The pandemic has taught employers that nothing is impossible. When the seemingly impossible happened and workers were sent home to ride out the storm of Covid-19, productivity was not lost, and in many cases grew more prolific. And likewise, employees learned that the “traditional” daily grind of a five-day workweek is not imperative, and that fewer days of work can often lead to a more positive work/life balance. Countries around the globe have long been toggling the pendulum of work hours per week, hoping to find the magic fulcrum where both job satisfaction and productivity lie. Although Belgium is the latest country to mandate a four-day workweek, there are several countries around the globe that are already succeeding in this endeavor.Read More »Shorter Workweeks Come to Four-ground
As Americans get ready to sit down to the Thanksgiving table next week, followed by what is traditionally the country’s biggest day of shopping, inflation threatens to truncate the celebration this year. Inflation has hit a 30 year high, and consumers can expect to pay more for products, especially food. With the troubles of the pandemic haunting consumers for the past 18 months, inflation has reared its ugly head at a very inopportune time. And those who were struggling to start with will have the most trouble dealing with the increased prices at the grocery store, the gas pump, and retail stores. The bad news is this bout with inflation is not projected to have a quick fix and will last well into 2022.Read More »Inflation in the Nation
For hundreds of years in the United States, students have been learning about reading, writing and arithmetic. But there is one area of learning that has been sorely lacking, and that is the area of personal finance. If students do not have a firm grasp about how to manage their money, they will be set up for a lifetime of difficulties in that area. Administrators are understanding this phenomenon, and this year alone, twenty-five states have introduced legislation to add personal finance to the high school curriculum.Read More »Reading, Writing, and Personal Finance
With so much talk about the labor shortage across the nation, from truckers to fast food workers, the job situation across the nation is topsy-turvy… Read More »More Take Home Pay: But How Far Will Your Paycheck Go?
Odds are you have not usually spent much time thinking about the supply chain that gets your toilet paper, t-shirts, and treats from the manufacturer to your doorstep, but in this Covid era, the nation has been forced to consider what has gone wrong. The perfect storm has been created that has generated gaping holes in the supply chain. At the heart of the problem is the shortage of truck drivers, who are tasked with the job of getting goods from the ports to the rest of the country. If you have the perfect gift in mind for the holidays, odds are you will need to think ahead in order to get it where it needs to go this season, because the problems caused by the meager amount of truck drivers will get worse before they get better .Read More »A Nation at a Standstill: Where Have all the Truck Drivers Gone?
For many Americans, Facebook is a fun way to connect with long-lost friends, play games, and enjoy pictures of everyone’s kids. But there is a… Read More »Profits over People: The Ongoing Facebook Question
If the last year has taught the world anything, it is that the government and (just about) anything else don’t mix. More than one family… Read More »Business as Weapon: How International Trade Becomes a Missile