The More You Learn, The More You Earn

Trouble is afoot for middle-class workers. You don't have to go far to hear people talking about it. In today's Wall Street Journal, for example, David Wessel writes that middle-class earnings are taking a beating: "... the fact is that the remarkable burst of productivity of the past decade has not been widely shared with the women or men living at the middle of the American middle class." ...more

America needs more skilled IT workers. Or does it?

There's a chasm cutting through the IT job market, according to a BusinessWeek story. Technology workers say they can't find enough good jobs, while tech companies say they can't find enough skilled workers--and they're pushing for immigration reforms for access to more high-skilled workers from abroad. According to the story: ...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 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

Getting Hired After Being Fired

Getting fired is humiliating and frustrating. It's a blow to your ego and self-worth, not to mention bad news for the future of your career. But does a termination forever banish you to the fringes of the working world? Continue reading ... ...more

Let's Get Our Workforce Out of the 1950s

Is a computer worth more to a company than a female executive who makes six figures and has loads of client relationships? It might be, according to a New York Times article on Sylvia Ann Hewlett's recent book, "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps," about women re-entering the workforce after time off to care for children, parents or other reasons. ...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