I work for free. A lot. Yes, that includes writing this article, indeed writing one every week for AOL Jobs and a separate one each week for U.S. News. And I'm in my 25th year producing and hosting "Work with Marty Nemko" on an NPR station in San Francisco, yes, for free.
Why? Because I don't know how to... Read More »
By Brad Lomenick
Let's be honest: you don't want to fail. But if you're a leader, you've more than likely failed at one point or another. One of the most prevalent reasons for failure is the lack of the essential elements needed to lead now and well. Here are four traits you must possess if you want to succeed... Read More »
Without fail, the CEOs featured on "Undercover Boss" lavish their employees with extravagant gifts and promotions. But there's been a good deal of skepticism about how genuine these bosses actually are about helping the rank-and-file. This past Friday, the CBS reality series devoted the episode to celebrating... Read More »
NBC's hit series, "The Office," aired its finale Thursday after nine hilarious seasons chronicling the awkward, mundane and plain silly aspects of the workplace. But the show will perhaps be most remembered for its unpredictable boss, Michael Scott.
Played by Steve Carrell who exited the series in 2011, Scott... Read More »
In recent years, there's been a simmering debate over whether public employees are overpaid. Periodically, there are stories about principals, bureaucrats or janitors who somehow managed to work the system and get obscene pay. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has produced research that shows... Read More »
By Alison Green
You've researched the going rate for your work, documented your accomplishments from the last year and put together a case for a salary increase, and now you're sitting across from your boss, having just uttered the words, "I'd like a raise." And you might be getting a little panicky as you... Read More »
By Todd Defren
Two people quit my company this month. That's OK; it happens. Before these unfortunate events, I liked these employees a lot. Afterward, I only liked one of 'em.
The woman who quit "the right way" will discover that she lost a boss but found a long-term champion of her success. The other... Read More »
A bad boss can derail careers, lower morale and hurt company's productivity. But how many workers actually are in this predicament? Quite a lot, if you believe the results of a new survey from Glassdoor, the employment-information company. The survey of 2,054 workers -- which was conducted by Harris Interactive... Read More »
The financial crisis wreaked havoc on ordinary Americans while leaving many CEOs unscathed. So federal reforms, including the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, required companies to disclose their CEO-to-worker pay ratio. But for various reasons, they didn't do it, so Bloomberg News did the legwork. The news service... Read More »
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By Ryan J. Foley
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa jury on Wednesday awarded a total of $240 million to 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers for what government lawyers described as years of around-the-clock abuse and discrimination by the Texas... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Everybody has an opinion about what makes a good leader, but you know one when you see one. You also know an incompetent boss when you see one. If you've just started a new job, or you're working with a newly promoted boss, what should you do if it's clear you know more than he does? Don't... Read More »
Bad bosses can be the kiss of death for employees, and they cost companies big time in lost revenues. One estimate holds that it costs the economy $360 million a year in lost productivity. Meanwhile, 3 out of 4 employees describe their manager as the worst and most stressful part of their jobs; 65% of people... Read More »
When you're looking for a job, you spend a lot of time thinking about what to say. What to say on your resume, what to say during an interview and what to say when it's time to follow up with an employer. But once you get the job, it's just as important to make a point to know what not to say -- especially when... Read More »
His popular image is antisocial, cold, calculating, and charmless. He's faced scores of lawsuits, accusing him of poaching ideas and tricking investors. In a 2010 Oscar-winning movie, he was the inspiration for an entirely new kind of nebbishy villain. But in addition to being the richest American under 30, Mark... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Every worker has disagreed with his boss at some point, no matter how big or small the issue may have been. If you're lucky, the disagreement is behind you. However, what can you do if you and your boss simply don't get along? Lynne Sarikas, director of Northeastern University's MBA Career... Read More »
By Rob Wile
Last May, French President Francois Hollande reorganized the Elysee to create a new position, the Minister of Transforming Productivity (in French, Ministère du Redressement Productif). The goal was to make French industry more competitive and efficient. Hollande named Arnaud Montebourg, a... Read More »
By Kate Rogers
It's a given in the workplace, everyone at some time or other complains about the boss. But if your employees are blasting you on Facebook and Twitter, saying you are a bully, that you have bad B.O. or are overworking them, can you fire them?
It depends on what your worker says, and how he or... Read More »
Ever wonder what your boss's signature might say about him or her? A new study suggests that chief executives with outsized John Hancocks are more likely to be narcissists. Big signatures may also mean the CEOs are less capable and poor performing, though that doesn't mean they take home smaller... Read More »
By Barbara Peters Smith
Being willing to work for a boss who's younger than you seems to be part of the workplace survival scenario for employees in their 50s and 60s. So don't be surprised if you find yourself answering to someone who could easily be dating material for one of your kids.
Here's the good... Read More »
The Great Recession left millions of middle-class Americans without jobs, and many have had no luck in finding another one. Some, seemingly, are so desperate that they've signed up with the new CBS reality show, "The Job," in the hope of landing a position with a high-profile employer, such as Epic... Read More »