Employees who resign at Patagonia go through a deep exit interview during which they discuss reasons for leaving and the experience they have had, Chief HR Officer Dean Carter says. Patagonia, which has a 4% turnover rate, offers benefits such as paying for nannies to accompany mothers on business trips.
An increasing number of MBA programs are helping students improve their marketability by adding STEM courses, writes Arlene Weintraub. "Employers are looking for graduates who are comfortable using sophisticated software to parse data and then deploy the results toward improving business practices," she writes.
Many Texas parents may not have known that the state banned home lemonade stands, but a bill passed the Texas House to overturn that ban. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Krause would legalize minor-operated, temporary stands that sell nonalcoholic drinks on either private or public property, with the goal of encouraging young people to gain entrepreneurial skills.
People are less likely to get defensive about mistakes if you approach them in private and commiserate before explaining what they did wrong, writes Art Markman, professor of psychology and marketing. Make sure you're addressing actual errors instead of pet peeves, and reciprocate with grace when it's your turn for correction.
Bumble, a dating app that allows women to initiate the connection, is expanding into professional networking with the launch of Bumble Bizz, writes Kate Wilson. The idea is to help women find work and mentors, and fill other business needs in a safe arena to "navigat[e] the grey areas of networking that can make them feel uncomfortable," she writes.
If a recruiter contacts you and your resume is out-of-date, ask about the employer's goals and feature how your achievements encompass those goals at the top of the page, writes Stephanie Overby. Beware of using out-of-fashion fonts, forgetting to add your LinkedIn URL or crowding the reading space.
A chart compiled by the Wall Street Journal allows people to compare their salary against what other companies in their industry offer, writes Jade Scipioni. More than 1,300 public US companies have released salary information as mandated by the federal government.
Recent viral stories about millennial stress and Gen X midlife crises indicate there's too much pressure on people to find their life's meaning at work, writes Karol Markowicz. "Family, friends, community, religion, volunteer work and all the happiness associated with those things should be most important," she writes.
Having interns do real work, instead of fetching coffee, is a good way to measure competency and personality fit for a permanent job, Brandon Vigliarolo writes. Vigliarolo shares ideas on how to create a successful experience, including paying interns and pairing them with mentors.
Employers are embracing enthusiasm related to March Madness with activities such as food and livestreaming of games in the office. Staffing firm LaSalle Network holds a yearly party for clients and workers that includes a hot dog cart, beer and games streamed on multiple televisions.
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