A new year has dawned and many people are thinking about goals for 2014. But don’t go overboard, warns our resident workplace and career expert. Brandon Smith says just one goal (maybe two) is enough. He suggests setting a goal for work, work-life balance or relationships in 2014.
New York has the Ball Drop. Atlanta has the Peach Drop. Now, Savannah is starting its own tradition to ring in the new year. It involves a giant replica of a plastic cup. The cup celebrates a Savannah tradition: being able to drink on the streets year-round. The six-foot-tall steel and plastic cup replicates those taken "to go" from bars.
2013 will go down as one of the worst years ever for a signature Georgia crop. Farmers had warned of a bad year, as record-shattering rainfall in central and southern Georgia led to widespread "pecan scab," a devastating fungal disease. Industry analysts say the final tally of about 40 percent below average yield is even worse than they'd feared.
Fresh drinking water is becoming an issue on the Georgia coast. State officials are studying a potential new source. The Environmental Protection Division is looking at the deep Cretaceous aquifer because the shallower Floridan aquifer can't take any more pumping. But water from the Cretaceous aquifer is more expensive to reach. One study will look at new technologies designed to make it cheaper.
The U.S. Census bureau has released the latest data on median household income across the nation. New York NPR member station, WNYC created an interactive map that measures income trends across neighborhoods allowing users to explore differences in income down to the state and county. Dante Chini, director of the American Communities Project at American University in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of examining the nation’s differences in income and wealth on the NPR program The Takeway.
Work more or less grinds to a halt in most organizations in these final weeks of the year—which means efforts to fill open positions also stop. That doesn’t mean job-seekers are stuck in neutral for the next few weeks, according to career coach and workplace consultant Brandon Smith. He said the single most-important task for those people is setting up coffee meetings with people at the companies where they want to work.
Lots of research indicates graduating from college in an economic downturn hurts a worker’s career and earnings—and the financial effects, at least, persist for 10 years or more. Yet a new study from Emory University indicates those who earn a degree during challenging economic times are ultimately happier with their jobs.
While Christmas toys wait safely under the tree for their big day later this month, you might be surprised to learn how much testing they went through before they hit the shelves. Some of the testing that makes sure those gifts are child-ready goes on right here in Georgia. In the port city of Savannah, a new facility has opened to test all types of products coming into the U.S. Chemists in the lab have found some surprising violations, including candy laced with cocaine and stuffed animals stuffed with arsenic.
The state commission that regulates utilities unanimously approved a power rate hike Tuesday. It will be phased in over the next three years. Georgia Power customers will see their average residential bills increase by $2.19 starting Jan. 1. Then, they will increase by $3.61 in 2015 and by $2.96 in 2016. The rate hike will help pay for additional transmission lines, and new grid technology. Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise says the hike also needed to pay for pollution control at the utility’s coal plants.
With about a week and half until Christmas, work has pretty much ground to a halt in companies across Georgia. But workplace guru Brandon Smith says that does not mean productivity has to stop, too. In either case, Smith has suggestions for making the most of the last few weeks of the year.