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Constantly Checking Your Phone May be a Sign of Depression
Good Housekeeping: Research conducted by Baylor University found that individuals who frequently check their cellphone may be trying to improve how they feel emotionally. Similar to substance addictions, cellphone addiction could be an attempt at mood repair, the study found. Baylor researchers recruited 346 men and women with an average age of 21 and analyzed their personalities and level of mobile phone addiction through their answers to a detailed questionnaire.

Can Money Buy Us Happiness?
U.S. News & World Report: The adage “money can’t buy you happiness” may have some exceptions. According to this article, there are a few purchases that can lift consumer’s spirits. James Roberts, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted saying the thrill of purchases are short-lived while paying for experiences allows one to “savor the memories…for a lifetime.”

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Wall Street Journal This Morning: AUDIO: Hosts of the radio program, Wall Street Journal This Morning, discuss the Yahoo! Tech column by James Roberts, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, that walks readers through the six signs of smartphone addiction. At the end of the column, readers are asked to consider 12 statements to gauge whether they’ve reached (or surpassed) the “tipping point” of smartphone addiction. Roberts is widely recognized for his research on consumerism and cellphone addiction.

This May be the Way to Eliminate the Biases White Students Don’t Even Know they Have
The Washington Post: This Washington Post blog post features a National Bureau of Economic Research study co-authored by James West, Ph.D., W.H. Smith Professor of Economics in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows that increased contact between majority groups and higher-aptitude members of minority groups leads to improved attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, the research analyzes the roommate choices of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Why Managers and Employees Have Wildly Different Ideas About Work-Life Balance
Fast Company: Finding a balance between work and personal time is next to impossible, but according to Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, the responsibility of balance is left on the shoulders of the staffers. Hunter states that it is difficult to apply policies in the workplace that satisfy everyone and that Human Resources departments are underutilizing family-friendly offerings.

Women’s exit of IT studied at Baylor
Cindy Riemenschneider, Ph.D., professor of information systems and associate dean for research and faculty development in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed in this story about her research, which shows that occupational culture and informal social networks at IT firms are areas that need to be addressed to help keep women from fleeing IT jobs. “Because of the imbalance with regard to gender, a woman that wants that type of a mentor may need to seek out a mentor from another organization,” Riemenschneider said.

Per Bylund – Research Professor at Baylor University
IdeaMensch: An in-depth Q&A profile with Per Bylund, Ph.D., research professor in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who addresses his day-to-day habits, his passion for entrepreneurship and how to bring ideas to life. “As an academic, I think an idea may be inspiring in itself. But to be of value, it needs to speak to someone’s emotions, fantasies, or imagination, then evolve as it’s taken on by someone who realizes its potential,” Byland said.

Social Security Needs Dependability, Even If Benefits Decrease: Retirement Scan
Financial Planning: Compilation of advice from articles in major news outlets on social security and financial planning. From the Wall Street Journal, William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment Management at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, says Congress needs to revamp Social Security to ensure that retirees will receive about 75% of their benefits in case the trust fund is depleted. He suggests using a new measure that yields a lower inflation than what the current formula provides. "I believe most of us would rather have a slightly lower level of promised benefits that we can depend on than to have a potentially dramatic reduction in benefits about 2033,” Reichenstein said.

A Crucial Resume Tip for Seniors Looking for Work
The Wall Street Journal: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, writes that senior citizens searching for jobs should tailor their resumes for “the job opening in question.” While it is important to seem qualified for a position, a resume should not be bogged down with previous accomplishments. Instead, applicants “can remove some items and better highlight” other achievements, Reichenstein says. Dr. Reichenstein is part of “The Experts,” a group of industry, academic and cultural thinkers who weigh in on the latest debates in The Journal Report.

Emily Hunter Interview on “Is the Customer Always Right?”
KGO-AM “Consumer Talk”: AUDIO: Emily Hunter, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed by San Francisco radio talk show host Michael Finney regarding her research of food service workers who retaliate after encountering disagreeable customers. Hunter describes a number of the behaviors and, knowing that there will always be such customers, she suggests employers and managers take steps – including specialized training and instituting an open-door policy – to help servers reconsider acting out.

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