Women Leaders: Grit Required

An article in today's Wall Street Journal says female executives identify with the scrutiny Hillary Clinton is experiencing as she campaigns to be president. The story touches on Catalyst's recent report on women in the workplace, which I blogged about last week. ...more

Companies Crack Down on Workers Playing Hooky

Worker absenteeism costs companies an estimated $74 billion a year, according to a story in the Nov. 12 issue of BusinessWeek. So it's no wonder some businesses are clamping down on employees taking time off, especially for less-than-legitimate reasons. ...more

Why Aren't More Women Leaders in the Workplace?

When we talk about a leader in the workplace, the image that comes to most people's minds is a man--not a woman. That's according to a recent New York Times article by Lisa Belkin, which highlights a variety of research on women and leadership, including a recent report by Catalyst, a group that studies women in the workplace. Dubbed “Damned if You Do, Doomed if You Don’t,” the report polled 1,231 senior executives from the United States and Europe: ...more

Vive La France, Vive Les États-Unis

When it comes to making a great nation, labor and workforce issues must take center stage--otherwise, the most any country can hope for is mediocrity. France and America, two great nations, have much to say about how their people work, and both are pushing to make things better. ...more

Under Hovering Helicopter Parents, Millenials' Careers Can't Soar

The over-involved parents of Millenials--aka "helicopter parents"--have been known to frequent their kids' high schools and colleges, scheduling and planning a large part of their lives. As Gen Y comes of age, parents now are showing up at business schools and in the workplace, and some say they're hindering their adult childrens' chances for success. An Associated Press story on MSNBC.com explains: ...more

Do you deserve overtime?

Overtime suits are taking the labor-law stage by storm, according to recent news reports (BusinessWeek, New York Times), and more and more companies are finding themselves in the hot seat. ...more

A Window on Generations Now

The workforce is knee-deep in an anomaly: For the first time ever, four generations are side-by-side, with everyone from Millenials to the Silent Generation contributing to the bottom line. But what is a generation, anyway, and what are these four all about? According to Chuck Underwood, founder and president of The Generational Imperative,, "Any generation ends with a significant end in America of the times or teachings or both that young kids will absorb." ...more

If You Think Your Commute's Getting Worse, You're Right

Travelers in all U.S. metro areas are wasting more time than ever in traffic--and more gas, according to the 2007 Urban Mobility Report. Released Tuesday, the report says traffic congestion is draining $78 billion from the economy every year, including "4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel—that's 105 million weeks of vacation and 58 fully-loaded supertankers." How can we make things better? ...more

Too Soon to Tell True Impact of Decline in Jobs

The U.S. lost 4,000 jobs in August, spurring stories about a dreaded recession looming ever-closer. It's the first decline since 2003, particularly grim news given experts' prediction there would be an increase of about 100,000 jobs. A Wall Street Journal article points out: ...more

Washington's Smoke-and-Mirrors No Good for Laid-Off Workers

Congress and the Bush administration have engaged in yet another vitriolic verbal war over policy, this time related to trade legislation supposed to help workers laid off due to offshoring. ...more