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...
There are plenty of factors that can hold back our careers, from lack of skills and education to more personal things like physical appearance or a family reputation. But one factor many of us don’t consider is our personality: preferences, habits, quirks, and style. Yet it doesn’t have t...
In the wake of news that Amazon may be splitting its second headquarters between two locations — Queens, NY and Crystal City just north of Washington, DC — many are declaring that Seattle has dodged a bullet. Jon Talton of the Seattle Times notes that “Very few companies have two headquarters ...
For those following Amazon’s HQ2 quest, it’s been strangely quiet out there. There are very few clues suggesting whether Amazon will disclose the location of its second headquarters any time soon. Except, perhaps, the calendar. Sept. 7 will mark exactly one year since the Seattle-based tec...
Following the death of a baby orca whale in the San Juan Islands, and the heartbreaking coverage of its mother, carrying the baby's body through the water for well over a week, a native leader in our region makes an impassioned plea to remove the four Snake River dams, restoring the river and increa...
Anyone following developments in the American workplace over recent years has likely noted the growing level of concern about a "robopocalypse." And estimated 50 percent of today’s jobs could be automated by 2055, according to a recent report from McKinsey Global Institute. But you don't have t...
Insecurity? Flexibility? Uncertainty? Freedom? These are some buzzwords you hear when contract workers describe their jobs. These impermanent positions have now become a mainstay of America's working life. NPR has run an investigative series on the gig economy and recently interviewed dozens of cont...
The National Labor Relations Board’s new general counsel announced changes to worker rights approach in new memo. During Obama's presidency, the National Labor Relations Board passed a number of regulations to expand protection for employees who wish to unionize or organize in other ways to lobby...
[caption id="attachment_7827" align="alignright" width="590"] Shortage of construction workers to rebuild Houston could reshape regional labor market.[/caption] Even as much of Houston remains flooded from Tropical Storm Harvey, city officials are worrying that there may be a severe shortage of wor...
Back in 2011, the National Park Service launched a campaign to reduce plastic litter by encouraging national parks to end the sale of bottled water.  The move was not a blanket “ban” — but it did lead to 23 national parks, including the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, restricting bottled...