Starbucks just pledged to eliminate plastic straws by 2020. To date, it is the biggest food and beverage company to make this move, so the ban is more than just symbolic. Starbucks customers use more than one billion plastic straws each year. The decision could encourage other companies to go the...
"Sleeping on the job has long been frowned upon, but office napping may finally be climbing out from under the desk." So ran the headline in a recent Chicago Tribune story. The number of employers who encourage sleep-deprived employees to take a short nap during the workday is on the rise, and th...
In the words of Warren Buffett, health care costs are "a hungry tapeworm on the American economy." So now the Berkshire Hathaway CEO is teaming up with the CEOs of Amazon and JPMorgan Chase to create a new company that would offer high-quality health care for their employees at a significantly l...
Beginning January 1, 2018, Washington employers will be required to provide workers with paid sick leave. Initiative 1433, which was passed by voters in fall 2016, requires four primary changes to Washington State law: Employers required to provide paid sick leave to most employees effective J...
Boeing’s budget ax has fallen on perks for local employees, as well as jobs. The latest cut for Seattle employees came on Friday, when the company shuttered a huge (and widely-popular) gym that once was even a haunt of Dennis Muilenburg, now the company’s Chicago-based CEO. Read more here about...
In a recent article she titled “Why You Need to Quit Your Job,” Author and Life and Leadership coach Adria Corso related her own struggle feeling trapped in a job that made her miserable. In introducing the dilemma, she wrote that “Eight years ago, I sat in the big fancy office of my corpora...
Last week, an article in Wired declared, "The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding." Kelly McEvers, a journalist with NPR, interviewed Clive Thompson about his article. Thompson noted that a person doesn’t need to finish a 4-year college education to learn coding: some of the 9-month, intensive “b...
The home furnishing giant has just created one of the most generous paid parental leave policies in the retail sector. We frequently hear how much better parental leave policies are in Europe, Canada, and…well just about everywhere in the world outside the U.S. But there are a growing number of b...
Having a job you don’t like is more than just a drag: it might also be compromising your health. Dissatisfaction with your job in your 20s and 30s can cause health issues 10 or 20 years later, according to a new study from the American Sociological Association. “We found that there is a cumulat...
A majority of Americans experience stress at work – from minor but ongoing frustration, to full-blown chronic anxiety. And that stress clearly has negative effects on health, including increased risk of heart disease, liver disease and gastrointestinal problems. Still, although for years we’ve ...