Ever have the feeling that something in your career just isn’t working? While some problems jump out and demand a solution, others are harder to pinpoint. To get at these underlying reasons why you might be dissatisfied, try putting your thoughts down on paper.
Twenty-four little hours without grumping, frowning, grousing, or complaining. That’s the goal of the 12th annual Great American Grump Out, which is today (May 1).
The occasion is the brainchild of stress reduction expert Jan Hathy, who wanted to do something to help America after the trauma of 9/11. The first Grump Out was at Kalamazoo School in Michigan. Thanks to media attention, the idea quickly spread to other states and is now also celebrated in Canada, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
Rewarding employees for meeting certain health standards vs. penalizing them for unhealthy results has been a hot topic in the news, with headlines such as “When the Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat” splattered across major publications. While leaders often prefer voluntary programs featuring incentives to make health improvements – a gift card for participating in a fitness challenge or $50 off monthly insurance payments for regular blood-pressure monitoring -- some are not seeing sufficient change.
No, those new hires aren’t getting younger by the minute. Today is “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” meaning some 3.5 million workplaces will be hosting pint-sized guests eager to learn what their parents do when they disappear to that mysterious thing called “a job.” Now in its 20th year, this national public education program was designed to help children connect what they learn at school with the actual working world and encourage them to think about what they might like to do someday.
Whether promoting employee well-being, encouraging innovation, or recognizing contribution, companies that earn “best to work for” titles find ways to create a culture where individuals feel valued and energized. Here’s a look at some of the morale-boosting practices of companies on Fortune’s 2013 list:
Who is the biggest team player in the office and the most trusted office employee? You, according to a survey conducted by Staples in honor of Administrative Professionals Week. Two-thirds of non-admin respondents gave “top team player” honors to their admin, and admins beat out the boss and human resource workers for the title of “most trusted,” too. (More than half of those surveyed also believe you are under-compensated and that you have “super-human” powers.)
The “greenest” employee at your company may be the one who doesn’t come to the workplace. According to a survey by USamp and TeamViewer, telecommuters often demonstrate more environment-friendly behaviors than their office counterparts because they are used to trying harder to conserve at home.
The Office Professional would like to extend our best wishes to all admins as Administrative Professionals Week kicks off. While Wednesday marks the individual day when many workplaces recognize the contributions and accomplishments of their amazing admins, it’s never too early to get the celebration started when it comes to feting dedicated, invaluable workers!