Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Chicago Tribune Published 12:10 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 The rise of the open office concept has been met, of late, with predictions of its fall. Too many distractions, too little personal space and a lack of privacy have hurt happiness and productivity, critics say. But the open office may not be dead so much as in transition, and it is being shaped by a critical new tool in the design arsenal: data. Employers, and the design firms they hire, are collecting reams of data about how employees use their workspaces. They’re using seat sensors, infrared cameras, footfall trackers and surveys, while also analyzing email traffic patterns, badge swipes and conference room reservation systems. The information is being used to develop office designs that not only optimize the space but also improve the employee experience. That’s a change from the process that led to the open office explosion, when employers tore down cubicle walls and axed private offices … [Read more...] about Companies employing data to help optimize workspace
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CAIRO, Ill. — There are not as many pickup basketball games these days. Not as many kids dribbling in the street after school. Not anymore, at least. Not since the town's two biggest public housing complexes closed a year ago.Except some afternoons still have a slow pulse, like on this Thursday in early April, with a handful of kids skipping around a skinny block on Cairo's northern end. In an hour or so, they would all be called in for dinner and leave skateboards and scooters and bicycles scattered on the sidewalk. The street would then fall quiet again, like the ones next to it and the ones across town and the ones weaving through the Elmwood and McBride housing complexes, where about 400 people used to live and now only a few dozen families remain.But first there was an important game of one-on-one basketball to play, as two little boys bounded toward baskets on each side of the block, focusing hard to keep the ball from striking the uneven pavement and bouncing out of … [Read more...] about Ben Carson called this Illinois town a ‘dying community.’ Its people, and basketball, are hanging on.
Hungry, but can't get away from your desk? Too tired to cook something or run out to a restaurant? Uber Eats has got you. The online and mobile food delivery service is now available in most of western Lake County. The Uber Eats website shows it now offers deliveries from hundreds of local restaurants to destinations in Munster, Highland, Griffith, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hammond, Dyer, St. John, Schererville, Whiting, East Chicago and Gary. The service is not yet available in most of Hobart, Lake Station, New Chicago, Miller Beach, Lake of the Four Seasons, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Porter County or LaPorte County.The website shows that Merrillville residents or office workers can have food delivered from a number of restaurants including IHOP, Bar Louie, Big Daddy's BBQ, Mastercue, Aladdin Pita, Pork Chop, Villa Del Sol and Qdoba.Uber Eats touted food from Round the Clock, Rosati's, Ciao Bella and Harold's Chicken in a message to customers."You can use the Uber Eats app … [Read more...] about Uber Eats now delivering restaurant meals to most of Lake County
MILWAUKEE — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced Thursday that going-out-of-business sales will begin Friday in 212 stores and e-commerce websites under the Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.The sale includes local Carson's locations in Southlake Mall in Hobart, the Marquette Mall in Michigan City and in Hammond, where the three-story store is all that remains of the once-thriving but now largely demolished Woodmar Mall.The liquidation sales are expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Bon-Ton currently has 250 stores, 38 of which are already in liquidation from a previously announced store closure process.The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Wednesday approved a liquidation agreement.Additional customer information regarding the going-out-of-business sales is available on the company’s restructuring website at bontonrestructuring.com.More on NWI business openings and closings … [Read more...] about Everything must go: Region Carson’s stores among Bon-Ton locations to have going-out-of-business sale starting Friday
By Eric Branch Published 10:10 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 In late October, the 49ers were winless and faceless. After a 33-10 loss to the Eagles, they were 0-8, their starting quarterback was C.J. Beathard and their most recognizable player might have been an offensive lineman (left tackle Joe Staley). Since that defeat in Philadelphia, however, they have enjoyed an uptick in productivity (5-0 finish) and marketability: On Oct. 30, they traded for franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and last month they signed cornerback Richard Sherman, a potential Hall of Famer with a lively personality. That’s good news for not only the team, but the team store. Today, the NFL Players Association released the top 50 players in sales for all officially licensed league products over the past year and Garoppolo (No. 28) and Sherman (No. 33) were the only 49ers on the list. Despite Garoppolo’s abbreviated time in the spotlight - he didn’t make his first start until Dec. 3 … [Read more...] about Garoppolo, Sherman lone 49ers on NFLPA’s top 50