For more than a decade now, I've struggled to define what fuels the most sustainably productive work environment -- not just on behalf of the large corporate clients we serve, but also for my own employees at The Energy Project. Perhaps nothing I've uncovered is as important as trust.
As much as employers... Read More »
Women's standing in the upper reaches of business has stolen hundreds of headlines in the last few weeks, thanks to Sheryl Sandberg's new manifesto on the subject, Lean In. But the book by Facebook's chief operating officer is missing one key fact: A woman is more likely to enter senior management in almost any... Read More »
In a time when American manufacturing is outsourcing, automating, and downsizing, the story of the Avedis Zildjian Company sounds like an urban legend: a 390-year-old manufacturer of cymbals that has never laid off a worker, at least in recent memory.
Rather than lay off employees when their jobs are automated,... Read More »
Companies are making substantial gains in productivity but aren't sharing much of the gains with workers. Read More »
After Susan Burton's 5-year old son died, she became a drug addict and lost her job. How she rebuilt her life -- and now helps others. Read More »
If you're trying to put yourself through school or launch your career as a puppeteer/rapper, Starbucks is an excellent side job. Unlike many other retail chains, Starbucks even offers benefits to part-timers, along with stock options, a 401(k) match and a free pound of coffee a week. But some older Starbucks... Read More »
North Carolina public-school employee Michelle Fish can't take a gun to school. But that didn't stop the 42-year-old elementary school librarian from recently participating in a daylong seminar on how to handle and carry a gun.
Fish was one of a dozen or so educators in the Tar Heel State who attended the... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
The second season of the hit show "Girls" is premiering on HBO Sunday, Jan. 13, and both fans and critics alike are eager to see what happens to the protagonists, four girls in their mid-20s struggling with everything from landing a post-college job to managing their finances for the first... Read More »
By her own assessment, Kate Baker was a competent attorney who also wanted a personal life. But her boss, Chris Lingard allegedly saw things differently, berating Baker and her work, and telling her not to have a relationship or children.
The "bullying" that she experienced at the Follett Stock law firm,... Read More »
If you follow through on all your new year's resolutions, you might never have to make any the... Read More »
Barclays PLC plans to cut as many as 2,000 jobs in its investment bank as part of a broad restructuring of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the British bank's plans.
The paper said senior Barclays executives are planning to recommend that the bank cut between 1,000... Read More »
Each year brings with it plenty of examples of employees caught doing dumb things while on the job, and 2012 was no exception. From the auto-dealership worker who was accused of faking her own kidnapping to the small-town clerk who stole $53 million from taxpayers to the teacher who allegedly ordered her... Read More »
Companies lay off vast numbers of workers with such regularity that you may not have noticed the announcement. Last week Citigroup Inc. said it would lay off 11,000 workers worldwide, citing a need to reduce expenses. Yet, at the same time, Citi revealed it gave top execs hefty "incentive awards," including... Read More »
It's been more than five weeks since Hurricane Sandy roared across the Eastern Seaboard, devastating the lives of thousands residents in New York, New Jersey and several other states. Many are still dealing with the fallout caused by damaged homes, destroyed possessions and lost wages.
They include New... Read More »
By Julhas Alam
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- As 112 of her co-workers died in a garment-factory fire, Dipa Akter got out by jumping from the third floor through a hole made by breaking apart an exhaust fan. Her left leg is wrapped in bandages and she has trouble walking.
Now she wants back in.
"If the factory... Read More »
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah truck driver alleges that FedEx fired him because of his Russian accent, even though he offered to appear before corporate higher-ups to demonstrate his English-speaking abilities.
Ismail Aliyev has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Memphis, Tenn.-based shipping... Read More »
Joe Lueken may go down as one of the nation's best bosses -- or at least one of the most generous. That's because the Minnesota grocer isn't merely giving employees a Christmas bonus this year, he's giving them the business, sort of.
After 46 years, the 70-year-old owner of Lueken's Village Foods in... Read More »
Finding a great place to work for many workers can be a challenge, especially in this economy when so many are content just to have a steady paycheck. The soft labor market, though, doesn't necessarily make it easier -- even for large global companies -- to find top talent, which is why so many of them still... Read More »
By her own account, Tara Tan was a hard worker, pulling 80 to 100 hours a week as a manager at the upscale Standard hotel in New York City's trendy Meatpacking District.
But when it came time for Tan to take time off to have her second child, she was denied maternity leave and forced to give birth to her... Read More »
By Rebecca Thorman
Likability is a key factor to workplace success. If personality conflicts occur in the office, productivity slows and targets are missed. Here are five ways to deal with different personality types: Read More »