Fast-food workers are not all teenagers working for disposable cash, Michelle Chen writes. Seventy percent of fast-food workers are at least 20, and the average “burger-flipper” is around 29, Chen writes.
HR technology can help improve performance reviews, Heather Huhman writes. For example, Featherlight can help employers "manage real-time performance," while Weekdone "enables managers to monitor their employees’ goals, accomplishments and challenges in a single place," Huhman writes.
Research shows that busy people feel guilty for watching television or playing video games to relax because they see it as procrastinating and end up feeling worse. "The ubiquitous availability of content and communication often seems to be a burden and a stressor rather than a recovery resource," says study author Leonard Reinecke of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said this weekend that the fast-food workers currently striking for better wages are like the Americans who marched for civil rights 50 years ago. "It's a false choice to suggest that the only way for a business to survive is to make sure workers have low wages and little or no benefits. There are ample models across this country where we've demonstrated the contrary," he said.
Jimmy John's employees in Minneapolis are set to vote on whether to unionize. Issues include low wages, unpredictable shifts and sick leave, employees say. The Industrial Workers of the World union says that if it is successful with its organization efforts, it will attempt to unionize fast-food workers in other cities.