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Want to Work for Google? You Have Only a 0.2 Percent Chance of Getting Hired

October 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock ...

This Tech Giant Thinks Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem is Overstated

October 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A series of large tech companies recently revealed disappointing gender and diversity statistics, sparking discussion over whether there’s something fundamentally wrong with hiring practices in Silicon Valley. In an extended interview with New York Magazine’s Kevin Roose, entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen tackles that criticism head on. While he thinks ...

Bad Meetings Aren't Just Boring

October 15, 2014 Most meetings don’t manage to accomplish much more than serving as a lengthy update on what people are up to—and as an interruption to their work. According to Nest CEO Tony Fadell, such meetings also come at a substantial cost. He put a very high dollar value on it at ...

Where In The World People Want To Work Abroad

October 7, 2014 As the world’s labor force becomes increasingly mobile in a global economy, more workers are willing to consider going abroad for a job. But people’s motivation to move—and their favored destinations—vary widely and are not easy to predict based solely on economics, according to a new survey of more than ...

The Complete Guide to Flexible Work That Doesn’t Kill Your Career

September 22, 2014 Many people work happily and effectively from home. Research suggests that these “flexible” workers can be more productive, and that they have higher levels of well being, and much less depleting conflict between work and family. But these types of schedules come rarely and at a cost: There’s significant evidence ...

How McKinsey Does Work-life Balance

September 22, 2014 Leading management consultancy McKinsey joined with a number of other prominent companies to announce an effort to improve employee health this week. But McKinsey is unusual because its employees join and leave the firm young. The average age is 35, and over 80% of the staff are under 40. The ...

CEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Health

September 18, 2014 In the United States, companies pick up a great deal of the bill for a healthcare system that spends the most but accomplishes the least among industrialized nations. Getting wise to this, more employers have rolled out wellness programs, where workers are encouraged with either a carrot or a stick ...

Intro to Computer Science Is Now the Most Popular Course at Harvard

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Harvard students know which way the wind is blowing. According to a report from the Harvard Crimson, the school’s introductory computer science class (CS50) has a record 818 undergraduates this fall. Twelve percent of undergraduates are taking the course, making it the most popular Harvard course in at least a ...

Americans Work Longer Hours—and Stranger Hours

September 9, 2014 Much has been made lately of how American work culture can make overwork into a badge of honor, instead of a pathology that ends up diminishing productivity and quality. Although Americans put in more hours than most other wealthy nations, a few countries work even more, including Korea and Mexico. ...

How to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidates

September 4, 2014 As any job-seeker who has stared with dismay at a long list of job specs might suspect, there’s a major disconnect between most job postings and reality. Hiring managers who describe a dream candidate instead of what they actually need, or obsess about screening out all under-qualified applications, often write ...