With a new year around the corner, we wonder what awaits on the career front. The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger recently offered a glimpse of the work-life trends she's anticipating for next year. Some of what she writes is in keeping with trends my sources have mentioned throughout 2007.
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Trekking to a new town in pursuit of a new gig is an adventure fraught with excitement, opportunities and changes. Among those changes is likely to be a cost of living adjustment, for better or worse, depending on where you're headed.
Before making the move, experts suggest doing some cost of living research, so neither you nor your bank account are taken by surprise.
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America's concept of retirement is on the brink of a sea change, some say.
Traditionally workers retire at or around 65, quitting their jobs and heading to warmer climes with golf courses aplenty. The next big wave of retirees are the 78 million baby boomers--the first ones turn 65 in 2011--but nothing about them has ever been traditional.
Working from home is on the up and up.
According to the new book by pollster Mark Penn, "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes," 4.2 million Americans work from home, up 23 percent since 1990, and almost 100 percent since 1980.
Most workers around the world are not engaged by their work.
That's according to a recent Towers Perrin study, which finds only 21 percent of employees engaged by their work, meaning they're willing to put in extra effort to help their companies succeed. Meanwhile, 38 percent of workers are partly to fully disengaged.
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.
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.
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:
At some point you might've had a gig you think is the very worst this side of the moon. Unending hours, a micromanaging boss, shabby benefits--you name it, there are issues.
I recall one job I've had that fits the bill; but after reading a Newsweek article on sewage workers in India, I am humbled, and have a new appreciation for job dissatisfaction.
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