Workplace

Older Companies Offering More Startup-Style Perks

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Tech companies are known for doling out generous work-life benefits that aren’t often seen in most of Corporate America. But then, most of Corporate America isn’t feeling the same pressure to find and retain employees. In the tech world, the demand for IT professionals has pushed even mature companies to emulate startups, says Randi Weitzman, regional vice president for Robert Half Technology in Sacramento, Calif. “Some companies had to sit through the recession and figure out ways to keep their… continue…

Why Not All Parental Leaves Are Made the Same

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One tool companies use in their quest to attract and retain tech professionals is family leave: providing paid time off for new mothers and fathers – whether they’re having children by birth or through adoption – to recover from medical issues and get acquainted with the new member of their family. But not all paid leaves are created equal. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks off without pay for the… continue…

Is Tech Culture Really Hostile To Women?

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Not too long ago, Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced to resign after he posted a series of tweets that were dismissive of concerns over the role of women in tech. In defending himself, Dickinson pointed out that he reported to a woman at Business Insider for the past three years, and that his longest tenured senior developer was a woman. The incident followed on the heels of two sexist, inappropriate presentations at TechCrunch Disrupt in September. In light… continue…

General Assembly To Close NYC Co-Working Space

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General Assembly will close its New York City co-working space in 2014 to focus on its growing educational offerings, according to Business Insider. Though the location is a favored place for the city’s startup community, General Assembly is quickly running out of space and wants to accommodate its thriving classroom business. Currently, the space is home to about 100 entrepreneurs. In addition to classroom instruction, General Assembly will continue to offer career fairs, hackathons and panel discussions. Among the possible… continue…

More Workers Feel Secure in Their Jobs

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The number of workers afraid of being laid-off is at its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a survey conducted by Glassdoor. The website’s quarterly Employment Confidence Survey found that just 15 percent of workers are concerned about being laid-off in the next six months. That figure, for the third quarter of 2013, is down 7 percentage points from the second quarter of this year. But security is not doled out equally. The survey found that… continue…

HP Wants Telecommuters Back in the Office

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Hewlett-Packard is taking a page from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s playbook by issuing a call for employees to show up at the office. When Mayer put the kibosh on telecommuting earlier this year, my colleague Dawn Kawamoto wondered whether Mayer was the first Silicon Valley CEO to begin down a path many others have wanted to follow for a long time. She pointed to Best Buy discontinuing its eight-year-old practice of allowing non-store employees to decide whether or not they… continue…

Facebook’s Sandberg: Be Blunt on Gender Topics

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants to kill PC. No, not personal computers. She means the notion of being politically correct. And she wants to do it in the context of addressing issues of gender in the workplace. On a panel at Wednesday’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, Sandberg recounted a recent incident where she was a keynote speaker with two men. “The first man said, and I’m not exaggerating, ‘most women aren’t like Sheryl. She’s really competent.… continue…

New Staffer Loves Oracle Despite Quotas, Resignations

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A recent hire for Oracle’s sales force tells Business Insider that the company is still a great place to work despite stringent sales quotas and a wave of people jumping ship. The person, who requested anonymity, left a senior role at one of the world’s largest enterprise tech companies to take the spot at Oracle. He (or she) admitted that the company’s quotas are “very challenging in this austere environment,” but that things in the industry are pretty similar for… continue…

Tech Workers Would Trade Pay to Telecommute

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Tech workers like telecommuting so much that they’re willing to take a pay cut to get it, according to a recent survey by GetVoIP, a comparison shopping service for remote workers, businesses and homes. Fifty three percent of the 501 technology workers surveyed indicated they are willing to accept reduced compensation in order to telecommute. How much of a reduction you may ask? An average of 7.9 percent. To put this into dollars and cents, a software developer earning $90,530… continue…

Killer Job Rewards that Work

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Tech companies are known for their free food, gym memberships and myriad other perks. But it turns out that job rewards are the main motivator for driving employee engagement, according to a survey released Wednesday from human capital management firm Ceridian. The survey found companies have to understand personal and generational differences to effectively engage and retain top talent.  It surveyed 1,000 people — Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y – about job rewards and recognition, performance reviews, and career… continue…