Workplace en N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire employers could not prohibit their workers from discussing how much they are paid under a bill passed by the House.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:01:18 +0000 Associated Press 43828 at N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? <p>Every day, the internet is inundated with more information, and more data to be to be categorized, organized, scrubbed, and filed away in a timely manner. Millions of miniscule tasks need to be performed each day to keep things running smoothly. Computers can do <em>some</em> of this mind-numbing work; other tasks are done piecemeal by hundreds of thousands of people for almost no money; <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a> is a marketplace for this kind of work. <strong>Ellen Cushing</strong> is staff writer for <em>The East Bay Express</em>,<a href="" target="_blank"> she wrote about</a> the work called “micro-tasking,” which pays a pittance, drawing comparisons to working in a sweatshop.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:52:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22806 at Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? Employee Satisfaction In 2013 <p>We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.&nbsp; During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38866 at Employee Satisfaction In 2013 What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive <p>Do employees work harder when they are paid more?</p><p>A <strong><a href="">new study</a></strong> out of Harvard set out to answer that question and came away with some interesting conclusions.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One, that employers should consider not just what they pay workers, but </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><u>how</u></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Offering cash bonuses increases employee productivity more than raises in&nbsp; salaries, even if the amount of bump is exactly the same. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Duncan Gilchrist </strong>is Ph.D. student studying business economics at Harvard, and one of the authors of the study.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:50:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38852 at What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive How To Find Fulfilling Work <p>Is there an adult out there who has not, in a moment of fatigue, insomnia, or on a particularly hard day at work, looked around at their life and asked, “Is this it? Is this what I want my life to be?”&nbsp; Even people who have plenty of money and status and work in their industry of choice may find themselves fantasizing about a job that engages their spirit. A new book from the <a href=""><em>School of Life</em> </a>series sets out a practical guide to negotiating the myriad choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that has meaning. <strong>Roman Krznaric </strong>is a founding member of the school of life. He advises organizations from Oxfam to the UN on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He spoke to us from Oxford, England to talk about his new book <a href=""><em>How to Find Fulfilling Work</em></a>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:05:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28490 at How To Find Fulfilling Work An Update On Breastfeeding <p>The practice has increased, but women who want to breastfeed still face barriers at work as well as out and about in public. We&rsquo;ll talk about some of the research on this subject, as well as questions about where and how moms can do this and how much accommodation the workplace should have to make.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35631 at An Update On Breastfeeding Dispute Raises Questions About How Employers Accommodate Breastfeeding Moms <p><a href="" target="_blank">A story in the Boston Globe this week</a> highlighted the difficulties employees and workplaces sometimes face when it comes to policies around breastfeeding.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:40:20 +0000 Brady Carlson 33733 at Word Of Mouth 06.15.2013 <p>Don't fear the ides of June, the Saturday show is here! Our can't miss mix of the best of the best of Word of Mouth.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:33:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29479 at Word Of Mouth 06.15.2013 Is Social Net Speech Protected? <P>From demanding access to employee Facebook profiles to soliciting job applicants via Twitter, the disparity in company policies surrounding social media are a marker of both its newness and its influence in our lives.</P> <P> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:29:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20946 at Women at Work <p>The Exchange takes a break for this Labor Day special from <a href="" target="_blank">Life Stories Radio: Women at Work</a>.</p><p>Three women with vastly different jobs each take microphone and recorders in hand to chronicle their daily work. A pastor from a Chicago church, a seasonal farm worker, and a longtime judge all tell their own stories and reflect on what their work means to them.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:34 +0000 Jay Allison 12031 at Women at Work Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There. <p>The popular website <a href="">glassdoor</a> has thousands of people posting their salaries, reviews of their companies, and other juicy corporate tidbits online for all to see. Does this mark the end of salary secrecy? And what do companies think about it?</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:51:09 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 11930 at Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There. For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder The recession brought widespread unemployment across the U.S., but it also prompted a spike in the number of freelance or independent workers.<p>More than 30 percent of the nation's workers now work on their own, and the research firm IDC <a href="">projects</a> the number of nontraditional office workers — telecommuters, freelancers and contractors — will reach 1.3 billion worldwide by 2015.<p>Typically, freelancers get to choose when and where they work. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:42:00 +0000 3029 at For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder At Google, well-fed employees are a solid investment <p>A look inside the thriving, health-oriented, and totally free food scene Google offers workers at its Mountain View, California campus.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:09:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Gillian Ferguson 3005 at At Google, well-fed employees are a solid investment The Factory Girls of China <p>In the wake of the Mike Daisey debacle, we trace the true reporting of one journalist on the young, rural women fueling China's manufacturing boom.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:22:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2769 at The Factory Girls of China Web only: Standing in the place where I work <p>I've been standing at work for months and months. Not only am I less achey, but I'm more productive. Am I alone?</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:40:40 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 2754 at Web only: Standing in the place where I work