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Women in engineering

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A recent study demonstrates clearly that the field of engineering is still primarily a “Boys Club.” Only 20 percent of engineering degrees in the United States are earned by women; only 9 percent of American engineers are women.
Although a study by the Families and Work Institute showed that young men are taking a much more active role in their children’s lives, in the United States and Europe, the majority of people still expect that most of the burden of housekeeping, childcare, school interface, looking after aging parents and similar family duties are handled by women. Continue Reading Women in engineering

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Happily for the health of planet earth, the United States is becoming more aware of the need to protect the environment. We are constructing more green hotels, more green office buildings and even green car assembly plants.
Thanks to enlightened hotelier Dennis Quaintance, the town of Greensboro, N.C., will soon have its first green hotel. The 147-room, eight-story Proximity Hotel is a $2.6 million project that will incorporate many features valued by a standards program called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Continue Reading Going green catching on just about everywhere

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Tackling the obesity challenge head on

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Recent studies corroborate our previous Herman Trend Alerts that obese employees are more expensive than those of normal weight — in both health care and workers compensation costs.
Not surprisingly, according to a study released by the Medstat Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., obese workers had a substantially higher incidence of metabolic, circulatory, musculoskeletal and respiratory disorders. Moderate to severe obesity was also associated with 21 percent and 75 percent annual health care cost increases, respectively. Continue Reading Tackling the obesity challenge head on

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Concerned about how society will manage its energy needs without using fossil fuels? Back in the 1960s, Buckminster Fuller predicted that by the year 2020, wind and solar would be our main sources of energy.
Wind is perhaps the most overlooked source of energy generation. In fact, the United States has some of the best wind resources in the world. Continue Reading The future of energy for U.S., world is blowin’ in the wind

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The following material is an excerpt from a 1,200-word essay provided to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. We were asked to provide a scenario for higher education and graduates’ employment prospects for 10 years from now. The essay will be posted on the NACE Web site after its annual conference in June. The… Continue Reading Forecasting employment, education trends for 2017

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Don’t offshore, lakeshore

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A fact of corporate life is that there is constant pressure to “beat yesterday,” to increase corporate earnings and push more profit to the bottom line.
In their drive to increase profits, many organizations have resorted to outsourcing outside their home countries. We call that “offshoring” and for years, The Herman Group has been sounding the alarm that, in most cases, the savings from offshoring are simply “not worth the effort.” Continue Reading Don’t offshore, lakeshore

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A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a philanthropic organization that funds research, forecasts rises in prison populations in most of the United States.
The average of all the states is a 13 percent increase, although some states are expecting no growth and others an increase of 41 percent (Montana). Continue Reading Prison populations and high school graduation

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Graduates lack life skills

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One of the refrains we often hear from employers is that graduates lack skills, particularly life skills. They tell us that many young people graduate from high school or college without knowing the basics: literacy, numeracy, what it takes to hold a job or balance a checkbook.
In a study by the Pew Charitable Trust, 50 percent of college graduates were found to be lacking in simple life skills. These grads were tested for three types of literacy skills: analyzing news stories and other prose, understanding documents and having math skills needed for balancing checkbooks or figuring restaurant tips. Continue Reading Graduates lack life skills

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War games teach competitive advantage

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On April 17-21, The Conference Board will conduct what it is calling “The Conference Board Leadership Experience at Normandy.” Against the backdrops of Paris and Normandy, this learning experience will use the Normandy invasion as a model to help corporate leaders to analyze leadership strategies, correspondence and reflections from those engaged in the battle.
Participants will walk the beaches and retrace the key stages of the invasion. They will stand on the edge of the cliffs and in the shadow of bunkers that had to be taken to control the coastline. They will learn from the strategies and moves embraced by the military leaders who were in control. Continue Reading War games teach competitive advantage

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Study links lifestyle to health care costs

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Some of the employees of these organizations shared with us their fears that “maintaining a healthy weight” might be next … Continue Reading Study links lifestyle to health care costs

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