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Epic Fail! The Internet is not driving economic development, job creation

Epic Fail! The Internet is not driving economic development, job creation

By Nicolas Friederici, Researcher, Digital Economies, University of Oxford — With almost half the world’s population now online, attempts to spread the Internet continue unabated. Underlying this agenda is a rationale that the spread of the Internet leads directly to economic growth and development.  The likes of Facebook and Google offer data services for “free”, while satellites, […]

Timekeeping Software Helps Companies Cheat Their Workers

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Timekeeping Software Helps Companies Cheat Their Workers

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon — There are a lot of ways employers can manipulate your time using timekeeping software, some of which are legal and others highly questionable. If you work on an hourly basis, you may not have given much thought to what happens to your […]

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Facebook Vacations: Coming And Going On Facebook

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Facebook Vacations: Coming And Going On Facebook

Two-thirds of online American adults (67%) are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site in this country.1 And new findings from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project indicate there is considerable fluidity in the Facebook user population: 61% of current Facebook users say that at one time or another in […]

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MythBusters Help DOL Pick Winners Of Worker Safety & Health App Contest

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MythBusters Help DOL Pick Winners Of Worker Safety & Health App Contest

TV’s MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, are once again using science and engineering to help keep America’s youth safe at work. Savage and Hyneman, cohosts of Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters, were among a panel to judges that selected winners of the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Safety in the Workplace Innovator Award,” the “Safety and […]

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Social Media Passwords Protected From Prying Employers In Six States

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Social Media Passwords Protected From Prying Employers In Six States

It is now illegal in six U.S. states for employers to ask job applicants for the passwords to their social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. California and Illinois recently joined four other states barring employers from demanding that employees divulge their social-media passwords. Passed during 2012, California’s and Illinois’ laws became effective January 1, 2013. […]

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Infographic – Survey Reveals American Telecommuters Thoughts and Desires

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Infographic – Survey Reveals American Telecommuters Thoughts and Desires

A new survey of telecommuters reveals that 80% of Americans say that saving money on gas and having no commute are biggest benefits of working from home. That’s no surprise. The real surprise is that 1% of telecommuters admit that they suit up—put on full professional attire as if they were in the office. The […]

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Looming HR Technology War Will Touch Thousands Of Organizations, Millions Of Employees

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Looming HR Technology War Will Touch Thousands Of Organizations, Millions Of Employees

Friday, 12 October 2012, was turning point in the world of HR technology. The event was the highly anticipated initial public offering of a human resources technology firm called Workday became the biggest technology stock debut since Facebook. Workday, a Pleasanton, Calif., based-maker of Web-based human-resources software, saw it’s stock rocket up 78% in its […]

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Rich HR Desserts – Day 2 & 3 of the HR Technology Conference in Chicago

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Rich HR Desserts – Day 2 & 3 of the HR Technology Conference in Chicago

From Paul Smith’s Welcome to the Occupation blog— One of my HR colleagues who ventured to the HR Technology Conference for the first time this year frankly declared, “this is different from SHRM conferences.” When I asked in what way, he answered, “there’s no little guy here.” I reluctantly agreed and we both admitted there […]

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Infographic: Do Employers “Like” Social Media?

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Infographic: Do Employers “Like” Social Media?

Social media has gone to work to stay and many companies are still trying to figure out what to do about it. Some forward-looking industries are embracing social media. Others are at least starting to put policies in place to make sure the use of social media by employees remains appropriate. A smaller group hopes […]

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Two Reports Show Influence Of Social Media & The Internet On The Workplace

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Two Reports Show Influence Of Social Media & The Internet On The Workplace

In the U.S., 75% of employees access social media at least once a day from their personal mobile devices while at work. More than half of U.S. companies do not block access to the Internet. These are some of the finds of two recent surveys looking at the ways that workers are using social media […]

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