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Workers of World United

The analytics company CultureX says that people are more likely to quit their jobs due to a toxic workplace culture than due to their salary. That may be true but a Bain & Company survey of 20,000 workers in ten countries found that compensation was the number one issue for employees. This was particularly true in the U.S. and Japan.  The number two priority was being engaged in interesting work, an especially important aspect for workers in France and Germany. Job security was number three, with the U.S., Germany and India tied in scoring that attribute. And number four on the list was flexibility, which was really important in Japan, a country trying to move from an endless work week to a four-day schedule.  Notably, the l...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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