May 12, 2013 |
Complainers, excuse peddlers and social loafers. Every company has them. I'm talking about unmotivated employees who hurt not only business but also everyone working around them. So how do you motivate unmotivated employees? One way is to offer traditional financial incentives such as annual bonuses or employee-of-the-month awards. A start-up called Bonus.ly aims to change the incentive model, helping companies reward and motivate employees by using peer-to-peer bonuses. It uses a Web platform that offers a different approach to employee recognition, reward and collaboration.
April 29, 2013 |
Which wine should you serve with oysters? For the most part, I'll confess, my immediate answer is: "Yes. " Really, when you're eating oysters, it's the shellfish that comes first. But the wine matters too. And so Jon Rowley and Taylor Shellfish Farms hold the annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition to narrow the field. Final judging for the annual competition -- the 19th -- was held last week, with winners announced Monday. The wines were scored by a panel of judges in three cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
April 18, 2013 |
The Roman Catholic Church is tightening its belt. Vatican employees will not get bonuses that are traditionally handed out upon the election of a new pope, a spokesman told reporters Thursday. The last time a pope was replaced, Vatican employees were reportedly granted 1,500 euros each (close to $2,000 at the current rate of exchange), including payments upon the death of one pope and at the selection of a new one. This time, “it didn't seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican's budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Associated Press.
March 17, 2013 |
That first marathon is an arduous task, requiring months of conditioning, with great unknowns about how one's body can withstand the 26-plus-mile toll of running on asphalt amid a crowd of 24,000 runners. But it also can go as smoothly as Sunday morning at the Asics L.A. Marathon for Belarus' Aleksandra Duliba, who at 27 won the women's race in her marathon debut to pocket $75,000, which included the event's $50,000 gender-challenge bonus. In the men's race, Erick Mose, 26, a Mexican-born runner with Kenyan citizenship, topped a Kenyan sweep of the podium by winning in 2 hours 9 minutes 44 seconds, ahead of his best friend Julius Keter and compatriot Nicholas Chelimo.
March 15, 2013 |
Simon Njoroge intends to a employ a different strategy in the 28th Asics L.A. Marathon on Sunday. The Kenyan runner won the men's race last year but could not catch the women's winner, who collected a $100,000 gender challenge bonus for crossing the finish line first. This year, the women will start 18 minutes 35 seconds ahead of the men - the difference in time between event records in the men's and women's divisions. The bonus is $50,000. PHOTOS: 2013 Los Angeles Marathon "This time," Njoroge said Friday, "I am focused to get that bonus.
February 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Wall Street has been slashing jobs, kicking out traders and bankers as the finance industry shrinks. But those with high-paying jobs are still taking in fat bonuses. The average cash bonus on Wall Street last year rose an estimated 9% to nearly $121,900, according to a report released Tuesday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Overall, the New York securities industry is expected to dole out $20 billion in 2012 cash bonuses, up 8% from the previous year.
January 10, 2013 |
Vanessa Bryant has sold a Newport Coast house for $3.22 million. The Mediterranean-style house was signed over to her as part of her divorce settlement with Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, and went on the market in September at $3.75 million. The mountain-view house was built in 1999 and sits on about a quarter of an acre in a gated community where the Bryants have two other houses. Features include an office/library, five fireplaces, balconies, five bedrooms, a bonus room and 5.5 bathrooms.
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January 5, 2013 |
Andrew Fabella, are you out there? Please report to post-op at Keck Hospital of USC early Monday morning. I'm coming back to have the other knee done. That's right, folks, I'm kicking off the new year by getting a partial right knee replacement because my medial cartilage is cottage cheese and I'm bone on bone, just like I was on the left knee. I need to be in top shape this year because I've got mayoral candidates to chase and a 9-year-old daughter who's already too much for me to handle on the tennis courts.
November 30, 2012 |
Bosses playing Santa, take heed: there are gifts that nearly every employee wants but also a few that make a lump of coal seem like manna from the heavens. Like, for example, a holiday party with an open bar. Only 5% of workers list such a boozy fete among their top choices for employer-gifted seasonal perks, according to a new report from career site Glassdoor. Maybe they just don't want to make a fool of themselves in front of colleagues and then have to take a sick day afterward to recover -- a very real situation faced by two-thirds of Americans, according to recent research . Other unpopular gifts, according to employees: gym memberships, company stock, even the option to work from home for a full year, Glassdoor found in its survey of 2,050 workers.