REQUIRED READING: Even business barons need time away from charts and spreadsheets, and with summer approaching, many executives and managers might be looking for something good to read.
So JPMorgan Private Bank, the private banking and brokerage business of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., has some ideas. Culled from the suggestions of the group's more than 3,500 workers, the firm says these 10 books ought to be on every business person's reading list:
The books include:
* "Good to Great," by business thinker Jim Collins.
* "Russell Rules" by former Celtic Bill Russell (with an assist by Alan Hillburg and David Faulkner).
* "The Weather Channel: The Improbable Rise of a Media Phenomenon," by Frank Batten, with Jeffrey Cruikshank.
* "China and the Global Economy: National Champions, Industrial Policy and the Big Revolution," by Peter Nolan.
* "Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age," by Harvard professor Dan Kindlon.
* "Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim," by Anton Gill.
* "Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography," by the University of Virginia's William Lee Miller.
* "Elizabeth: Struggle for the Throne," by David Starkey.
* "Here is New York," by E.B. White.
* "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," by Anthony White.
UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES: Although fewer people are filing for unemployment benefits for the first time, the number of continued unemployment claims is breaking new records, reaching nearly 3.9 million people, a 19-year high, according to Meridian Resources, a national outplacement and developmental coaching firm.
That means employers aren't in any hurry to increase hiring, and job searches are taking longer and longer.
Laid-off employees are facing fierce competition as they vie for their next jobs. According to research by Meridian Resources, there are just as many companies terminating employees this year as there are hiring staff. Only 21 percent of employers are new workers, while 20 percent are cutting staffing levels, according to a recent survey by Meridian of 100 large corporations.
"People who have been laid off from jobs -- or are being laid off now -- are competing for work in a labor market where unemployment is at a 19-year high," Meridian president Ron Grant said.
HAPPY?: Spending too much time at work and not enough at home? You're not alone.
TrueCareers, an Internet-based job board, found that 70 percent of 1,626 people who responded to an online poll don't think they're getting a healthy balance of work and play.
Because of that, the company reported, 51 percent said they're ready to look for another job in order to spend more quality time with friends and family.
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