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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Find a comfortable chair is a challenge for office workers everywhere. You've probably had many experiences with uncomfortable chairs. Who hasn't sat in a chair that drives them crazy all day long? Chairs can be uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. Some parts of your body might feel restricted like your arms or legs. The chair may feel like it was made for someone else, and no matter how you adjust it, it doesn't feel quite right. At the...
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Although some people thrive on change, it is a major source of stress for others. This is particularly true in the workplace, where change often means new responsibilities, new reporting structures and the possibility of job loss. The confusion can be overwhelming and it can lead to a significant drop in productivity. That's why you need to take an active role in managing employee stress during times of change. Your intervention can help employees stay calm and focused during...
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Some employees complain of dealing with managers who don't pay attention to team members. This is a frustrating situation because employees don't receive the direction and support they need. They feel like they have to guess they should be doing. An unengaged manager is one end of the management spectrum. There is an opposite kind of manager that can make life difficult for team members. This is a micromanager who, rather than being unengaged, is overly involved and can make...
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The idea of flexible work environments is popular with employees but it takes some research to decide whether this concept is appropriate for your business. Flexible work environments can mean a lot of different things to different people. If you decide to consider flexible work environments, you need to determine what kind of flexibility you want to extend to employees and how arrangements will function. One common type of flexibility concerns working hours. It means changes to work...
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