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The 15 Scariest Jobs in America

by on October 27, 2011 4:00pm
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As Halloween approaches, workers and workplaces are dressing the part. But when it comes to the actual jobs we perform, some professions are more frightening than others. CareerBuilder today published results of a survey that asked 4,300 American workers what they consider the scariest professions. The results ranged from the death-defying (firefighter) to the potentially humiliating (stand-up comic) to the truly creepy (cemetery worker). The top 15, in order ...

You want your employees to innovate … to take risks. But innovations carry a high rate of failure. How does your company respond to failed initiatives? Is it a "no-mistakes" culture? Some leaders are working to change the risk-averse culture at their organizations. In fact, they’re going out of their way to celebrate employee failures. Some examples ...

The “What Were They Thinking” file is full of stories about managers with a distorted view of team building exercises. Their misguided efforts not only crushed morale but triggered expensive legal claims. Leading nominees from the Hall of Shame just in the past year…

Think for a second about your most innovative and productive employees. It’s likely that they approach life in the same way they approach work—with an unbridled passion. With the news of Steve Jobs death yesterday, I remembered a remarkable commencement speech the Apple founder gave at Stanford University in 2005. He spoke of that kind of passion for work and life. The highlights ...

What would happen if you walked into the hallway today and posted a listing of every employee's salary, from highest to lowest? Mayhem? Fistfights? Certainly a lot of questions. While secrecy shrouds pay levels in most businesses, one author and consultant argues to let the sun shine in. What do you think? ...

When Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was ousted this month, she went out in her classic style, with verbal guns blazing. The woman who once threatened certain Yahoo employees to “drop kick them to f***ing Mars,” told the press after her recent firing that Yahoo had “f***ed me over.” Are harsh words and harsh behavior becoming [...]

Make room for another poster on your breakroom wall. This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a highly controversial notice that employers will have to post in their workplaces by Nov. 14, 2011. The poster notifies employees of their right to form or join a union. What effect do you think the poster will have in your workplace ... if any?

With unemployment stubbornly hovering above 9%, job-seekers are having a hard time resisting the temptation to do some “creative writing” on their résumés. When does unique cross the line into just plain weird? Here are 10 of the most “memorable” résumé claims cited in a recent survey of HR pros and hiring managers ...

Remember the heroes of last year’s World Series-winning San Francisco Giants team—Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson … Robin O’Conner. Don’t remember Ms. O’Connor? The Giants’ $80,000-a-year payroll manager must have played a pivotal role because she got a $1,513,836 bonus. In reality, federal autorities say O'Conner embezzled that money the player’s paychecks. How would your organization handle a suspected embezzler? Follow these four tips ...

Hoarding may get your employees a spot on reality TV, but it could damage the professional image of workers—and hurt their chances at a promotion, recent surveys say. If your employees (or you) are organizationally challenged, heed these tips from CareerBuilder and OfficeTeam ...

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