Like all relationships over time, our relationships with bosses can grow stale, distant, or simply confusing. And many Americans believe it's a part of the reason their work doesn't feel fulfilling. A recent study reported by The Muse revealed that 60 percent of people say that they would be more productive at work if they had a better relationship with their boss. What's more, is that 70 percent of respondents said that they'd be happier, too. So how do we make that happen?
We stand on the edge of murky waters: a white millennial male writing about diversity in the workplace. But it doesn't take an advanced degree in sociology to determine that some approaches simply aren't going to work. One curious case comes from a recent story in the Washington Post, which reported about a presentation given to business managers at The New York Times. Apparently, those who failed to seek out minority candidates for hiring and promotion would be fired — or at the very least, strongly encouraged to leave. Is there something wrong with this?
It's not hard to make a case that employers are scrambling for ways to appeal to Millennials. In fact, as a Wall Street Journal article from last week shows, even corporate titans like Goldman Sachs are having a hard time pinning down the cloud that is the Millennial workforce. Anecdotally, this author's most shared work is consistently that which mentions Millennials in the headline. All this might indicate that you, the Millennial worker, have some unspoken power of influence in your office. Let's take a look at how that can play out when an employer really starts to listen.
Even in small and midsized businesses, it can feel difficult to get to know the people you work with. You may be a tight-knit team in your own department, but the folks over in accounting might as well be at a different company. Smart businesses like Toronto-based FreshBooks are starting to take notice of this and have found an unconventional, albeit effective solution: setting their employees up on blind dates.
Finding the right company is just as important as finding the right job. Far too many professionals take the first job offer thrown their way out of desperation and impulse, without considering whether the company is a good fit, culturally. That's like marrying someone after the first or second date without knowing anything about that person, other than what you gathered online. A little crazy, right? Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that these eager professionals quickly grow unhappy in their jobs after discovering that it wasn't love at first sight – and this, folks, is why there are so many unhappy and disgruntled workers in America.
If you hate your job, the best part of waking up is … hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep. We'll take a look at a recent study that ranked the nation's states based on level of employee engagement at work. Read on to see where your home turf ranks – you may be surprised as to which states are lowest on the list.
Research shows that 65 percent of managers are "checked-out" at work, which means that there's a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you're unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You're welcome and good luck.