Walmart is trying a dress code at some stores that lets employees wear bluejeans for the first time. The relaxed standard, which also lets staffers wear shirts of any solid color, could give the retailer an edge in a tightening labor market.
Before quitting your job, ask yourself if it's possible to change the things you don't like about your job, or if there may be opportunities outside the office, writes career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. "Your day-to-day work isn't the only way to find challenge and growth," she writes.
New York City firefighters are no longer automatically terminated for testing positive for drugs, despite a zero tolerance policy, department insiders say. The Fire Department reportedly has given people a second chance and has offered rehabilitation after several firefighters who had isolated incidents of drug use challenged the policy.
Discussion about lifelong learning and training informed much of a summit conducted by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, as experts discussed how employees and companies must adjust to changing demands in the job market. Employers have to focus on training to close the skills gap, look beyond traditional college degrees and embrace massive open online courses.
Push back on unrealistic deadlines instead of working yourself harder, writes Kat Boogaard. Remind your manager of your other priorities if you are given a task that doesn't fit your job description or if you don't have the capacity to take on more work.
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