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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

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Survey Shows Nearly One-Tenth of Employees Go to Work High

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new Mashable survey, almost ten percent of American workers show up to the office high on weed. We should add the survey wasn’t very large with a total of 534 participants as Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug habits as they relate to the workplace.

There was a spike in numbers of prescription drug takers. That number of people taking prescribed drugs and then going to work hovered around 28 percent. Read more

Department of Labor Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know the Department of Labor has a YouTube channel? Well, we recently discovered it along with their tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Consider this: In 1993, Hispanic workers comprised nine percent of the total workforce. In 2013? That number hovered around 16 percent, equating to 24.8 million Hispanic workers.

Let’s look at more data broken down by industry and geography…

Tips to Stay Awake on the Job

sleep at workWe got a good chuckle when we started researching this piece, especially on rainy days when it’s tempting to want to take a quick snooze at work!

Well, it’s more relevant for media folks who work the night shift such as a radio DJ or an overnight breaking news correspondent. According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are several pointers to keep in mind to stay alert at work.

1. Take a walk during your shift. If you clock evening hours, take a walk right before your shift. Hopefully taking a walk when the sun is still out will alert your body. This may help you feel more awake when you’re at work. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Office People

charityThis piece on Inc. put a spring in our step! While you can’t account for your colleagues’ behavior when they’re in bad moods, you can account for your own.

Considering you’ll frequently get back what you give, imagine smiling at someone as you walk down the hall instead of scowling at them.

Per the piece, here are a few ways to boost that happiness quotient at work. 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

TV Executive Dishes When to Resign: ‘Am I Learning?’

successThe following interview in The Wall Street Journal really struck a chord. Courteney Monroe, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, previously worked in marketing at HBO for 13 years.

When is the right time to leave a job? If you’re not learning, if you’re not challenged, if you’re not still making a difference — all answers point to moving on. Mentioning it’s an easy to stay somewhere too long, Monroe highlighted that you have to actively manage your career to avoid settling into that rut. Read more

Journalists Rank Number One in Coffee Consuming Professions

coffee cupAccording to a new study by Pressat, journalists are finally coming in number one in a well-deserved category. No, it’s not salary. And no, it’s not related to career opportunities. It is, however, related to java!

That’s right, journalists ranked numero uno in the study for chugging coffee. Let’s dig deeper: Among the 10,000 professionals included in the survey, 85 percent admitted to drinking at least three coffee cups a day. Almost 70 percent mentioned they would find it a lot harder to get through their day without a morning fix. Read more

Co-author of ‘Rising Above a Toxic Workplace’ Shares Survival Tips

isolated at workHisssssssss.

That’s the sound a toxic colleague makes when you’re in his or her presence. Sometimes it’s not so overt but regardless, you still have to work with this person to the point where their abnormal behavior becomes normal and then you get sucked into an abyss of a dysfunctional environment.

Dr. Paul White, co-author of Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment, provides us with some exclusive tips to deal with them.

1. Don’t expect them to respond “normally.” When you’re dealing with someone who is abnormal, their reaction to you will likely be consistent. Yes, as in abnormal, too.

Dr. White explains, “No matter what you do, you may find yourself blamed or second-guessed or told you did the worst possible thing when you actually did something good.” The sane approach, he says, is to give up expectations of getting healthy responses. Read more

Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

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