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Category: Workplace Issues

Women’s Networks Get Mixed Reviews From Female MBAs, Young Professionals

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on July 14

I’ve always had mixed feelings about women’s organizations. On one hand, they’re undeniably effective networking tools and experienced female mentors can provide a valuable source of information and advice when…

At First Blush

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on June 02

As a young professional, I (like many of us) have worried about coming across as mature and capable. I’ve written about wearing power suits in situations in which I felt…

Bear Market Baby Boom?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on March 27

I was chatting with a source at an investment bank the other day and she mentioned the numerous colleagues who were about to leave on maternity leave. And then she…

Is the Recession Putting Gen Y in its Place?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on March 24

Sarah Horne of The New York Post recently penned an op-ed column entitled “A Slice of Humble Gen Y,” noting that the economic downturn might be a helpful wake-up call…

Dressing to Impress: More Important Than Ever?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on February 09

The Aziz Corporation, a UK-based independent executive leadership and development consultancy, recently sent me a release about “the death of “dress-down Friday” in light of the financial crisis. Basically, they…

The (Bad) Saving Habits of Young Workers

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on November 07

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 6.5% in October, a high not seen in more than 14 years. The S&P 500…

Lunchtime Habits Change in Tough Economy

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on October 29

This just in from—80% of American workers are changing their workplace food and drink habits in the face of the current economic crisis….

Millennials: Worst Generation in the Workplace?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on October 06

Career site Jobfox has surveyed over 200 recruiters about their perceptions of employee performance based on generation. And for the workforce’s youngest members—often referred to as Generation Y or the…

Workplace Strife in Today’s Tough Economy

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 23

Additional workplace strife created by today’s tough economy may work to some businesses’ advantage. Dale Carnegie Training, which provides workforce assessment, training and solutions, says that the current turmoil is…

Gen Y: The Young and the Restless

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 19

How restless is Gen Y? Very. New research by Experience, a web-based recruiting company, found that 85% of recent college graduates were interested in relocating in the U.S., and 70%…

Top Ten College Dropouts

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 16

Do you need a college degree to succeed? The “College On The Record” web site answers that question with a resounding “No!” Here’s its list—in David Letterman fashion, starting with…

Excuses, excuses

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 11

Everybody’s done it. Some of us even do it quite well. It’s the over-the-top excuse for skipping a day at work. Janet Zich compiled a bunch for a story in…

Generational Differences at Work

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 10

Ernst & Young recently conducted a survey of over 5,500 individuals—Gen Yers, Gen Xers, and Boomers were all represented—to get their thoughts on generational issues and tensions in the workplace….


Read daily reports and special features from BusinessWeek editors and reporters Lindsey Gerdes and Louis Lavelle about companies, careers, and other topics of interest to young professionals.

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