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Everyone In This Company Works From Home Every Day

Everyone In This Company Works From Home Every Day

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer may have banned employees from working from home, but this company is completely virtually -- and it works. Read More »

People Pay To Vote On Entrepreneur Mike Merrill's Life

People Pay To Vote On Entrepreneur Mike Merrill's Life

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a group of 160 shareholders to raise one Portland man. For five years, entrepreneur Mike Merrill has been selling shares of himself, and then allowing those shareholders to vote on important business and personal decisions in his life. As a result of various... Read More »

Mom Fired For Selling Girl Scout Cookies At Work

Mom Fired For Selling Girl Scout Cookies At Work

Like many parents, Tracy Lewis wanted to support her daughter's sales of Girl Scout cookies. So Lewis set up a display of Thin Mints at a convenience store operated by Bon Appetit on the American University campus, where she worked in food services for 30 years. But then without warning, she claims, her boss... Read More »

Memo To Bosses: Stop Treating Employees Like Children

Memo To Bosses: Stop Treating Employees Like Children

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 »

Best Countries For Women Have One Strange Thing In Common

Best Countries For Women Have One Strange Thing In Common

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 »

Oldest Family Business In U.S. Profits Without Layoffs Or Outsourcing

Oldest Family Business In U.S. Profits Without Layoffs Or Outsourcing

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 »

Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

Companies are making substantial gains in productivity but aren't sharing much of the gains with workers. Read More »

Susan Burton's Amazing Second Act: Despair And Drugs To A Heroic Crusade

Susan Burton's Amazing Second Act: Despair And Drugs To A Heroic Crusade

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 »

Starbucks Barista Margaret Hobson: Fired For Being Too Old?

Starbucks Barista Margaret Hobson: Fired For Being Too Old?

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 »

Teachers And Guns: An Educator Explains Why She Learned To Shoot

Teachers And Guns: An Educator Explains Why She Learned To Shoot

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 »

4 Career Lessons From HBO's 'Girls'

4 Career Lessons From HBO's 'Girls'

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 »

Attorney Kate Baker Alleges Boss Bullied Her Into Staying Single, Childless

Attorney Kate Baker Alleges Boss Bullied Her Into Staying Single, Childless

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 »

How To Turn Your New Year's Career Resolutions Into Reality [VIDEO]

How To Turn Your New Year's Career Resolutions Into Reality [VIDEO]

If you follow through on all your new year's resolutions, you might never have to make any the... Read More »

Barclays Plans To Cut Up To 2,000 Jobs, But Some Execs Push For Bigger Purge

Barclays Plans To Cut Up To 2,000 Jobs, But Some Execs Push For Bigger Purge

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 »

Dumbest Employees Caught On Camera in 2012 [Video]

Dumbest Employees Caught On Camera in 2012 [Video]

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 »

Bad Bosses: How Inept Execs Got Away With Mismanagement And Scandal In 2012

Bad Bosses: How Inept Execs Got Away With Mismanagement And Scandal In 2012

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 »

The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

The Disturbing Reality About Being A Low-Wage Retail Worker

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 »

Bangladesh Factory Fire Survivors: Give Us Our Jobs Back

Bangladesh Factory Fire Survivors: Give Us Our Jobs Back

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 »

Discrimination Against Foreign Accents: A Growing Problem

Discrimination Against Foreign Accents: A Growing Problem

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 »

Minnesota Grocer Joe Lueken Turning His Stores Over To Employees

Minnesota Grocer Joe Lueken Turning His Stores Over To Employees

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 »

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