It's a debate about as old as the proliferation of "culture" in office life: is it worth taking a pay cut to work for a "cool" employer, or even just an employer that lets you be cool on your own time? This question is asked all over the internet, and is something Forbes' Liz Ryan addressed last week in one of her columns. Ryan writes, "You get to decide where to spend your time and energy." But where's the best place to do that – the company that pays more, or the company that seems fun and/or allows you to have a life outside of work?
In less than 10 years, millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the workforce. They are already the majority – millennials are currently the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. As a result, some organizations are wisely deciding that it might be in their best interest to get to know this group a little bit better. Understanding how millennials view themselves, their futures, and the current career landscape can help both workers and organizations find ways to accommodate and maximize the power of this dynamic generation of workers. If you are a millennial, it's interesting to think about how your generation is currently being characterized and understood.
The gender pay gap exists across all industries, but it's smallest in tech, according to PayScale's report, The Truth About the Gender Pay Gap. But, that doesn't mean that everything is easy for women at tech companies. Various systemic issues in the industry can keep women from succeeding – or even staying – in STEM fields. Here's what's holding women back.
It's no secret that we spend a lot of time with our co-workers. In fact, while there's only about a 52 percent chance of us spending 30 hours a week with our family, there's a 91 percent chance we will spend that much time with our co-workers. Like it or not, they're the people that get the most of our time: friendship may very well be inevitable. When you do begin to form those bonds of camaraderie, here's how to keep it from getting weird.
Considering how much time we spend on the job, it's kind of amazing that becoming friends with the people we work with is still somewhat controversial. Some feel that it is best to fully separate our personal and professional lives, but more people are starting to intentionally blur these lines in a lot of ways, including becoming close friends with people at the office. If you enjoy what you do, (or even if you don't), it can feel unnatural to turn away from potential on-site friendships. And, why should you anyway? Here are some reasons why you actually need friends at work, and how those friendships can support you both personally and professionally.
In the workplace, there's a fine line between joking around and being offensive -- and there's always that one co-worker who just doesn't seem to get it. If you find yourself being put in uncomfortable situations due to a colleague's lack of manners, then you'll want to read on to see how you can professionally and effectively handle your officemate's distasteful behavior.
Startups can be a great place to work -- compared to a corporate office, the culture is smaller and more intimate. If hired, you'll probably find yourself helping out with many different projects at once, and you'll need the skill set to back that up. If you're a person that loves longer hours, closer relationships with your co-workers, and the excitement of growing along with the company, here's how you can increase your chances of getting hired at a startup.