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.
Workplace inequality may sound like some "oh, woe is me" sob story that women are, well, sobbing about, but the reality of the situation is much more serious than most of us would like to admit. It's 2015 and women still earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. So what's holding women back in their careers?
The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
America's parental leave situation is dire. As you probably know, America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid parental leave to workers, so working parents are forced to use accumulated vacation and sick hours to ensure some sort of income during their time off. Even if parents are lucky enough to have paid parental leave, they might not take it all. Why? In part, it's because dads often head back to work, even before their leave is up.
If you've ever teetered back and forth trying to figure out whether money could buy you happiness or not, then you're not alone. Choosing a career can often seem like a trade-off between wealth and happiness. Do you take the higher paying job and sacrifice time with your family, or do you choose the job that allows you more freedom and flexibility but warrants a smaller paycheck? See if your answer changes after reading what research has to say about the money-happiness argument.
We all adjust our personality and behaviors to accommodate our environment, or the task at hand. Sometimes, it can seem like it might be a good move to put on a professional face that is very different from our own, to earn promotions, or please our bosses or even our co-workers. However, pretending to be someone that you're not at work, day after day, could backfire. There are a lot of reasons why it might be better to just be yourself. Here are a few things to consider.
If you've seen a swarm lining up for the latest electronic geegaw, or folks wearing T-shirts emblazoned not with their college or favorite sports team but a corporate brand, you might dismiss these folks as fanatics. But would you like to work someplace that treats its employees as disciples, not team members?
They say it takes a village to raise a baby, but what happens when mom and dad have to leave the village and return to work? Making the transition from "new parents" to "new parents who also have to work a full-time jobs" is no easy feat, and many new parents find it so difficult and costly that one chooses to put their career on hold to be the primary caregiver instead. Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered perks that helped make the transition for working parents a tad bit easier? Believe it or not, some companies do. Here is a list of the five incredible perks for working parents and the companies that so graciously offer them.
We've all heard advice on how to feel more energized. Unfortunately, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night just isn't possible some days, and getting out of the office for a quick walk isn't always an option either. Although these solutions are probably best in the long term, there are other things you can do for a quick pick-me-up in the meantime. Here are a few quick and easy ways to feel more energized right now.