Too many hiring managers are missing the chance to hire great employees available in this bad economy, Josh Letourneau writes. He argues managers need to make fewer excuses and work harder to secure better talent. When great talent isn't available, he writes, take the opportunity to develop good workers into great workers.
Job seekers older than age 50 can run into more road blocks, so they need to find ways to expand their networks, Michael VanDervort writes. Try using social media, consider contract or consulting work, and think about relocating or changing industries, he suggests.
Working as a hostess serving drinks in a Japanese gentleman's club was long seen as disreputable line of work. But as the recession deepens, more Japanese women are seeing the appeal of a job that can pay as much as $300,000 annually. While some women are using the money to pay for their education, critics allege the practice can be a gateway to prostitution.
Even small awards and bonuses hold great appeal for workers when they're given spontaneously, according to Ken Stahlmann. Programs should be structured and have a fixed budget, but focus on creativity and a worker's personal needs, he writes.
Some people draw strict lines between business and friendship, but they shouldn't, writes Paul Ingram of Columbia's business school. Socializing with colleagues and competitors can help business, and personal relationships can solve problems that contracts can't.