Thu., December 19, 2013 6:32am
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.
Wed., December 18, 2013 4:45pm
The Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is conducting a letter-writing campaign trying to convince Governor Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid in the state. They say accepting $40.5 billion from the federal government will help hundreds of thousands of Georgians without healthcare and could generate 70 thousand jobs. Federation President Gail Buckner says too many poor people in Georgia have no health insurance. She says they wait until they are really sick, then go to the emergency room, which puts pressure on hospitals who provide care with no reimbursement.
Fri., December 13, 2013 7:32am
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.
Fri., December 13, 2013 4:00am
If you’ve spent any quality time with a coffee table in someone else’s house, you’ve probably flipped through an “Images of America” book. The popular series consists of photographic histories of cities across the country. This week, Arcadia Publishing released a book in the series about Macon, assembled and annotated by two Middle Georgia State College history professors. GPB's Adam Ragusea spoke with Stephen Wallace Taylor and Matthew Jennings about their take on Macon history. The new book "Macon," part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series, chronicles the history of Macon through archival photographs.
Tue., December 10, 2013 3:30pm
A state program is seeking to even the scales between urban and rural justice, giving people who have gotten into trouble with the law an equal shot at getting their lives back on track. The state Department of Corrections offers intensive drug counseling and other services designed to keep probationers from reoffending at Day Reporting Centers, or DRCs, in 14 regional urban centers, such as Macon, Columbus, and Savannah. Until recently, no such services were available to probationers in the more remote areas of Georgia. But the DRC Lite program, now in its second year, puts bare bones equivalents in 11 rural judicial circuits across the state.
Mon., December 9, 2013 5:33pm
On a 4-1 vote Monday, the Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission denied a permit that would have allowed the demolition of the century-old Tremont Temple Baptist Church downtown.
Fri., December 6, 2013 7:32am
Some companies are starting to micromanage who sits where in the office—to the level of putting specific workers next to each other and separating people who work in the same department. The idea is to foster creativity and encourage innovative thinking. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says it can have that effect, as long as organizations are careful and deliberate about how they implement such a strategy.
Fri., November 29, 2013 7:35am
Susan’s boss gathered the team and took them to a long lunch. Then they stopped a nearby fashion accessories store to do a little shopping. All of this happened during the workday. Susan feels guilty about shopping during work and is uncomfortable with the time away from the office. Workplace expert Brandon Smith says the problem isn’t so much the outing as the boss’s failure to explain its purpose.
Fri., November 22, 2013 7:29am
Some new research tells us that using a lot of direct eye contact isn’t always a good idea. The study found speakers with a strong opinion about a controversial topic have less chance of persuading someone who disagrees if they make direct eye contact. Brandon Smith explains the implications at work and the key behavior that can alleviate the impact of all that eye contact.
Thu., November 21, 2013 6:32am
A runaway teen in Georgia who makes her way to Atlanta has a day, maybe two, before someone tries to turn her into a prostitute. For many teens—without food or shelter and often already the victim of sexual abuse—selling their bodies seems like the only way to get a meal. Stopping the cycle is difficult—some 400 girls are commercially sexually exploited each month in Georgia.