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NREL's economic impact tops $872 million
The economic impact of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business. (2015-06-09)

Siemens and VTT begin cooperation to improve the information security of industry
Siemens and VTT have entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at improving the information security of Finnish industry. As a result, the agreement will allow Siemens to offer its industrial services as part of VTT's information security analysis. (2011-10-21)

ATS supports Osha's more protective crystalline silica exposure standard
While it took nearly three years of waiting, the American Thoracic Society is pleased that OSHA has issued its final rule establishing a more protective standard for occupational silica. The new more protective standard will greatly reduce exposure to this known and potentially deadly occupational hazard. (2016-03-24)

Scientific study finds meetings at work decrease employee well-being, but not for everyone
According to the first comprehensive study ever done on the subject, meetings may be bad for your health, or at least for your feeling of well-being -- especially if you are task-oriented. However, some other people get a secret charge out of meetings, which may explain why they are increasing in frequency in the modern workplace, say a team of industrial and organizational psychologists in an analysis of two large surveys. (2006-02-24)

Research finds pregnant women feel pushed out of their jobs
Florida State University researcher Samantha Paustian-Underdahl found pregnant women experienced decreased encouragement in the workplace to return to their jobs after pregnancy. (2019-04-18)

New study: Why CEO pay matters
Executive compensation scholars have released new, breakthrough research analyzing perceptions of fairness in executive pay and how CEO over- or underpayment cascades down to lower organizational levels. (2006-09-25)

Let it go: Mental breaks after work improve sleep
If you've had a bad day at work thanks to rude colleagues, doing something fun and relaxing after you punch out could net you a better night's sleep. (2018-04-23)

Attention, bosses: Web-surfing at work has its benefits
Management might call it cyberloafing, but new research reveals how online breaks can benefit employees and employers. (2014-08-04)

People prefer 'carrots' to 'sticks' when it comes to healthcare incentives
To keep costs low, companies often incentivize healthy lifestyles. Now, new research suggests that how these incentives are framed -- as benefits for healthy-weight people or penalties for overweight people -- makes a big difference. The research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that policies that carry higher premiums for overweight individuals are perceived as punishing and stigmatizing. (2013-06-26)

Gender discrimination still a factor in modern organizations -- 'that's what she said'
Dr. Elisabeth Kelan found that workers acknowledge gender discrimination is possible in modern organizations, but at the same time maintain their workplaces to be gender neutral. The author notes, (2009-10-08)

EHEC 2011 outbreak: Scientists of M√ľnster publish their prospective genomic characterization
Scientists of the Medical Faculty of the University Muenster and the University Hospital Muenster in collaboration with scientists of the enterprise (2011-07-20)

Why do so many of us feel guilty about taking a lunch break?
New research from health psychologists at Staffordshire University explores why some employees feel guilty about taking their legally entitled breaks. The paper's lead author Dr Mike Oliver explained: ''The legally required minimum time for a lunch break at work is 20 minutes, however there is a growing trend nationally for large numbers of people not to take breaks at work, with surveys reporting that between 66% and 82% of workers don't always take their breaks. (2020-06-17)

Executive pay reform unlikely to reduce systemic risk in economy
Reforms aimed at curbing executive compensation will likely have little effect on reducing systemic risk in the financial system, according to published research by U. of I. law professor Christine Hurt, an expert in business law and corporate finance. (2011-07-21)

Mental health leaves most costly disability to Canadian employers
Mental illness is associated with more lost work days than any other chronic condition, costing the Canadian economy $51 billion annually in lost productivity. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have calculated the actual cost of mental health leave and found that on average it's double the cost of a leave for a physical illness. (2010-09-10)

Job stress may be missing link between workplace exercise and heart risk
Several researchers have suggested that employees whose jobs require a lot of physical activity face a greater risk for heart disease, but investigators from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and colleagues may have found the reason behind it: job stress. (2003-07-29)

UCSF policy expert presents recommendation for health coverage
A health policy specialist at the University of California, San Francisco has developed a strategy to provide universal health care for major and chronic illness for everyone by instituting a plan that incorporates aspects of both a single-payer model and a plan similar to a preferred provider organization, known as a PPO. (2007-03-13)

Worksite wellness programs may reduce employee absenteeism
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health researchers will present Nov. 11 on a range of topics at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, including a study that found reduced absenteeism among employees participating in a large-scale worksite wellness program. (2009-11-11)

New Jersey Institute of Technology's business incubator helps small firms fly
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) alumnus Bob Tarantino had a very good idea when he came up with the concept for New Jersey Precision Technologies in 1995 and took the first step toward making it a commercial reality at the university's Enterprise Development Center (EDC). (2004-09-02)

Labor reforms of past 30 years have hit young people hardest
A study by the Complutense University of Madrid, analyzing the impact of the labor reforms introduced over the past 30 years and the living conditions of new generations, asserts that these reforms have been the origin and cause of the current development model based on the exploitation of young people. (2011-03-17)

Why plants in the office make us more productive
'Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than 'lean' designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. (2014-08-31)

Social network spying could lead to low returns
Organizations looking to hire new staff should rethink their clandestine use of social networking websites, such as Facebook, to screen new recruits. William Stoughton of North Carolina State University, lead author of a study published in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology, found that this practice could be seen as a breach of privacy and create a negative impression of the company for potential employees. This spying could even lead to law suits. (2013-12-17)

