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Heather Huhman: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Employers. With the unemployment rate steady around 8.2 percent, many have been wondering exactly what the culprit of the situation is.

Heather Huhman: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Employers

Some blame a communication gap between employers and job seekers, or the inability to locate highly-qualified candidates. But what many fail to recognize is there are plenty of things employers themselves aren't getting right, and this is doing nothing to help the sluggish economy. If more employers would begin placing a greater focus on hiring and retention efforts, company culture, and overall employee happiness -- not just their bottom line -- we may see the positive effects have an impact on the economy. So how can an employer improve its practices? Below are seven habits of highly effective employers: 1. You've probably heard the recession is over, but employment has barely improved. One study by Northeastern University found during the first nine months of recovery, pretax corporate profits went up $388 billion, but salaries increased only $68 billion.

Susan Bernstein: You MustHave This One Ability Before Making a Big Career Change. I know how awful it is to feel stuck in work that doesn't fit.

Susan Bernstein: You MustHave This One Ability Before Making a Big Career Change

I'm sorry if you're doing soul-deadening work that drains you, day after day. The Value in Wowing Your Customers - Fred Reichheld. By Fred Reichheld | 1:37 PM March 13, 2012 A friend of mine in Dallas loves the local Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Value in Wowing Your Customers - Fred Reichheld

The reason? An employee named Jose once asked my friend’s three-year-old to help with the mopping — and proceeded to give the boy a ride around the restaurant on the mop. Lola Olley: Work Experience Revisited. There's something to be said of those who go a bit unconventional and jump off that traditional corporate employee path.

Lola Olley: Work Experience Revisited

What makes a person leave something familiar to go to something uncertain? How many people are actually employed doing something they feel like they were born to do? How many people with plans to execute business ideas actually do so? The 6 Near-Fatal Mistakes We Made In Year One, And How We Built A Company Anyway. Launching a startup is like firing off a rocket ship, then trying to hold it together with duct tape.

The 6 Near-Fatal Mistakes We Made In Year One, And How We Built A Company Anyway

Simply surviving feels like success. The goal, in fact, of most new enterprises is to hang in until a scalable, repeatable, or comfortable path is found. Celebrated entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen calls this “product/market” fit. How Small Business Owners Should Be Networking. Five Lessons To Do What You Love...And Succeed. Richard Tait.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="400" />Entrepreneurs come from all over the world, but most share an innate passion for questioning the constraints of ideology and discipline, and identifying practical solutions to problems by combining ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dogged determination.

Five Lessons To Do What You Love...And Succeed

9 Steps To Quitting Your “Have To Have" Job And Pursuing Your Dream. Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life.

9 Steps To Quitting Your “Have To Have" Job And Pursuing Your Dream

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read From 2010. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read From 2010

– Seth Godin There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Helping Intrapreneurs Break Free Of The Sustainability "Ghetto" We love stories of entrepreneurs who have defied convention to build new businesses.

Helping Intrapreneurs Break Free Of The Sustainability "Ghetto"

But change doesn’t just come from the outside. Some of the best ideas are developed by “intrapreneurs” at big, established companies. Are jobs obsolete? Douglas Rushkoff: U.S.

Are jobs obsolete?

Postal Service new example of human work replaced by technologyHe says technology affecting jobs market; not enough workers needed to run the technologyHe says we have to alter our ideas: It's not about jobs, it's about productivityRushkoff: Technology lets us bypass corporations, make our own work -- a new model Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and the author of "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age" and "Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back. " (CNN) -- The U.S. Postal Service appears to be the latest casualty in digital technology's slow but steady replacement of working humans. Unless an external source of funding comes in, the post office will have to scale back its operations drastically, or simply shut down altogether.

We can blame a right wing attempting to undermine labor, or a left wing trying to preserve unions in the face of government and corporate cutbacks. Dr. Judith Rich: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do Next. Recently, I was asked to contribute a chapter for a book called "What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do", compiled by Tendai Jordan. Her topic is very timely and important, especially now, when we humans are facing change at such an extraordinary level and pace.

We're often left overwhelmed, not knowing what to do next. When I query people in the personal development seminars I lead about their purpose for attending, a majority of participants respond with some variation on the following: -I feel lost. Good-business-card.jpg (JPEG Imagen, 1200x2600 pixels) Fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars. In 1974, Robert Pirsig—a Korean War veteran, a philosopher, a former writing instructor, a survivor of shock treatment, and, by all accounts, a talented author of technical manuals—published “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values.”

It is a novel, but only barely (Pirsig didn’t bother to change the names of his friends), and it follows the narrator as he rides West with his young son, from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Readers hoping for advice about motorcycles, or about meditation, found something else entirely: picturesque anecdotes and ominous reveries, interrupted by dense seminars on the “self-defeating” nature of technophobia, the malignance of inferior workmanship, the “ugliness” of Immanuel Kant’s aesthetics, and the importance of a quality called Quality. Why Aren’t You Doing What You Love? What Women Make.