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Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

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Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

Five Ways to Deal With a Bully at Work

boxing glovesThere are many things we would love to eradicate from this world forever. Bullying is one of them, especially at work where it’s difficult to escape.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 28 percent of workers reported they felt bullied at work. In fact, one out of five actually left their jobs due to being bullied! The prevalence is unfortunately among certain minorities and employees with lower incomes, it turns out that employees in management as well as possessing post-secondary degrees were definitely not immune to bullying. Read more

Communications Executive Resigns After Background Check Uncovers Red Flag

truthHere’s the deal: It always pays to tell the truth. Always.

Such was the case this week when David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s vice president of communications, admitted a snafu discovered during his background check was indeed correct.

“I was 100 percent transparent,” says Tovar after a third-party company red flagged his education based on a degree he never completed.

Even though he worked for the retail giant for eight years, prior to being promoted to senior vice president, he went under an assessment as part of protocol. Read more

Can Your Employer Force You to Take Lunch Breaks? Depends on the State…

Brown_Bag_LunchWe know the deal. You’re working hard, we get it. You’re grabbing a sandwich and eating in front of your laptop during a conference call at 3 p.m. and calling it lunch.

Been there, done that, completely get it.

But what happens when your employer puts a foot down to require you physically take a break? It sounds like a refreshing anomaly, doesn’t it?

It is indeed happening and according to a piece on AOL Jobs about lunch breaks, your supervisor can require you to take your lunch break. That said, it depends on where you reside in terms of whether it’s legal to force you to take that break at the end of the day. Read more

The Scoop Behind Reference Checks & Employee Rights

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re interviewing and curious about what your current employer can dish to your future employer during a reference check, listen up.

Overall, your only right as an employee is for an employer to not make slanderous statements. If you’re currently negotiating a settlement with your current employer, then by all means the employer must oblige by that agreement. Read more

Survey Shows Most Americans Don’t Want the Corner Office

suitAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, most Americans are not into vying for the corner office.

Only one-third of employees aspire to leadership roles. Per the survey, more men than women make up that statistic.

In addition, African Americans and the LGBT population of employees are more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average. Plus, 32 percent of disabled workers aspire to leadership positions.

What does this say in terms of leadership itself? How can management motivate a population whose majority doesn’t aspire to become leaders? Read more

How to Handle Office Theft

noWhether someone intentionally swiped your Ginger Ale in the communal refrigerator or lifted a ten dollar bill from your desk, let’s face it — office theft is theft and it certainly feels violating. Major thumbs down.

You start detesting the feeling of having to lock valuables up and then you start wondering about the identity of the culprit. The intern a few cubicles down? Mailroom guy? Even — gasp — your boss?

Instead of pointing fingers, try not to let it interfere with your day. What you can do instead of accusing anyone, especially if you’re a boss, is to address it at a staff meeting. Read more

Getting the Most From Employee Engagement Surveys

employee-surveyThis is a guest post by Paul Simms, sales and marketing director at Reflect Digital. Reflect Digital is a full-service digital marketing agency based in the UK.

Hoping to get the most out of your team? Perhaps you’ve recently taken on new employees? Then consider an employee engagement survey. An employee survey can give you a valuable insight into how your staff feel about your working practice and give you the information you need to make changes for the better. Employee feedback can be instrumental in identifying changes that need to be made to improve staff morale and, ultimately, productivity. The happier your staff are, the more engaged they are likely to feel with their work. And when they feel like their opinions count, the better morale can become. Read more

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