In a recent account shared on Lifehacker, freelance writer Rebecca Fishbein described her experience working from home for a full year. She noted several upsides to the laid-back life of couch-consulting. She doesn't have to deal with a commute, she rarely puts on real pants or shoes, and she can...
Diners at Seattle's Melting Pot location may have noticed more than just menus, glassware and fondue on their tables during recent visits: management has also been serving up notices of a 3-4% price hike at their restaurant, a surcharge they say is used to cover higher minimum wage costs in Seattle....
For many office workers, “working from home” has replaced a day spent recovering under the covers. In a recent NYT article on "The Death of the Sick Day," respondents flooded the comment section to say that it had been years - even more than a decade - since they had taken a sick day. Ind...
Managers often seek to develop good working relationships with employees -- and for good reason. Those close ties motivate commitment to work and support among the workforce, along with better overall performance. But is there any risk that too much bonding with employees could backfire? Rece...
Have you ever felt that time off wouldn’t be worth it because the planning and preparation effort — not to mention mountain of catch-up work — would be so overwhelming? If so, you’re not unusual. More than 50% of Americans take less than their allowed vacation time each year. Some reasons...
If you want to get a light penalty for committing a crime, you’re better off cheating employees of their earned wages than stealing a pair of designer shoes or the latest electronics off the shelf at your local retailer. That’s what a recent report shows in the Demos research brief, The...
 A lot of us are rightfully worried that no matter how much we prepare, our negotiations will derail into an unproductive debate or shouting match. Even when we go into negotiations with a collaborative and positive problem-solving mindset, there’s always a risk that things can get emotionally ch...
When someone says they “don’t have enough time,” what they really mean is they don’t have time for the stuff they really want or need to do. But in the end, it's always a matter of reorganization. Nobody can create more time out of thin air. We're all limited to a fixed 24 hours per day and ...
Employers and business leaders constantly complain about the gap between what students learn in college and what they need to know in order to succeed in the workplace. This is especially concerning when we take into account large — and always-growing — number of people who earn college degree...
Great news for U.S. workers: we're currently experiencing one of the tightest labor markets in American history. The bad news (for employers, but maybe not job seekers): the U.S. facing a serious "skills gap". According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our country currently has over 7 million unfi...