Topic: employer

Retail Employees Are Fighting Back Against Working The Black Friday Rush

Retail Employees Are Fighting Back Against Working The Black Friday Rush

Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and KMart will be the first large retail chains to open their doors for crazed bargain hunters at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Many other chains are open Thanksgiving Day, but their Black Friday sales don’t start until midnight or Friday morning. This is why a handful of employees have started protesting these work schedules on the grounds that these companies should be promoting that Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. More »

Survey Shows Vacation Offering Can Make Or Break A Job

Survey Shows Vacation Offering Can Make Or Break A Job

Fortune reported last year that unlimited vacation policies are becoming a bona fide trend. Companies including Netflix, IBM, Morningstar, and the New York consulting company BlueWolf have implemented versions of the policy, sometimes called a “results-only work environment.” The strategy’s advocates say it makes employees happier and increases productivity. And according to a new survey, they can make or break a job. More »

5 Ways Watching Mad Men Is Making You A Bad Employee

5 Ways Watching Mad Men Is Making You A Bad Employee

Most of us love Mad Men. The glamour, the drama, Joan’s curves, Betty’s harshness, Zubi zubi zu, etc., But a lot of the stuff on the show, that we love, may not be making us the best employee. For example, it is really not good to make sexual comments to your employee (no matter how hot she is) or settle a problem with an office fist fight (so that was extremely entertaining.) Rocket Lawyer came up with this great infographic to remind you of what not to do in your office after watching Mad Men. More »

Office Gossip: It’s All Fun And Games Until You’re Fired

Office Gossip: It's All Fun And Games Until You're Fired

We all do it – snicker at the intern who flirts with her boss, whisper about the IT guy’s inability to wear matching socks and bet on how many times your project manager’s protégé says “per our conversation” before noon.

Gossiping is a natural way to vent, add some color to your otherwise white-walled corporate existence and build relationships with coworkers who love and loathe the same things you do. But, some women have experienced the darker side of playing telephone in the office, being on the receiving end of taunts that echo the same cruelty as high-school hallways. And, while some companies have no tolerance for the latter by enforcing strict no-gossip policies for protection, many others argue the opposite, encouraging these bonds because they say it’s not only healthy for employees, but also good for business. More »

3 Perks Working Parents Get That Singles Do Not

3 Perks Working Parents Get That Singles Do Not

et me just be clear right up front: Parents, you’re wonderful, amazing people, and I think it’s great that you’ve chosen to take on the monumental responsibility of raising another human being, and entrusting them with the power, grace and humility of what it means to be a contributing member of a just society. (At least, that’s how we all hope it turns out.)
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Americans And Vacation From Work: It’s Complicated

Americans And Vacation From Work: It's Complicated

Guess who is probably not going on vacation this Labor Day weekend? America. According to a survey by Expedia. Americans gave up 226 million vacation days in 2011. Considering that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time worker earns $39,416 a year — which comes out to $34.3 billion worth of time. Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation study surveyed 7,803 employed adults across 20 countries. Of the Americans that were given 14 vacation days last year most left an average of 2 days on the table or 14.3%. But then more than 20% said they would give up their lunch break for more vacation time. What is the deal? This infographic from Rasmussen shows exactly how Americans waste their vacation and the reasons why. We may not hate vacation but we have a tricky relationship with it. More »