Mike Picarella was only one victim of Eileen Hedges, a Wall Street executive who nurtured a toxic culture of bullying and sexual harassment that went unchecked for years, David Dayen writes. Dayen details Picarella's experience of reporting Hedges to HR, hiring a lawyer and enduring unexpected fallout that overlapped with federal accusations of money laundering, internal investigations and a shocking trial verdict.
Papa John's founder John Schnatter, who resigned as chairman after using a racial slur on a conference call, reminds us that today's successful executives are also expected to be public figures, writes Jeff Cunningham. "Remember, when you're the leader, you're a parent, a mentor, and the moral, ethical compass of your organization," writes Motto co-founder Sunny Bonnell.
Making friends in the workplace can be challenging for an introvert, so you should start by observing and making small talk, find an office group that interests you and join in, introverts recommend. "Many offices offer clubs or after-work activities. Choose ones that are interesting to you and dive in by asking about others' days, jobs, and personal lives," says Nicolas Straut of Fundera.
Researchers are concerned workplace automation in factories throughout Southeast Asia will increase human trafficking and labor abuses, according to a report from supply chain analyst Verisk Maplecroft. As robots replace low-skilled workers, these individuals likely will have to take jobs that pay less and put them at risk of exploitation, Annie Kelly writes.
Leaders who manage remote employees need to work harder to build trust, ensure employees understand the vision and goals, and make sure meetings are run exceptionally, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Effective virtual leaders focus less on the technology and details of connectivity and more on helping their teams create genuine, authentic connections," she writes.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill that would postpone a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans until 2022 and suspend employer-mandate penalties incurred from 2015 through 2019. The panel also advanced legislation that would permit anyone to buy a catastrophic plan and allow consumers to use the Affordable Care Act's tax credits for plans bought outside of ACA exchanges.
Republican and Democratic senators said they will work to enact legislation that would give Congress a voice on whether the US imposes tariffs on national security grounds. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress would do better to cooperate with the Trump administration to change policy.
Every business must consistently look for new ideas while knowing how it will manage the scale that comes with innovation-fueled growth, writes Gary Fassak. Innovation "cannot be a discretionary item in the budget -- when done without a focused effort, you are leaving your company open to an all-out assault by a more innovative, nimble and efficient competitor," he writes.
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