• How Google's Cafeteria Keeps Employees Healthy

    When it comes to perks, Google's the gold standard. If you work at Google, your day is a sea of nap pods and free cereal and independent projects. (And, OK, probably some work in there, too. Google employees tend to put in long days.) But there's perhaps no greater fringe benefit than Google's cafeteria, where the gourmet food is unlimited, locally farmed, and culturally diverse.

    It's also a trick, sort of. In addition to encouraging Googlers to work those longer hours, the free food the company offers is specially designed to be as healthy as possible. The thought, of course, is that healthy food will equal healthy employees, which saves health care costs and prevents absenteeism.

  • The $99,000 Burrito

    The $99,000 Burrito

    When we have a team lunch to celebrate the latest site release, someone always suggests/insists upon going to Chipotle. Why? Because it's delicious, of course. Cilantro-lime rice is addictive, it would seem. According to this article from CBS, these tasty burritos can also be lucrative. So how are Chipotle employees earning the whole $99K enchilada?

  • The 50 Best Employers in America

    The equation seems impossible, at first glance. love(job) + paycheck(high) = X? It's got to be a trick question. But wait! Not so! Business Insider teamed up with PayScale to solve for X and it turns out, X = employers(awesome). With the scary math behind us, we can turn our attention to this list of the 50 best employers

  • Facebook and Zynga Break Up

    Facebook and Zynga just changed their business relationship status to Single. Last week, the companies went their separate ways, and independent game developers stand to benefit from the breakup.

  • Target Set to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

    It's no surprise that this season is a boon for retailers, but Target is remaining cautious when it comes to bringing on seasonal workers. The discounter recently said that it planned on hiring 2,000 to 12,000 fewer seasonal employees this year compared to 2011.

  • LivingSocial to Lay Off 400 Employees

    Mashable is reporting that daily deals site LivingSocial has plans to lay off 400 employees from its team in the U.S., citing the Washington Business Journal's source "with knowledge of the daily deal giant's plans." The news comes just two years after LivingSocial raised over $800 million in funding, including $175 million from Amazon.

  • Why Stores Shouldn't Force Retail Employees to Work on Holidays

    For many of us, Black Friday came early this year, thanks to stores like Walmart and Toys R Us who decided to open up early, on Thursday night instead of the usually crack of Friday morning. But what about the employees who had to work on Thanksgiving? Turns out, many of them were less than thrilled to go face the crowds from the other side of the register so soon after dinner.

  • Modria Helps Companies Solve Customer Complaints

    Modria is a new startup that hopes to help client companies solve disputes and customer complaints with its signature software. It's co-founded by a pair of former eBay and PayPal employees -- Colin Rule and Chittu Nagarajan -- and is based on the very system those companies use to handle customer issues.

  • Apple Blue Sky Program Gives Employees Time to Work on Passion Projects

    Google's "20 percent" rule, which enables employees to work on side projects for 20 percent of their workweek, may have a rival in the all-new Apple Blue Sky program. This program lets select Apple team members take a few weeks at a time to work on a passion project.

  • Apple Employment Growth: 12,400 Full-Time Workers Added in the 2012 Fiscal Year

    This week, tech giant Apple filed its 10-K report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Mashable uncovered a key tidbit about the company's growth: it added some 12,400 full-time workers during the 2012 fiscal year. This is no doubt partially due to the 33 retail stores Apple added over the same period; today, over 42,000 employees work at Apple stores.

  • Ben & Jerry's Becomes Certified B Corporation

    Ben & Jerry's is officially a certified B Corporation. The Unilever-acquired ice cream maker is the first subsidiary to earn this distinction, which is essentially the sustainable business equivalent to LEED certifications for green buildings.

  • Zynga Layoffs Cause Boston Office Shutdown

    On Tuesday, news of Zynga layoffs went viral in the tech world. Zynga, the game company behind Farmville, The Ville, Mafia Wars and CityVille, laid off 5 percent of its workforce and shut down its Boston office to cut costs.

  • The LinkedIn Talent Brand Index Aids Corporate Recruiting Efforts

    Yesterday, LinkedIn revealed several products to catalyze growth, including the Talent Brand Index, which Forbes contributor Josh Bersin says has made the social network "an indispensable platform for corporate recruiting." How can LinkedIn's new tools change how your company hires?

  • Software Company Dimagi Celebrates Success After Six-Week Remote Working Experiment

    Dimagi, a New England-based software company that creates mobile healthcare apps for developing countries, recently embarked on a six-week remote working experiment in which most of its team headed to Brazil. Was this working vacation a hit or miss?

  • Prudential Career Development Plan is a 'Try Before You Buy' Recruiting Program

    Prudential has revolutionized its hiring process with the Career Development Program, which is essentially a recruiting program with a "try before you buy" approach. Is this how all companies should select their candidates?

  • Hiring and Firing Update: Kodak, Microsoft, Ford and More

    The shaky economy has many of us watching the news for the latest headlines on hiring and firing. Read on for the latest round of layoffs and added jobs from the likes of Kodak, Ford, Microsoft and more.

  • Car Dealer Celebrates Retirement With Generous Loyalty Bonus for Employees

    When some business owners decide to retire, they say their goodbyes to loyal employees with just a handshake and a smile. Not Howard Cooper of Ann Arbor's Howard Cooper Import Center. He's decided to give away $1,000 to each of his 89 employees for every year they've worked for the company.

  • Why the CEO Should Tweet (Hint: It Involves $1.3 Trillion Dollars)

    Quick: How many Fortune 500 CEOs are on Twitter? Would you believe 20? That's not a typo.

    As of August 30, 2012, Fast Company reports that only 20 CEOs of top companies were using social media. (As themselves, at least. There's no way to measure how many chief executives have secret Twitter accounts under names like BuffyLvr72, but we hope it's hundreds.) Contributor and HooteSuite CEO Ryan Holmes points out that Larry Ellison just joined Twitter in June -- and tweeted once.

  • 4 Ways to Foster a Family-Like Company Culture

    Fast Company contributor David Zax recently interviewed Scott Dorsey, the CEO of ExactTarget, to suss out what factors contribute to the firm's positive, family-like company culture. Technology, communication and, perhaps surprisingly, architecture, all play a part in shaping the culture at ExactTarget, as you'll see below.

  • 4 Tips for Office Policies on Tattoos and Piercings

    In some creative industries, visible tattoos and body modifications are a welcomed form of self-expression, but in others, they're still taboo. How can employers maintain a consistent office dress code without offending employees or sparking a lawsuit? Mikal E. Belicove recently interviewed Tamara Devitt of the Fisher & Phillips labor law firm to get her tips for office policies on tattoos and piercings.