Japan: Microsoft experimented with 4-Day Workweek, Productivity Jumped up 40%

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Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek, and productivity jumped by 40%

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. 
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  • Microsoft found that implementing a four-day workweek led to a 40% boost in productivity, the company announced as part of the results of its “Work-Life Choice Challenge.”
  • The summer project examined work-life balance and its effect on productivity and creativity.
  • As part of the experiment, Microsoft’s Japan subsidiary closed every Friday in August, resulting in higher productivity than in August 2018, the company said.
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An experiment that involved reducing the workweek by one day led to a 40% boost in productivity in a Microsoft subsidiary in Japan, the technology giant announced last week.

The trial was part of Microsoft’s “Work-Life Choice Challenge,” a summer project that examined work-life balance and aimed to help boost creativity and productivity by giving employees more flexible working hours.

Microsoft Japan closed its offices every Friday in August and found that labor productivity increased by 39.9% compared with August 2018, the company said. Full-time employees were given paid leave during the closures.

The company said it also reduced the time spent in meetings by implementing a 30-minute limit and encouraging remote communication.

Microsoft isn’t the first to highlight the productivity benefits of a four-day workweek. Andrew Barnes, the founder of a New Zealand estate-planning firm, Perpetual Garden, said he conducted a similar experiment and found that it benefited both employees and the company, according to CNBC. It has adopted the four-day workweek permanently.

Studies have found there’s demand for a shorter workweek. Last year, in a study of nearly 3,000 workers in eight countries by the Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace, most said their ideal workweek would be four days or less.

It’s not just the employees who benefited from Microsoft’s four-day-workweek experiment — Microsoft found that it helped preserve electricity and office resources as well. The number of pages printed decreased by 58.7%, while electricity consumption was down by 23.1% compared with August 2018, the company said.

Nigeria’s Basic Education System Is Failing Their Citizens And Businesses

(This article is courtesy of the Abuja Nigeria Inquirer News Paper)

Despite concerted efforts towards improving primary and secondary education in the country, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Hameed Bobboyi, has said basic education has suffered serious neglect.
Bobboyi, who spoke in Abuja while assuming duty, called on relevant stakeholders to play an active role towards revamping the sub-sector as there is no alternative to fixing the nation’s basic education.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Commission, Mrs. Helen Okoro, the UBEC boss, noted that for the country to achieve the needed quality education and production of critical mass of manpower to drive Government’s development agenda, the foundation of basic education must first be established.
He acknowledged that there were multiple challenges confronting basic education sector in Nigeria but expressed confidence that with all relevant stakeholders working together, the much desired quality basic education would be achieved.
“We cannot get it right without properly laying a solid foundation for the growth and development of basic education. Yes, basic education is on the concurrent list, we all need to work collectively to revamp the sector.
“I understand that the Federal government has done a lot through UBEC. We will sustain that and we will also meet with the state governments and relevant stakeholders in this regard,” he said.
Bobboyi pledged to give priority attention to the welfare of staff of the Commission while also urging them to continue to discharge their duties with utmost level of patriotism, honesty and hard work.
Also speaking, the former Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleiman Dikko, said the inability of some state governments to pay in matching grants to access UBEC allocations for the development of basic education in their domains, was a major challenge to the Commission. – See more at: http://www.theabujainquirer.com/?page=1597&get=1597#sthash.ZxWiKdZK.dpuf

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these jobs are worth that much pay just as these same politicians are or are not worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time but I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over a 100 hour per week. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two 15-20-year-old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark! Please think about this for a moment, let’s do a little basic math. Today’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, x a 40 hour per week job equals $290.00 per week before taxes which varies depending on a persons claimed exemptions yet even being skimpy on the taxes taken would be at least $50.00 per week and in most cases more than that. This would leave $240.00 per week coming to the workers on pay-day. That is $960.00 per month, folks that is $12,480.00 per year (52 weeks). 30 years ago a person could survive on that income but not now, housing, cars, food, gas, insurance, clothing, and food are way more expensive now than they were 30 years ago. To me this issue is really about Americas morals, do we as a nation have any? During my 60 years on this planet not one Republican Administration has ever given a national wage increase, not one. Republicans like to (in theory) take the moral high ground, they pretend to be Christian based but this claim is total hog-wash when they are backing the same companies and executives who are literally starving their employees and their families and still complaining that the wages are too high. How many of these executives are driving around in 20+ year-old cars or having to walk to work because they can’t afford even that? How many of their workers are on food stamps? How many of these executives are on food stamps? Folks, please do not call your self a follower of Jesus Christ when you do not give a darn about your neighbors or your co-workers and their families for I am quite sure that at your judgement before Jesus and His Angels He will literally tell you to go straight to Hell.

