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Bring 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.
Believe 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:
So 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.
A 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:
It'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:
So 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.
If this isn't a wake-up call, I don't know what is.
The New York Times blog, Room for Debate, has a great round-up of experts' thoughts on why and how older workers are struggling to get jobs during the recession. It's no big news that older adults have had difficulties (and have even been discriminated against) in the workforce way before the economy began to falter, but things are particularly hard now.
AP has a news story on how older workers are not only struggling to get a paycheck in this tough times, but searching the "help wanted" ads for the first time in their careers. Check it out.
I was poking around the New York Times' work blog, Shifting Careers, and came across an interesting post about consulting.
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