When Bill Clinton signed the Federal Medical Leave Act into law in 1993, it was hailed as a triumph for women and families. The FMLA permitted most workers to take three months of unpaid leave when seriously ill, or to care for a baby or sick relative. But 20 years later, optimism has been replaced with... Read More »
U.S. Post Service worker Deborah Ford retired this week with a perfect attendance record: 44 years on the job, without taking a single sick day. That means the 64-year-old Ford (above) logged just short of 11,000 workdays. Read More »
By Vickie Elmer
In the summertime, workers long for escape, for long weekends and flexible hours.
Some 28 percent of workers wish they could leave early on Fridays and another 41 percent say flexible schedules are their favorite summer benefit, according to a new OfficeTeam survey. Read More »
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you're guilty of ending the year without using most of your... Read More »
Not many workplaces have "summer Fridays" -- that genteel tradition of closing down around lunch once a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to a survey done by Ultimat Vodka, just 12 percent of employed adults get this perk.
Officially, that is. Because anyone who's tried to start a new project... Read More »
By Alison Green
Even good managers frustrate their employees now and then -- while bad managers, of course, do it regularly. Here are seven of the most common complaints about the annoying things bosses do without even realizing it: Read More »
"What time do you want me to start work?" That's the question a new hire recently asked me. She looked a little startled by my reply.
"I don't care."
But it was the truth. I didn't care-and I never have-what hours are kept by the people who work for me. You could say I'm the opposite of a control freak,... Read More »
Of all the perks employees could get this season, a holiday party scrapes the bottom of the list. Times are still tight right now, and Americans would way prefer a cash bonus, a raise, or paid time off over a few hours of drunken catharsis and a slab of mediocre fruitcake.
A recent online survey by the jobs... Read More »
By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder
If your employer offered the opportunity to work four 10-hour days per week instead of a traditional five 8-hour-day workweek, would you take it?
Teresa Allen, a customer service representative for American Fidelity Assurance Co. in Oklahoma City, did take... Read More »
According to a piece by the International Business Times, research has shown why we need vacations as well as why we need to shut down our work mental game. As in shut off the smart phones, the laptops, and oh yes, the direct dial to voicemail. It leaves us more rejuvenated, more creative and more energetic... Read More »