The Workplace

Common Office Spaces Are Also Alluring to Clients

Companies engineering their offices as comfortable environments for employees to work and collaborate are discovering that common spaces have become popular hangouts for a different crowd: their clients.<p>A number of businesses in the New York area are designing offices with a focus on creating less …

Real Estate

Whole Foods, REI, and Aflac CEOs Respond: What’s the Single Most Important Thing For Company Culture?

What makes one company a vibrant, exciting, inclusive place to build a career and another a staid, repressive, and exclusionary work environment that …

Governance

4 Ways Millennials Are Rewriting Career Rules and Changing The Workforce

The opinions expressed about millennials are often divisive, especially when it comes to the working world. Some believe millennials are entitled, …

Millennials

Migrant Youths Often Become Exploited Workers in the U.S.

Trump's executive orders leave unaccompanied minors even more vulnerable.

Migration

Fathers battle to save flexible work hours: 'Why should parenting responsibilities fall only on women?'

For eight years, the Zammit twins arrived at work an hour early so they could be home in time to pick their children up from school – freeing their …

Parenting

Your Open-Space Office May Be Killing Productivity

Give them some more privacy, and your employees will thank you.<p>About ten years ago, I shut down our offices. Everyone in my company works remotely from their home offices or at clients. The decision could not have been timed better. Besides saving on overhead, it seems that I avoided one of the …

Human Resources

How Morale Changes as a Startup Grows

When we think about startup cultures, we imagine ping pong tables, kegerators, and Nerf guns. More importantly, we envision an <i>esprit de corps</i> that drives employees to happily burn the midnight oil to build the next big thing.<p>However, this startup cultural utopia invariably hits a rough patch for …

Harvard Business Review

Working Less Means Engaging More at These Firms Bucking the Traditional Workweek

<i>From five-hour days to 20-hour weeks, these companies are rethinking the traditional 9-to-5.</i><p>The 40-hour workweek as we know it was popularized by …

Human Resources

Four Workplace Stereotypes Millennials (Like Me) Thoroughly Resent | Fast Company

If you’re trying to understand what an employee wants . . . you can’t expect characteristics that supposedly apply to everybody born within a 15 to 22–year timespan to be all that precise.<p>If personal experience can confirm stereotypes, it can also subvert them.

Human Resources

What Happened to Engagement? This Is What Gamification Can Do For You

You notice that Carl has changed over the last few months. When his team would land a new assignment from a client, he’d be the first to high five his colleagues and jump into the project with passion. During his reviews, he would ask questions to understand what he needed to learn and find ways to …

Human Resources

How Your Company Culture Supports Your Digital Workplace

Organizations that offer a great employee experience and support high employee engagement reap the rewards of increased productivity and …

Employee Engagement

How Entrepreneurs Can Create A Work Space To Benefit Introverts And Extroverts

Each office has a wide range of personalities working inside it. Not to oversimplify things, but I’ve noticed there are two main categories of people in my office; introverts and extroverts. An extrovert is someone who is socially active and engages with everyone they encounter, while an introvert …

Introverts

Office’s Casual Friday Policy Extends To Doing Fuck All Work As Well

A LOCAL DUBLIN office, which operates a ‘casual Friday’ clothing policy admitted that the policy now extended to the amount of work its employees do, …

Human Resources

Electroimpact to pay $485,000 over claims of workplace harassment against Muslims

Mukilteo-based Electroimpact, one of Boeing’s best-known suppliers for aerospace tools and automation, will pay $485,000 after an investigation into …

Workplace Harassment

3 Ways Technology Both Widens and Bridges the Generational Divide at Work

Could your mom explain what you really do at work?<p>What do an iOS developer, a social media intern, a UX designer and a big data architect have in common? Just 10 years ago, their job titles were rare or didn't exist at all.<p>Today, these titles are a dime a dozen for young professionals. In 2008, …

Remote Working

Why Office Perks Aren't Enough to Attract and Retain Millennials

Millennial-friendly workplaces need to prioritize substance over style.<p>The War for Talent is fierce, and brands of varying sizes find themselves fighting on multiple fronts to remain relevant with the youngest generation of employees.<p>Millennials are less tied to their employer than previous …

