Walmart just made a change that employees have been demanding for years (WMT)

Walmart employee pulls cart

Walmart is testing a new dress code that allows employees to wear blue denim and shirts of any solid color.
Employees were previously banned from wearing blue denim, and shirt colors were restricted to blue and white.
“I personally love the new dress code — especially that we can wear any color,” Angel Hernandez, an employee of a Walmart store in Springdale, Arkansas, told Business Insider.
The company faced backlash four years ago when it enforced a new dress code. It later relaxed those restrictions.

Walmart is testing a new employee dress code in some stores to give workers more freedom over their clothing choices.

The updated clothing guidelines, which were implemented in several stores last week, allow employees to wear blue “jeggings” and blue jeans — which were previously forbidden for most Walmart workers — and shirts of any solid color, according to a Walmart manual reviewed by Business Insider. Until last week, solid white and solid blue were the only acceptable shirt colors in Walmart’s dress code.

“I personally love the new dress code — especially that we can wear any color,” Angel Hernandez, an employee of a Walmart store in Springdale, Arkansas, told Business Insider.

He said if the test goes well, then the new dress code will be rolled out to every Walmart store.

Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg said in an emailed statement that the company “won’t know next steps on this test until we’ve had a chance to learn what works and what could work better.” Bloomberg’s Matthew Boyle first reported on the dress code changes.

Walmart employees have been asking for a more flexible dress code for years.

The company faced backlash four years ago when it enforced a new dress code requiring white or navy collared shirts with khaki or black pants, close-toed …read more

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Tillerson says he knows who in the Trump administration got him fired: ‘And they know I know’

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House adviser Jared Kushner

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly believed President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, stoked rumors of his impending ouster.
“I know who it is. I know who it is. And they know I know,” Tillerson told The New Yorker before he was fired last month.
Tillerson repeatedly butted heads with Kushner, who oversees US policy in the Middle East.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson knew who wanted him out even before he was fired.

After 14 months as the US’s top diplomat, during which he oversaw the firing of hundreds of his department’s rank-and-file, the former ExxonMobil CEO was unceremoniously fired via presidential tweet.

But Tillerson doesn’t lay blame for his ousting entirely on President Donald Trump, who undermined him and froze him out of his inner circle.

“I know who it is. I know who it is. And they know I know,” Tillerson told The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow in an interview before his March firing.

Tillerson was reportedly referring to Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who butted heads with Tillerson repeatedly, in part over Middle East policy, which Kushner was given control of by the president.

In one instance, Tillerson objected to United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley’s decision to withhold funding for Palestinian refugees — a move she made after consulting with with White House. And when Tillerson pushed to reinstate the funding, Kushner was reportedly responsible for planting negative news stories about it, a State Department official told Farrow.

A source close to the White House told Farrow that Tillerson wasn’t particularly open to cooperation with Kushner and other West Wing officials and cabinet members.

“Here’s what I saw: a President who surprised [Kushner] on the spot and said, ‘You’re doing Mideast peace,’ after the campaign. A guy who tried to brief Rex every single week …read more

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Robots have mastered the miserable task of assembling Ikea furniture — and they can do it in 20 minutes

ikea robot assembly

Researchers in Singapore have programmed robots to assemble an Ikea chair.
The autonomous machines can complete the chair assembly in around 20 minutes.

A pair of robots have mastered a task that many humans despise: assembling Ikea furniture.

A team of scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have programmed the bots to build Ikea’s $25 Stefan chair in around 20 minutes.

According to Reuters, the researchers spent three years programming the machines to automatically pick up, grip, and bolt together the chair’s pieces.

Comprised of arms, grippers, sensors, and 3D cameras, the robots take three seconds to locate the parts of the solid-pine dining chair before they get to work.

Assembling Ikea furniture has a reputation for being stressful and leading to relationship spats. But thanks to AI, assembling the retailer’s chairs could be a nuisance of the past.

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Banning remote work won’t make employees more productive — here’s why

Smartsheet work from home

Allowing employees to work from home is an increasingly popular — and beneficial — option for a growing number of companies and their employees.

According to Global Workplace Analytics’ 2017 State of Telecommuting in the US report, 40% more US employers offered flexible workplace options compared to five years ago. And the number of daily telecommuters grew 115% in the past decade, nearly 10 times faster than the rest of the workforce. According to the report, companies reap the benefits of employee telecommuting: higher productivity, better continuity of operations, reduced or eliminated parking and transit subsidies — not to mention the ability to attract and retain top talent.

Yet, some companies — notably IBM and Yahoo — have cracked down on work-from-home arrangements and mandated that those employees return to their main offices.

Yahoo circulated an internal memo after notifying remote employees that they were required to relocate to company facilities. The memo read in part: “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

While such moves can address various concerns that arise from not having daily, face-to-face interactions, requiring everyone to work from the same location isn’t the productivity golden ticket. Instead, companies should look to address the real underlying problem of a remote workforce: a lack of visibility into the majority of work being executed across the business.

“One of the biggest challenges organizations face is having the right information at the right time to make informed decisions,” says Alan Lepofsky, vice president, Constellation Research. “That makes it critical to coordinate work, keeping everyone on the same page. This holds true regardless of if the workforce is spread out across the globe or if everyone works at corporate …read more

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