A bill introduced last week in Congress would require businesses with 100 or more employees to give workers a week of paid vacation. Rep. Alan Grayson, who introduced the bill, said it would help stimulate the economy through tourism. But opponents say such a measure could devastate small businesses.
Law firms are paying new associates a reduced salary to delay their start for up to a year. The firms are betting that the labor market will soon turn back into a seller's market. In some cases, they're putting new hires to work on pro bono projects instead.
Clever workers can be vital to an organization, but managing them can be tricky, observes Stefan Stern. How do you keep them engaged? "Clever, creative people want to go to work and have fun. They don't like gloomy workplaces," says Gareth Jones, a fellow at London Business School's Centre for Management Development.
Many job seekers are massaging their resumes to avoid appearing overqualified for a position. But that tactic works only if you're looking for a paycheck to tide you over, experts warn. "You have to make those creative edits when it comes to short-term work, but in terms of long-term work, you have to stay true to your experience," said one job seeker.
Companies started outsourcing work to other countries to save money, but new technologies are making it possible to bring that work back to the U.S. Businesses are also beginning to note the hidden costs of exporting work and the backlash from U.S. consumers.