The newest technology “must-have” device is the smart watch. This watch is wearable technology and will perform the functions of your smartphone; only you wear it on your wrist. The question is, will something like this help your work/life balance or hinder it? Will you be able to separate your work life from your private life? Now a smart watch allows you to connect to the internet and access current data. You can access your...
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The perfect work day would be a continuous flow of uninterrupted time where you didn’t have to deal with an illness, a personal crisis, or a problem with a child. But that doesn’t happen in real life. In real life, you get sick, the car breaks down, or the babysitter doesn’t show up. So, how, do you handle these types of issues? So first, if you have a medical appointment, what is the best way...
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Personal hygiene can be a major problem at work if another coworker isn’t too particular about being clean. It could be an issue like dirty hair, not showering, bad breath or even wearing clothes to work which are dirty. Having to work beside a person whose personal hygiene habits aren’t too good makes for unhappy unoffending employees also. Even if the issue is the overuse of cologne or perfume where people have trouble breathing around...
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It’s important for your employees to be able to achieve a balance between life and work. This is often a challenge though because of the pressures of day to day work along with the pressures of family life. There are also pressures from having time to maintain friendships and from your employees’ own normal self-care. If your employees feel that they have more control over what’s happening in their home life and with their friendships...
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Holiday seasons are notorious for having a negative effect on productivity. Everyone suffers including employees, customers and management. It’s a distracting time for everyone. The problem is that everyone needs to get things done during every holiday season. Project goals need to be met. Products need to be shipped. Customer problems must be resolved. Manufacturing can’t press pause at any time. Most offices need to be staffed almost constantly. This is tough on both managers...
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Debt is a common problem in the United States. Many people accumulate large amounts of debt during difficult times such as unemployment or illnesses. Others build up debt due to bad financial planning. Over time, the pressure of unpaid debt can cause a significant amount off stress for employees as debt accumulates and payment amounts accumulate. This stress can affect their performance. They may have trouble concentrating on work. Others may take part-time jobs to...
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It’s tragic when an employee passes away. It’s a blow to everyone who knows the person, especially the immediate family, but also for the people who work with the deceased. Some companies don’t have managers that think ahead about these situations. Other companies have human resources departments that have documented procedures for employee death benefits and procedures for dealing with the death of a worker. It’s a good idea, no matter what the size of...
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The seating options at work are more important than you might realize. It’s tempting to order office chairs in bulk to same time and money. This blanket approach may be inappropriate because employees are different from one another. Investing in the proper seating might seem trivial if you don’t think about it carefully. The fact is that comfortable seating is important for employee comfort and productivity. The same-sized seating configurations are not appropriate for everyone....
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PTO or Paid Time Off is the time awarded to employees for vacations and personal time. It’s one of the most important benefits that employees receive. Everyone one needs a break from work. While most companies provide time off, many don’t use the time they’re entitled to. At the same time, surveys show that employees are experiencing more stress than ever. People’s fears about taking time off are so significant that many people go years without taking time off....
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It’s critical to find the right chair for work. It’s one of the important pieces of equipment you use at work because it has a significant effect on your comfort and productivity. Finding the right chair will make a big difference in how you feel while you’re at work and after hours. Many people who suffer from back, neck and other muscle aches have these problems because they are sitting in a chair that doesn’t...
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