Rio at the office: why bosses should cheer on the Games

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You’re watching anyway, aren’t you? A recent poll by the Workforce Institute at Kronos, a workforce management technology company, showed that 77 per cent of respondents who intend to watch this summer’s Olympic Games believe it’s appropriate to do so at work. “The worst approach [employers] can take is to try to ban it,” says Joyce Maroney, director of the institute. Watching Rio at work, she says, is an opportunity to build camaraderie and team spirit in the workplace. (Fast Company)

Retire later, but work less. That’s the economic model promoted by Carlos Slim, Mexico’s telecommunications mogul. By encouraging a three-day work week, he says, companies can retain the knowledge and experience of older employees while making room for younger ones. (Bloomberg)

Have you reached peak work? According to a new paper from the Melbourne Institute of Economic and Social Research, working full-time past the age of 40 can actually damage your ability to think. The cognitive benefits of work, the study found, peak at 30 hours a week. (The Guardian)
What were your first seven jobs? The question, by Alaskan songwriter Marian Call, recently lit up the Twitterverse. The Vancouver Sun posed the question to B.C.’s three political party leaders, with some interesting responses. Can you match the job to the politician? Pipeline digger, call centre co-ordinator, and Keg server. (Vancouver Sun)

Are you going to Tsawwassen Mills’ fair? Job fair, that is. Tenants, including Lululemon Athletica, American Eagle Outfitters and Michael Kors, now number 160 at the new shopping centre on Tsawwassen First Nations land. On August 18, those retailers will be looking to hire 3,000 full-time and part-time employees. (The Province)