A Happy Workforce is a Productive Workforce

“Who here feels happy?” asked Sir Anthony Seldon, in a Google talk last year. Seldon is the author of the book, Beyond Happiness and Britain’s best-known headmaster. Sir Anthony famously introduced happiness, or well-being, lessons at his school, Wellington College.…

Survey Finds 1/3 of Companies Not Satisfied with Digital Employees

Accenture has a new report out called Organizing for Digital Success, which is based on the survey of over 200 digital executives in the U.S. at companies with revenue of $1 billion to over $75 billion. These include CMO CDO,…

Microsoft Laid Off Another 1,000 Employees

The cost cutting at Microsoft continued this week, as the company laid off some more of its workforce. The company quietly laid off around 1,000 employees on Wednesday, ahead of its FY16 Q1 earnings report. From the New York Times:…

Uber Isn’t the Only One Getting Sued over the ‘Employee or Contractor’ Issue

With the rapid growth of the so-called ‘sharing economy’, one of the biggest issues has been whether or not workers for services like Uber and Lyft are employees of contractors. Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company.…

Borgata Babes Can Be Fired for Gaining Weight, Court Rules

In 2005, Atlantic City hotel and casino Borgata issued a controversial policy involving its servers, known as the Borgata Babes. If your appearance changes too much, you’re fired. Borgata’s policy specifically bars any cocktail server from gaining or losing 7%…

Uber Driver Ruled an Employee in Yet Another Case

Uber has lost another cases over the categorization of its fleet of drivers – whether they are employees or contractors. Reuters reports that the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has ruled that a former Uber driver was in fact an…

Uber Drivers Granted Class Action in ‘Employee or Contractor’ Suit

There’s been an important development in a lawsuit brought against Uber over the much-publicized tensions between the company’s insistence that its drivers are independent contractors and some drivers’ claim that they are employees. A US District Judge has ruled that…

Twitter Sets Public Diversity Goals – 35% Women in the Workforce by Next Year

A couple of months ago, very white and very male company Twitter made a vague promise to build “a representative workforce, and is dedicated to ensuring fairness in all people decisions, including hiring, promoting, and paying.” Now, it’s making more…

Angry Birds Maker Rovio Is Cutting 260 Jobs

In an effort to “sharpen its focus”, Angry Birds creator Rovio is announcing another round of job cuts. Rovio says it will soon “begin employee negotiations on up to 260 redundancies.” If you’re working on the Angry Birds movie, you’re…

Uber Facing Another Lawsuit from Driver Who Claims Employee Status

Uber is once again facing a lawsuit from a driver who says he should be treated as an employee, rather than an independent contractor. A Los Angeles man named Greg Fisher has sued Uber in California Northern District Court. He…