• 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.

  • 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?