Over the past 15 years, the city of San Francisco has given us evidence of what happens when we raise the pay and benefits of low-wage workers. Is it doom and destruction or the city of Oz?
Every Friday afternoon, colleagues across the country gather together for happy hour, ready to forget about the week with a drink. While most of these people likely won't return to their desk until Monday, what would happen if they had to go back to work afterward -- and their bosses expected their work to be just as coherent and clear as if it was Monday morning at 10 a.m.? It turns out, not getting enough sleep is almost as bad for work performance as imbibing.
For tipped employees, the generosity of the public may mean the difference between buying a steak or asking the landlord for an extension on the rent. And some tipped employees rely on tips more than others, because in some states it is legal to pay tipped employees a couple of bucks an hour. When we compare tipping practices from state to state, we find some pretty strange results.
Ever worked in an office in which you're always sitting at your desk layered in sweaters, even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, because the air conditioning is set so low it feels like winter? If so, you're not alone. In fact, this problem is so prevalent in offices that a team of MIT students have developed a new wearable called Wristify, designed to make you feel warmer or cooler in your own environment by exploiting two basic properties of human temperature perception.
Public colleges and universities rely heavily on state funding in order to offer affordable classes to their student body. However, in some states, that same student body leaves after graduation, essentially causing the public system of higher education to invest in the workforce for other states. The reasons for this are complex and surprising; it certainly requires more than a quick fix.
These days, many people question the value of a college education. Is it worth the cost, and how should the value of a college degree be measured?