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.
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.
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.
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.
Cash-balance retirement plans are winning favor with small business owners and practice groups because they enable users to save more than a 401(k) does. They're best for people with predictable incomes, though, because contributions are difficult to change.