Case links death to environmental tobacco smoke
A young asthmatic woman who collapsed and died shortly after arriving for her shift as a waitress at a bar may be the first reported death to be reported nationally from acute asthma associated with environmental tobacco smoke. (2008-02-08)

Frontline supervisors use micro-power strategies to cope with middle-manager status
Probation and parole officers and their frontline supervisors widely differ on their views of the power of the frontline supervisor, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas researcher. (2017-08-22)

Working your friendships at work
The hit television show (2009-04-30)

Women's career choices influenced more by culture than biology
The diversity of today's American workforce challenges information-technology organizations that have (2006-05-16)

When peaceful coexistence suddenly turns into competition
Biologists agree that climate change reduces biological diversity. The specific processes that ultimately cause species to go extinct have, however, been little studied so far. Scientists at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Leipzig University have now discovered that when temperatures rise, the complex relationships between species are changing. Prey species not only become stronger competitors for scarce resources, but also more preyed upon. These findings have now been published in the renowned journal (2017-04-06)

Has COVID-19 knocked us onto our backsides?
A group of Kent State University researchers sought to examine the impact of pandemic-related changes upon physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically sitting, across the university population. (2020-10-05)

Work pressures lower nicotine dependence
It is often thought that smoking is used as a coping strategy to deal with work stress. However, the pressures of work can actually lower a smoker's nicotine dependence, contrary to popular belief. The surprising finding was published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Tobacco Induced Diseases, contradicting even the study researchers' hypothesis. (2010-04-12)

Lehigh receives $1 million from state for optical technologies center
Lehigh University announced today (1/31) it has received $1 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to create a Center for Optical Technologies designed to advance research and commercialization of optical technologies. The center will be have partnerships with industry leaders, including Lucent Technologies, Corning and Sycamore Networks, as well as regional start-up companies and other colleges and universities. (2001-01-30)

Many parents of chronically ill children in California are unaware of paid family leave program
Parents of children with special health needs in California often are not aware that there is a paid family leave insurance program available for their use, with only 5 percent of those surveyed having used the program, according to a study in the Sept. 3 issue of JAMA. (2008-09-02)

Lawyers' salaries in private sector impact whether federal attorneys take drug cases to trial
Assistant U.S. attorneys in districts with high private salaries are more likely to take a drug-trafficking case to trial than are assistant attorneys in districts with low private salaries. In high-salary districts, governmental salaries are not competitive relative to the private sector. As a result, positions of federal prosecutors are often sought by lawyers who want the trial experience needed to secure employment in large, high-paying law firms in the private sector. (2005-10-25)

Obesity, stress among factors predicting high health care costs
Obesity, stress and other risk factors are important predictors of health care costs and service use among young employed adults, according to a new study. (2002-03-13)

Personalized leadership key for keeping globally distributed teams on task
Ravi S. Gajendran, a professor of business administration at Illinois, says companies with employees located around the globe can mitigate their isolation by taking a relationship-based approach in the form of a (2013-04-29)

UCLA study finds surgeon experience level critical
A national study found that the number of surgical procedures a physician performs has a significant impact on in-hospital complications and length of hospital stay in older men receiving a radical prostatectomy -- a common procedure to remove the prostate gland in men with prostate cancer. The study, reported in the February 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, focused on men 65 and older undergoing the procedure. (2003-01-31)

Scientists: Big city life may alter green attitudes
People with good jobs found in large cities are more likely to engage in pro-environmental activities. So says a new study of China's environmental behavior published this week in the British journal Environmental Conservation. For the first time, scientists weighed employment and leadership when considering how people act regarding their natural surroundings. They found the status and political power of companies in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin strongly influence the conservation practices of their employees. (2011-01-18)

NREL's economic benefit to Colorado totals $814.8 million in FY 2012
The net economic benefit of the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Colorado's economy was $814.8 million in fiscal year 2012, according to a study by the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business. (2013-02-26)

Why good people do bad things
When facing an ethical dilemma, being aware of the temptation before it happens and thinking about the long-term consequences of misbehaving could help more people do the right thing, according to a new study. (2015-06-05)

Are robots designed to include the LGBTQ+ community?
Robot technology is flourishing in multiple sectors of society, including the retail, health care, industry and education sectors. However, are the perspectives of minority groups, such as the LGBTQ+ community, considered in robot and AI development? (2020-02-12)

'Divide and rule' -- raven politics
Mythology has attributed many supernatural features to ravens. Studies on the cognitive abilities of ravens have indeed revealed that they are exceptionally intelligent. Ravens live in complex social groups and they can gain power by building social bonds that function as alliances. Cognitive biologists of the University of Vienna now revealed that ravens use a 'divide and rule' strategy in dealing with the bonds of conspecifics: socially well-integrated ravens prevent others from building new alliances by breaking up their bonding attempts. (2014-10-31)

Regulation reality gap for small businesses bodes ill for Brexit
Small business owners lack understanding of critical regulations and compound the problem with over-confidence, shows research from the University of Bath which suggests small businesses will struggle to comply with the raft of regulatory changes post Brexit. (2018-07-10)

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