The Workplace

IBM’s Remote Work Reversal Is A Losing Battle Against The New Normal

One CEO explains why IBM’s latest directive is retrograde and likely to backfire.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>Until recently, IBM was one of the first and biggest proponents of remote work. But no longer. In March, the …

Human Resources

Under 30 CEO Who Sold $1 Billion Worth Of Lamborghinis Shares His Secrets To Work-Life Balance

Brett David is the 29-year-old CEO of Prestige Imports Motor Group Miami. At 19 years old, he took over the dealership after his father passed away. David’s father instilled in him an honest work ethic and the value of giving back. As a result, he’s become an active supporter of charitable …

Work-life Balance

54 percent of American workers don’t use all their vacation days

Ninety-one percent of full-time U.S. workers receive paid vacation from their employers, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. That’s nice. What’s not nice is that, according to two new reports, the average worker only takes half of their vacation days earned a year – which …

Human Resources

Improve Your Digital Workplace with an Employee-First Approach

How many applications, platforms or software tools make up your business technology stack? Ten? Fifty? Over 100?<p>The days when organizations could …

Human Resources

How older workers can help the economy

We need employers to actively retain, retrain and recruit older workers, writes Patrick Thomson of the Centre for Ageing Better<p>As your article highlights (Retirement age of 70 needed to avert pensions crisis, says WEF, 26 May), the demographic shift that we are currently facing may put financial …

Human Resources

U.S. workers — especially millennial women — aren't taking all their earned vacation

U.S. companies may be touting "unlimited vacation" policies and expanding paid leave benefits to attract younger workers. But just before the long weekend kickoff to summer, two new surveys show that plenty of U.S. workers still don't feel they can use all that time they're offered — as well as an …

Human Resources

Work for Audible, Live Rent-Free?

Would you live in Newark if your boss paid your rent for a year?<p>That was the question that Audible.com, the audiobook company, posed to its workers when it announced a housing lottery in January. The 20 winning employees would get $2,000 a month in free rent for a year if they signed a two-year …

New York City

Work Friends Make Us More Productive (Except When They Stress Us Out)

Since almost the beginning of management research, we’ve known that social dynamics affect workplace performance. Indeed, one of the pivotal questions of Gallup’s famous employee engagement survey asks whether respondents “have a best friend at work.” But while friendship at work always being a …

Human Resources

Master Working from Home.

Like<p><b>Like</b> <b>Love</b> <b>Haha</b> <b>Wow</b> <b>Sad</b> <b>Angry</b><p>(<b>ThySistas.com</b>) Working from home can seem like a dream for someone that must deal with the stress of “<i>the office</i>”. The …

Work from Home

Pattie Lovett-Reid: 5 reasons you need to take time off - Article

Pattie Lovett-Reid<p>Chief Financial Commentator, CTV<p>Follow|Archive<p>In an environment where you may worry about being considered dispensable, it is no …

Business (Canada)

Are you allowed to leave work if the office gets too hot in a heatwave?

<b>There’s nothing worse than sitting in a stifling office in the middle of a heatwave.</b><p>You’re missing out on enjoying the sun, you’ve got no time for …

Heat Waves

The Reason You'll Take Less Holiday Time This Summer Than Your Male Colleagues Is Grim

These stats have got us angry, and you don't want to see us angry<p>Work culture is something that is really difficult to change (and yet we keep on …

Human Resources

Looking to Work From Home but You're Not a Techie? Top Firms Are Hiring for These Remote Jobs

Remote jobs aren't just for techies anymore.<p>Earlier this month, I wrote about FlexJobs' annual list of the 100 top companies to watch for remote jobs in the months ahead. Moment of truth: Many are in the tech space requiring highly-skilled workers with some sort of technology background on their …

Remote Working

Single workers aren’t there to pick up the slack for their married bosses and colleagues

There are a lot of misconceptions about single people in the modern-day workplace. A former employer once brushed me off when I raised the issue of salary, telling me that because I was a single person with no children, my concerns couldn’t really be about money—after all, I had no one else to …

OECD

WeWork, the $17 billion company that simulates startup life, is getting into the fitness business

The company that asked startup workers and freelancers to cram into communal office spaces, then apartments, has quietly gotten into the fitness business.<p>Quartz reported that WeWork plans to open a permanent gym at 85 Broad Street in New York City, where the company has a co-working space. Later, a …

Startups

Can You Succeed in a Workplace Where You Aren't a Culture Fit?