Human Resources

9 Workplace Hacks to Increase Productivity and Happiness (but Most Bosses Don't Think of Them)

Here's one: Sit by a window (no joke).<p>Since people, culture, and productivity in the workplace are the little planets that revolve around my professional universe, I subscribe to and receive a ton of information, research, and product offers from companies that know what they're talking about.<p>One …

Human Resources

Survey: Your Star Performers Hate Your Open Plan Office (and Struggle to Work There)

More than half of highly talented employees say the noise at work is driving them insane.<p>If you're looking for reasons to dislike open plan offices, you won't to search long. Stories of employees hiding in broom closets to avoid distractions abound, and there are plenty of studies testifying that …

Human Resources

3 Onboarding Tips That Close the Gap for Remote Employees

Consider these strategies to foster engagement and peak performance.<p>What does the first day at a new job look like for a remote employee? Work attire: likely comfy clothes. Start time: flexible, perhaps with a “welcome to the team” conference call at 9 a.m. First assignment: Start getting familiar …

Team Building

Millennials Want to Work From Home. Here Are 5 Tips for Managing Them

If you're currently building a remote team of Millenials, you can benefit from these five tips to navigate the new territory of virtual recruiting and management.<p>The flexible hours and unlimited vacation days that come with remote work are highly appealing to Millennial professionals. World travel, …

Human Resources

3 companies that give staff paid time off when they get a puppy

Anyone who has experienced getting a puppy knows it can be hard work. Owners often refer to their pets as "fur babies," which makes a lot of sense considering how much attention puppies require when you first get them.<p>Puppies need time to settle into their new home and bond with their owners. …

Human Resources

6 Top Reasons Why Pets Should Be Allowed at Work

Want Rocky, Mimi, or Smokey to accompany you to work? Here are 6 solid reasons to convince your HR team.<p>Mary Hope Kramer, an animal expert, caught my attention recently with a pros and cons list of why you should (or should not) bring your pet to work.<p>According to Kramer, pet friendly workplaces …

Human Resources

How This Millennial CEO Of 3 Companies Handles Work Life Balance

As the majority of millennials move into their late twenties and early thirties, the amount of responsibilities continue to pile on. Ryan Alovis is no different. He has successfully sold a company and is the founder and CEO of The Stella Group, which is the parent company of LensDirect.com, …

Work-life Balance

Americans Love Paid Family and Medical Leave—Just Maybe Not When Others Take It - Bloomberg

Whether or not Judge Neil Gorsuch actually said women manipulate their employers for maternity leave, the flap reflects a belief many Americans …

Employment Law

Tech industry employees: We have a diversity problem?

A new report from Atlassian shows a gap between the perception and reality of diversity in tech.<p>If the first step is admitting you have a problem, the tech industry might be further behind than we thought.<p>An overwhelming majority of tech employees -- 94 percent -- say their teams, companies and the …

Silicon Valley

4 Ways to Attract, Retain and Engage Employees

Adapt to meet the needs of your workforce to help increase productivity<p><i>Commentary by Ron Guerrier, Chief Information Officer, Farmers Insurance</i><p>Attracting, retaining, and more importantly engaging talent is often one of the biggest challenges businesses face today. As a business owner, these tasks …

Leadership

Odds Are, Your Culture Will Look Like This in 2020

The business landscape is changing. This is what the work force will demand in the next three years.<p>A recent study by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that Millennials will comprise 50 percent of the workforce by 2020. Based on the law of averages, within three years, your …

Millennials

7 Inexpensive Company Perks That Will Make Your Employees a Lot Happier

While money doesn't buy happiness, recognition can make your people feel great. Here's a mix of free and low-priced ways to make your employees happier.placeholder<p>Although people need a certain amount of money to meet their basic needs, money does not buy happiness.<p>I know this from personal …

Human Resources

Biglaw Associates Offered Work/Life Balance Perks That Go Unused

Are lawyers afraid that they'll be penalized in the future if they take advantage of these reduced-hours policies?

Human Resources

Top 4 Airlines to Work for in 2017

Airlines are considered some of the best employers in the U.S. – in fact, two airlines ranked in the top 50 employers for 2017, beating out places …

Airlines