The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn't work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn't have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.
Whether you're a baby boomer, a Gen-Xer, or somewhere in between, you're facing some harsh truths when it comes to the millennial workforce. The fact of the matter is, they're growing up, and no longer the interns loitering around the office. Millennials might even start to be … gasp … your bosses. Here's why that's OK.
For many of us, retirement inspires mixed feelings. Of course it's an interesting phase of life to ponder. But, fantasizing about how lovely it will be to wake up without an alarm clock, or to retire the suits and ties and dress shoes to the back of the closet only to be worn again on special occasions, is really only the beginning. Pretty soon we start to wonder: what would I even do with all that free time?
Before your New Year's resolutions get pushed to the side, here's a chance to combat your winter sloth, without a gym membership! There are plenty of ways to incorporate a fitness routine into your workday that won't alarm your co-workers and won't break the bank, either. Try a few of these quick exercise ideas and you may also find that your energy improves, along with your mood.
Much like you, your TV favorites play their part in the 40-hour work week. Thanks to the magic of television, these characters make having careers in physics and marketing seem easy. But, do you think they could honestly hold these gigs in real life?
If you're stuck in a holiday shopping frenzy, it's time to reel it back like so many tiny reindeer. This time of year, mere moments before Christmas, lots of us get in the "OMG, I need to buy … something for ______." And then you start impulse-buying glitter photo frames in the grocery store checkout line and things start to get weird. Before you go all nuts at the Pepperidge Farm kiosk in the mall, read about some things that your co-workers really want this year.
Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
Even with global warming, your cube is somehow the coldest point on the planet. And since you can't just start a fire in your trashcan (it's frowned upon), you're going to have to figure out a way to stay warm and happy at work this winter. Before you go ask Mr. Scrooge if you can put another lump of coal on the brazier, try one of these quick tips.
The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
We've all seen it: the trainwreck of a work event when you mix co-workers, booze, and an encouragement to "let your hair down." If you don't want to spend the holidays looking for a new job, nip these mistakes in the bud before that party gets started.
It's the season of giving, or so the television says, but should you always or never give something to your co-workers, or your boss? We weigh the options for keeping yourself on the Nice List and out of trouble with HR — way more important than staying on Santa's good side when you're a grownup with a job.
If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.