Good news for moms who work: A recent study found working mothers were happier and healthier than those who did not work outside the home.
Month: August 2012
PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more.
The best companies for Gen Y are all technology companies, according to PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report. The top five – ranked on Gen Y pay, percentage of Gen Y employees, Gen Y job satisfaction, Gen Y job stress, meaningfulness of work for Gen Y workers, Gen Y work schedule flexibility and green score – are (1) Qualcomm, (2) Google, (3) Medtronic, (4) Intel, and (5) Microsoft. All of them, except for Medtronic, were on this year’s Fortune Magazine “Best Companies to Work For” list. Last year, Medtronic was listed at number 23 for the “100 Best Places to Work in IT” by Computerworld. Clearly, all five of these companies have already received recognition for their efforts.
Everyone would like to be paid more. Complaining about how much you make is as much of a great American pastime as baseball. Perhaps more, since you don't need a ticket to the ballpark in order to join in on the fun.
Some folks, though, are legitimately underpaid. U.S. News and World Report looked at 7 jobs with high (or at least medium) satisfaction ratings but low pay. "Low pay," in this case, was below the median salary of $41,673.83, as determined by the Social Security Administration. Significantly, all of these jobs are in high demand, which makes their low pay even more puzzling.
Slackers have a new excuse for holding down the couch and skipping work. According to a recent report by The Journal of Neuroscience, differences in the brain chemical dopamine may affect our level of motivation.
Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
Recently, Forbes.com ran two columns on the relationship between success in business and being an aggressive, thoughtless person -- in other words, a giant jerk. David DiSalvo argued that jerks get ahead, because of their perceived social status. His colleague Deborah L. Jacobs offered a rebuttal, saying that jerks do not get ahead, because their boost in social status doesn't last. Who is right?
Pop quiz: What do you think are the deadliest jobs in the U.S.? If you answered fishers and fishing workers, loggers, pilots, farmers and miners, you're correct. These were just some of the top occupations with high fatal injury rates, according to 2011 workplace fatality data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When it comes to the total number of injuries, however, one vocation is the most dangerous of all: drivers and truck drivers.
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.
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are often blamed for drops in office productivity, but according to this TrackVia.com infographic, bosses would be better off focusing on more pressing workplace time-wasters. Take water cooler talk, which 14 percent of workers cited as their No. 1 distraction in the office during an Amplitude Research survey, or meetings and computer glitches, which tied for second with 11 percent of respondents apiece.
You've heard the rumors about Gen Y - tattoed, rebellious and very tech-smart. What are the facts? And, how does this generation function in the workplace?
PayScale gathered up stats on Gen Y workers' typical education levels, job choices, salaries, favorite cities and more. See our infographic below for a look at the Millennials, close up.
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Non-verbal cues can make or break an interview. This list of body language mistakes compiled by Jacquelyn Smith for Forbes will help you avoid unintentionally sending the wrong message.