How to Win In the Next RecessionRead the rest of this entry »
International consulting firm Bain & Company issued a report last week that should serve as a blueprint for leading a company through a recession, which is imminent, at least according to Beyond the Downturn: Recession Strategies to Take the Lead.
"Predicting the onset of a recession is difficult, but a downturn likely will arrive soon," the report maintains, citing the length of the current expansion, economic turmoil over ...
Pay Day Could Someday Be Any DayRead the rest of this entry »
When it comes to paying workers, not much has changed since the days the boss came around handing out envelopes. Direct deposit, which is how most companies pay employees, is more than 40 years old. Pay cards are a more recent innovation, but they're not common and mostly used by companies with casual workers and those without a bank account.
Changes, though, are on the horizon.
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Recognizing the Tragedy of the Missing SockRead the rest of this entry »
Today we mourn the missing sock and comfort their lonely partners pining away in dresser drawers across the land.
May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day.
It may not be a holiday any president has proclaimed, but perhaps one should for not a person amongst us has escaped the heartbreak of a lost sock. Indeed, it is an established scientific fact that Americans lose an average of 1.3 ...
Accountants Losing Confidence In Continued GrowthRead the rest of this entry »
Although hardly bearish, the downward trend in the confidence accountants have in business growth is worth watching. Since hitting a peak of 61.65 in February of last year, the 6 month Accountants Confidence Index has declined more than 10 points.
Reported by AccountingToday and published in conjunction with ADP, the Index tracks accountants' confidence in U.S. economic growth. The May reading for the 6-month composite came in at ...
Doing This At Home Can Hurt Your CareerRead the rest of this entry »
It should go without saying (but, alas, it doesn't) that paying more attention to your mobile device than to your family is bad for the relationship. Turns out, it's also bad for your career.
A team of researchers interviewed 344 employed couples who use their phone or other device at home for work. They found that trouble erupts when one partner uses the device during what's supposed to be family ...
22 Years of Business Wisdom From the Bezos LettersRead the rest of this entry »
If you wanted to build a business or grow an existing one, you could do worse than to take advice from Jeff Bezos.
The founder and CEO of Amazon, he built the company from an online bookseller to the largest retailer in the world and one of the most valuable companies of any kind. Since going public in 1997, Bezos has shared his business philosophy and management principles in his ...
Axe-Throwing Is the Newest Hot Bar SportRead the rest of this entry »
There's a Canadian inspired sport that's gaining popularity in the U.S. and especially in the tri-state area. No, it's not curling (which was invented in Scotland centuries ago).
Give up? It's axe-throwing. If your mom worried over you losing an eye playing bar darts, imagine what she'd say about participating in your company's newest team sport. Despite the barroom settings, proponents swear it's even safer than darts because of ...
Labor Market Trends May See Some CoolingRead the rest of this entry »
Temporary staffing has grown dramatically since the end of the Great Recession. The chart prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rise in the numbers employed by agencies in March. But that little dip since January has raised some concern that hiring may be slowing down.
Historically, temp staffing numbers decline in January, a reflection of the end of the holiday staffing season. As the country heads toward ...
How to Make Earth Day Last All YearRead the rest of this entry »
From a counterculture celebration founded by a US Senator in 1970, April 22nd, Earth Day has grown to a global event observed in 192 countries. This year's theme: Protect Our Species.
Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, is campaigning to slow the rapid rate of species extinction through education, habitat protection and personal action.
These are lofty goals that won't be accomplished overnight. But like the ...
No Thank You Note, No JobRead the rest of this entry »
The reasons for saying thank you for the interview are many: It's a chance to remind the interviewer of your strengths; it's gracious; and, because so few do it, it helps you stand out. Last week, Business Insider Editor Jessica Liebman added one more: She won't hire anyone ...