Raise, bonuses and benefits look to shrink 25 percent of the 248 companies surveyed by Watson Wyatt indicated they would impose a hiring freeze in the next 12 months By: OfficialWire

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) — Surveys of U.S. businesses show that all manner of pay increases are expected to decrease in the next 12 months.

In October, New York human resources firm Mercer found that 40 percent of 1,000 middle- to large-sized companies indicated they expected to reduce the portion of their budgets set aside for …


Bringing the Spirit of Giving to Your Workplace

First, talk to HR — and be mindful of what you ask of your co-workers
By Eve Tahmincioglu

About a month ago, Lewana Dupree was on her lunch break when she drove past a building with a long line of people wrapped around the block.

It turned out to be a shelter called The Source that helps feed and provide clothing …


Play Santa or Scrooge? Companies Rethink Gifts Posted By: Lesley Sideck

With so many workers receiving pink slips this holiday season, can you still expect to see a gift on your desk this holiday season? Well, maybe.

About 29 percent of offices will be giving gifts to their employees, but this is 3 percent MORE than last year, according to the Battalia-Winston annual …


What’s out: Office parties. What’s in: BYOB parties at work. By: Tobi Elkin

The global economic crisis has spurred new rounds of layoffs, home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies. It’s also hit an annual workplace rite – the office holiday party.

Many large companies — American Express, Disney and Viacom – among them, have cancelled big holiday bashes as the economic …


Wal-Mart Picks Well-Rounded CEO To Steer Past Soft Economy By Karen Talley

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–With Mike Duke taking over as chief of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the company is getting a logistics master with expertise in international and U.S. operations to help keep the successful retail titan on track…

…In his 13 years at Wal-Mart, Duke has run the company’s U.S. …