The Pulaski/White Rural Telephone
Cooperative, doing business as
LightStream (Buffalo, Ind.), named Brent
Gillum as its chief executive officer. He
was most recently director of operations
for the company.
SC Telecom (Medicine Lodge, Kan.)
named Carla Shearer as its new general
Michele Gillespie is the new GM at
Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone
(Green City, Mo.), replacing James
Sherburne, who retired.
Mr. Tracy Decker is the new
GM/TechOpsMgr at Partner
Communications (Gilman, Iowa).
James F. Woodward is the new senior
vice president, finance and chief financial officer for Shentel (Edinburg, Va.).
Workers are experiencing an epidemic of loneliness and exhaustion.
The General Social Survey of 2016 shows that nearly 50% of
today’s employees are often or always exhausted due to work—
twice the level of 20 years ago. And there’s a “significant correlation
between feeling lonely and work exhaustion: The more people are
exhausted, the lonelier they feel,” wrote Emma Seppal and Marissa
King. “This loneliness is not a result of social isolation, as you might
think, but rather is due to the emotional exhaustion of workplace burnout.”
l Source: hbr.org
Millennials love Their voice-enabled Digital Assistants
The use of voice-enabled digital assistants in the United States is surging, driven by the increase in use of such
assistants by millennials.
According to a May 2017 report from eMarketer, “The heaviest users of digital assistants are people between
the ages of 25 and 34. They represent 26.3% of virtual assistant users. In terms of generation, more than one-third of millennials ( 33.5%) will use a virtual assistant this year.” l Source: emarketer.com
Backpacks over Briefcases
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likely to pay to
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women and 86%
of those over
age 35 were
unlikely to do so.
due to w o r k
COMINGS & GOINGS
Goodbye, briefcases. Hello,
NPD Inc. reports that sales of
adult men’s backpacks rose 5% to
$864 million between August
2016 and August 2017, and the
grown-up demographic now comprises 48% of all U.S. backpack
sales. The uptick corresponds to
backpacks becoming more
upscale in appearance and materials used. The newer backpacks
also better suit the needs of
“While carrying a briefcase
leaves you with a single free hand
… a backpack schleps all your
stuff and equips you to furiously
multitask,” wrote Jacob Gallagher.
l Source: wsj.com
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