Google is a data-obsessed company, but the recent cascade of employee activism can be hard to quantify. How do you take the temperature of a 90,000-person workforce? In November, employees gave Google’s senior leadership an undeniable signal when 20,000 workers walked out of their offices to protest sexual harassment policies. The results of Google’s latest annual survey on employee satisfaction, which were shared internally in January, offer another sign. Asked whether they have confidence in CEO Sundar Pichai and his management team to “effectively lead in the future,” 74 percent of employees responded “positive,” as opposed to “neutral” or “negative,” in late 2018, down from 92 percent “positive” the year before. The 18-point drop left employee confidence at its lowest point in at least six years. The results of the survey, known internally as Googlegeist, also showed a decline in employees’ satisfaction … [Read more...] about Google Employees Are Fighting With Executives Over Pay
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The lack of homes on the market is driving prices to new highs across the nation. A construction worker shortage is partly to blame. Chris Parker, provided by Published 3:00 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 Photo: Sculpies/iStock; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Sculpies/iStock; Realtor.com What's Holding Back New Home Construction? There's No One to Build 'em! 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In this blazing-hot housing market of severe home shortages and rapidly rising prices, many buyers around the country have found themselves left shivering in the cold. But while builders would love to swoop in, construct a bunch of homes, and save the day (while making bucketloads of cash), they can't. They simply don't have the manpower. Construction workers have become an increasingly rare … [Read more...] about What’s Holding Back New Home Construction? There’s No One to Build ’em!
State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. moved a step closer toward capping coverage for non-weather-related water damage repairs for customers who refuse to use the company’s handpicked contractors.Its Board of Governors unanimously approved the company’s plan to impose a $10,000 limit on permanent repairs, including $3,000 for emergency repairs, unless policyholders agree to let Citizens send a member of its new managed repair contractor network to perform the work.The coverage caps would take effect Aug. 1 for new and renewing policyholders, pending final approval by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.Citizens insured 118,468 home and condo owners in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties and 194,088 statewide at the end of 2017, according to data compiled by the state.No caps would be in place for consumers who use Citizens’ network. Contractors would be local companies dispatched by Crawford & Co., a global claims management solutions provider … [Read more...] about Citizens’ board approves coverage caps for customers who use outside contractors
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Capital Business An artist's concept image of the low-boom flight demonstrator. (AFP/Getty Images) by Aaron Gregg by Aaron Gregg Email the author April 8 at 3:05 PM Email the author Despite the fact that supersonic air travel has been around for decades, the time it takes to fly from New York to Los Angeles has changed little since the early days of commercial flight. U.S. regulators don’t allow supersonic flight over land because of the ear-shattering sonic booms that come with it. Economics is an obstacle, too: a European-made supersonic business jet called the Concorde was put to rest in 2003 after … [Read more...] about NASA’s $248 million project to take supersonic jets from ‘boom’ to ‘thump’
SAN FRANCISCO — Cindy Chau seemed to have it made. She paid $1,200 a month for a rent-controlled, one bedroom apartment in San Francisco — a city where tenants regularly shell out nearly three times that.But Chau alleges living there came with a hidden cost not spelled out in any lease — a property manager who bombarded her with sexual text messages and persistent come-ons, once propositioning her in her own home while he was supposed to be fixing her sink.“I just couldn’t go back to living there,” Chau said. “I didn’t feel safe.”While the #MeToo movement has shed light on workplace sexual harassment in California’s technology sector, entertainment industry, politics and beyond, little attention is paid to the same abuses between landlords and tenants. But tenants-rights lawyers say the harassment Bay Area women are reporting — from unwanted touching to offers of free rent in exchange for sex — is particularly … [Read more...] about Sexually harassed in their homes: When Bay Area renters accuse landlords of exploitation