Trends and Business News

Sneaking Away to Email? Why CEOs Loathe Vacation

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:32
Many top bosses say they can't afford to unplug even for a short time. Some balk at the thought of putting big projects on hold. Others don't want to miss face time with important clients or investors.

Kickstarter Closes the 'Funding Gap' for Women

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:55
Women tend to launch businesses with less financing than men and have more difficulty raising funding. But early data suggest that women are outperforming men in raising money via crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Returning to Wal-Mart: Human Cashiers

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:01
In an attempt to lure more customers this holiday season, the world's largest retailer is promising to staff every cash register from the day after Thanksgiving through the days just before Christmas during peak shopping times.

Tweets on Israel Cost Professor a New Job

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:45
An outspoken critic of Israel on the verge of taking a new tenured university post has learned a tough lesson about academic freedom: It doesn't necessarily apply when you are between jobs.

Art-Inspired Shoes Take BucketFeet to Next Level

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:55
BucketFeet's Raaja Nemani talks about how the footwear company was able to get into major retail stores and the benefits of 'shameless' self-promotion.

Cisco Plans to Cut 6,000 Jobs as Profit Slips

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 09:52
Cisco Systems announced plans to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, as the technology bellwether reported another quarter of declines in its recently completed fiscal year.

BossTalk: TaskRabbit Chief Is Recasting Freelance Work

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 23:39
The CEO of online marketplace TaskRabbit, which matches people willing to do odd jobs with people seeking them, says startups in the fast-growing peer-to-peer economy need to do more to protect workers.

Can 'Warcraft' Skills Help Land a Job?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:08
A handful of job seekers are betting that listing their achievements in videogames such as the role-playing platform "World of Warcraft" on their résumés will impress managers in real life.

Enjoy Your Vacation, Already!

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:42
Companies deal with employees who refuse to take vacation days by mandating time off and in some cases paying them to go away.

Ever Thought, 'How Did He Get Promoted?'

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:33
Those co-workers with an inexplicable ability to rise in the ranks may possess "dark" personality traits.

Teens Get Diplomas on Factory Floor

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 17:29
Hundreds of teens are working on Southwire Co.'s factory line four hours a day, earning $9-an-hour and spending eight hours a day in the company's classrooms -- part of a program to build a skilled workforce.

Dim Future for Europe's Youth

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:18
In Europe's weaker economies, many people in their 20s and 30s have little hope of achieving the careers, wealth and economic security enjoyed by their parents and are dependent on short-term contracts.

DynCorp Dismisses CEO Walsh

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 23:03
DynCorp said it dismissed Chief Executive Gordon Walsh, who joined the company last month from L-3 Communications, a rival defense company that last week disclosed accounting problems involving a U.S. Army contract.

Malaysia to Bail Out Airline

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 18:56
Malaysia's embattled flagship carrier may soon face layoffs and changes in the boardroom as part of a restructuring that Prime Minister Najib Razak said would involve 'painful steps and sacrifices from all parties.'

Cultivating Succession in the Wine Business

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:45
Uncorking the City's Lettie Teague on the children of wine makers and how the younger generation decides whether to carry on the family business.

Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:06
Entry-level work isn't what it used to be. Some firms have cut entry-level jobs. And others have raised the bar for new graduates, expecting them to arrive job-ready from day one.

Coding Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It

WSJ Careers - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:13
We need to act like computer programming is a trade to offset the enormous mismatch between supply and demand for programmers, Christopher Mims writes.

Tackling Stereotypes Before Your Job Interview

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 05:07
The place to start: your online reputation.

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 04:49
Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information.

Essential Financial Steps for Young Workers

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 02:32
Within your first five years on the job, make sure you do these six things.