Moving on up. It's the American way. But are you sure you want to? Some people keep getting promotions or higher-level clients until they reach their level of incompetence. And some devotees of work-life balance would rather be just B players in exchange for personal time. The fact is, up isn't the only way. In... 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 »
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 »
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 »
You might remember in early 2012 the report of an employer who was demanding that applicants turn over social media passwords. Suddenly, employees came forward with similar stories, prompting Facebook to threaten suit against employers who violate user privacy. Since then, states have jumped into action.... 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 »
Unemployment is slowly declining, but many employers are still downsizing. Just last week Sony announced it was restructuring and letting go of 2,000 workers.
How can you make sure that you're not laid off? If you make sure to demonstrate your value, you can increase the odds that your job won't be... Read More »
By Robert Frank
A flurry of emails from CEOs telling workers how to vote in November has raised a troubling question: Can a company legally tell workers how to vote?
For the most part, the answer is yes.
Election regulators and corporate lawyers say no federal election law specifically prevents employers... Read More »
Back during the whole Marissa-Mayer-is-pregnant dust-up this summer, I mentioned that being the CEO is actually a great job for the mom of small kids. If you're late to a 9 a.m. meeting, people will wait for you. If you don't want to work from 5:30-8 p.m., people will take your calls at 8:30. They fly to see... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
The corner office may now belong to someone younger than you, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Thirty-four percent of U.S. workers say they are older than their bosses, and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger, noting a shift in the correlation between... Read More »
By Robert Half International
Your manager comes to you in a panic and asks you to fill in for Sharon, who will be out of town all next week. Your first thought is, "Why me?" Yet, despite your frustration, you smile and say, "No problem." Your boss is making the request, after all, so refusal is not an... Read More »
Everyone could use something at work. Part-time workers want more hours. Interns want to be made full-time employees. Hourly employees want to be salaried, with benefits. But what most any paid employee can agree on, is that a bigger paycheck is always welcome.
So, then, how do you reach that goal of earning... Read More »
By Cindy Perman
Stressed out at work? Take a number.
Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of American workers are stressed out by at least one thing at work, according to Everest College's 2012 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Read More »
By Robert Half International
The old adage "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" conveniently omits any reference to frenemies -- people who seem like an ally one minute and an adversary the next. You know the type: he happily collaborates on a project, but then claims full credit as soon as it... Read More »
Ranting about a co-worker should be done with care, especially when you're a broadcaster, and your co-worker is a much more famous broadcaster, and you're live on TV. But a sportscaster for an NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla., Dan Hicken, turned one of those funny jibes -- the types anchors throw at... Read More »
By Susan Ricker
As your boss walks by your cubicle, she casually mentions that the team is getting pizza for lunch. But you know that she's really saying, "Nobody's getting a raise this year." Understanding your boss's communication style will save you from sleepless nights of trying to decode her... Read More »