• Furlough Parties Now a Trend, Thanks to Government Shutdown
    A bunch of furloughed government workers, willing themselves to make lemonade from lemons, have been hosting shutdown parties to cheer themselves up. The New York Times ran a piece about the trend, which extends to restaurants and cafes offering deals to anyone who shows a government ID.
  • Poor Students are Encouraged to Aim Higher
    The College Board, the group that administers the SATs, is reaching out to high-scoring, low-income students, to convince them to aim higher and apply to elite colleges and universities.
  • Which Countries Treat Their Workers the Best?
    The Human Capital Report released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum gauged 122 countries in terms of education, employment, "enabling environment" and health. It was the first report of its kind and interesting because of the way it ranked countries based on how well they treat their workers. The top region was North Europe and the top country? Well, spoiler alert: It's not the United States. But what can Americans learn from these list-toppers about how to foster a healthy workforce?
  • Top 4 Online College Courses to Take
    Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are becoming more mainstream. Some of the top-ranked institutions in the nation are offering them for free. But with so many now on the market, it's easy to get lost in a sea of options. Here's a list of some of the best MOOCs, according to Business Insider.
  • Bet on a Vet: Get Veterans Back to Work
    Bet on a Vet is a campaign to help disabled veterans utilize their skills and talents in the workplace here at home.
  • 4 Ways Government Shut Down Will Hurt Women
    The federal sequester is felt by a wide range of demographics, it's true. But some of the programs getting shuttered until the nation's leaders get their act together and come up with a budget agreement affect the nation's most marginalized people – the working poor, children, veterans, the elderly and women.
  • Has Inflation Shrunk the Minimum Wage?
    Economists argue over whether inflation has shrunk the minimum wage, and they never seem to resolve the issue. Here we have the argument over money and inflation simplified.
  • 5 Ways a Government Shutdown Could Affect You

    It seems probable that the government will shut down at 12:01 tomorrow morning. The question for most of us is, how will this impact our lives?

  • 3 Reasons Why You Want to Be Mark Cuban
    Mark Cuban has a lot going for him, and we can learn valuable lessons for our own careers by examining who he is and how he got to be extremely successful.
  • How Not Increasing the Debt Ceiling Could Ruin Your Life
    Politicians in Washington are currently negotiating a continuing resolution to fund the government. It's a big deal, but it's almost small compared to the next fiscal fight – the debt ceiling.
  • Where Did All the Jobs Go?
    One economic theory says that raising the minimum wage causes employers to hire fewer workers.
  • The Myth of the Earned Income Tax Credit
    Conservative economists argue that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) negates the need for a minimum wage.
  • Is a Management-Free Workplace Productive?
    Imagine the entire professional hierarchy restructured into something more democratic. No boss to report to, no corporate ladder to climb, no one to beat for a promotion and no one left in the dark about overall goals and far-reaching vision. Will it breed innovation or lead to a Lord of the Flies style meltdown?
  • CEOs Make Bank, But How Much is Too Much? [infographic]
    The leader of a company is expected to make considerably more than the average employee, but at what point, if any, does the discrepancy become unethical?
  • 'Big Brother' Contestants Learned They Were Fired Last Night

    What's worse than being fired for being a bigot? Being fired for being a bigot ... on television. What's worse than that? Not finding out about it for a couple of weeks.

  • Low Wages Do Not Cause Poverty

    It seems to make sense that low minimum wages are the cause of poverty, but that is not necessarily the case. Low wages may not cause poverty as much as not having a job at all.

  • Investment in Education Is Best for the Economy
    The best way to help the working class and create jobs is not to raise the minimum wage, but to invest government dollars in education.
  • Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts the Working Class
    In the great debate about raising the minimum wage, people seldom discuss how doing so could actually hurt the workers that it's intended to help.
  • Measuring Sleep to Improve Employee Performance
    The Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team were concerned their demanding schedule was hurting their performance on the ice. Their solution — start measuring their players sleeping performance.
  • The Skyrocketing Cost of Higher Education

    The cost of higher education continues to grow faster than inflation. What is a college student to do?