Yuki Noguchi http://kcur.org en Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad http://kcur.org/post/paintballing-boss-office-team-building-exercises-gone-bad Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?<p>Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.<p>Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.<p>"Pinned to its chest was a name tag for a rival store," Johnson says. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 58516 at http://kcur.org Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire http://kcur.org/post/targeting-overweight-workers-wellness-programs-can-backfire <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/26/205766456/hating-on-fat-people-just-makes-them-fatter"></a>Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.<p>For several years, <a href="http://www.ryan.com/Home">Ryan Tax Services </a>in Dallas has offered a wellness program to its 2,000-person staff. The program includes health fairs, free screenings, cooking demos and health club memberships. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 58253 at http://kcur.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://kcur.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 57808 at http://kcur.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal http://kcur.org/post/sprint-might-finally-get-its-way-possible-t-mobile-deal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival, T-Mobile. And today, there were multiple reports of a tentative deal valued at around $32 billion. Sprint chairman, Masayoshi Son, has said a deal would make it possible for Sprint to offer more competition in high-speed Internet. But as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, there are still plenty of obstacles to the proposed takeover.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Since before Son's company, Softbank, took a majority stake in Sprint, he's made no bones about how he wants to go big in the U.S. market. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56891 at http://kcur.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends http://kcur.org/post/will-epas-new-emission-rules-boost-your-power-bill-it-depends The issue of cost comes up repeatedly in the debate over climate change.<p>With the Obama administration's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318151240/epa-to-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">proposed rules</a> for limiting greenhouse gases out Monday, critics and proponents alike claim they know how the plan will affect consumers' monthly budgets. The draft proposal aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>Business and coal-industry groups say the plan will raise electricity bills. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56712 at http://kcur.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies http://kcur.org/post/states-consider-bills-crack-down-workplace-bullies Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a <a href="http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/" target="_blank">recent Zogby poll</a> commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.<p>Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.<p>Lisa-Marie Mulkern says her boss — the commandant of a retirement home for veterans in New Hampshire — turned on her after she expressed con Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56354 at http://kcur.org States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies In Rare Concession, Credit Suisse Admits Criminal Wrongdoing http://kcur.org/post/rare-concession-credit-suisse-admits-criminal-wrongdoing Credit Suisse will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay over $2 billion in fines in connection to allegations of tax evasion. But the CEO and chairman are reportedly expected to keep their jobs. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55986 at http://kcur.org Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes http://kcur.org/post/companies-face-backlash-over-foreign-mergers-avoid-us-taxes U.S. drugmaker Pfizer has offered more than $100 billion to acquire its London-based rival, AstraZeneca. Pfizer says it likes AstraZeneca's strong "pipeline" of new drugs. But the American company makes clear it is pursuing the British firm because it wants to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/28/307734574/tax-breaks-could-be-biggest-prize-in-pfizer-deal-for-astrazeneca">lower its tax rate</a>.<p>All Pfizer has to do is buy the company and move its headquarters to London.<p>For companies, home isn't necessarily where the heart is — or even where it does most of its business. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55676 at http://kcur.org Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket http://kcur.org/post/when-colleges-divest-coal-its-barely-drop-bucket If the students at Stanford University believe they sent the coal industry a strong message this week, they should think again. The school's decision to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/07/310413607/stanford-university-says-no-to-coal-investments">eliminate coal from its portfolio</a> did not send shock waves through the industry. In fact, representatives say it will have no financial impact on the industry at all. Wed, 07 May 2014 22:04:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55393 at http://kcur.org When Colleges Ditch Coal Investments, It's Barely A Drop In The Bucket Target's Top Executive Steps Down, Brought Low By Data Breach http://kcur.org/post/targets-top-executive-steps-down-brought-low-data-breach Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Five months after Target disclosed a massive data breach, its CEO has lost his job. Greg Steinhafel is stepping down from his dual posts as president and CEO at Target Corporation. His resignation underscores the company's effort to overhaul its entire business. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55258 at http://kcur.org Discouraging Numbers Hidden By A Positive Jobs Report http://kcur.org/post/discouraging-numbers-hidden-positive-jobs-report The April jobs report came in much better than expected, though the shrinking labor force leaves some unanswered questions. Sat, 03 May 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55169 at http://kcur.org Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs http://kcur.org/post/postal-workers-protest-staples-over-shift-jobs U.S. postal workers took to the streets Thursday to protest in front of Staples office supply stores around the country. At issue is a decision to open Postal Service counters in Staples stores — something they say is siphoning away union jobs.<p>The postal workers' grievances come as their employer faces pressures to find new avenues of business.<p>Both the American Postal Workers Union and the leadership of the U.S. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54730 at http://kcur.org Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://kcur.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54585 at http://kcur.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://kcur.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54360 at http://kcur.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business http://kcur.org/post/when-divorce-leads-happily-ever-after-small-business Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.<p>But that's not always the case.<p>Take Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband. They divorced the way many do, fighting over money and various other things. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54304 at http://kcur.org When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead http://kcur.org/post/cant-ask-some-job-interviewers-go-social-media-instead Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers.<p>It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the request might hurt their job chances, but they also feel compelled to scrub their profiles before accepting.<p>"They didn't know why they were being friended," Kluemper says. