• 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.

  • Google to Lay Off 4,000 Motorola Employees

    Google acquired Motorola in May, and one of the search company's first executive decisions is to cut nearly 4,000 Motorola Mobility Holdings jobs -- some 20 percent of the workforce -- and shut down one-third of its facilities. Most of these cuts will come from the firm's international offices.

  • Is the Google Death Benefit the Best Employee Perk Yet?

    A stunning employee perk was uncovered this week: the Google "death benefit." Laszlo Bock, the chief people officer at Google, revealed the benefit in a Forbes interview, and it's one that will perk up any family-oriented worker's ears.

  • FBI Goes Paperless, Rolls Out Sentinel Digital Case Management System

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations has officially gone paperless, rolling out the Sentinel digital case management system last month. The software's 20,000 daily users can now perform searches to identify similarities between cases, electronically sign documents, and enter or review data from current suspects and cases, according to Mashable.

  • Marissa Mayer Rolls Out Google-Inspired Perks at Yahoo

    All eyes have been on Marissa Mayer since she was appointed CEO of Yahoo, and in the latest round of news, it seems she's brought some perks inspired by those at her old Google gig. Can the new additions rev up employee engagement?

  • 24-Hour Social Media Ad Agency Shuns the Traditional Workweek

    Brian Mandelbaum is readying a 24-hour social media ad agency that will man companies' online presence all day, every day when it launches later this year. Marketers have traditionally stuck to the Monday through Friday workweek and the 9-to-5 workday, but Mandelbaum says there is an unmet client need for round-the-clock online engagement. How will this always-on model affect employees?

  • Hijacks Homepage to Promote Career Choice Program

    Most employers would be loath to use their front page to advertise open job positions, but most companies aren't Inc. The retail juggernaut replaced its homepage today with a letter from founder Jeff Bezos that promotes the all-new Amazon Career Choice Program.

  • 11 Leadership Tips to Transition From Employee to Boss
    Q: What's your best leadership advice for going from employee to boss -- of yourself, and maybe others too?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.
  • Lenovo CEO Distributes His $3 Million Bonus Among Employees

    Regardless of your views on executive pay, the way Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing has chosen to dispense with $3 million of his bonus is quite admirable. Yuanqing split the $3 million among 10,000 junior-level employees, including assistants, receptionists and production-line workers, according to CNN. Employees received about 2,000 yuan apiece, or $314 in U.S. currency.

  • FullContact Ups the Employee Perk Ante With $7,500 Vacation Policy

    Denver startup FullContact has an attractive strategy to woo and retain its team members. The company's vacation policy holds that each worker is entitled to a $7,500 vacation bonus on top of his or her typical salary. The only catch is that employees must fully go off the grid -- no checking work email, snooping around conference call recaps or other work-related activities. The practice is called "Paid, Paid Vacation."

  • Google to Pay Gay Employees More to Cover Health Benefits

    Tech giant Google has announced that it plans to pay its gay employees more. The extra wages will cover the cost of domestic partner health benefits, equaling an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay, according to MSNBC. The New York Times adds that this sum will amount to about $1,069 annually. What are the implications of this groundbreaking payroll decision?

  • Title Nine Incentivizes Employee Fitness With Exercise-Centric Company Culture

    Could employee fitness soon be valued as much as sales? At women's athletic wear company Title Nine, that day is already here. Chief executive Missy Park and the fitness-focused culture she's founded at Title Nine were recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal, and some of her strategies are downright revolutionary.