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Congress Considers Cutting Pension Benefits to Current Retirees

helpWe typically like to end the week on a high note with exciting job market news but alas, we need to make an exception based on the latest headline.

Congress may actually cut pension benefits to current retirees. Come again?

The proposed legislation would amend a $1.1 trillion spending bill by cutting benefits for multi-employer plans most commonly found in the grocery, trucking and construction industries. Fingers crossed media is not in there but it still negatively impacts retirees who’ve worked in industries with employers as well as unions. Read more

Three Places to Actually Avoid Networking

handshake2We’re huge fans of networking. Huge! Waiting for your cup of tea at Starbucks or for the bus to arrive, it’s all good.

Or is it?

Inspired by this piece by U.S. News & World Report, there are a few places where networking would be completely out of line. Read more

Show Me the Money! Global Firm Predicts Raises in 2015

money bagsCha-ching!

We like the sound of that. Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, predicts salaries will be on the uptick around the world in the upcoming year.

Here’s the scoop — global pay should increase by 5.4 percent in 2015 which is higher than the 2014 increase of 5.2 percent. Take inflation into account though; in some regions the boost may not seem too significant. In reality, the Hay Group reveals an average income will grow by 1.4 percent. In North America the key number is an increase of .7 percent. Read more

Factory Workers in China Encouraged to Nap on the Job

man asleep at deskYes, you read that right.

According to NBC News, one factory in southern China doesn’t exactly cringe when they catch workers snoozing. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Workers at the computer hardware factory are actually encouraged (yes, encouraged) to leverage two to 10-minute breaks to catch some shut-eye.

Think of it this way — if you’re going to take a break, you might as well make it productive to get an extra boost you need. Read more

CareerBuilder Shares Wackiest Office Holiday Gifts

presentsAs employers serve egg nog and take employees out for holiday luncheons and/or company parties, chances are a Secret Santa is brewing in the mix as well.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, employers are planning more parties than last year and offering more gifts and bonuses, too. Per data, 96 percent of workers in the survey prefer a bonus over a holiday party.

Regarding gifts, 21 percent of employees will give presents to colleagues and 20 percent will splurge for bosses. As for the average price? The majority of workers keep it at the $25 threshold or less. Read more

Media Companies Land on Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ List in 2015

Google logoThree cheers for all things media!

Glassdoor released their list of the best places to work in the U.S. and U.K., also known as the Employees’ Choice Awards 2015.

Whether it’s traditional or social media or PR, six companies in our realm landed on the illustrious list of 50 top companies. Not too shabby!

Google ended up in the top spot, followed by Facebook (#13), LinkedIn (#23), NBC Universal (#31), Edelman (#43) and ESPN (#48). Read more

How to Deal With Annoying Colleagues

listeningThis question unfortunately comes up more often than not. “How do I deal with an annoying colleague?”

Even if it’s something as simple as heaving a cubicle mate who’s a loud eater or a loud talker or a loud anything, it’s enough to cringe. And then deal with it on a daily basis.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explains via email, “When you’re working eight hours a day in close quarters – or even in cubicles – some would say that it’s only a matter of time before some of your colleagues will really start to get on your nerves.” Read more

New Study Shows Remote Workers Gain Respect From Office Dwelling Peers

videoIf you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.

The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!

Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t go Read more

Can You Tactfully Turn Down a Cheesy Company Gift & Ask For Cash Instead?

holiday jobsLet’s put it this way: No.

As per a piece in today’s New York Post, a reader celebrates his or her 10th anniversary at work with a plaque and catalogue to select a token gift worth $200.

The reader asks, “Would it be uncool to politely decline ordering anything, or to ask for the money instead?” Read more

How to Handle Holiday Networking Burnout

nametagIf you’ve already attended a handful of holiday parties and have several more to go, join the club.

We know the drill — at first they’re fun! Festive! Exciting! And after a few glasses of wine and one too many tiny cheese puffs (not to mention trivial conversation near the coat check), you’ve reached party burnout.

And yes, this encompasses networking burnout. Well, here are a few pointers to keep your spirits up (and your sanity) this holiday season to make the most out of the fantastic new contacts within your reach. Read more

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