Trends and Business News

GE Goes Into High Gear to Attract Silicon Valley Tech Talent

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:04
General Electric—one of the country’s oldest industrial businesses—has set up a new software division that is working to lure tech talent from Silicon Valley titans, such as Apple and Cisco.

The Power of Mirroring

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 00:48
Using the same gestures, posture or tone as someone else can create a connection and help with networking, negotiating or other conversations.

Group of 21 States Sues U.S. Over New Overtime-Pay Rule

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:16
Twenty-one states filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to overturn a sweeping regulation designed to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay starting in December.

Canadian Union to Strike GM If Contract Deadline Missed

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:47
The Canadian auto workers union said thousands of factory employees will strike at two GM plants if the sides miss a Monday night contract deadline.

Virtual Reality Comes to the Company Meeting

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:43
If meetings are held in virtual reality with avatars, will people feel more connected?

Why the Paperless Office Is Finally on Its Way

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 05:47
We were promised the paperless office for 40 years, yet it’s only just becoming true, writes Christopher Mims. For the first time in history, there is a steady decline of about 1% to 2% a year in office use of paper.

Bloomberg Gives $300 Million to Johns Hopkins for Public-Health Effort

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 17:00
The former New York City mayor is donating $300 million to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to finance an ambitious effort to target opioid addiction, gun violence and other public-health issues in the U.S.

Use of Illicit Drugs Is on the Rise Among Workers

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 14:29
The share of U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use reached its highest level in a decade, according to data from millions of workplace drug tests administered by Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest medical-screening laboratories.

Average Cost of Employer Health Coverage Tops $18,000 for Family

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 22:18
The average cost of employer health coverage pushed above $18,000 for a family this year, though the pace of growth was slowed by the shift into high-deductible plans.

How to Be a Better Manager in 30 Minutes a Week

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:02
Since its 2005 launch, the weekly podcast, “Manager Tools,” has aired more than 900 episodes. The show has expanded into a full-fledged consulting firm with clientele that includes executives from Apple, AT&T and FedEx.

Get a Job Without a Résumé This Week

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 19:18
As part of an initiative called World Hiring Day on Wednesday more than 200 companies will open their applicant pools and accept video introductions from anyone interested in a role at those firms.

No Meetings Allowed: It's 'Thinking Thursday'

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 19:15 puts a weekly moratorium on meetings and reserves Thursdays for reflection and creativity.

Here's Good News About Salaries for Liberal-Arts Majors

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:01
Your peers may outearn you early on, but research shows the divide tends to narrow or disappear as careers progress.

California Farmworkers to Get Overtime Pay After 8 Hours Under New Law

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:36
California agricultural workers will become the first in the U.S. to receive overtime pay if they work more than eight hours a day, under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Wall Street's Insatiable Lust: Data, Data, Data

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 02:47
Hedge funds and other sophisticated investors are increasingly relying on data hunters, as they seek insights into a company’s sales and health that aren’t readily available from conventional sources.

Deloitte to Offer Paid Leave for Elder Caregiving

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:21
Professional-services firm Deloitte will offer up to 16 weeks of fully paid leave for a wide range of caregiving, including maternity and paternity leave, eldercare and aid for other sick family members or partners.

When the CEO Helps You Find Your Next Gig

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:08
More companies are supporting employees who choose to leave—in some cases introducing them to recruiters and training them to start their own businesses. The approach, executives say, builds trust and keeps workers focused on the job.

New Correction Officer Union Chief Charts Own Course

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 21:40
Elias Husamudeen, thrust into the spotlight as the new president of the union representing 9,000 workers at New York City jails, brings a more understated approach to the job.

New Rules Would Let Airlines Hire Co-Pilots With Less Experience

WSJ Careers - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 17:43
U.S. airlines should be able to hire new pilots with significantly less cockpit experience than currently required, under an advisory panel’s proposal submitted for consideration by aviation regulators.

Doctor to Run New Gun-Violence Research Center in California

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:42
A new gun-violence research center in California will be led by a doctor and researcher, Garen Wintemute, who has been using his own money to fund gun-violence research at the University of California, Davis.