Trends and Business News

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

WSJ Careers - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:50
Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills.

Tuning Into a Good Deal

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:39
From haircuts to dental cleanings, there are plenty of cheap services supplied by students in New York. At Floating Piano Factory, apprentice piano tunings start at $60—about half the typical rate.

High Salaries Haunt Some Job Hunters

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:14
Recruiters increasingly are asking job candidates about pay history early in the hiring process, putting high earners at risk of being priced out of contention.

Family Leave Hits the Campaign Trail

WSJ Careers - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:36
Presidential candidates are wrestling over a basic workforce question: Should employees get paid time off to tend to newborn children, an acute illness or an ailing parent?

Do Elite Colleges Lead to Higher Salaries? Only for Some Professions

WSJ Careers - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:47
A diploma from a highly selective college means higher pay in certain fields. In others, it makes almost no difference at all.

U.S. Union Membership Rate Held Steady in 2015

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 20:54
The rate of union membership in the U.S. held steady last year, with slight overall gains in union membership rosters outweighed by the rising ranks of nonunion workers.

Companies Find Tech Talent In Robust Freelance Market

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 22:17
A new class of private marketplace that connects software developers with corporations eager to hire people with the latest tech skills has popped up in Silicon Valley and other markets that attract young, freelance coders.

Companies Ponder a Rating of Workers' Health

WSJ Careers - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 00:01
A group of employers, including International Business Machines, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson, are weighing how to publicly report—and measure—the health of their workforce.

Reading a Blitz Is Easy. Social Networking, Not So Much

WSJ Careers - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 21:32
Despite all the intricate blocking schemes and blitz packages NFL players must learn, one thing still vexes many of them off the field: how best to utilize their LinkedIn accounts.

Bosses: Are You Too Gritty for Your Own Good?

WSJ Careers - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 21:19
Some business leaders may be too gritty. Long a hallmark of overachievers, grit is trendy nowadays—but excessive grittiness can hurt your career.

Companies Urge Retiring Workers to Leave Their Money Behind

WSJ Careers - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 22:33
Companies are increasingly urging employees to keep their nest eggs in their corporate 401(k) plans when they change jobs.

ESPN's John Skipper Plays Offense on Cable Cord-Cutting

WSJ Careers - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 21:29
In an interview, John Skipper dismissed the narrative that something fundamental is amiss at ESPN. He talked about the company’s plans to distribute more content online to reach cord-cutters and addressed criticism.

Open Salaries: the Good, the Bad and the Awkward

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 07:41
Companies’ open-pay policies bring inequities out in the open, prompting awkward conversations among employees and managers about who is making too little or too much.

Goldman Plans to Cut Up to 10% of Fixed-Income Traders, Salespeople

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 09:03
Goldman Sachs is planning to cut up to 10% of its fixed-income traders and salespeople later this quarter, a steeper-than-usual pruning of the firm’s least-productive employees.

Brokerages Brace for a Wave of Departures

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 00:27
Thousands of stockbrokers will turn free agent this year as long-running retention deals expire. That is prompting brokerage firms to take steps to stymie their departures and keep clients from moving with them if they do go.

'It's Just a Mess': China Turmoil Leaves Traders Gasping for Air

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 21:09
China’s topsy-turvy week—marked by plummeting stocks, trading halts and a whipsawing yuan—blindsided traders in Hong Kong and spread a New Year chill across markets world-wide.

New Year, New Job? Could Be Tricky

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:59
Finding a new job is a perennial New Year’s resolution, so it’s no surprise the first week in January is a busy one on job-search websites. But as with many resolutions, it often can take a while to pick up steam.

For Interim CEOs, a Job Full of Pitfalls

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:19
It’s hard being the in-between boss. The temporary chief executives of Valeant and United currently are getting a taste of the challenge, while the firms’ full-time leaders are undergoing medical treatment.

Why Some Bosses Don't Want to See Your Résumé

WSJ Careers - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 16:42
Companies are experimenting with “blind hiring”—judging job candidates without the help of their resumes, credentials or even names—to find the best person for the job.

Where 'Nice' Is a Four-Letter Word

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/02/2016 - 09:06
When a company adopts a culture of radical candor—aka ‘front-stabbing’—people drop the polite veneer and give each other blunt feedback about subpar work.