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  • 5 Tips to Run a Less Awful Meeting

    Anyone who has ever had a job knows the irony of just how difficult it can be to actually get work done while at work. People stop by your desk/office with questions, problems, or fires you need to put out, the phone rings, emails require attention, and, often worst of all, you have to go to meetings -- at which, it seems, nothing ever happens. Still, most companies aren't going to go for a totally meeting-free culture. Here's what you can do to make meetings more productive.
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  • Top 10 Law Schools by Salary Potential

    A law degree isn't the guarantee of success that it used to be, but if you choose the right law school, you stand a much better chance of earning a high salary, both after graduation and over the long term. That doesn't mean that you need to set your sights on the Ivy League, however. This year's College Salary Report includes plenty of programs from non-Ivy schools.

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  • EEOC Sues 2 Companies for Alleged Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

    Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been suing employers who discriminate based on sex. Now, more than 50 years after the act's passage, the EEOC has finally filed two lawsuits claiming sex discrimination where employers have allegedly discriminated against employees for being transgender. Companies should never discriminate against transgender employees. But now, it is also likely illegal.
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  • 5 Downsides to Working for a Startup

    These days, it seems like everyone is working for a startup -- and if you aren’t, you likely know someone who is. Working for a new company with ample funding has its benefits, but it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. Here are five reasons working for a startup isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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  • Non-Compete Agreements: What You Need to Know

    You're excited about your new offer. It's with a good company and in your field of interest. You just need to sign a few documents here, a few contract forms there, and you're ready for a new beginning. But there's this one other document, a non-compete agreement, which you stumble upon just as you're getting ready to turn in all your forms. What does it mean if you sign, and what can you do to protect yourself?
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  • The Simple Theory of Motivation That Helps Workers Succeed

    Want to motivate your team to do their best work? One of the easiest ways to do it is with Hertzberg's two-tiered theory of motivation, which focuses on motivator and hygiene factors to improve job satisfaction and commitment.
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  • Freedom Socialist Party Pushes for $20 Minimum Wage, Posts $13-an-Hour Job

    The Freedom Socialist Party, which broke away from the United States Socialist Workers Party in 1966, has been key in helping to drive new laws across the country to raise the minimum wage. Just this year, they helped cities like Seattle pass new laws that set the minimum wage at a a whopping $15 per hour, which will be phased in by April.
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  • 8 Ways to Make Your Next Review the Best One Ever

    Most companies have a rigorous annual performance review and a softer half-yearly check-in, just to see how things are going. You, as an employee, have a lot riding on the performance management process of your company. That number or letter you get at the end of the year decides your raise or your next promotion, and possibly the next career move you want to make. So how can you make the system work for you?
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  • Top 10 Graduate Schools by Salary Potential

    If you're thinking of going back to school to get a graduate degree, whether it's a Master's, a PhD, a JD, or an MBA, know this: where you decide to get your advanced degree is important, both when it comes to getting a job after graduation and in terms of how much money you'll make over the course of your career. This release of the College Salary Report concentrates on top graduate schools.
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  • Here Is the Most Popular Job in Your Income Bracket

    Every passing year brings us to greater heights of creativity when it comes to job titles, but for every chief chatter and beverage dissemination officer, you'll still meet many more managers, nursing aides, and lawyers.
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  • In Praise of the Office Eeyore

    Given their druthers, many would prefer to work with a moderately cheerful colleague, instead of someone who tends to see the dark side of a situation, but maybe they should reconsider. Studies suggest that our gloomier colleagues might have a valuable perspective to offer -- one that relentlessly positive types might not be able to duplicate.
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  • 8 Lesser Known Negotiation Tricks

    When you are negotiating your salary for a new job, don't just focus on base pay. Look for these additional factors that could impact your take-home salary and savings.
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  • Work Fewer Hours, Be More Productive

    Call it corporate hazing: many companies reward workers, either monetarily or with social capital, for working round the clock, both at the office and after hours. Think about the last time you heard someone at your business described as a "good worker" or a "team player." Implicit in the descriptor? "This is a worker who is never off duty." There's just one problem, of course. Studies suggest that working more hours might actually make workers less productive, not more.
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  • Beyond Good Luck: A Sense of Control Increases Motivation, Productivity, and Achievement

    As long as workers can attribute their wins to luck, they don't have to feel bad about their losses. Of course, the downside to that is that they also don't get to take credit for their success. If you want to motivate your team to take responsibility, learn from their mistakes, and excel in their work, you might consider applying attribution theory.
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  • What Can Managers Do to Address Workplace Bullying?

    According to a 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 51 percent of organizations surveyed reported that there had been incidents of bullying in their workplace. In addition to creating a hostile work environment, bullying affects both victims and witnesses, contributing to continued absences, poor health, self-esteem issues, stress, trauma, and depression -- of which makes it harder for people to do their best work. Here's how you, as a manager, can prevent bullying and make your office a healthier, happier environment.
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  • Starbucks to Increase Starting-Pay Rates in All US Markets Beginning in January

    Millions of Americans make ends meet every day with low-wage jobs at retail stores and restaurants. As these businesses are constantly criticized over low pay, one company is stepping up to the plate and has announced it will begin increasing starting pay beginning early next year.
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  • Are You Being Bullied at Work? Here's What to Do

    If you're having trouble motivating to go to work in the morning, you might hate your job -- or you might be the victim of workplace bullying. Anyone can be a bully at work, whether it's a boss or a co-worker or a client. If you're a target, it's important to recognize your situation and respond appropriately, in order to minimize the damage to your psyche and career.
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  • Why the Container Store Can Afford to Pay Employees the Big Bucks

    The average retail clerk makes a median salary of $28,000 a year across the United States. Employees at the Container Store, however, make an average of $50,000 a year -- nearly twice that. Why would a store pay more than the market rate? It all comes down to CEO Kip Tindell's "one great person equals three good people" rule.
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  • What Really Makes Us Love Our Jobs

    If your boss has seemed more than usually solicitous of your happiness on the job over the past few months, you might have Gallup to thank (or blame, depending on your point of view). The organization released research late last year that showed that only 29 percent of US employees were engaged at work. As a result, some organizations panicked, worrying that disengaged workers wouldn't produce, and began to focus on making employees happy. There's just one problem: according to Gallup's CEO, focusing on making workers happy doesn't improve productivity or make them enjoy their jobs more.
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  • Waitresses Are the Most Sexually Harassed Occupation

    The restaurant industry has a unique business model. Rather than business owners budgeting to pay employees, restaurant owners depend upon customers "voluntarily" giving waitresses and waiters tips in return for "good service." That pay structure can lead to a dangerously imbalanced power dynamic between customer and waiter. No wonder, then, that a recent report from Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that two-thirds of female employees in the food service industry have been sexually harassed. In fact, 37 percent of Employment Opportunity Commission harassment claims come from women in the restaurant business.
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