednesday. If passed, this legislation would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Lead sponsor Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) predicts the bill will become law by year's end.

Starting next month, companies in China will be required to monitor workplace hazards. Better late than never, I guess.

New Chemistry.com study concludes more sex leads to better problem solving.

IBM proposes changing early retirement rules and closing its pension plan to future employees. Needless to say, IBM employees don't like the idea.

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