Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Happiness Found: Working For Yourself

In Chron.com

A report released this week finds older workers who are self-employed — particularly those who not only work for themselves but also employ others — are likelier to be happier with their work situation than those who labor for someone else while women face the hardest road.

Small-business owners (whether men or women!) are happier, said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, a New York-based nonprofit research group that studies workplace and family issues.

Galinsky said the study provides a message to employers hoping to improve employee retention: "There are lessons in here for organizations that employ people: Provide people with learning opportunities, provide them with more autonomy, provide them with more flexibility," she said.

Hey, hey and Happy New Year!

Read the entire article here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Another Move By Corporate America ...

In The Wall Street Journal

I have been trying to track down the online version of the letter to the editor published in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, December 6th entitled "In the Days When Shopping Was Elegant." It was all about the Marshall Field's name coming off the building the first of the new year when Macy's takes over. It's a great letter but what really struck me was the author's insight that is applicable to everything we write about on this blog:

"... And now, taking Marshall Field's (Chicago) sign off the building is another move by corporate America to take us all down to the lowest common denominator. I resent the increasing "sameness" in stores everywhere. Call it the Wal-Marting of America. Let's boycott'em all! Mom and Pop stores, arise! The cycle is coming around!" ~ Bill Evans, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Isn't that a fresh new take on entrepreneurship? Way to go Bill!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Why Do Women Escape From Corporate Canada?

In Oak Bay News

Women in Canada are starting more businesses than ever. Money isn't the main reason. Guess what is? Find out here.