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In Texas, Falling Behind On Your Student Loan Payments Can Cost You Your License To Work

Posted on · Texas is among several states that will bar teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans. Critics say the practice is counterproductive, since it impedes Texans’ ability to work and pay back those loans.

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What Makes for a Good Workplace, According to Houstonians?

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she serves as a web producer for News 88.7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Every year, the Houston Chronicle puts together a list of the best workplaces in Houston, based on employee surveys distributed through a third-party company. The 2017 results won’t come […]

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Top Workplaces in Houston, and Shutting Down Notorious Apartments: Tuesday’s Show (May 23, 2017)

Posted on · Every year, the Houston Chronicle puts together a list of the best workplaces in Houston, based on employee surveys distributed through a third-party company. The 2017 results won’t come until the fall, but, until then, what does make for a good workplace according to Houstonians? Is it the hours, the work space, the benefits, the […]

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Seeking Ways to Design Better Houston Workplaces

Posted on · This morning (Sept. 14, 2016), design experts with the architecture and design firm Gensler held a panel discussion downtown about the future of Houston’s workplace. The conversation centered on Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey, which considered designs and policies companies might adopt to improve employee efficiency. We discuss the results of that survey and how […]

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To Sit or Not to Sit: That Is the Question (At Work, Anyway)

Posted on · There’s a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. There’s ample evidence that a sedentary lifestyle increases some health risks. But then there’s the research released earlier this year from the Finnish Institute of Occupational […]

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Rethinking Why Men and Women Choose Certain Professions

Posted on · A recent data report from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates nearly 69 percent of workers are in occupations dominated by one gender or the other. We talk with Rice University Assistant Professor of Sociology Erin Cech, who has sought to find out what’s behind that statistic, and whether preconceived notions about what motivates […]

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Should You Tell Your Employer About Your Mental Illness?

Posted on · We all know what “coming out” means, but what if we shifted our thoughts on that? Mental illness, whether we like it or not, still has a social stigma attached to it. So what happens if a person decides to “come out” at work as having depression or schizophrenia or social anxiety — or any number […]

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No Child Left Behind, Food Insecurity and the Bicycle Museum: Tuesday’s show (February 24, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the Lone Star State’s new educator evaluation system. Texas must create an evaluation system that meets federal guidelines if the state wants to keep its No Child Left Behind waiver. Texas education officials have until March 31 to submit a new set of guidelines. Those proposed revisions come […]