Lisa Johnson Mandell

One-Man-Band Businesses Are Not Playing So Well

One-Man-Band Businesses Are Not Playing So Well

Chances are you know a number of people with one-man-band businesses -- proprietors who work for themselves and don't have any paid employees. Real estate agents, beauticians and handy men are good examples of "nonemployer businesses." While those individually-run operations used to be common, they're not so... Read More »

Hotel Manager Turns Up Heaters on Strikers -- During Heat Wave

Hotel Manager Turns Up Heaters on Strikers -- During Heat Wave

Labor relations between the Park Hyatt Chicago and certain employees were hot enough during a recent strike, but one manager upped the temperature even more by lighting the heaters over strikers on one of the hottest days of the year. The striking workers are now filing charges against the hotel. Read More »

Company Barbecues Go Up in Smoke

Company Barbecues Go Up in Smoke

It looks like the good old summer company picnic/barbecue if finally going the way of the raucous company Christmas party. Fewer and fewer businesses are throwing seasonal bashes these days. Recent research showed that only 41 percent of the companies surveyed are planning a company picnic this summer. Read More »

For New Grads, It's All About the Health Insurance

For New Grads, It's All About the Health Insurance

If you've been paying any attention to the latest data on what motivates the youngest crop of job seekers, you've probably heard that they're all about job satisfaction over everything else -- that happiness even outranks salary. That seems to have changed a bit over the last few months, according to a recent... Read More »

Stay-at-Home Moms, You May Believe You Left the Workforce by Choice, But Did You?

Stay-at-Home Moms, You May Believe You Left the Workforce by Choice, But Did You?

Studies have shown that most Americans believe career opportunities for men and women are equal in this country. Still, statistics clearly show that women earn less than men, are underrepresented at the highest levels of many fields, and face other gender barriers -- such as bias against working mothers, and... Read More »

Burned Out at Work? Your Boss Doesn't Think So!

Burned Out at Work? Your Boss Doesn't Think So!

While you're busy sweating bullets because of factors that go far above and beyond the summer heat, your boss could be sipping on an ice cold glass of lemonade, thinking everything is hunky dory. A recent survey showed that 77 percent of workers say that they are burned out at work, while only one in four... Read More »

Forced to Be the 'Devil's Double': The Horrifying Job of 'Being' Saddam's Son

Forced to Be the 'Devil's Double': The Horrifying Job of 'Being' Saddam's Son

Living in the lap of luxury in a plush apartment with gourmet food, designer suits, top of the line watches and as many pliant women as you desire, all provided gratis at any hour of the day or night, doesn't sound like such a bad gig, does it? But when the price for all this involves standing idly by while... Read More »

Hard Drinking, Bar Brawling Mayor Plans to Keep His Job (Video)

Hard Drinking, Bar Brawling Mayor Plans to Keep His Job (Video)

Last weekend Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan went on a three-day bender that involved at least one fight and inappropriate comments to a bartender. Ryan admits to all that and says he needs to address his drinking problem, but swears it will not affect the remainder of his term. He promises to remain completely sober... Read More »

Six New 'It' Jobs in High Demand

Six New 'It' Jobs in High Demand

The financial industry, once considered super-chic by college grads and working professionals alike, is rapidly losing status points. More people than ever in the financial industry are trading bonus checks for unemployment checks as financial behemoths like Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley are laying off... Read More »

Nearly Naked Businessmen Want the Suit Off Your Back

Nearly Naked Businessmen Want the Suit Off Your Back

On Tuesday, August 2, if you live in a major city, be on the lookout for attractive guys wandering the streets wearing only boxers, dress shoes, socks and ties. You'll know them by the signs they're carrying, which read "Give the suit off your back." They're part of a campaign launched by Men's Wearhouse... Read More »

Need Help Finding a Job? Turn to Your Neighbor

Need Help Finding a Job? Turn to Your Neighbor

Are Americans hunkering down and isolating themselves, or are they extending a hand to help those around them while the economy wavers and dips? According to a new survey, the news is good: 83 percent of us are willing to help a neighbor with financial problems, and 45 percent of us will help a neighbor look... Read More »

GE to Bring on 250 Workers at Aviation Plant in Mississippi

GE to Bring on 250 Workers at Aviation Plant in Mississippi

At least one major U.S. company is on a hiring roll. GE just announced a $56-million investment in a new 300,000-square-foot aviation plant, which will create 250 new full-time jobs, not to mention the construction positions necessary to build it. Read More »

Live Alligator, Naked Man and Getting Assaulted: All in a Day's Work [Video]

Live Alligator, Naked Man and Getting Assaulted: All in a Day's Work [Video]

It was bad enough that Fox 29 reporter Chris O'Connell had to go cover a story about an intense animal cruelty case at a Philadelphia home -- where the stench was so bad that neighbors were selling their houses. Add that to the fact that a naked man had been reported outside the house, and you have one... Read More »

Wild Miami Joy Ride Gets Cop Fired, Charged with Felonies

Wild Miami Joy Ride Gets Cop Fired, Charged with Felonies

It was bad enough that a couple of Miami Beach police officers joined a raucous bachelorette party at a South Beach club -- while in uniform. But when one of the officers jumped on his police ATV to take a female partier on a pre-dawn joy ride and ran into two people, seriously injuring them, he not only got... Read More »

One-Handed Boxer Denied TSA Job Because He Can't Give Proper Pat Downs

One-Handed Boxer Denied TSA Job Because He Can't Give Proper Pat Downs

If he can win Golden Gloves boxing matches with one hand, 32-year-old Michael Constantino thinks he should have no problem working as a screener for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the airport. Unfortunately, the TSA didn't agree, and rejected him because of his "medical disqualification." Read More »

Detroit Companies Pay Employees to Live Downtown

Detroit Companies Pay Employees to Live Downtown

Some corporations are so committed to restoring Detroit to the great American city it once was that they're actually paying employees to move downtown. The companies have banded together in a $4 million "Live Downtown" initiative that will provide cash incentives to employees who choose to move to Downtown... Read More »

Woman Sues Employer Over Sex Accident on Business Trip

Woman Sues Employer Over Sex Accident on Business Trip

A woman is sent by her employer to a distant city for business purposes. She checks into a hotel the night before because she has a big meeting early the next morning. Apparently she has a big meeting of a different nature the night before, because she ends up back in her hotel room with some guy, and things... Read More »

American Workers Need More Vacation, Sleep and ... Chocolate?

American Workers Need More Vacation, Sleep and ... Chocolate?

Apparently what American employees really want is less work, more sleep and more chocolate, according to a recent survey taken by Mars Chocolate North America. OK, so the company behind the survey might have a little something to do with the fact that chocolate made the list, but it doesn't have sway over the... Read More »

The Road Weary, the Wide-Eyed and Three More Types of Business Travelers

The Road Weary, the Wide-Eyed and Three More Types of Business Travelers

Do you consider business travel a perk or a burden? Many people think flying to distant locations on the company dime would be fascinating and glamorous, but those who travel often, twice a month or more, will tell you that it can really wear on you, even if you're traveling business class and staying in... Read More »

Darth Vader, a Goat and a Pizza Delivery Guy Walk Into an Apple Store ... [Video]

Darth Vader, a Goat and a Pizza Delivery Guy Walk Into an Apple Store ... [Video]

Who has the nicest, most easygoing and accommodating employees in New York? Mark Malkoff (comedian/filmmaker/New Yorker) postulated that the Apple stores will let you get away with just about anything there -- they even encourage customers to take videos of themselves dancing in the stores. So he set out to... Read More »

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