It’s Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Relax with our special 3-day weekend:
• Enough, bosses say: This fall, it’s time to get back to the office* More than two years later, corporate leaders say it’s time to shun personal work. (Wall Street Journal)
• A job market anomaly begins to correct: After a brief deviation, the business and household surveys of employment are heading in the same direction again: up. (Bloomberg) see more Labor shortages will worsen and may persist for decades BBB (Barron’s)
• The true inflation fighters of the stock market may surprise you Conventional wisdom says that now is the time to invest in companies with pricing power. But the last time the U.S. had chronic deflation, those stocks weren’t the real stars. (Wall Street Journal)
• Twitter’s edit button is a big test for the future of the platform: Reinventing tweets is a difficult task. (edge)
• Technology companies are gradually moving production out of China: Concerned about geopolitical tensions and the pandemic winding down, Google, Apple and others are moving some work to nearby countries (New York Times) But see also Long road ahead for American-made electric vehicles: Inflationary reduction legislation lays the foundation for an EV supply beginning in the US. (Vox)
• 21 Charts That Explain How America’s Schools Are Failing: Opinion—and funding—is becoming more polarized; Enrollment in traditional public schools is low, while alternatives are becoming more popular (Businessweek)
• The unpredictable power of random laws of kindness: New research shows small gestures matter more than we might think (New York Times)
• Banning of books in US schools has reached an all-time high: What It Means, and How We Got Here The Grid takes a comprehensive look at the culture wars and censorship in America’s public learning spaces. (grid) see more Banning books since 1934: You may have heard about our recent initiative Books UnBanned, which allows 13-21 year olds nationwide to apply for a free BPL eCard, which provides access to our entire e-book collection as well as our learning databases, and which often features a selection of challenges. And banned ebooks and audiobook titles are always available to BPL cardholders (Brooklyn Public Library).
• How bird collecting evolved into bird-watching: By the early 1900s, new sympathy for avian animals helped wildlife observation displace indiscriminate killing. (Smithsonian Magazine)
• On set, intimacy coordinators finally ease the long-simmering discomfort It’s a relatively new work for film and TV that’s part choreographer, part advocate. (Bloomberg)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Lynn Martin, president of the NYSE, part of the Intercontinental Exchange. The NYSE is the world’s largest stock exchange, with 2,400 listed companies and a combined market cap of ~$36 trillion. He started his career in Global Services at IBM.
The job market cooled but was still strong in August
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