When Your Boss Wants to Friend You on Facebook

Has your boss ever asked to be "friends" with you on Facebook? As social media becomes more prevalent, this is a dilemma more workers are facing. A Boston Globe story reports that the fastest-growing segment of Facebook is people 25 years or older, and more than half of all users are beyond college. Accepting a boss's Facebook request can be awkward, but rejecting it can be a slight--and potentially detrimental to your career. Should employers be making such inquiries? If they do--and no doubt some will--what's an employee to do? ...more

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IT Careers: Too ‘Geeky’ for Women

Some important people think IT careers need a makeover. Microsoft is touting them to young women, as is the European Union, which earlier this year announced plans to make IT careers more appealing to women. According to eWeek.com: The second annual DigiGirlz event, held on March 26 in Islandia, N.Y., was attended by more than 150 11th grade girls from seven schools on Long Island. Presenters from all walks of IT gave presentations on career planning and job roles in areas from law to health care, the public sector and security companies. Women at the top of the field doled out unconventional career advice to girls in the hopes of dispelling the notion that one must be a geek to work with technology. By squashing IT's 'geeky' image and giving it a sexier sheen, the logic goes, more women will be drawn to it, helping stave off a shortage of workers. ...more

American Workers Too Fat?

The cost of obesity is going up. According to a Conference Board report, obese workers cost private employers as much as $45 billion every year in medical expenses and lost work. That’s a heavy financial burden to bear. Does it justify employers hiring thinner job candidates, rather than those who are obese? ...more

This Isn't Your Grandpa's Job Market

Job hopping used to be a red flag. Frequent jumps around the job market signaled a worker's lack of commitment. These days it's more of a green light, especially for younger workers. Job mobility can help speed them along a career path--or rescue them from a rut--and keep them interested in their work. In a recent Boston Globe piece Penelope Trunk writes: ...more

Looking for a Crystal Ball on the Jobs Front, and Turning Up Short

If the job market seemed soft a month ago, these days it appears softer still. Late last week the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate rose from 4.8 to 5.1 percent in March, and nonfarm payroll employment was down 80,000 jobs. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics release: In March, employment continued to fall in construction, manufacturing, and employment services, while health care, food services, and mining added jobs. ...more

How to Manage Your Boss

You've probably heard the phrase "bad manager" before. Perhaps you're in the throes of a job you loathe--mostly because of a problematic superior who doesn't do a good job managing you and others. But what about the way you manage your boss? It's just as critical, according to John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter, authors of "Managing Your Boss," a Harvard Business Review “Classics” article. Workers must manage their bosses if they want to do their best and benefit themselves, their supervisors and their companies, the authors say. ...more

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Making Sense of a Softening Job Market

For the U.S. economy, the hits keep coming. In February, employers cut jobs by the largest amount in five years. According to the Associated Press: For the second straight month, nervous employers got rid of jobs nationwide. In February, they sliced payrolls by 63,000, even deeper than the 22,000 cut in January, the Labor Department reported Friday. The grim snapshot of the country’s employment climate underscored the heavy toll the housing and credit debacles are taking on companies, jobseekers and the economy as a whole. ...more

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In the Career World, Much Depends on Who You Know

Networking is one of the most important things you'll ever do for your career. Even when you love what you do, you should continue to widen your professional pool of contacts, including friends, colleagues, bosses, family. ...more

Learning to Lead

What makes a leader successful, even outstanding? Experts offer myriad answers to that question, touting lists of essential leadership traits or keys to effective management. Amid that great sea of counsel, most leaders in the American workplace must be highly skilled, constantly improving and commanding praise from subordinates--right? I don't think so. One of the common gripes I hear from colleagues, friends and family is about ineffective management where they work, which often triggers their discontent. ...more

Do You Need A Sabbatical?

Skipping out on your career could prove to be a shrewd move. That was the case for several workers interviewed in recent stories in American Public Media’s Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal: ...more