Expedia lays off undisclosed number of workers

SEATTLE — Expedia has laid off an undisclosed number of employees in the wake of its acquisition of one-time rival Orbitz. Expedia said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week that employees will be cut from Chicago-based Orbitz as part of a restructuring resulting from a merger of the two companies. Expedia, based

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The Science Behind Personality Types

Wondering just how accurate your personality test results are? Dr. Kerry Schofield explains more about the science behind personality types. Humans like classifications and categories. It’s a feature of the way our brains function – we have limited processing capacity, so we group things together in order to simplify information. This has a lot of problems associated

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3 Proven Ways to Succeed in a New Job

Congratulations – you’ve landed a new job! It’s easy to think that after having aced the interview, negotiated a great package and set your start date that the hard work is done. Of course you should celebrate your victory, but don’t spend too long basking in the glory of your success because there is still

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Your Office Coach: How to defeat favoritism

Q: Two years ago, our department got a new director who came from another business. “Rick” gradually brought in more employees from his previous company, and they now make up a rather large group. These people all enjoy socializing and often attend parties and ballgames together. After awhile, I began to notice that Rick’s friends

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The 7 Most Difficult Employees to Manage

How to Successfully Oversee Tough to Manage Workers Some Employees Are Tougher Than Others If you’re a manager or small business owner, we don’t have to tell you how difficult it can be managing employees. Even the best ones can be challenging, but the challenging ones can be damn near impossible at times. However, the

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9 Tips for Establishing Pay Structures

Pay Structures A company’s pay structure is the method of administering its pay philosophy. The two leading types of pay structures are the internal equity method, which uses a tightly constructed grid to ensure that each job is compensated according to the jobs above and below it in a hierarchy, and market pricing, where each

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7 Ways Your Pay Philosophy Attracts Top Talent

A Good Pay Philosophy Attracts, Retains, and Motivates Employees What are Pay Philosophies? A pay philosophy is a company’s commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation. The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain,

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Should Tattoos Be Allowed in the Workplace?

See How Corporate Policies About Tattoos Affect Hiring, Retention Maybe it’s a tribal arm band, orchids on the lower back playing peek-a-boo with coworkers, or—gulp!—they’re wearing it on their face a la Mike Tyson. But even if it’s that cute little leprechaun on their ankle, our latest survey results show visible tattoos at work could

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5 Reasons Your Company is a Lousy Place to Work

Reason No. 1: Your Leadership Doesn’t Care “Why Do I Hate My Job?” Whenever people attend a cocktail party, invariably someone in the room will have an occupation that others will solicit for some (free) advice. Medical doctors are asked “Does this mole look cancerous to you?” Car mechanics are queried whether the “chunka-chunka” sound

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