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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

Meet the Mandated Vacation: TED.com’s Staff Takes Two Weeks!

flip flopsYou know how logging off is actually good for you? As in truly being out of the office, not checking messages whatsoever.

Well, the entire staff at TED.com is currently on hiatus through August. Let’s repeat that: The staff is on vacation until August!

We first read about this in Inc.com and simply had to explore it. For starters, their editor blogged about it and mentioned it’s seriously a productivity booster. And this is nothing new for their staff — the concept’s been around for the past five years. Read more

What Amount Do You Need to Earn to Feel Successful?

successAh, success. It’s so subjective, isn’t it?

Does success equate to income? Happiness? Achieving balance in life and work? Respect from peers? Self-respect? Fame? All of the above?

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, success in terms of money is relative to salary. And when it comes to feeling successful in accordance with a specific amount, 65 percent of survey participants indicate they don’t earn their desired salary. Only 35 percent say they’re right where they need to be; this is particularly true in the salary bracket ranging from $75,000 to $100,000. Read more

And the Average Tech Intern at Twitter Earns…

moneyAs the hot topic of unpaid internships made their way to various lawsuits, there’s probably one group of interns that’s not complaining. As in the paid ones. Check that — the highly compensated ones!

According to a Business Insider piece, a Twitter intern earns the equivalent of…drumroll please…$81,000 per year! Data comes from Glassdoor’s various surveys to tech workers.  Read more

Three Hiring Tips for New Bosses

successIf you’re a new manager, congratulations! You now have more responsibilities, more visible opportunities and oh yes, a bigger paycheck.

If you’re in the position to make some hires, it’s not always wise to just go with your gut while making hiring decisions. Fortunately, there are several ways to get your recruiting mojo on to make a good move, according to a piece on Brazen Careerist. Read more

Job Satisfaction Equals Compensation Per New SHRM Study

moneyThe Society for Human Resource Management conducted its annual survey on job satisfaction and the results may not necessarily surprise you: 96 percent of employees indicated compensation was “important” or “very important.”

This makes it the numero uno factor in overall job satisfaction. In fact, money trumped job security and opportunities to use skills/abilities. During the recession it sounds like job security and opportunities beat out pay but now that the job market’s on the uptick, money is top of mind.

Per a piece on Fortune, director of SHRM’s research center Evren Esen noted, “Incomes have grown slowly during the recession, and that undoubtedly is having an impact on workers’ priorities.” Read more

How Will Your Vacation Days Get Used This Summer?

Will you spend your vacation days helping a former roommate move? Or renewing your license? Or getting the oil changed?

You may be using them wisely but according to folks on this commercial, they’re totally judging. And that’s okay. You’re squandering them if you’re sitting at the DMV instead of sitting on a beach. And hey, if you don’t use them, you lose ‘em. The days will expire soon enough.

Sure, it’s a tourism video but it creates a pause to think about how you’ll truly spend your valuable personal time off. And it also made us chuckle. Enjoy!

Aflac Workplaces Report Shows Employers Focusing on Controlling Costs

RxAflac released its annual Aflac Workplaces Report and from the looks of it, it isn’t pretty. The study looked at responses from 5,209 employees and 1,856 business decision makers.

Almost one-third of businesses eliminated or delayed raises and 22 percent of businesses have eliminated or cut back on raises. Slightly more than 20 percent of businesses changed full-time workers to part-time status. And more than half of companies boosted employees’ copayments and/or employees share of premiums last year.  Read more

Where in the World is the Worst Place to Work?

globeIf you think your office may be bad with violating its labor laws, it may not come close to some companies in Southeast Asia.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, per a new labor rights index several countries in that region are the absolute worst places to work. The International Trade Union Confederation’s Global Rights Index evaluates workers’ rights in terms of where they are best protectors. Read more

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