We've all heard the grim statistics about traditional first-year failure rates for small businesses, but in today's column for Inc., Erik Sherman argues that entrepreneurship can actually be more certain than traditionally "safe" jobs.
Month: September 2012
Today's employees generally fall into one of two camps -- those who can't take all their vacation days and those who want more vacation -- and companies are increasingly instituting programs to let workers buy and sell their vacation time. Such programs use payroll deductions or credits to reassign paid time off. Can this model help boost recruitment and retention?
PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job" report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more.
In a recent study, PayScale found that Gen Y workers are more likely to have job skills that center around online marketing and social media than other U.S. workers. Three of the top five most commonly reported job skills for Gen Y workers, relative to all U.S. workers, are blogging, social media optimization, and press releases. This didn't surprise me for a few reasons. First, Gen Y uses social networking sites more than older generations, especially Facebook and Twitter. Second, many Gen Y workers have started social media consulting companies after learning how to use them for business or have applied to work in social media roles.
Pop quiz: What do the CEOs of Yahoo, PepsiCo and Fiat have in common with Jay Leno, President Obama and Martha Stewart? All of them regularly get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. They're part of a group researchers call the "sleepless elite," who manage to thrive on little to no sleep.
By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com
The Chicago teachers’ strike is continuing to drag on and may spell trouble for the Obama campaign. The Obama connections are numerous—Chicago, unions, Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, just to name a few. But perhaps the biggest connection between Obama and this strike is what the teachers are fighting hardest—a teacher performance evaluation system based on student performance.
In today's tough economy, it's not uncommon to see workweeks that hover around the 12-hour mark. New research reveals, however, that this prolonged work period might actually be killing us.
One of the biggest challenges facing today's young worker is underemployment. Simply put, due to the limited job market, many Gen Y workers are working in jobs far beneath their qualifications. To combat this, many members of the Internet Generation have pursued startups, causing a boom in young entrepreneurialship. But who is mentoring these young leaders?
By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com
The U.S. added about 96,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percent in August, so why aren’t we happy? The numbers have been dissected elsewhere, but I wanted to focus on explaining the so-called “discouraged worker effect” and alternative measures of underutilization of labor.
If you want your workers to be more productive, your best bet is to turn up the heat, researchers say. It turns out that in addition to raising workplace whining levels, chilly offices inspire less accuracy and lowered work output.
As the summer comes to a close, it's time to reenergize your job-hunting efforts. These fall job search tips from Business Insider will help narrow your focus on the factors that will help you land your next gig.
This Mindflash infographic explores seven signs that your star employee might be looking for a new job. Changes in his or her dress, a productivity drop and unusual requests for time off are just some of these signs.