Employer Attitudes & Trends

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Reduce Workplace Telepressure – Yes, It’s a Thing

shutterstock_148126295A happy staff is a productive one, which is why it’s always in the best interest of employers to focus on employee satisfaction. Among the biggest obstacles to achieving a state of workplace bliss, however, is “workplace telepressure.”

Yep, that’s a brand new term coined by psychology researchers at Northern Illinois University, which refers to the sense of urgency and stress employees feel when they receive work emails, texts, and calls on almost a 24/7 basis. It’s that “always on call” feeling of dread that is triggered every time people hear their smartphone ding, and what’s more, they feel as if they are expected to drop everything to respond ASAP.

And that even goes for days off, according to a 2013 study published by the American Psychological Association, which found that 44 and 54 percent of Americans check their email daily during vacation and sick days, respectively.Continue Reading

Inside the Millennial Mind: What Your Future Workforce Really Values

shutterstock_193619606If you’re looking to recruit a young workforce, you’ve probably been hit over the head with articles and research about the supposed work preferences of the Millennial generation (not to mention their other cliched traits). While some exploration of this group’s general mindset about the employee experience is dead on, getting too hung up on such assumptions can stifle your recruiting efforts.

Who better to ask about Millennial workplace habits than those who are actually in that age group? That was the idea behind Bentley University’s latest report on Millennial Minds, part of The PreparedU Project. Over 1,000 ages 18-34 were surveyed about their own preparedness for professional life, and the findings may surprise you…Continue Reading

The Office Slack-Off Problem

How to deal with employees who slack offYou know that whenever a new phrase is coined, something has reached trend status, and that’s the case with “empty labor.” If you don’t know what that means just yet, it’s only because it’s a relatively new term for what is actually a longstanding corporate tradition – slacking off at work.

The phrase comes from Roland Paulsen, a Swedish sociologist who wrote a book, “Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance,” which studies the thought process of people who are not really putting in a full 8 hours in the office, even if they are physically at work. While Internet surfing, long breaks at the water cooler, or personal calls and texting is nothing new, what’s interesting is the magnitude at which the interview subjects of the book admit to slacking – and the lengths they go to get away with it.Continue Reading

Office Game Time: Good for Productivity?

shutterstock_142096222Today’s agenda: Staff meeting, project completion, video game tournament?! If this sounds like some passing fad that will separate the serious competitors from the slackers, it very well may be, only not in the way you think. Continue Reading

Forget Ebola Panic, Focus on Fighting Flu in the Workplace

shutterstock_119461942While the Ebola scare seems to be all the talk around the watercooler, there’s a more infectious, widespread disease lurking that can move through your whole workforces in a few weeks. Of course, we’re talking about the flu – you know, the same one that has employees dropping like flies each year, and causes productivity levels to slump, as the crippling virus spreads through the cubicles. Continue Reading

Why You Should Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home

shutterstock_73697584With the start of a new school year and the colder months on the way, it’s officially germ season, and flu season is not far behind. In other words, that means you can walk through any workplace, and you’ll hear the coughs and sneezes, and spy cups of honey and lemon and empty cough drop boxes in the kitchen.

Why are people going to work sick you ask? According to a report by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), there are a variety of reasons that Americans say they go to work even though they are feeling under the weather (and are contagious). Continue Reading