Workplace & Human Resources

The lure of being your own boss — with all the possibilities of flexible schedules and unlimited earning potential — has given rise to the so-called gig economy, a labor market of short-term contracts and freelance work. Read More
Negotiating compensation can be a daunting task, particularly for women. In a study of Carnegie Mellon University graduates, researcher Linda Babcock found that while 57% of men graduating with a masters degree said that they negotiated their salaries when offered a new position, only 7% of women graduating with a masters degree did the same. Those who did found the payoff worth the risk: The recent grads who negotiated received, on average, 7.4% more than their initial offers.  Read More
It’s that time of year — time for frivolity, seasonal cheer and general overall merriment at the office holiday party. Unless you work in Minneapolis. According to a survey by the staffing firm OfficeTeam, Minneapolis ranks first for the “least fun” company holiday parties among 27 major U.S. cities. Perhaps, tellingly, the city also places sixth — sharing the spot with Cincinnati and Salt Lake City — for the “least extravagant” workplace fetes. Read More

Major economic development projects have eluded the low-income section of Selby Avenue between Dale and Lexington in Saint Paul. This might change if an innovative partnership led by the Rondo Community Land Trust bears fruit. It could expand the concept of a land trust to commercial real estate development — the Selby-Milton-Victoria Housing and Commercial Land Trust. Read More
The thousands of employees who took our anonymous online survey totally disagreed with each other by saying the same thing: I work at the best place! Oh sure, the raw numerical scores allow the Best in Class companies to rise to the top of the pack, but the underlying truth is that we have 100 winners. Read More
This month's Industry Watch + takes a closer look at retention, including results from our 100 Best survey on what employees really want and insight on choosing the right benefits for employees. Read More
MNBIZ: You started as an accountant. Did you go to school wanting to become an accountant? Read More
Success is hard to come by when you aren’t clear on your strengths and values. All too often folks are stuck, whether disengaged or underutilized, within organizations. The answers needed to find success are within us all, but sometimes it takes the right person to pull them out. Read More
You have a key open position in your company and three candidates as finalists. You closely evaluate their experience, education and professional associations, check their references and scan their LinkedIn profiles. Read More