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1. EEOC challenges 3 wellness programs

C-Suite Brief | Jan 15, 2015

Leslie D. Miller, deputy general counsel
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed three lawsuits against employers, arguing that their wellness programs are involuntary based on the substantial disincentives incurred for nonparticipation. The commission has not yet provided regulatory guidance on this subject. Issues in Brief Blank (01/12)


2. America's weakening middle class

C-Suite Brief | Jan 22, 2015

Stephen V. Gold, president and CEO
The loss of manufacturing jobs is the root cause of the middle class's stagnation. Revitalizing this segment of the economy requires education and training, along with changing how technical careers are perceived. IndustryWeek (01/12)


3. Manufacturing momentum amid uncertainty

C-Suite Brief | Jan 08, 2015

Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Recent indicators for production, capacity utilization, capital goods and employment paint a relatively positive picture of manufacturing activity. Risks to the outlook include global conflict, falling oil prices and slowing growth in China and the eurozone. Economic Update Blank (12/16)


4. Manufacturing's post-recession transformation

C-Suite Brief | Jan 08, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
Manufacturing's recovery from the recession was subpar, lasting about twice as long as the recovery from the 2001 recession. By industry, the largest gain was in computer and electronic products. Issues in Brief Blank (01/05)


5. How to structure a workforce for maximum innovation

C-Suite Brief | Jan 15, 2015

One way to address the question of why some companies are innovative and why others are not is to examine how to best organize and lead for innovation. Companies such as Pixar Animation Studios structure their workers so they have the ability to do collaborative problem solving, learn by discovery and integrate existing ideas in unanticipated ways. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (01/14)


6. Study explains why some teams perform better than others

C-Suite Brief | Jan 22, 2015

An academic study looked at why some teams outperform others and found three factors to account for this. One, team members contributed equally to the team's discussions, instead of letting one or two people dominate the group. Two, team members scored higher on a test that measures how well they can read emotions. Three, teams with more women tended to do better than the teams with more men. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/16)


7. The politics of scorekeeping

C-Suite Brief | Jan 22, 2015

Marie K. Lee, council director
One of the first acts of the House of Representatives this year was to approve a rule requiring the use of dynamic scoring in determining the economic impact of major legislation. Unsurprisingly, this is a partisan issue. Issues in Brief Blank (01/20)


8. Waldman looks ahead to 2015's manufacturing, economic trends

C-Suite Brief | Jan 08, 2015

The strong growth in the U.S. economy last year sets the stage for continued expansion of the manufacturing sector in 2015, says MAPI economist Cliff Waldman. "With U.S. domestic policy being somewhat less uncertain, investment strength in the new year will depend quite a bit on the perilous state of the global economy -- and whether a number of critical regional issues can be resolved," he says. Manufacturing.net (12/17)


9. Why emotional intelligence as a work skill is growing in importance

C-Suite Brief | Jan 15, 2015

Fast Company online (01/13)


10. Cargo flows expected to rise this year as U.S. economy continues to strengthen

C-Suite Brief | Jan 15, 2015

Cargo flows through U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports will increase this year, predicts the Global Port Tracker. Growing trade activity as well as ongoing disruption at West Coast ports will be among the drivers. Economic growth will also be a factor, according to MAPI Chief Economist Daniel J. Meckstroth. "Why are businesses spending? Because consumers are spending," he said. "Also, the drop in energy prices is essentially a tax cut for us." Journal of Commerce (U.S.) (tiered subscription model), The (01/04)




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