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54065 at http://kcur.org Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge http://kcur.org/post/stop-thief-when-colleagues-steal-office-fridge As a wedding planner, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/content/eh_misc/news_room/jeannebio1.shtml">Jeanne Hamilton</a> saw her share of very bad manners — people who made her think, "There should be an etiquette hell for people like you."<p>And bingo! That was the beginning of her website, <a href="http://www.etiquettehell.com/">Etiquette Hell</a>, a repository of more than 6,000 firsthand accounts of bad behavior people witness in their fellow peers.<p>And the most frequent complaint? Fridge theft. It's rampant, apparently, in offices all over the world.<p>"It's the No. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 53616 at http://kcur.org Stop, Thief! When Colleagues Steal From The Office Fridge An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' http://kcur.org/post/intern-40-something-and-paid-hugs As the job market improves and people are trying to get back to work, more older workers in their 40s and 50s are signing on for internships. It could pay off, but it can come with some difficult trade-offs.<p>For Renee Killian, 47, it has meant working an unpaid stint alongside fellow interns who are less than half her age. Killian's dayside duties at the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., often involve making sure the response trucks are properly stocked with blankets, water bottles and cleaning kits. At night, she is a volunteer on call. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 53500 at http://kcur.org An Intern At 40-Something, And 'Paid In Hugs' In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague http://kcur.org/post/first-press-conference-new-fed-chair-goes-vague Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Federal Reserve policymakers say it's not your imagination, there has been an economic slowdown over the past few months. The pullback was partly due to the harsh winter weather. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 52899 at http://kcur.org Fannie Mae: Now Free From Debt But Still Under Government's Wing http://kcur.org/post/fannie-mae-now-free-debt-still-under-governments-wing With another $7.2 billion in payments to the Treasury Department, Fannie Mae is now in the black for the first time since it entered conservatorship in 2008. Yet Fannie's future is as murky as ever. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51644 at http://kcur.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://kcur.org/post/demographic-shifts-contribute-changing-face-retail So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/16/263048331/j-c-penney-cutting-2-000-jobs-closing-33-stores">close 33 stores</a>. Macy's said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/09/260935269/loehmanns-to-liquidate-macys-cuts-jobs-in-reorganization">lay off 2,500 workers</a>. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.<p>That's creating a glut of excess space. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51411 at http://kcur.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks http://kcur.org/post/new-rules-pot-business-gets-little-less-hazy-banks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Treasury and Justice Departments today sought to clarify for banks how they might navigate the murky legal waters of the marijuana business. Murky because pot is legal in a growing number of states but remains illegal under federal law. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 51312 at http://kcur.org Drug Store Plans To Rid Its Shelves Of Tobacco Products http://kcur.org/post/drug-store-plans-rid-its-shelves-tobacco-products The pharmacy giant CVS plans to eliminate cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores by October. The company says it made the decision because the drug store business is changing and that selling cigarettes is no longer consistent with its mission. Medical experts and the White House hailed the move. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 50843 at http://kcur.org Meet The myRA — Obama's New Retirement Plan http://kcur.org/post/meet-myra-obamas-new-retirement-plan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>President Obama has already made good on one of the promises in his State of the Union speech last night. Today, he directed the Treasury Department to create a new retirement plan called myRA. The idea is to make it easier for people who don't have retirement plans to start putting something away. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 50475 at http://kcur.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? http://kcur.org/post/study-complicates-debate-over-income-inequality In the debate over income inequality, the right and left seem to agree on one point: The U.S. is more the land of equal opportunity than the land of equal outcomes.<p>But what's the real relationship between the growing income gap and opportunity? <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/23/265356290/study-upward-mobility-no-tougher-in-u-s-than-two-decades-ago">A new report out last week</a> has triggered more debate about the haves and the have-nots.<p>The study, led by Raj Chetty of Harvard University, says it's not any harder to achieve economically in the U.S. today than it was 20 years ago. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 50296 at http://kcur.org The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much? GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs http://kcur.org/post/glaxosmithkline-stop-paying-doctors-promote-its-drugs Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Today, one of the biggest drug companies in the world announced changes to its marketing practices. GlaxoSmithKline says the idea is to be more transparent about how it sells its drugs. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48499 at http://kcur.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse http://kcur.org/post/economists-unemployed-fret-over-long-term-jobless-aid-lapse Democrats in Congress are promising to try to retroactively extend emergency unemployment benefits after the new year. With the House already in recess, the benefits are expected to expire at the end of the month.<p>The Senate is still in Washington working on a bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House before it left town last week, but the bill does not include a benefits extension.<p>Extending the jobless aid is something the White House pushed. Without a congressional action, those who have been receiving benefits for more than six months will stop receiving checks as of Dec. 28. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48452 at http://kcur.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying http://kcur.org/post/twitter-critics-say-its-not-sensitive-enough-cyberbullying On Thursday, Twitter introduced — and later in the day, withdrew — a change to its "blocking" policy.<p>Thursday afternoon, the microblogging site started allowing users who had been blocked to continue to follow, respond to or retweet posts from people who had blocked them.<p>User response came swiftly. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 48330 at http://kcur.org Twitter Critics Say It's Not Sensitive Enough To Cyberbullying Companies Revisit 'Rank And Yank' of 1980s http://kcur.org/post/companies-revisit-1980s-rank-and-yank Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47658 at http://kcur.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares http://kcur.org/post/small-firms-may-soon-turn-crowdfunding-sell-shares Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project.<p>Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is <a href="http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370540017677#.UpO6n9KshcY">considering rules</a> that, for the first time, would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the general public.<p>For some small firms, these new rules come as welcome news.<p>Shane Emmett, CEO of Health Warrior, which makes a line of nutrition bars made of chia seeds, says his company is looking to Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 47399 at http://kcur.org Small Firms May Soon Turn To Crowdfunding To Sell Shares