The end of a meal is a less-than-ideal, yet it’s the culturally sanctioned time to find yourself doing math (at least in America). “It makes no sense,” New York City chef Amanda Cohen laments, “at the end of the meal, just when people are very drunk, or very full, or very ready for romance,” they have to calculate a tip.
But it’s not just the buzzkill element that worries her: servers are relying on the generosity of customers to make up for sub-minimum wages. Studies have shown that the smallest of server behaviors and attributes, such as hair color or a smiley on the check, can affect how much gratuity they receive. And even if a diner leaves an extra-generous amount, the low-paid kitchen staff do not benefit from the surplus — not to mention that choosing how much to tip puts the burden on the customer to alert the manager of good or bad service. Cohen makes the case for service charges and the end of restaurant tipping.
Spend money on experiences, not things, says traditional wisdom. But think about it: some goods can too be “experiential.” Imagine you buy (and subsequently learn how to play very well) a guitar: you get the psychological benefits of mastery, self expression, and connection with others through music. The Atlantic gives you a quick and handy guide for which categories of goods are likely to boost happiness – and which are likely to lose their luster.
Around the globe, elements of each culture’s relational, behavioral and cognitive styles are numerous and nuanced. Erin Meyer, author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, has compiled a quiz for Harvard Business Review that allows you to see where you fall on eight cultural dimension scales as compared to your own or other cultures.
The Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internships Fund, which supports students wishing to develop business skills, is one of the many summer grants available to Bowdoin students. This summer eight students received the grant, choosing to work in diverse fields and locations. We managed to catch up with two Goodfriend recipients: Christa Villari ’15, who is interning for a neuromarketing firm in Boston, and Katherine Gracey ’16, who is with Christie’s in Hong Kong.
Though the mere mention of the word networking sends some folks spiraling into dread, there are all kinds of benefits — from additional business opportunities to increased creative innovation. Whether you tend to be shy, or you think of such interactions as forced and unnatural, Business Insider has you covered, with tips from moving your desk to using genuine favors to your advantage.
It’s a social media platform that seems to engage and addict people more than many others. By incorporating a few filters and an old-timey square frame, Instagram has turned average web users into photographers. Recently, these insta-photographers have been showing their dedication through InstaMeets — large gatherings of instagrammers who come together to meet and photograph one another in locations like London, New York and South Africa — mixing digital media with some “old-school socializing,” if you will.
So how did Instagram become so popular? How does parent company Facebook play into how Instagram is run? And what plans does the free application have to increase its profits? Learn more from Fortune.
Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.
L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.
If your email ends in @hotmail.com and you’re not “applying for a job as a historian on 1999,” it’s time to upgrade, advises HubSpot chief marketing officer Mike Volpe ’97. As part of Mashable’s new business series, Volpe highlights ten mistakes that will guarantee you not to get a second look for a position in marketing — let alone an interview. More tips: take that selfie off your LinkedIn profile, and use one social media account well rather than using multiple accounts poorly.
There’s a new reason to be proud of Maine produce: the Bangor Daily News reports that the percentage of female farm operators in Maine is more than double the national average — 30 percent compared to 14 percent nationwide. Not only that, but farming in Maine (and in New England as a whole) is growing more rapidly than in other areas of the country.
In New England, “it wasn’t uncommon for farmland to be passed down through the women,” explains Gary Keough, the state statistician for the USDA. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the recent increase means that more women are becoming interested in farming or are simply interested in becoming their farm’s chief operator.
In 2009, Bianca Forzano took a kite surfing trip around the world — and never came back. Instead, she brought her business to the beach, tapping into a profitable industry by offering kite surfing lessons in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. She found a business environment very different from desk jobs, and quickly looked to fill another niche that she saw was lacking: effective sports bikinis that could endure a good kite surfing session without causing a wardrobe malfunction. She began making them by hand, but expanded to an Italian factory when demand grew more rapidly than she had anticipated. Fast Company offers tips based off of her inspiring experience on how to get out of a job that makes you unhappy and get off the ground in a new environment.