Human Resources

Meetings and Team Management

Not for nothing are so many “Dilbert” comic strips set in meetings. Notorious for wasting time, dulling motivation and draining creativity, meetings are widely seen as a necessary evil—one poll found that 46 percent of Americans prefer almost any “unpleasant activity” over a meeting. Not surprisingly, managers…

Failure

Failure has long carried costs and stigma, both personal and professional. In some business sectors, though, notably the technology industry, failure has become acceptable, even fashionable. It's inevitable that people who try new things will not always succeed. Fear of failure stifles creativity and innovation, advocates say. Bankruptcy has become…

Executive Pay

CEOs of some of the largest U.S. companies are paid more than $100 million a year in salary, bonuses, stock and stock options. Stockholders who participate in votes on these pay packages almost always back them, although the occasional company faces resistance. Some analysts say CEO pay levels—which…

Women in Top Management

Decades after the first women took seats on corporate boards and began occupying corner offices, they remain under-represented in senior-most executive jobs and in boardrooms. Experts cite a variety of barriers to advancement, including lingering bias and career paths that don't lead to promotions. Tech companies increasingly are under scrutiny…

Internships

Once the province of young doctors-in-training, the student internship has become an expected—if not required—part of a college education in nearly every discipline. About 60 percent of graduating seniors in 2014 had at least one internship, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. But a spate…

Pensions

For much of the 20th century, pensions were as much a part of the employment landscape as the 40-hour workweek. But two stock-market crashes and record-low interest rates since the year 2000 have made the plans much more costly and volatile for even the healthiest of companies. As a result…

Minimum Wage

In the United States and around the world, public concern has grown that the lowest-paid workers are falling behind as national economies recover from the global recession. Most Americans support raising the minimum wage to assist low-paid workers, and lawmakers in some U.S. states and cities have done so…

The Value of an MBA

MBA programs are hard to get into and expensive to attend, but they remain a popular option for those trying to get ahead in the business world. The job outlook for MBAs is strong, with demand for top executives expected to grow by 11 percent through 2022, according to the…

Robots and Automation

Fueled by advances in computer and sensor technology, robots are growing in sophistication and versatility to become an important—and controversial—sector of the world economy. Once largely limited to manufacturing plants, robots now are found in households, offices and hospitals, and on farms and highways. Some believe robots are…

Flat Management

Flat management techniques, spurred by the growth of technology companies, are becoming more popular, but it's an approach that can offer advantages to other types and sizes of businesses, too. Although it isn't applicable to all situations, flat management will likely keep gaining ground as the economy continues to evolve…

Work–Life Balance

Policies that help employees balance the demands of work and life, once viewed as benefits bestowed largely on women by benevolent bosses, have evolved into strategies to achieve corporate goals. Studies show such policies increase both productivity and profitability and help companies hire and retain talented professionals. They are especially…