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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

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  DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress.

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Voter Suppression:  One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

Voter Suppression: One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

By Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Around 30 days and counting, this election season is in the home stretch.  The highest profile race is for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.  

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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How to Manage Generational Clash in the Workplace

Written by Saint Joseph's University on 26 February 2010.

You’re on vacation in the Bahamas and your colleague e-mails you a question about the report she is scheduled to present to the board later that day. With your Blackberry close at hand, you quickly answer her message and get back to your hot rock massage.

Monday morning, you return to the office sun-kissed and ready for a 10 a.m. meeting. During the meeting, your boss volunteers your time to stay late every night that week to prepare an important proposal. When you protest, your boss, a veteran at the company, questions your work ethic.

Research has identified four distinct generations of employees in the workplace. Each generation brings their own set of attitudes and behaviors; managing expectations is a challenge for employers. However, if employers ignore differences between generations, there can be an adverse impact on staff motivation, engagement and retention according to management expert Claire Simmers, Ph.D.

Simmers, chair and professor of management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, recently participated in a panel sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce where she offered advice on how to bridge generational gaps in the workplace.

1. Focus on outcomes.
-Keep in mind there are polymorphic ways to achieve outcomes. While wearing flip-flops in 30-degree weather isn’t exactly your cup of tea, the behavior is not linked to poor performance.

2. Embrace differences.
-Be tolerant of differences while looking for common ground.

3. Work together.
-Multigenerational viewpoints enrich the workplace, so organizations should use this as a strength.

4. Be flexible.
-The employment contract of the 21st century is different from when Baby Boomers first entered the workforce. The relationship is more fluid for both employer and employee — younger employees may be more mobile and appear less loyal, but the same is true of most organizations.

5. Respect each other.
-While there is a collectivity of “generations,” it’s important not to make assumptions of individuals based on age. Not every boomer is ignorant of technology and not every Generation Y’er is lazy and uncommitted.

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