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“15 years ago, the largest companies were the most respected, but today, many with the best public reputations are smaller, regional players”
@HarrisPoll CEO @johngerzema on the positive rise in public perception of #smallbusiness.
A survey released today from the Merck Manuals found that 59% of Americans say they rarely think about hearing loss. At the same time, 86% of respondents say they have participated in noisy activities in the last 12 months, including listening to audio through headphones or earbuds (58%), landscaping their home with a power mower, weed whacker or leaf blower (42%) or attending a live concert or event with a band/DJ (34%) or professional sporting event (33%). These activities all have the potential to damage hearing, depending on the volume and duration of sound.
The survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Manuals in July 2018. Other key findings include:
- Nearly 9 out of 10 (86%) understand that hearing damage can happen even when something doesn't "sound" too loud, yet just 64% say they try to take preventative measures to protect their hearing whenever possible.
- Nearly a third of Americans (32%) believe it is rare for adults to develop hearing loss at a young age. Younger adults aged 18-34 (43%) are twice as likely to believe this, compared to older adults aged 65+ (21 percent).
- Two thirds of Americans (66%) recognize that if hearing loss runs in your family, you are more likely to be affected by it.
Read more at Business Insider.
Nuro's fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf cars will deliver the groceries from now until this fall when the company will switch to its own custom-built R1 driverless delivery vehicles.
For the pilot service, Kroger is using one its subsidiaries, Fry’s Food Store. Customers can place orders via Fry’s website or mobile app for same-day or next-day delivery. The Verge reports "the delivery fee is $5.95 per order and there is no minimum order amount."
The initiative is one of many steps retailers have taken in recent months to challenge Amazon's growing dominance in the retail landscape, particularly with its acquisition of Whole Foods.
Kroger ranked 18th on The Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study, a significant rise from its #35 ranking in 2016. While Amazon has consistently topped the RQ list for the past three years, it remains to be seen if its competitors' recent technological innovations will loosen its tightening grip on the retail market.
About five years ago, I had an early glimpse into America’s changing corporate landscape in, of all places, Japan. While researching our book, The Athena Doctrine, I met Ryo Nakagawa. His startup, Share0, helps self-employed entrepreneurs and consultants find office space in companies with empty suites. For generations, the Japanese embraced the “salaryman” model of work, which called for workers to devote themselves to a corporation that would, in turn, provide long-term employment. But Ryo believed the future belongs not to big organizations but to individuals with skills who come together for collaboration.
Born into the Lost Decades of low growth with fewer secure positions available in big corporations, a vast cohort of young Japanese must now reconsider the salaryman ideal and invent other ways to establish themselves.
Fast forward, and a similar dynamic is underway in the U.S. In our annual Reputation Quotient Study of corporate reputation, many large companies declined in esteem and trust. But what really caught our attention was the trendline: Fifteen years ago, the largest companies were the most respected, but today, many with the best public reputations are smaller, regional players and those with intimate customer service and values that resonate within their consumer communities.
Curious, we then assessed which companies had excellent leadership and a similar trend emerged. Even among larger companies, organizations with relatable and humanistic leadership, who speak out for employees and issues they believe in, often lifted the perceptions of their firms. Berkshire Hathaway, for instance, ranked No. 24 overall in the RQ study, but the firm jumps to No. 1 in our RQ leadership ranking, while Apple moves from No. 29 to No. 9.
This shift in trust signals a change in consumer culture and values. Thanks to social media-fueled transparency, the public has more insight into the business practices and values of leading companies. In fact, in a 2015 Gallup Poll, 67% of U.S. adults reported having a great deal of confidence in small businesses, far exceeding the 21% who were similarly confident in big businesses.
It seems that a behemoth scale today is no guarantee of having consumers’ trust. Instead, there is an emerging belief that a bigger business doesn’t always equate to a better business. Even CEOs like Google’s Sundar Pichai have stated as much: "As a big company, you are constantly trying to foolproof yourself against being big, because you see the advantage of being small, nimble and entrepreneurial,” he told The Guardian. “You always think there is someone in the Valley, working on something in a garage -- something that will be better.”
Read more at Forbes.
Musk offered no details of his funding until August 7, when he told investors that he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other potential backers, even though that financing was not yet secured.
Musk's tweets may have violated U.S. securities law if he misled investors. According to an SEC rule, a company's public statements must be true. Each of Tesla's directors has received a written legal order to testify in the matter. A subpoena is a first step in a formal inquiry and subsequently, an investigation, which can take years to yield any action or none at all.
Tesla's shares fell by 3% in afternoon trading, and although the company ranks #3 overall in The Harris Poll's 2018 Reputation Quotient study, and ranked #1 out of the 100 most visible companies in the U.S. for its "vision and leadership," Musk continues to face criticism for being a brash, scrappy iconoclast and it remains to be seen how his latest actions will affect the company.
Readers of the popular electric transportation and sustainable energy news site, Electrek, however support Musk's decision to take the company private. Agreeing with his key rationale for the move:
"...the reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate best. As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction for everyone working at Tesla, all of whom are shareholders. Being public also subjects us to the quarterly earnings cycle that puts enormous pressure on Tesla to make decisions that may be right for a given quarter, but not necessarily right for the long-term. Finally, as the most shorted stock in the history of the stock market, being public means that there are large numbers of people who have the incentive to attack the company."
Think before you post, job-seekers: Your potential employer is likely watching your social media feeds.
Seventy percent of employers said they look what job candidates post on their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other accounts, according to a survey by CareerBuilders. Fifty-seven percent of companies said they have ruled out hiring someone because of the content they found.
Job-hunters may want to keep those statistics in mind and clean up their social media presence before searching for work, said Michael Erwin, a senior career adviser for CareerBuilders.
"When it comes to social media and looking for a job, we let our guard down too often," he said. "We may be posting things that may not put us in the best light to potential employers."
That doesn't mean job-seekers should wipe your social media accounts clean. Indeed, 47 percent of employers said they were less likely to call a candidate in for an interview if they couldn't find the person online, the survey found.
The national survey, conducted by The Harris Poll for CareerBuilder, was done between April 4 and May 1. The survey sampled more than 1,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals.
In 2008, CareerBuilders found that only 22 percent of employers looked at the social media presence of job seekers, he said.
Employers aren't just eyeballing people's social media, Erwin said. About two-thirds percent of companies said they use search engines to conduct research on job candidates.
Read more at CBS News