According to Gallup’s “ State of The Global Workplace ” report, only 13% employees around the world are actively engaged in their jobs, finding satisfaction in their work and focused on creating value for their employer. The report states that companies who invest and attain higher employee engagement achieve 3 times the operating margin than those with low employee engagement. What does a company with high employee engagement look like? Engaged employees not only understand their businesses purpose, they can articulate it as well.
One Direction has shown no signs of fading away and they are currently on top of the music world. After the initial announcement of dates for their ‘Where We Are’ World Tour, the English-Irish boyband have announced additional dates, most of which are second shows in North American cities. Now totaling 69 dates, One Direction tickets for the upcoming world tour are in the highest demand of any major summer tour, ahead of both Katy Perry tickets and Eminem tickets. And at an $88 average face price and an average of 55,000 in attendance for each show, the ‘Where We Are’ Tour could move between The Police’s ‘Reunion’ Tour and Rolling Stones’ ‘Voodoo Lounge’ as the eighth highest-grossing tour of all time.
Top Brewer is a latte machine with an app. Hailing from Denmark, the product looks like a sleek curved faucet, but can spit out lattes and cappuccinos with just the right amount of froth just like the pros do. Users control coffee vs. milk content via their phones. Maker Scanomat developed the technology and also roasts the beans. Price tag: $11,000
EBay urged its shareholders to vote against activist investor Carl Icahn's proposal to spin off the e-commerce company's PayPal payments unit. Last week, Icahn asked eBay to sell 20 percent of the PayPal payments unit in an initial public offering, a change in tack from his previous call for a complete spin off. "Our shareholders and our customers are best served by keeping PayPal and eBay together," eBay's board said in a letter to shareholders. Taking them apart would destroy value by reducing their considerable synergies, which cannot be easily replaced by arm's length commercial agreements," the company said.