While telecommuting might be a great cost savings for companies who want to save on real estate and utilities by making you effectively pay for them at your house, it's not perfect. As much as it pains me to say it, here are some downsides to the working-from-home scenario.
Mistakes are pretty common in all areas of life. The workplace is no exception. The only difference is that the stakes might be higher. Depending on the severity of your goof, your job may be at risk. If you're fortunate enough to realize your mistake before it causes a major catastrophe and puts you and your manager in a tough situation, there are a few things you can do.
Want to be the boss someday? In addition to gaining experience and building skill sets, you'll need to take on new responsibilities and rise to the level of your next job. While ambition is key, there is more to proving that you are ready for the next level, if you want to make it big in the corporate world.
There is a real, dumb reason we go into work when we're sick, and it's super scientific. We broke down analysis by the researchers at the University of East Anglia to help us understand this madness.
Tough choices cross our desks every day. Oftentimes (thankfully) we know what we want to do and we know how to go about getting it done. However, every so often a choice might leave you scratching your head and wondering what your next move should be. If you're feeling indecisive, but need to move forward somehow, here are some tips to help you get over the hump.
It is very frustrating when you talk to your boss and he or she won't listen. Your repeated attempts at getting your thoughts across fall on deaf years and you don't feel respected or valued. If this is a problem you face at work, then you might need to change your approach to communicating.
It's dark, getting colder, and your next day off is still weeks away. If you're getting down at work, try a few minutes break with one of these inspirational TED talks. You just might find some answers without ever leaving your computer.
If perception determined reality, Monday would be as long as the other four days of the standard workweek, combined. Somehow, this is true even though few of us in this age of always-on mobile devices get to unplug for an entire weekend. The good news is that the very same technology that makes work-life balance so hard can also help us cheer each other on. Here's how one strategically deployed hashtag can get you back on track this Monday afternoon. (Or, at least provide you with a more pleasant distraction than your usual procrastination techniques.)
Is it possible that sitting all day creates a whole host of health issues? Likely. Can you do something about it? Yes. Will you? Maybe. No matter what the latest science might say, moving more is good for you, and we probably need to ditch the chair (at least a little bit) more often than we do. Here are some tips to get you away from maybe/probably and closer to a healthier you.
Halloween is an opportunity to have a little bit of fun with what you wear to work. Cruising right past the cozy feel of casual Friday, the holiday offers even more choice – providing the opportunity to amuse and delight your colleagues, and yourself, with what you elect to wear. Other questions also arise with the holiday. Should we have a party? Should any special parameters be put in place for the day? There are some guidelines that are good to keep in mind.
Some people like to listen to music while they work, believing that it helps them improve their focus, and maybe even their mood. But, is there any truth behind the idea that listening to music around the office is good for productivity? Might some music do the trick better than others? We looked to science for some answers. Here are a few things we discovered.
Most of the time, lunch doesn't really feel like that big of a deal. If we're able to take a lunch break, we generally feel glad, and enjoy a short respite from the craziness of the workday. Often though, we lunch at our desks, or on our feet, unable to take the time to sit down and eat, even just for a few minutes. Still though, what does it really matter? Well, here are a few surprising facts about lunch breaks that might inspire you to pay a little more attention to how you spend this time.
Big, open spaces crammed full of bodies with nothing to break up the sound of a workday frenzy: sounds great, right? While open offices seemed like a way to promote collaboration (and save money by putting more employees per square foot), the trend does have its drawbacks, especially if you're a bit more turtle than tiger at work. Here's how to cope when your privacy at work goes bye-bye.
Hot desking isn't a new idea, but it may be one picking up steam, especially as big corporations with big footprints try to squeeze the dime out of every dollar of floor space. Imagine this: you show up to work and plop your laptop just anywhere there's room. From day to day, your spot might be all over the floor or building, depending on available space and maybe even your mood. Is having an unassigned desk really a good thing for those who need to work?
Does your job feel like it should include "herding cats" in the description most of the time? How do you get people you manage to actually want to do what you tell them? Unless you're a pre-school teacher, you're likely dealing with a gaggle of adults, but sometimes it's next to impossible to get them to operate like a team, all working for the same common goal. So here are some ideas that are so simple, they just might work (and no, they don't involve pointy sticks).