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Submission + - How Does Your Organization handle Slackers and Jerks? ( 1

Crash McBang writes: A growing body of research suggests that having just a few nasty, lazy or incompetent characters around can ruin the performance of a team or an entire organization—no matter how stellar the other employees. In one experiment, having just one slacker or jerk in a group brought down performance by 30% to 40%. How do you or your organization handle such people?

Submission + - Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books (

Crash McBang writes: After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. They represent less than 1% of the company's total sales. The online version of the encyclopedia, which was first published in 1994, represents only 15% of Britannica's revenue. The other 85% is sales of education products: online learning tools, curriculum products and more. "Google's algorithm doesn't know what's fact or what's fiction," Britannica president Jorge Cauz concedes. "So Wikipedia is often the No. 1 or No. 2 result on search. But I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."

When was the last time you cracked open a fresh volume of Britannica, Slashdotters?

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