Trends and Business News

Do Free Business-School Courses Have a Payoff?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 08:11
Schools like Wharton and Harvard Business School have attracted thousands of people to free or low-cost online versions of courses taken by full-time M.B.A. students. But the career benefits for learners remain unclear.

Americans Are Happier at Work, but Expect a Lot Less

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:29
For the first time since 2005, more than half of U.S. workers say they’re satisfied with their jobs. But data also suggest Americans have changing views of what makes a job good, after a decade of bruising job cuts, minimal raises and lean staffing.

When It's OK to Be a Workaholic

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:50
For those who love what they do, being a workaholic isn’t all that unhealthy, new research suggests.

The Trick to Resisting Temptation

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:29
Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on personal policies, distracted driving and office overconfidence.

Workers Save More for Retirement When Employers Tell Them to: Study

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 18:10
In an experiment involving older public employees in North Carolina, older workers—typically the most inflexible—were more likely to reassess their savings strategies or increase contributions in response to ‘nudges.’

Unlimited Vacation Time Is a Lot of Work

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:45
Experts say unlimited vacation time isn’t a perfect solution to an overworked workforce. Employees can become more hesitant to take time off when they’re allowed to do it any time—and for as long as they desire.

Generals Bring Battlefield Expertise to the Business World

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:54
Employers are turning to generals for help on numerous fronts, from corporate governance to grappling with cyberwarfare.

New Uber CEO's First Job: Manage the Board

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:23
Dara Khosrowshahi, the longtime head of Expedia who has been tapped to take over at Uber, would have to work with a board riven by animosity and legal disputes that is still looking for a new chairman.

Office Spaces Focusing More on Communal Areas

WSJ Careers - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:41
Businesses are beginning to design offices spaces that are increasing the amount of square footage per employee when shared work settings are taken into account.

Silicon Valley Scandals Open Dialogue Between Men and Women

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:43
Some female startup founders speak up about behavior they say they encounter in the male-dominated venture capital industry, as a string of scandals prompt some in the industry to confront cases of impropriety and re-examine practices.

The Management Fix That Made Firefox Faster

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:21
Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox web browser, used tangible goals and a spirit of competition to inspire workers to focus on critical issues hurting their product’s performance.

Con Job: Hackers Target Millennials Looking for Work

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:40
As job recruiting, applications and interviewing become more digital, hackers are finding new ways to target young people with employment scams.

Some Companies Want You to Take a Mental-Health Day

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:25
More companies are trying to destigmatize mental illness and encourage workers to use mental-health days for their original intent.

Healthier Workers Are More Productive, Study Finds

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 08:42
Workers who joined employer-sponsored health programs increased their productivity by an average 4% in the next year, a small study of Midwestern laundry plants found.

In a Job Market This Good, Who Needs to Work in the Gig Economy?

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 19:50
Companies such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash that rely on part-time workers are offering richer benefits and perks to attract and retain workers amid a hot labor market.

Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:56
Sitting next to a star improves your performance, a growing field of research shows; Finally, something to like about open offices, writes Sue Shellenbarger.

Ranks of Women CEOs Get Even Smaller

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:12
Irene Rosenfeld’s coming departure as chief executive of Mondelez International doesn’t just signal a change of leadership at the snack giant. Her move also shrinks the slim ranks of women in command of the biggest U.S. businesses.

New M.B.A. Admissions Request: Letters From Friends

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 00:17
As graduate business programs rethink recommendation letters, New York University’s Stern School of Business asks applicants to provide letters from friends about their emotional intelligence.

The Angst of Endangered CEOs: 'How Much Time Do I Have?'

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:27
An array of challenges—from increasing impatience on Wall Street and in boardrooms to a corporate landscape rapidly transformed by new technologies and rival upstarts—has made the top job tougher and more precarious than just a few years ago, top executives say.

Worried Sick About Losing a Job

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 10:23
Fear of getting laid off or fired naturally makes workers worry about their finances. A lack of job security may put people at risk for numerous health problems, too, according to a new study.