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What Companies Can Do to Help Employees Address Mental Health Issues

“Most employees we surveyed already actively manage their mental health and consider it at least as important as their physical health” reports hbr.org. In November, Prince William joined a discussion on working in high-pressure environments at “This Can Happen,” the UK’s largest annual conference on mental health.For example, two-thirds of the UK workers we surveyed said they have experienced or are currently experiencing mental health challenges or have even had suicidal thoughts or feelings.When employers create a culture that supports mental health, workers are more than twice as likely to…

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One of Tesla’s senior directors has left the company to work for Airbnb

“Before working at Tesla, Kim had worked as an executive at the software firm Solera and founded the frozen yogurt franchise Red Mango, his LinkedIn page says” writes Mark Matousek for businessinsider.com. Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, and this year has seen the departure of senior employees in the automaker’s manufacturing, engineering, finance, sales, delivery, and communications divisions, among others.A Tesla representative said other employees have assumed Kim’s responsibilities. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Once-hyped augmented reality startup Blippar has laid off all of its employees after collapsing into administration

“Blippar, the once-hyped British augmented reality startup, has laid off all of its employees after falling into administration” writes Shona Ghosh for businessinsider.com. The administration potentially leaves laid-off Blippar employees in a tough position before Christmas.The startup, which once claimed to be worth $1.5 billion, also said that it would wind down its augmented reality business.Blippar said its administrators, David Rubin & Partners, were seeking a buyer for all or part of its business.There is still hope for Blippar’s business and, to some degree, its employees. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Briefing: Google’s China search project halted after internal complaints

“In November, more than 200 Google employees issued an open letter to the company demanding it halt the project” reports technode.com. Google engineers no longer have access to 265.com’s data, which has ended Project Dragonfly for the time being. The filtered version of Google search would require real-name verification of users and data would be shared with a Chinese partner.What happened: Google has been forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a search engine for China after members of the company’s privacy team filed internal…

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Google halted Chinese data collection program after Dragonfly backlash

“Google has halted a data collection project in China and struck a major blow to the controversial Dragonfly project, according to a new report from The Intercept” writes Dec Est for theverge.com. In the months that followed, Dragonfly has become a flashpoint for employee protests within Google, with more than 400 Google employees signing a letter in opposition to the project.It also generated significant internal concerns, with many employees seeing the site as a signal for Google’s advanced Chinese ambitions. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Sears is catching heat for dedicating over $25 million to exec bonuses while reportedly cutting off severance for laid-off store workers

“Meanwhile, laid-off Sears store employees have reported that they stopped receiving severance checks after the company filed for bankruptcy” writes Ine Cain for businessinsider.com. Sears has got people fuming over the fact that top executives stand to pick up major bonuses while laid-off Kmart and Sears store employees have seen their severance pay nixed.Last week, a bankruptcy court gave the company the go-ahead to set aside $25.3 million in bonuses for top executives, according the Chicago Tribune.The retailer argued that it required the money in order to get these execs…

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Government looks inside to fill cybersecurity needs

“The federal government has trouble attracting people to cybersecurity jobs and keeping those it does hire” writes Eric Yoder for washingtonpost.com. In recent years, White House initiatives, congressional hearings and reports from the Government Accountability Office and others have focused on the government’s need to bolster its cybersecurity workforce.The government early in 2019 will launch the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy, a training program for federal employees who do not work in information technology-related positions. The hopeful outcome from this is that we have proven this to be one of the…

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Viaduct shutdown: Seattle businesses prepare for gridlock as three-week Highway 99 closure looms

“About 30 have done consultations with Commute Seattle, a nonprofit funded by local transit agencies and the Downtown Seattle Association, on how to best help their employees cope” writes David Gutman for seattletimes.com. Today, 75 percent of employees work from home at least some of the time, with the average being two to three days a week.JPMorgan Chase said it is encouraging employees who work in its main downtown Seattle offices to work and take client meetings in branches outside the downtown area. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Next year’s health budget set at $8.3b

“TEHRAN- According to the budget bill proposed for the next fiscal year (starting March 21), 350 trillion rials (about $8.3 billion) will be allocated to the health sector, announced Health Ministry Spokesperson Iraj Harirchi” reports tehrantimes.com. Out of the proposed budget, he said, $5.2 billion is assigned to the universities of medical sciences which have 460,000 employees, IRIB reported on December 11. “The remaining resources are set to support healthcare reform plan, family doctor scheme and population policies as well as measures to lower medicine prices and prevent exchange rate…

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