IBM violated age-discrimination laws by cutting more than 20,000 US employees over age 40 in the past five years and replacing many of them with younger, less experienced workers, a ProPublica review found. The review -- which included confidential planning documents -- revealed a strategy aimed at forcing older workers into lower-paid positions and preventing high performers from being rehired for other positions in the company.
Employees going into annual reviews should be ready to list their contributions and negotiate for benefits such as flexible hours, writes Amy Elisa Jackson. It's helpful to know how much others with your responsibilities are making elsewhere, she writes.
Members of a strong network help each other gain recognition and learn about new opportunities, writes Dawn Graham. Form a network with people you already interact with, and make a point of connecting with someone new every day, she writes.
Sharing details about their personal lives can help people who are in the minority at their workplaces -- including racial minorities, women and people with political views different from the majority -- advance their careers. Connecting like this helps break down barriers and fosters deep relationships that can boost career trajectory, researchers say.
Loneliness is one of the most underrated problems in the US, hurting productivity and retention efforts, studies have found. Researchers with BetterUp found that when people experience "shared meaning" at work and have more social support, employee turnover slows by 24%.
Posting an incomplete work history, using too much jargon and focusing on tasks instead of accomplishments are among the many mistakes people often make managing their LinkedIn profiles, writes Liz Ryan. Don't be afraid to infuse your profile with some personality to help brand yourself, she writes.
A poorly formatted resume or a weak interview performance are two reasons recruiters do not return calls, writes Stacy Pollack. Ask someone to critique your resume and conduct mock interviews to help improve your chance of a callback, she writes.
Promptly thank a potential employer when offered a position, and respectfully ask for a few days to render a final decision if still on the fence, writes Betsy Mikel. Feel free to ask questions after the offer to confirm the job is a good fit.
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