Nigeria’s Basic Education System Is Failing Their Citizens And Businesses

(This article is courtesy of the Abuja Nigeria Inquirer News Paper)

Despite concerted efforts towards improving primary and secondary education in the country, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Hameed Bobboyi, has said basic education has suffered serious neglect.
Bobboyi, who spoke in Abuja while assuming duty, called on relevant stakeholders to play an active role towards revamping the sub-sector as there is no alternative to fixing the nation’s basic education.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Commission, Mrs. Helen Okoro, the UBEC boss, noted that for the country to achieve the needed quality education and production of critical mass of manpower to drive Government’s development agenda, the foundation of basic education must first be established.
He acknowledged that there were multiple challenges confronting basic education sector in Nigeria but expressed confidence that with all relevant stakeholders working together, the much desired quality basic education would be achieved.
“We cannot get it right without properly laying a solid foundation for the growth and development of basic education. Yes, basic education is on the concurrent list, we all need to work collectively to revamp the sector.
“I understand that the Federal government has done a lot through UBEC. We will sustain that and we will also meet with the state governments and relevant stakeholders in this regard,” he said.
Bobboyi pledged to give priority attention to the welfare of staff of the Commission while also urging them to continue to discharge their duties with utmost level of patriotism, honesty and hard work.
Also speaking, the former Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleiman Dikko, said the inability of some state governments to pay in matching grants to access UBEC allocations for the development of basic education in their domains, was a major challenge to the Commission. – See more at: http://www.theabujainquirer.com/?page=1597&get=1597#sthash.ZxWiKdZK.dpuf

Abuja Nigeria To Host ‘Proudly Nigeria Expo’ September 5-11

(This article is courtesy of the Abuja Nigeria Inquirer News Paper)

The Federal Capital Territory is to play host to the maiden edition of the Proudly Nigeria Expo aimed at patronizing made in Nigeria goods and services.
The seven-day event slated to hold from 5-11 September, 2016 is to showcase the potential and opportunities that exist in Nigeria, training on start-ups and small businesses generally.
Addressing journalists as part of activities to mark the event, the convener, Mrs. Jumai Ahmadu, called for sustained advocacy to tame the appetite of most Nigerians for foreign goods, stressing that buying Nigeria goods stimulate the local economy given that all economic growth starts at the community level.
“Patronizing local goods helps the farmer, trader, artisan to stay in business. Why should people buy imported eggs when the nutritional value is not different from eggs produced locally? Why should scarce forex be used for goods that can be produced locally and drive our economy for imported ones?
“Being Proudly Nigeria guarantees job security. If we do not patronize our own goods and services, how do we ensure people stay employed and those looking for jobs are employed”? She queried.
Ahmadu also queried the issue of local content by foreign companies in Nigeria, noting that it is inconceivable that they bring staff from their own country, when Nigerians can as well render these services.
According to her, “For Proudly Nigeria, it is not just a one-off expo but an advocacy, a continuous messaging that Nigerians should buy made in Nigeria goods, patronize local services and get government to ensure that the local content quota is adhered to by foreign companies doing business in Nigeria.
“It is curious to find individuals and businesses that would not even employ a Nigerian nanny or driver rather employ people from other African countries. In the building sector, it is even worst as some builders would not recruit Nigerian masons, tillers and other artisans in that sector, rather will use artisans from somewhere else. Most often than not, those who do this act on the base assumptions that Nigerians in those trade are not good enough. Experience brings perfection!” – See more at: http://www.theabujainquirer.com/?page=1587&get=1587#sthash.B4kEJP1w.dpuf

Pakistan Adopts Child Protection Rules For Businesses

(This article is courtesy of the Pakistan Observer News Paper)

Sindh Child Protection Authority’s rules of business approved

Karachi—The rules of business of Sindh Child Protection Authority were approved on Monday at the fourth meeting of authority which was chaired by Provincial Minister for Social Welfare/ Chairperson of Child Protection Authority, Shamim Mumtaz.
The Secretary of Social Welfare Shariq Ahmed, Chief Child Protection Unicef Sarah Coleman, Child Protection Specialist Unicef Jabbeen Abbas, Child Rights Protection Advisor Plan International Pakistan Sameena Sardar, Advocate Anjum Mehmood, Advocate Zia Ahmed Awan of Maddagar, Country Manager Madadgar Syed Mehmmood Ali Shah, Joint Director Labour & HR Department Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon and officers of Law, Home and Social Welfare Departments attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Provincial Minister Shamim Mumtaz said it was a matter of public importance which was pending for long since 2011.
She added that after assuming the charge of Social Welfare Department as Minister, she took matter very seriously and issued direction to frame rules of business of Sindh Child Protection Authority as soon as possible.
The minister said by the grace of ALLAH, today, we had completed the task and approved the rules.
She stated that all the members of the Authority played vital role and worked hard and added that every section of rules was discussed in detail to make clarity in the rules of business.
She particularly appreciated the role of Unicef, Plan Pakistan International and Madadgar in this regard. The minister was of view that coordinated efforts were needed to provide protection to the children.
She said on the directives of the Chairman of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and his team working day and night for the welfare and prosperity of the common man. The minister vowed to complete the mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. —APP

