Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
- Once known for its lavish on-demand lunches, Google has lightened up its free employee fare. Fast Company explores the healthy eating options today’s Googlers have at their disposal, as well as the design and layout modifications to incentivize wellness.
- Pinterest’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent months, and innovative businesses are finding new ways to use the social media tool to foster employee engagement. Red Door, for example, used Pinterest to crowdsource its new office decor, while Synergy has an “Employee Lounge” board to publicize staff announcements like vacations and new babies.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says she leaves work at 5:30 p.m. every day to spend time with her kids. Here’s how she does it.
- A troubling new epidemic is taking over U.S. businesses: firing pregnant women. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saw 5,800 complaints of pregnancy discrimination in 2011; in 1997, there were 4,000. How can employers legally fire pregnant women?
- Many women color their hair after going gray, thinking that ageism will thwart their career prospects. Gray panthers, women who boldly dare to give up hair dye and aspire to get ahead at work, are proving that gray hair isn’t just acceptable for men, young Hollywood celebrities and fashion runways.
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