INDUSTRY NEWS & NOTES
The Gift Of Energy
Toy retailer Toys “R” Us can celebrate the holiday shopping season by offsetting
72 percent of its largest distribution center’s electrical needs with a new solar
roof. The company installed a 5. 38 megawatt rooftop solar power system at its
largest distribution center in Flanders, New Jersey in August. It is the largest
operational rooftop solar installation in North America.
The distribution center won’t be the only Toys “R” Us facility benefitting
from this solar initiative, though. As part of its power purchase agreement
with Constellation Energy, the energy company will designate 7,500 Green-e®
Certified renewable energy certificates for the next three years to Toys “R” Us
Times Square, effectively offsetting 100percent of the 7,064,800 kilowatt-hours
of electricity typically needed to power the company’s flagship store.
“At Toys “R” Us, we continually look for ways to diversify our energy
portfolio and incorporate sustainable initiatives throughout our operations,”
said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us, Inc.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TRUMPS
I.Q. POST RECESSION
Employees looking to advance their careers better not rely on their
According to a Career Builder survey released in August, 71 percent of
employers said they value emotional intelligence more than IQ. Further,
34 percent of hiring managers said that since the recession, emotional
intelligence has carried more weight than IQ when deciding which job
candidates to hire and promote.
An individual’s emotional intelligence is based on his or her ability to
control emotions; sense, understand and react to others’ emotions; and
Survey respondents said emotional intelligence is more important than IQ
because employees with high emotional intelligence:
• Are more likely to stay calm under pressure
• Know how to respond to conflict effectively
• Are empathetic to team members and react accordingly
• Lead by example
• Tend to make more thoughtful business decisions
Survey respondents also said they measure employees’ emotional
intelligence by observing a variety of behaviors, such as: whether they
admit to mistakes; if they keep their emotions in check and have thoughtful
discussions on tough issues; their ability to listen as much or more than they
talk; if they show grace under pressure; and if they take criticism well.
More than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals from
across the nation were surveyed.
of employers said they value