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People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now

A survey finds that nearly a third of people say they have been less productive since the election. Months before the election, there were reports of greater political tension in offices than in previous election cycles. In one survey from the American Psychological Association, 10 percent of respondents said that political discussions at work led to stress, feeling cynical, difficulty finishing work, lower work quality, and diminished productivity. Now, a new survey commissioned by BetterWorks—a software company that helps workers with setting and tracking goals—finds that post-election, politics is continuing to take a toll on workplace productivity. The online survey included 500 nationally representative, full-time American workers, and found that 87 percent of them read political social-media posts during the day, and nearly 50 percent reported seeing a political conversation turning into an argument in the workplace. Twenty-nine percent of respondents say they’ve […]

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Not even Donald Trump can save Twitter

Since taking office on January 20, President Donald Trump has tweeted more than 120 times to his 24 million followers. But while Twitter has never had more geopolitical importance or market-moving potential, with the leader of the free world preferring to make incendiary and often false statements on his personal Twitter account, the platform being used to deliver those messages is still struggling. Twitter’s stock tumbled by as much as 10 percent in pre-market trading after delivering fourth-quarter earnings results Thursday morning that disappointed Wall Street. The social-media company missed analysts’ expectations for revenue, with revenue of just $717 million compared to estimates of $740 million. Advertising spend on the platform lagged behind growth in daily users, which grew 11 percent year over year. In line with analyst expectations, Twitter’s monthly active users grew from 317 million last quarter to 319 million, but […]

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5 Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from the Super Bowl

The NFL’s biggest game – and one of the largest sporting events on the planet offered millions the chance to be entertained for a few hours. Fans were glued to their television sets to experience the drama, the competition and the showmanship. Were they thinking about cyber threats? Probably not. But, surprisingly, business owners can learn some valuable lessons about cybersecurity from the Super Bowl.

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