Consumers, businesses lift U.S. economic growth in second quarter (Yahoo)

The U.S. economy accelerated in the second quarter as consumers ramped up spending and businesses invested more on equipment, confirming that the sluggish performance early in the year was temporary. Gross domestic product increased at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the April-June period, which included a boost from trade, the Commerce Department said in its advance estimate on Friday. Growth for the first quarter was revised down to a 1.2 percent rate from the previously reported 1.4 percent pace.



Working From Home? The Boss Wants You Back in the Office

While working from home is nice, there are challenges with telecommuting. Ideally, a hybrid arrangement might work. The worker retains some level of flexibility with the need to remain productive. Manager can focus on team development and delegation on days in the office and hold the workers accountable to complete tasks during the days out. Might help alleviate some problems.


Interesting article on perks workers underutilize. While many would like to work from home, we probably prefer not to be on call 24 hours a day. Taking advantage of some perks may lead to unflattering office reputations. Achieving work life balance is difficult, determining tradeoffs that make work palatable and life worth living.