Conventional wisdom says higher wages for employees always mean higher prices, lower profits, or both. But what if that's just not true?Anne Fisher, contributor - Dec 12, 2013 10:34 AM ET
Call it a parting shot. In our recent sit-down with the outgoing chief executive, he shares a few principles that have guided him over his 13 years leading the tech giant.
By Mary Jo Foley, special to Fortune
FORTUNE -- In what is likely his final press interview as Microsoft CEO (part of which you can read, here, on this very website), Steve Ballmer was reflective. Sure, the company tripled revenues MOREDec 12, 2013 6:52 AM ET
An in-house crowdfunding platform lets employees evaluate each other's ideas — and fund them with IBM's money.Anne Fisher, contributor - Dec 4, 2013 2:45 PM ET
Paying people more than they expected, with no strings attached, can boost productivity by as much as 20%, a new study says.Anne Fisher, contributor - Nov 26, 2013 10:18 AM ET
If your project is over budget and behind schedule, do you scrap it and start over, or try to fix it? Here's how to decide, and what comes next.Anne Fisher, contributor - Nov 22, 2013 11:49 AM ET
There are plenty of good arguments for working remotely. To persuade a skeptical boss, you'll probably need to use more than one.Anne Fisher, contributor - Nov 15, 2013 1:38 PM ET
The software giant says it's getting more touchy-feely, while the web portal is amping up the competitive environment for employees. It's the latest chapter in an ongoing debate about the best way to run a business.
By Jennifer Reingold, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Let the great management debate commence. Or should I say, continue.
By now, you've probably read that Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) -- two tech giants of the '90s MORENov 14, 2013 2:22 PM ET
More than 200,000 skilled factory jobs are going begging. A wave of Boomer retirements could make the labor shortage even worse.
FORTUNE -- "Manufacturing has an image problem," says Paul Gerbino, head of industrial-supply trade publishers ThomasNet News. "People think of it as dirty, dark, and low-paying." That stereotype is one reason why companies that make tangible products are struggling to find candidates for about 237,000 job openings. To put that MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Nov 5, 2013 5:00 AM ET
One reason why so few women and minorities reach senior jobs has to do with a lack of financial incentives for their bosses, a new study suggests.
FORTUNE -- If your employer is typical of big U.S. companies, you may have noticed a pattern. As consumers grow increasingly diverse (with current minorities projected to make up 46% of the population by 2030, and 55% by 2050), recruiting at the entry level MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 30, 2013 12:36 PM ET
Asking employees to evaluate each other's work is now widespread, but the trend makes labor lawyers cringe. Here's why.Anne Fisher, contributor - Oct 8, 2013 12:22 PM ET
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