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Why Are Women in the US Less Likely to Work?

The issues of equal rights and pay for women in the workplace have been making headlines in recent weeks, along with the related issue of parental leave and benefits. Read More >

Jon Stewart's Exit Interview

Last Thursday night at Joe's Pub in New York, Jon Stewart appeared on the live talk show Employee of the Month. The show is also a regular podcast and is hosted by Catie Lazarus, who put Stewart through a 45-minute exit interview of sorts. Read More >

5 Tips for Planning Your Next Presentation

Planning your next big presentation can be as simple as A. B. C. D. E. What do I mean by that? In this video, I explain the five things that you need to keep in mind (scroll down for the transcript):   Planning your next big presentation can be as simple as A. B. C. D. E. What do I mean by that? Here are the five things that you need to keep in mind: A stands for Affective: How do I want my audience to feel while I'm presenting to them and after I've left the room? Read More >

Consultants LOVE Hooking Up With Colleagues

Maybe it's the office hopping lifestyle? When it comes to office romance, consultants are one of the most permissive groups of employees around. Just 1% of consultants who took our office romance survey indicated that they thought romances between coworkers were never acceptable, while 31% claim that any kind of office fling is acceptable-even those between bosses and subordinates. Read More >

Finding Love at Work is More Acceptable Than Ever

Another year, another sign that office romances are gradually becoming more and more acceptable in workplaces throughout the United States. Indeed, the most striking statistic from this year's Vault Office Romance survey is that just 5 percent of respondents believe that no office romances are appropriate, down from 9 percent in 2011. Read More >

Can Companies Save Money By Paying Their Employees More Money?

Have you ever wondered why Trader Joe's employees are always so cheerful and helpful? If so, here's New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki with the answer: A substantial body of research suggests that it can make sense to pay above-market wages-economists call them "efficiency wages." If you pay people better, they are more likely to stay, which saves money. Read More >

How a Top Firm Transitions Interns to Full-Time Roles

Over the past few months, we've featured a number of pieces focusing on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a program that consistently emerges as one of the top internships in the country in our annual ranking. To date, we've looked at everything from how the firm creates the internship experience to how they reward interns, and what it's like to actually be an intern there. Read More >

Take the PLAT (Parental Leave Aptitude Test)

Last week, in his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that the U.S. is just one of a few industrial nations in the world without laws mandating paid parental leave for employees. This had me wondering: Which are the other two countries that don't mandate paid leave to parents? Which countries offer the most paid leave? And which companies here in the U.S. Read More >

Have you got stories about love (or lust!) in the workplace?

Have you got stories to share about love (or lust!) in the workplace? Don't be shy … that's what Vault's Office Romance Survey is for. Vault.com is renowned for its thorough, substantive research and insights into the vital matters facing today's workforce. It is in that tradition that we invite you to our latest survey, which deals with that most pressing subject: Love. Read More >

The State of the Union: Can Government Help America's Workers?

"We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very hard times." The central theme of the domestic portion of President Obama's penultimate State of the Union speech last night was all about the progress the economy has made since the darkest days of the recession, coupled with a few ideas-most of which are unlikely to make it through Congress alive-about where to go from here. Read More >

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