This is why women hold more jobs than men | CNN

Women held slightly more jobs than men in December — the first time that’s happened in nearly a decade.

The numbers are super close, with women holding 50.04% of American jobs, but economists note it’s a data point worth watching because it could mark a turning point in the US labor market.

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2019 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record, NASA Says | Live Science

It’s the award no one wanted to win: 2019 was the second hottest year on record, government scientists confirmed yesterday (Jan. 15).

That’s according to two separate analyses: one conducted by NASA and one by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Each study compared 2019 Earth temperature data with scientists’ historical records, which begin in 1880. Of those 140 years, only 2016 was warmer than last year; the analyses also show that the five hottest years on record have been the five years beginning in 2015

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10 Practical Ways Less Is More | Life Hack

One productivity issue I come across more frequently than other is a belief that doing more work is good and doing less is bad. However, the reality is a bit more complex than judging effectiveness based on the amount of work a person or organization produces.

In a factory setting, it is a good thing if you can increase the number of units produced while at the same time either reducing costs or, at the very least, not increasing costs. The less is more principle at work — less input to produce more output.

And we can create the same idea for our productivity. Leveraging our skills, know-how and creativity to produce excellent volumes of work by inputting less and producing more.

So, here are 10 ways less is more

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Package delivery emissions could increase 30% by 2030 | Fast Company

The rise in e-commerce is wreaking havoc on our cities, the millions of packages delivered each day are worsening traffic congestion and generating a glut of emissions—and these side effects of online shopping are only expected to get worse. The demand for this kind of urban, last-mile delivery will increase 78% by 2030, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, and without serious, effective change, delivery-related carbon emissions could increase more than 30% in the world’s top 100 cities in the next 10 years.

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Couple Loses $7,000+ Tax Refund From Being Two Days Late | Forbes

I hate it when people lose out by barely missing a deadline. A recent decision in the Western District of Wisconsin has an important lesson about deadlines. The lesson is that if you are going to rely on special rules to cut things close, you better understand how the rules apply. The couple in the decision, whom I will refer to as John and Jane Toolate – you can read the decision if you want their real names- lost a  $7,386.48 refund by being two days late.

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Customer Appreciation: 10 Ways Businesses Can Show Their Gratitude | AllBusiness.com

With so many different options available for customers, it’s important to recognize and acknowledge the consumers and clients who choose to do business with you. Showing some customer appreciation not only helps people feel valued, but also engages your employees, as it strengthens the relationships between customers and your staff.

There are countless ways your company can show gratitude to its customers, and many of these ways cost little more than your time. To find out what works best, we asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members the following:

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Leaders Discuss Some of the Worst Business Advice They’ve Ever Heard | Small Business Trends

The biggest problem with receiving advice from peers or mentors is that you never know what will work and what won’t. While a lot of successful businesses are born out of the intelligence and ability of their owners, sometimes, people pass on advice they’ve heard — or misheard — without any personal experience to add perspective. As a result, the advice they offer is based on a gut feeling, which may or may not be a boon to your own business: In some cases, the advice they share can be downright terrible for a budding entrepreneur.

To help identify some of the bad advice out there, we asked 15 members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following:

“What is the worst piece of business advice you’ve ever heard? Why is it so harmful?”

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2020: Forget the Resolutions Build Your Confidence Instead | Management Consulting Connection

January is traditionally a time of looking forward and looking back. A time to consider the challenges – and failures – of the year before. To set resolutions and plan for a better year ahead. Full of good intentions, these resolutions are usually broken by the end of the month.I have never been a fan of the new year’s resolution. They seem a tad arbitrary – with a fixed deadline 12 months away, made on a whim after too much indulgence over the December weeks. Resolution means ‘a firm decision to do or not to do something’. And that is the issue – they are too firm.

The problem with resolutions is they don’t give you the chance to change things when a change in circumstances happen; meaning you are more than likely going to fail. As a result, you feel like a failure. For example: you may have decided 2020 was the year to get fit, to run 10K, to be your best self. But then a health problem arises, or a family care issue – and you no longer have the ability or time to dedicate to your resolution. It feels like a failure.

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What Are Standard PEO Services? | business.com

A professional employer organization, or PEO, is an organization that provides human resources and payroll services to businesses of all sizes. Through co-employment, a PEO becomes the manager of record for tax purposes and provides employee benefits packages under its own tax identification numbers.

Generally, PEOs offer several HR and administrative services designed to support the needs of a business. Don’t mistake a PEO for an HRO, also known as human resources outsourcing, though. HROs are independent companies that may provide a portion of a business’s HR needs, but they don’t operate under the co-employment model that PEOs use.
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Elon Musk Promises a Lot of Tesla Features. A Lot of It Never Comes Through | Digital Trends

It’s 2020, and everyone’s a little disappointed that the flying cars aren’t here yet. But one 1980s fantasy of the future may soon come true: One day soon, your Tesla could be talking to you.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to show off a new feature for his electric cars: The ability to talk to people outside of the car in a British accent. Musk added that the talking car could cause some “epic robber confusion” by adding the functionality to the car’s already existing sentry mode, a monitoring system that’s part of the car’s security.

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