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Feeling a Bit Hefty Lately? Survey Shows Majority of Workers Gained Weight at Work

scaleYou may be feeling like your pants have shrunk but let’s face it, thanks to the polar vortex the threads may be slightly tighter this time of year.

A new CareerBuilder survey actually confirms that state of behind. More than half of workers categorize themselves as overweight. To that point, 39 percent revealed they’ve gained weight at their current job and 21 percent packed on more than 10 pounds (nine percent gained more than 20 pounds). Read more

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Former Yahoo COO Banks $58 Million Severance Package

moneyIf you’ve ever been laid off from a job, you’re familiar with getting a nice little severance package of several weeks and eligibility for COBRA benefits and unemployment.

Unless you’re the former chief operating officer of Yahoo, Henrique de Castro. Here’s why: reports are circulating that he’s banking on a $58 million severance package for a job he held for merely 15 months! Read more

Stressed Out at Work? Monster Survey Reveals You’re Not Alone

stressAlthough stress certainly isn’t fun, if you’re among the 42 percent of respondents who have indicated they left a job due to an overly stressful environment, at least you’re not alone.

According to the new Monster survey, more than half of respondents (55 percent) said they experience very stressful lives and that number increases to 57 percent as it relates to work-related stress. Read more

CareerCast Announces List of Top 10 Jobs in 2014

happy signIn a new list from CareerCast, the job-search website has revealed top occupations in high demand.

To that point, we must say nothing media-related appeared in the top 10 list. Sadly, we must point out journalists are among the occupations sitting at the bottom of the list.

Mathematics took the number one spot and it’s no surprise that math-related jobs followed suit. Statisticians and actuaries also made the list as did computer systems analysts.

According to the site, mathematicians earn approximately $101,360 per year. In addition, the field is booming and anticipates a growth rate of 23 percent through 2022.  Read more

These Five Questions Will Help Create Your Ideal Job…

bad perf reviewAfter reading this post on BrazenCareerist saying the perfect job doesn’t exist but a great one does, we felt inspired.

This may sound simple but so many job seekers unfortunately stop introspection after making a list of their must-haves on their new jobs. After identifying non-negotiables, there’s another step to be accomplished. It can be quite fun and invigorating. After all, if you don’t define your dream day, who will do it for you?

The piece suggests asking yourself what a great day at work actually looks like. Read more

How to Dress Appropriately for Casual Fridays

casual FridaysIt’s that time of year again, finally!

If you’ve had an absolutely dreadful winter similar to our neck of the woods in New York City, you’re not alone. We’re ready for spring and summer and in turn, warmer temperatures typically signify wearing more casual clothing at the office.

Some offices may alter policies by changing the dress code to casual Fridays whereas others may change the policy to become casual all of the time. And if your office is already pretty casual, it may not be shocking to receive a human resources reminder to specifically define the code as it becomes more lax (and by that we mean much more lax as pumps morph into flip-flops). Read more

Survey Reveals Admins Happier Than Their Bosses

heartThis just in…according to a Staple survey, for the most part administrative professionals are happier than their bosses to the tune of 61 percent compared to 18 percent.

For the second consecutive year, most of the participants indicated admins tend to boost employee morale and become more involved on the team than the actual boss. Read more

French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

New Tax Prep Survey Shows Employees Leverage Office Supplies & Company Time

tax formsIt’s that time of year again!

As April 15 swiftly approaches and people scurry to submit their taxes, one survey says that three out of 10 workers rely on company time and good ol’ office supplies to get it all done.

Accountemps’ new survey reveals office resources like the copier or printer are definitely a go-to destination as employees simultaneously use up company time for income tax preparation.

Workers were asked, “In your opinion, how common is it for employees at your firm to spend time on personal income tax preparation (e.g., printing paperwork, filling out forms, talking to their accountant) during work hours?” Basically, it’s not uncommon to see colleagues spending time on these matters but it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. (Not to become too human resources-like here but why not simply get the copying done before the day begins or after it ends?)

Per the press release, Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies®, explains: “Beyond the time-theft issues, it’s risky to have personal financial documents floating around the workplace or stored in your office copier’s hard drive.”

He adds, “Employees shouldn’t go overboard and let productivity suffer because of last-minute tax scrambling.”

Woman Gets Arrested After Job Interview for Leaving Kids in Sweltering Hot Car

Find a JobAccording to the Associated Press, an Arizona woman is trying to clear her name in court following her arrest. On Monday she pleaded not guilty during her arraignment.

Let’s clarify — she left her two kids in her very hot car during a job interview. Shanesha Taylor is unemployed and on food stamps.

The 35-year-old was unable to find a babysitter for a job interview at an insurance company so she left her two-year-old son and six-month-old baby in her car. Did we mention the key was still in the ignition and the windows were cracked open by one inch? Read more

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