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

$15.00 Per Hour For Flipping Burgers Isn’t The Issue: It Is About A Survivable Wage

Republicans and business owners do not want a $15.00 per hour minimum wage for people who do menial work. The comment that keeps resonating in my memories are those made by these folks who say the job simply isn’t worth that high of a wage and they are correct, it’s not. But the issue is not the question of if these jobs are worth that much pay just as these same politicians are or are not worth what they are being paid, by us. The question is being staged simply as value. Is the person flipping burgers worth paying $600.00 per week (15.00 x 40 hrs a week), probably not, but this issue isn’t about the employees value to the company, it is about your value as an employer to the employee. Simply put the workers are working there at your company everyday trying to make a living for themselves and their families. If I am working for you full-time but I am not bringing home enough income to house and feed my family this is where the wealthiest should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t care what job it is in America, that job must pay a minimum wage that brings people ‘up to’ the poverty line. I have worked the two full-time jobs routine where I was working seven days a week and many times up over a 100 hour per week. This wasn’t because I was that interjected with energy, it was because they paid right at the minimum wage of the time (about $2.30 per hour) and I was trying to find a way to keep our very old single wide trailer heated and food on the table. That and keeping two 15-20-year-old P.O.S. insured, tagged and gassed up. There would be less strain on the welfare system if there was an honest Federal  minimum wage. The term, the working poor when it is in regards to people working full-time jobs should never be included in the ranks of people who are below the federal poverty line. There, whatever that number is, that number should be the Minimum wage mark! Please think about this for a moment, let’s do a little basic math. Today’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, x a 40 hour per week job equals $290.00 per week before taxes which varies depending on a persons claimed exemptions yet even being skimpy on the taxes taken would be at least $50.00 per week and in most cases more than that. This would leave $240.00 per week coming to the workers on pay-day. That is $960.00 per month, folks that is $12,480.00 per year (52 weeks). 30 years ago a person could survive on that income but not now, housing, cars, food, gas, insurance, clothing, and food are way more expensive now than they were 30 years ago. To me this issue is really about Americas morals, do we as a nation have any? During my 60 years on this planet not one Republican Administration has ever given a national wage increase, not one. Republicans like to (in theory) take the moral high ground, they pretend to be Christian based but this claim is total hog-wash when they are backing the same companies and executives who are literally starving their employees and their families and still complaining that the wages are too high. How many of these executives are driving around in 20+ year-old cars or having to walk to work because they can’t afford even that? How many of their workers are on food stamps? How many of these executives are on food stamps? Folks, please do not call your self a follower of Jesus Christ when you do not give a darn about your neighbors or your co-workers and their families for I am quite sure that at your judgement before Jesus and His Angels He will literally tell you to go straight to Hell.

Are Ted Cruz And Donald Trump ‘Nasty Boys’ Mr. Limbaugh?

 

 

So, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, I have a question for you Sir. Being you know both of these gentlemen more personally than I do, I ask you your honest opinion on both men. Don’t you honestly believe that both of these guys are people who you wouldn’t want to have pissed off at you personally? Why, the why would be because you know that both these men are hateful, ‘nasty’ people who would ‘get you’ if you did such a thing. Mr. Trump has made being ‘mean/nasty’ into part of his T.V. reality show ‘star’. If Mr. Trump says that Mr. Cruz is a nasty person, he certainly should know what such a person looks like. Think of doing business in NYC for a living, to survive in that world you do need to be able to bring a big dog to the table. Does anyone remember our recently retired House Speaker who on the day he retired referred to Senator Cruz as the biggest A–hole in the Congress when he was asked about things he wouldn’t miss. Personally just about everything that I have ever seen or have read about Senator Cruz has made me wince when he tries to tout his Christian morals as he lies about his ‘big bank’ connections? Please don’t take this commentary to believe that I am a Donald Trump supporter, I’m not. I believe that he has a lot of very good ideas, not all of them though. I also believe that he is to immature in some of his personality traits for us to be able to trust his as our President. I am a registered independent and at this moment in time I am leaning toward supporting either Senator Rubio from Florida or Senator Sanders of Vermont. Politics are a nasty business just as business is, Mr. Trump should certainly know both, after all, all he has to do to see it is to look in his mirror, right?

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