Higher employee satisfaction improves financial performance for businesses, new study says

Online employee reviews can be used to predict a firm's financial performance, says Glassdoor
Employee satisfaction improves the financial performance of companies, a new study suggests.
Research by jobs site Glassdoor found a strong link between a satisfied workforce and a firm's financial health.
The findings followed an analysis of more than 35,000 ratings on Glassdoor given by workers about their employers.
Read more Business leaders call for apprenticeship levy reform Glassdoor's chief economist Dr Andrew Chamberlain said: “These results are striking as they suggest online employee reviews can be used to predict a firm's financial performance and that there is a meaningful economic link between intangible company assets, such as employee satisfaction, and company performance in the United Kingdom.
“Employees are an important resource and not just a homogeneous cost of production.
“Tending to employees is like looking after your garden, helping them gro..

Australian Court to Decide Whether Cardinal Pell Faces Trial

Australian Court to Decide Whether Cardinal Pell Faces Trial Photo Cardinal George Pell, who has been accused of “historical sexual offenses,” outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week. Credit Luis Ascui/EPA, via Shutterstock MELBOURNE, Australia — The contentious committal hearing of Cardinal George Pell, the Catholic Church’s third highest-ranking priest, adjourned on Thursday, as a magistrate prepared to decide whether the case will go to trial.
The cardinal, the Vatican’s de facto finance chief, has been charged with committing “historical sexual offenses.” He is the most senior member of the Catholic Church ever to face such allegations, and the outcome of the hearing will mark a significant moment for the Vatican as it grapples with the problem of clerical sex abuse.
The magistrate, Belinda Wallington, is expected to announce in mid-April whether the cardinal will be tried.
While Cardinal Pell has been accused of decades-old sexual offenses, further details of the charge..

Instagram Is Changing Its Algorithm. Here’s How.

Instagram Is Changing Its Algorithm. Here’s How. Photo Instagram’s feed ranking is “constantly adapting and improving based on new data,” a company spokesman said. Credit Chandan Khanna/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Instagram is changing its algorithm to make things a little more timely.
Users are now likely to see newer posts higher up, the image-sharing app said in a statement on Thursday, adding that its feeds will “feel more fresh.” Instagram’s algorithm, in other words, won’t be meddling quite as much. More images and videos will be allowed to bubble up as they come.
The company also said it was testing a “New Posts” button so that users can refresh their feeds when they want to, rather than automatically being transported to the top in the middle of browsing.
The changes are in response to user feedback. They appear to address some common gripes, like how certain posts can keep appearing on your screen for days and days and days, or how your feed can begin to feel skewed in..

BT fined by Transport for London for putting public at risk during street works

During works at Bishopsgate in August, BT failed to properly sign and guard the work area. TfL said it also used the wrong traffic management methods
British Telecom has been fined £90,000 by Transport for London for putting the public at risk during street works in the capital last year.
TfL on Thursday said that, during works at Bishopsgate in August, BT had failed to properly sign and guard the work area while also using the wrong traffic management methods.
Despite repeated demands by TfL, the company also failed to take actions to improve the situation, which TfL said led to unsafe conditions for road users and pedestrians as well as cyclists.
BT this week pleaded guilty to the charges at Westminster Magistrates Court. In addition to the £90,000 fine, the company was ordered to pay a further £3,394 in court costs.
Read more BT says average female employee paid 7% less than male counterpart “There is clearly a disconnect between BT and its contractors, consistently resulti..

Woman Becomes First South African Imprisoned for Racist Speech

Woman Becomes First South African Imprisoned for Racist Speech

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The Racist Tirade That Sent Her to Prison

A white South African woman, Vicki Momberg, lashed out at black police officers with the country’s most charged racial epithet. Her tirade was recorded on video.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES on Publish Date October 27, 2016.

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LONDON — If Vicki Momberg had only unleashed a high-volume tirade at the South African police officers, video of it would have been of mere passing interest. But her repeated use of a racial slur — unfamiliar to most Americans, but explosive in South Africa — made her notorious, and led to demands to make her an example.
On Wednesday, Ms. Momberg, a white woman, became the first person in South Africa to be sent to prison for using racist language against someone, according to prosecutors and legal experts. Specifically, she hurled the term “kaffir,” considered the most offensive ..