It's extremely difficult to succeed in an environment - any environment - where you don't share the values of the people and organization you work with.<p><i>Can employees succeed in the workplace even when they're not a natural cultural fit? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share</i> …

Human Resources

This is What Makes A Vacation Restorative

Here’s how to make sure you return to work fully recharged after your vacation.<p>Time off helps us recover. When we’re not working, we’re able to rebuild internal resources that we depleted while dealing with the stress of work. But not all time off recharges us equally.<p>What is it about some …

Human Resources

Is a Shorter Workday Actually Better for Businesses?

In a Swedish study, a six-hour workday resulted in a 4.7 percent reduction in total sick days taken and a noticeable reduction in absenteeism.<p>How many times have you wished for a shorter workday? Late Sunday night, you might think to yourself how much easier Monday would seem if it were a few hours …

Time Management

Your office needs innovation — here’s how it can happen

Having an open and honest line of communication with your supervisor at work is easier said than done, but as more research takes place around workplace dynamics, evidence is emerging on how the lack of dialogue between employer and employee can lead to miscommunications — specifically on the topic …

Human Resources

A new traffic light for your desk will fend off chatty coworkers

You know that sinking feeling you get when you’re waist-deep in work at the office, and your beloved work spouse comes over to tell you something …

Human Resources

Working at Kraft Heinz means competition, cost-cutting, and for some, reward

Certain kinds of people thrive at Kraft Heinz, one of the most ambitious and polarizing companies in the American food industry.<p>They're the types who can keep their desk clutter-free save for no more than two personal items, per company policy. The types who get amped up gazing upon charts of sales …

Business

Free booze: The work perk no-one asked for

Companies hope to attract staff by installing prosecco taps and beer fridges in the office – but they may be missing the mark, writes Pádraig Belton.<p><i>Press for champagne</i>. There are certainly worse buttons to have on your desk – most of us have them for mundane tasks like operating telephones or …

Human Resources

The 50 Best Companies to for Work in Chicago

When most people think of a successful company, the first word that comes to mind probably isn't "nice"—unless you're in Chicago. The Windy City …

News (U.S.)

East European migrants work harder than Britons and take less sick leave

Researchers warn UK natives are missing out on jobs because of unfair reputation.<p>Migrants are harder working than Britons but become just as lazy …

Brexit

Work-Life Balance Defined By 5 Work From Home Female Entrepreneurs

Work-life balance means something different to everyone. Old school mentalities often associate it with an equal split of time between one’s personal and professional life. More recently, work-life balance has become synonymous with work-life integration, where the two co-exist in a way that gives …

Work-life Balance

The Last Slice Of 'Swiss Cheese': How Company Culture Saves Lives Or Gets People Killed

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration occasionally publishes reports it calls “Fatal Facts.” Each is a summary of a workplace accident that killed someone.<p>One describes how a 22-year-old ironworker was steam-cleaning a massive road scraper, standing between the bed of the machine and …

Cheese

Alberta introduces first overhaul of workplace rules in almost 30 years

The first major overhaul of Alberta’s workplace rules in almost 30 years proposes that workers be allowed to take unpaid leave to look after themselves and loved ones without fear of losing their jobs.<p>The Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act introduced Wednesday also would bring maternity and …

Human Resources

6 Tips for Keeping a Strong Bond with Your Virtual Employees

Whether your remote employee is working from a different room, city or country, here's how to make sure they're focused, comfortable and on track.<p>Anyone who is in business today knows about the growing prevalence of virtual workers. From small startups to large corporations, employers across the …

Project Management

Newly appointed head of complaint board was subject of workplace complaints

The city’s newly appointed Civilian Complaint Review Board head was once the subject of workplace complaints, himself — including claims that he …

New York City

Americans Don’t Take Enough Vacation. That May be Changing, Says New Study.

<b>Americans don't take enough vacation days.</b><p>That may be changing, according to the latest research by Project: Time Off. Their annual survey, conducted …

Human Resources