February

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      • Feb 09, 2017 Students Engage and Learn with Peers and Employers at Pamplin Leadership Conference 2017

        Students gathered at the German Club Manor on Saturday, January 28th to attend the 18th Annual Pamplin College of Business Student Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Pamplin Leadership Development Team with 11 corporate sponsors, the conference allowed undergraduate students to attend company-led seminars, participate in breakout sessions, and network with alumni and business representatives.

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      • Feb 06, 2017 Dean Sumichrast unveils plans for $250 million Global Business and Analytics Complex

        The future of the Pamplin College of Business was further unveiled to an eager crowd of students gathered in the Pamplin Atrium this past Wednesday. Dean Robert T. Sumichrast led the presentation with a speech highlighting the opportunities surrounding the Global Business and Analytics Complex that will break ground in 2020. This $250 million project will rely on a percentage of private donations—an exciting opportunity for alumni to contribute to the future of Pamplin.

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      • Feb 03, 2017 The Stress of After-Hours Email

        A study co-authored by William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management, finds employer expectations regarding monitoring e-mail after work hours is the main reason employees are unable to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. In the study, he notes that even when no e-mails are present to respond to, the expectation alone leads to stress and ultimately affects employees’ overall well-being and job performance. While those who actively try to keep an intense work and home life separation are most affected, even those who don’t care are still often negatively affected. The results of the study offer practical insights for employers to keep employees more focused during work hours, and less stressed during non-work hours. Managers need to be aware that extreme expectations ultimately lead to poor employee function. Becker suggests enforcing organizational practices that protect employees and prevent e-mail overload.

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      • Feb 03, 2017 Battling for Balance

        As consumers, we are constantly choosing whether to practice self-control or allow our desires to take over in decision-making. Frank May, assistant professor of marketing, found that memory is not always a reliable source during these decisions, like we may assume. In his recent research, May found that when given an opportunity to indulge, memories of past behavior may become distorted in order to justify a treat.