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Study: Immediate rewards improve motivation

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Your employees’ motivation — or perhaps that of your customers — can be increased by offering immediate rewards, rather than delaying them, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology titled “It’s About Time: Earlier Rewards ...

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When to work with a financial professional

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No matter where you are in your life, some guidance from a financial professional can give you the road map toward a financial future. Some situations in which working with a professional can help: If you have little saved, a ...

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These 7 vehicles have the highest recall rates

[Editor’s note: If you’re looking for the highest-paying jobs in 2018, go here: http://bettersmb.com/2018/07/16/these-are-americas-highest-paying-jobs-in-2018/]   According to Forbes, the top seven vehicle recall rates are: 1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2. GMC Sierra 3. BMW 3 and 4 Series 4. Dodge Durango 5. ...

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A number to know: The most valuable brand

$302 billion According to a new study by brand consultancy BrandZ, search-engine giant Google is the world’s most valuable brand with a value of $302 billion. Apple was second with a value of $301 billion. READ MORE AT 24/7 Wall ...

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Seattle rescinds corporate head tax

TECH TALK In response to backlash from Amazon, Starbucks and other large business firms in Seattle, the City Council overturned a corporate head tax that it had passed in May. The original measure required companies with revenues of more than ...

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Business news roundup

The Federal Reserve increased interest rates Wednesday. NPR > A federal judge decided that AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner should not be stopped. Now Comcast may bid for some film and TV studio assets that Walt Disney Co. already has ...

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Study: Corporate social programs may lead employees to dehumanize

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Here’s an unintended result of corporate social responsibility programs: they can lead to workers dehumanizing the people they’re intended to help. That’s according to research by Gareth Craze, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University’s Brain, Mind and Consciousness Lab, ...

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Tips for scaling your small business

A big contributor to the recent growth in the economy and to the high consumer confidence were small businesses. (Brandpoint)

As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018. To take advantage of the favorable economic environment, consider these four moves to set your small business up for ...

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These are the 10 most powerful executives

According to Forbes, the world’s 10 most powerful executives are: 1. Jeff Bezos (Amazon) 2. Larry Page (Alphabet) 3. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) 4. Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) 5. Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase) 6. Jack Ma (Alibaba) 7. Doug McMillon (Walmart) ...

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A number to know: Wrongful termination

$8 million A former Chipotle Mexican Grill manager was recently awarded $8 million for wrongful termination by a California jury. The manager, Jeanette Oritz, was accused of stealing $626 in cash from a safe in 2015. Chipotle claimed the theft ...

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Facebook finds 200 nefarious apps

According to the early results of Facebook’s app audit, the social media giant found 200 applications (among “thousands”) had misused personal data. Although the names of the apps haven’t been released as of yet, Facebook has suspended the offending apps. ...

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Business news roundup

Multiple signs of inflation in freight-related industries are at or near historical highs, which could mean price pressures could affect the overall economy. CNBC > Summer bookings for hotels on Hawaii’s Big Island have fallen almost half since Mount Kilauea ...

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Study: Lonely customers who lack empathy more likely to shop unethically

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Consumers’ loneliness may be a factor when they engage in unethical shopping behaviors, such as returning used items, according to new research form Binghamton University. “Someone may buy a big-screen TV for Super Bowl Sunday, only to return it on ...

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These are the 10 highest-paying jobs in America

According to USA Today, the top 10 highest paying jobs (median weekly earnings) in America are: 1. Chief executives ($2,296) 2. Architectural and engineering managers ($1,999) 3. Pharmacists ($1,923) 4. Physicians and surgeons ($1,918) 5. Lawyers ($1,901) 6. Aerospace engineers ...

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