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Telecommuting: Yahoo Closes Door, Opens Window

Posted on 02/28/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkBring up Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer among colleagues or friends, and I dare you to try to have a five-minute conversation. You’ll likely hear jeers, cheers, or both when it comes to Yahoo’s pending ban on full-time and occasional telecommuting. Work-life experts, talk shows, journalists on workplace issues, big and not-so-big bloggers and lots of HR professionals are sounding off. Even celebrity CEOs from Virgin’s Richard Branson (Team Telework) to Donald Trump (Team Marissa) have weighed in. Full-time remote workers …

The Ins and Outs of Working from Home

Posted on 08/4/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkBelieve it or not, working from home is no easy feat. And more people than you’d think do it: Out of the 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S., about half of those are home-based, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That’s why AARP collected some tips for home-based entrepreneurs, using a lawyer who created her practice out of her home, Beth Henkel, as an example: While working from home made her commute much easier, other job-related issues remained …

Relax! You’re on Vacation!

Posted on 06/17/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

TravelSo you’ve planned your summer vacation to the beach, right? Maybe to a theme park with the family? Maybe hiking in the mountains? No matter what you’ve planned for the summertime, did you ever think that you might actually have to make yourself relax? Check out this very interesting article this week from the Wall Street Journal to see what I’m talking about. According to the article (which cites an Expedia.com survey), only 53% of working Americans say they come …

Older workers more likely to experience long-term unemployment

Posted on 04/28/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkA piece on CNNMoney last week takes on long-term unemployment, and how those still looking for a job years after the recession hit are coping. The part we found interesting in particular discussed how older workers are more likely to be out of work for longer: Shierholz said the exceptionally large number of older workers who are unemployed is also a major factor. Statistics show it is tougher for anyone (regardless of age) who has been unemployed more than six …

Moving past unemployment

Posted on 02/5/2010 by | General News | Comments

WorkIt’s no news that unemployment rates are high — but now that the economy is slowly recovering, jobs are slowly becoming available again. The problem is that many people are competing for jobs, so we’re not out of the woods yet. Check out this AARP piece that gives us an idea of what the job situation is right now, and where the new jobs are at, like: Mining (oil and gas extraction, quarrying); Durable goods manufacturing (computers and electronics, heavy …

Still Looking For a Job? Relief Is On Its Way.

Posted on 11/5/2009 by | General News | Comments

WorkSo far the House and the Senate have both passed legislation that will provide relief for millions of Americans still looking for a job out there. Extending unemployment benefits could help nearly 2 million people age 55 and over who have a particularly difficult time gaining employment. As we now know, these workers wait an average of 33 weeks or longer before finding another job, higher than most age groups. This is definitely a step in the right direction with …