Yuki Noguchi http://whqr.org en Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad http://whqr.org/post/paintballing-boss-office-team-building-exercises-gone-bad Who can forget that game of Twister played in a skirt? Or the failed "trust fall" where the boss ends up on the ground?<p>Office team-building exercises often create lasting memories — just not necessarily ones you want to remember.<p>Several years ago Ben Johnson worked at a health foods store in Iowa. He remembers store management stringing up a donkey piñata to pump up the workers.<p>"Pinned to its chest was a name tag for a rival store," Johnson says. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 57705 at http://whqr.org Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire http://whqr.org/post/targeting-overweight-workers-wellness-programs-can-backfire <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/26/205766456/hating-on-fat-people-just-makes-them-fatter"></a>Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.<p>For several years, <a href="http://www.ryan.com/Home">Ryan Tax Services </a>in Dallas has offered a wellness program to its 2,000-person staff. The program includes health fairs, free screenings, cooking demos and health club memberships. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 57427 at http://whqr.org Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define 'Closely Held'? http://whqr.org/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-raises-question-how-define-closely-held Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that closely held companies may, for religious reasons, opt out of paying for their workers' contraception. Closely held is the key phrase, here. And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, it's a phrase that is now being closely examined.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Soon after the court handed down the Hobby Lobby decision, opponents argued it was far-reaching. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 57410 at http://whqr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://whqr.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56997 at http://whqr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal http://whqr.org/post/sprint-might-finally-get-its-way-possible-t-mobile-deal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival, T-Mobile. And today, there were multiple reports of a tentative deal valued at around $32 billion. Sprint chairman, Masayoshi Son, has said a deal would make it possible for Sprint to offer more competition in high-speed Internet. But as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, there are still plenty of obstacles to the proposed takeover.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Since before Son's company, Softbank, took a majority stake in Sprint, he's made no bones about how he wants to go big in the U.S. market. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56088 at http://whqr.org When A Retail Giant Shops For A CEO, A Good Fit Is Hard To Find http://whqr.org/post/when-retail-giant-shops-ceo-good-fit-hard-find Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. There are a lot of open job slots in the top ranks of retail companies these days. J.C. Penney, American Eagle Outfitters and Target are all looking for new CEOs. As NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, executive recruiters say it's harder these days to fill those positions.<p>YUKI NOGUCHI, BYLINE: Once upon a time, retail wasn't so big or so complicated. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 56022 at http://whqr.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends http://whqr.org/post/will-epas-new-emission-rules-boost-your-power-bill-it-depends The issue of cost comes up repeatedly in the debate over climate change.<p>With the Obama administration's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318151240/epa-to-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">proposed rules</a> for limiting greenhouse gases out Monday, critics and proponents alike claim they know how the plan will affect consumers' monthly budgets. The draft proposal aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>Business and coal-industry groups say the plan will raise electricity bills. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55912 at http://whqr.org Will EPA's New Emission Rules Boost Your Power Bill? It Depends States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies http://whqr.org/post/states-consider-bills-crack-down-workplace-bullies Bullying is a behavioral problem often associated with children in grade school, but according to a <a href="http://www.workplacebullying.org/wbiresearch/wbi-2014-us-survey/" target="_blank">recent Zogby poll</a> commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute more than a quarter of American workers say they've experienced abusive conduct at work.<p>Now, many states are considering laws that would give workers legal protections against workplace abuse.<p>Lisa-Marie Mulkern says her boss — the commandant of a retirement home for veterans in New Hampshire — turned on her after she expressed con Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55548 at http://whqr.org States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies In Rare Concession, Credit Suisse Admits Criminal Wrongdoing http://whqr.org/post/rare-concession-credit-suisse-admits-criminal-wrongdoing Credit Suisse will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay over $2 billion in fines in connection to allegations of tax evasion. But the CEO and chairman are reportedly expected to keep their jobs. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 55163 at http://whqr.org Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes http://whqr.org/post/companies-face-backlash-over-foreign-mergers-avoid-us-taxes U.S. drugmaker Pfizer has offered more than $100 billion to acquire its London-based rival, AstraZeneca. Pfizer says it likes AstraZeneca's strong "pipeline" of new drugs. But the American company makes clear it is pursuing the British firm because it wants to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/28/307734574/tax-breaks-could-be-biggest-prize-in-pfizer-deal-for-astrazeneca">lower its tax rate</a>.<p>All Pfizer has to do is buy the company and move its headquarters to London.<p>For companies, home isn't necessarily where the heart is — or even where it does most of its business. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 54849 at http://whqr.org Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes