Here's something that may surprise you. While the general workforce has decreased around the globe, the rate of women and people 55 to 64 years old who are employed has actually increased.
Many of us are back to work today after a long holiday weekend, and if you're feeling sluggish or unmotivated, you may be able to chalk it up to a phenomenon called "social jet lag."
The most recent McKinsey Public Sector Practice report suggests that online games could form next-generation apprenticeships to help out-of-work youth find employment. This idea isn't just about fun and games: Fast Company reports that a 2010 study discovered a 9 percent rise in information retention and a 14 percent increase in skill-based knowledge levels in employees who were trained using online games or simulations rather than traditional training.
It's arguably the worst question in the interviewing process: "Where do you see yourself five years from now?" If your honest answer would be, "Doing the exact opposite of this job," then perhaps it's time to consider making a career change.
With a four-year college degree costing nearly six figures, it's easy to understand why more and more people are turning to online courses to further their education. MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, are giving students the opportunity to earn a degree without putting themselves in major debt.
We know your city is pretty smart -- after all, you live there, don't you? But when Fast Company went looking for the smartest cities in North America, they were looking for more than the median IQ of the residents. They were looking at a combination of people, economy, environment, government, living, and mobility.
Poor Santa Claus is often taken for granted. Have you ever really thought about what goes into doing his job? Forget crab fishing and being a stunt double -- this is the most dangerous job in the world.
We're all stressed. It seems to be a universal fact of modern life. But, as Heidi Grant Halvorson recently pointed out on the Harvard Business Review's blog network, "the difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do."
If you had an opportunity to get a promotion, you'd probably go for it. What's not to like about a better title and more money, right? Well, depending on your current situation and the reality of the promotion in question, you might be better off staying put. How do you know when to stay, and when to go forward?