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Trends are slightly moving in the favor of females who want to lead.
Companies are competing more than ever for the best and brightest workers. This year, we’ve been seeing a growing recognition that this requires creating a better workplace that goes beyond traditional job perks.
The likes of Amazon, Google, and Bank of America are building elaborate offices and happiness tracking programs, while others are focusing on ways to help their employees spend more time out of the office.
We’ve talked to an interesting cast of characters this past year–from a professional slack liner to a bike messenger turned spinning instructor. Proving that inspiration comes in unexpected places, here are our favorite lessons. By Miles Kohrman
At Fast Company we love eccentric, exciting characters and helping you work smarter.
So why not combine the two?
These tech companies made headlines in 2013. Here’s why they probably won’t next year.
The tech world trades in potential. Shiny new devices and services come with the promise to change things, make other things easier, and become a regular part of our lives. But for every company that succeeds in any of those goals, many more do not. Here are nine companies that had a lackluster 2013 that will most likely result in a very quiet 2014.
This year was all about turning traditional office models on their head–and occasionally, bringing them back to basics. Chairigami made headlines for its office furniture made completely out of cardboard, no assembly required. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Bullitt Center, dubbed the greenest office building the world, finally opened, and an office building in Tokyo began growing 200 species of fruit, rice and vegetables on its roof.
Rebalance your 401(k) account and increase your deferrals.
Do your 401(k) planning and tax planning before 2013 ends.