WorkHappy Wrap: Ordering a Panera salad from my couch? Sign me up!

by Jennifer Sigler | May 1, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Panera steering its way to new sales; B&N driving away another CEO

Another week in the books. Let’s do this.

Expanding Uber-style: Panera is looking to expand its delivery services — with intentions to add more than 10,000 employees by year’s end. Most of these employees will be drivers, who will use their own vehicles for the service. Drivers will be compensated for mileage and their vehicles will undergo regular inspections.

The expansion is expected to increase sales by $250,000 at each location. Creating more jobs and I can order a strawberry poppy seed salad with chicken from my couch? Yes, Please.

In with the New: Demos Parneros has been named Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble — making him the company’s fourth CEO in four years. Ok, back up: Paneros is replacing Ronald Boire, who maintained the position for less than a year and was removed in August when the board of directors deemed him “not a good fit” for the company. Ouch.

Before Boire, Michael Huseby left in 2015, and William Lynch stepped down two years prior. Here’s hoping Parneros has some staying power, as the company is experiencing harsh declines in both physical and digital book sales. Let’s hope B&N’s next executive chapter is more enthralling than its last.

Money Can’t Buy Happiness: Especially, it turns out, if you are a woman or other underrepresented minority in the tech industry. A recent study by the Kapor Center reports the most common reason stated for those who left positions at tech companies — well known for their company perks, employee benefit packages and six-figure salaries — was unfair treatment in the workplace.

This isn’t entirely surprising, considering how much tech industry power players have been in the hot seat lately for gender pay gaps. It seems as if the golden rule of reciprocity needs to be revisited: Treat others as you wish to be treated (as in, fairly and with respect).


The newest read for your next plane ride? The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald. We are just cracking the cover, but the New York Times has a compelling review.

McDonald takes the institution to task — criticizing the institution for empowering the privileged and blaming it for larger economic disasters, such as the recent financial crisis. And while the NYT points out that the book feels a bit unbalanced, it admits McDonald raises important questions about how those empowered through financial and social position to do good, should do good. You know, besides collect a big paycheck.


While we occasionally like to highlight a company that we think would be awesome to work for, this past week Indeed (read #1 job site serving more than 200 million visitors from more than 60 different countries each month) released the top 20 companies that prioritize a healthy work/life balance. Thrillist, Time, and Forbes are all over it, so check it out! Teaser: Both taxes and burgers make an appearance. Obviously.

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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