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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

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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

Monetary Items to Consider Before You Resign

money bagsIf you recently resigned or you’re about to, let’s not forget one important factor: Money!

According to a post on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your company has “rules and regulations regarding salary, bonus pay, health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave), expense reimbursement, and the handling of retirement accounts upon an employee’s termination (whether voluntary or involuntary).” Read more

Calling All Managers: Conduct ‘Stay Interviews’ to Reduce Turnover

bossesSure, we all know about exit interviews. You know, the meeting between human resources and the employee who is about to leave the job.

As per a piece on recruiting forum ERE.net, there’s a new concept for managers to consider: The “stay interview.”

Instead of waiting for an employee to leave to find out the reasons why they were unhappy (that is, if they’ll even reveal them), why not try to prevent turnover altogether and have a conversation while they’re still an active employee? Read more

Survey Shows Half of Employees Show Up Hungover

bottlesAccording to a new study published by Blowfish, approximately 50 percent of employees revealed they arrived at the office hungover.

In addition, 28 percent mentioned they were tardy to the office because they were out partying the night before and 17 percent admitted they called out sick because they were simply too hungover from the previous night. Read more

Lonely at Work? You’re Not Alone

isolated at workA piece on Fortune caught our eye. That’s because it examines the impact of being lonely at work. We’ve been there done, that in a former role in an office where everyone’s heads were buried in their cubicles. All. Day. Long.

Not only was it not enjoyable, it wasn’t productive! A recent study proves it. As cited in the piece, in 2011 two professors discovered that greater employee loneliness resulted in “poorer task, team role and relational performance.” Plus, loneliness at work actually triggers emotional withdrawal from the organization itself. Read more

How to Manage Office Gossip to Your Advantage

bossPssst. Over here. That’s right, I said over here. Did you here the latest about so-and-so?

Sheesh! Have you ever gotten in the middle of office gossip, not even realizing innocent coffee talk could so quickly turn into malicious gossip?

Well, according to Simply Hired, there are a couple of ways to manage the grapevine and actually make it work for you. Read more

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