As Americans, we take pride in hailing from a nation that's led the world in so many key areas for literally hundreds of years. Our revolution sparked others around the world, and our unique ideology helped change the way the entire globe viewed the nature of citizenship and maybe even life itself. There's no doubt, there's something very special about the United States, but, there is one key area where we've fallen way behind in a big way – work/life balance.
In the United States, 401(k) is a retirement savings plan provided by the employer. The plan provides employees with the option to defer a percentage of pay toward their retirement account, to be withdrawn at a later time. Retirement plans like these can be a major perk, especially if the company matches some of the employee's contributions. Here's how to get the most out of your 401(k).
Anyone familiar with a 9-to-5 schedule is also likely familiar with the 3 p.m. slump. That daily midday breaking point when your "I'm going to get so much done today" stream of early morning motivation has long since subsided into sugar crash-fueled melancholy and a blurry computer screen. When this moment in the workday comes, which it always inevitably does, all you want is to power off your computer, lay your head on your desk, and go to sleep without repercussions. Well, what if you could not only take said cat nap, but were actively encouraged by your boss to do so?
This is a tough time of year to be inside an office. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and you really want to be outside enjoying it. The days are longer, so hopefully that allows you some time to get outside after work, but that only goes so far to help you through the workday.
There's no doubt that the world is changing pretty quickly these days. The way we work, live, and even talk to each other is quite different than it was even 10 years ago. Keeping up with the ever-shifting technology and culture that surrounds us is tricky enough, but communicating ideas effectively can be even more important. Here's why "soft skills" are sometimes the most crucial ones to develop.
Some people don't procrastinate. It's shocking, but true. These calm, level-headed folks function on a rotating pattern of accomplishment and relaxation. A balance is achieved, stress is kept at bay, and stuff gets done. However, everyone is different. Not everyone can achieve, function, and thrive, when things flow in such an orderly and relaxed way. Some of us need chaos to do our best work. So, we procrastinate.
April 15 was the day McDonald's Corp. first opened their doors to the public in Illinois – back in 1955. So, it's fitting that workers launched international protests for higher wages and the right to unionize exactly 60 years later on McDonald's birthday. Make no mistake: this is not about individual employees raving about isolated mistreatment. This is a global movement. It's gaining momentum and publicity, and it doesn't show any signs of dissipating.
Who better to bring awareness to a vital cause like women's equality than Hollywood stars? We'll take a look at how some of Hollywood's most revered actresses are speaking out about the inequality women face on- and off-screen, and the role the media plays in perpetuating this unconscious bias.
Is your manager is always coming down on you and making you feel like you can't do anything right? If so, you probably don't like your job very much — and you're definitely not alone and probably not to blame. New research points the finger at disengaged managers as one of the main culprits for unhappy, unproductive employees. It's costing corporations billions of dollars and professionals their career dreams. Here's what you need to know.
Get your negotiation hats on, ladies, and let's narrow that gender wage gap together. Here are five tips to help you negotiate a fair and equal wage that you definitely deserve … unless, of course, you're satisfied with making roughly 20 percent less than a man for no good reason. Yeah, we didn't think so, either.
Working from home comes with its rewards and its challenges. Having more flexibility and control over your life and schedule is a pretty nice perk, but many work-from-home folks find that they miss the camaraderie and socialization of office life – at least, from time to time.
Prefer to work alone? The modern workplace is probably pretty hard on you. Most companies emphasize teamwork these days, as requiring employees to work together is believed to encourage collaboration and increase efficiency and creativity. The good news is that you don't have to a natural team player to see some benefits from (occasional) teamwork.
It's so important to find a partner who understands and appreciates your career goals and supports you throughout the ebbs and flows of the journey. A recent study found that if your significant other possesses this one trait, then your chances of doing well at work are greatly increased. Read on to see if your spouse possesses that special something that may be the key to your career success.
Want to make your parents (or grandparents) roll their eyes all the way back into their heads at your next family gathering? Tell them that it's now OK – at a few companies, at least – to wear sweatpants to the office.
What makes a person successful? A variety of factors help, including a good academic record, solid work experience, and networking connections who are willing to help open doors. But when it comes to really making your mark in your chosen field, you'll need more than that. Emotional intelligence can make all the difference.
How is it that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) companies can find solutions for some of the world's most complex problems, but they can't seem to solve the gender bias issue that keeps women out of STEM careers? According to new research, it's because we, as a culture, don't know that there's even a problem – it's unconscious, and we're all to blame.