Monday, September 25, 2017

Uber isn’t considered “fit and proper” to operate in London. 

Authorities denied the ride-hailing company’s request to renew its license, which expires on September 30, to operate in the British capital. The company has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate during that time. In a surprise decision, Transport for London declared “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility” when it comes to reporting crimes, submitting drivers’ medical certificates, and other issues. Uber says it has 3.5 million users and 40,000 drivers in the city. (Telegraph)


Forget delivering to your house; Walmart wants to deliver in your house

The retailer is kicking up its delivery game by partnering with August smart home devices to allow for in-home drop-offs. Certain grocery items may even be put away in the fridge and freezer by the delivery person. The pilot will begin in Silicon Valley, where customers will allow one-time entry into their homes by delivery drivers by using an August smart lock. (Tech Crunch)


Airports are getting less miserable 

Traveler satisfaction hit an all-time high for US airports this year, rising 18 points thanks to some TSA changes: Additional staff and self-serve kiosks have significantly reduced wait times. Some of the nation’s top airports include Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Orlando International Airport, but Americans don’t love New York (metro airports) — Newark and LaGuardia were the bottom of their respective size-based categories. (Bloomberg)


Startup creation is in decline — and that hits the whole economy

About 414,000 businesses were created in 2015, a new Census Bureau report finds, compared to 558,000 in 2006. And according to earlier data, the number of companies less than a year old declined as a share of all businesses by nearly 44% between 1978 and 2012. The slump isn’t just due to the Great Recession as some reports place blame on the rise of major corporations, which crowd the market and swallow competitors. Regardless of the cause, though, the startup shortage has had a knock-on effect for the whole economy as it slows productivity, technological advancement, and job creation. (NY Times)


Talking to yourself in the third person is a great way to reduce stress

The technique sounds bizarre, but a recent study found that it’s an effective tool to re-frame stressful situations. “Language rapidly shapes people’s emotional experiences,” the researchers wrote, which means putting mental distance between you and feelings of stress or anxiety can make them seem less severe. Another science-backed trick: Pretend you’re counseling a friend about the same situation. We’re often much tougher on ourselves than we’d be with someone else. (Scientific Reports)


Workplace rudeness is on the rise

Georgetown professor Christine Porath has spent twenty years studying what happens when employees feel disrespected — and it’s not good for business. In a recent poll, 66% of disrespected workers said their performance declined, and 78% said they were less committed to the organization. Bad workplace behavior appears to be a growing trend; the number of employees reporting rude treatment at least once a month rose from 55% in 2011 to 62% last year. But managers can do a lot to turn things around: 92% of employees who felt respected by their leader said they were more focused and 89% were happier at work. (Quartz)


It’s a Mundane Monday, but here’s why it’s still a good day:

*Family Day
*Math Story Telling Day
*National One-Hit Wonder Day
*National Psychotherapy Day
*National Research Administrators Day
*National Tune-up Day
*World Ataxia Awareness Day
*World Pharmacists Day

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