Tens of thousands of AT&T workers left their jobs Friday after the company missed a union deadline to draft a contract. The workers, many without a contract for the past year, are seeking higher wages, better sales commission, job protection and increased health care contributions.
Leaders should worry about who they are rather than seeking to impersonate others, Jesse Sostrin writes. He offers instructions on how to uncover your authenticity, such as mapping out what's preventing you from being yourself and the patterns behind such behaviors.
Start your day on a positive note by sending a thank-you email to a colleague, William Arruda writes. End your week by reflecting on your biggest accomplishments, as well as something you're grateful for and something you learned.
Influential people share their ideas with enthusiasm while pre-emptively acknowledging possible areas of disagreement, Jeff Haden writes. Studies suggest that it's better to talk faster when your audience is predisposed to disagree with you, he notes.
Walker & Company CEO Tristan Walker says he tries to keep three days per week free of meetings so that he can use those days to get work done. To accomplish this, he loads up his schedule with meetings for the remaining two days of the workweek.
Aetna has posted 335 positions that allow telecommuting. The company, which estimates more than 43% of employees work remotely, is offering benefits including health care coverage, flexible scheduling and cash incentives for good health and wellness.
IBM is giving thousands of remote employees 30 days to decide whether to relocate to a regional office or quit, and says those who can't move will have 90 days to apply for a different job within the company. IBM, one of the first major companies to support telecommuting, is succumbing to stress from declining revenue and shareholder pressure, analysts say.
Leaders of the future will have to be able to think of solutions that fit a rapidly changing business environment, said Jeff Wong, chief innovation officer at Ernst & Young. If such leaders aren't comfortable with a certain amount of chaos and new technology, they will struggle to keep up with the pace of change, Wong said.
Google has announced a new initiative that it says will help employers and job seekers connect with one another. Google for Jobs will allow job seekers to pull listings from all over the internet and apply for positions with a single click, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Failure to negotiate starting salaries and pay increases is costing women up to $1.5 million in lost lifetime earnings, research has found, with 56% of men and 38% of women reporting comfort negotiating salary bumps. One reason women may avoid pushing for higher salaries is they are less likely to see results than men who negotiate pay.
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