For workers struggling to stay awake in the afternoon, some companies are providing a better alternative than coffee and energy drinks. According to this article, an increasing number of employers are offering spaces to take a nap. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 34% of respondents said their employers allow them to nap at work, and 16% said their employers also have designated napping areas.
Does the sex of your supervisor matter? For some workers, the answer is “yes.” A recent survey conducted by Salary.com on gender perceptions in the workplace found that 36 percent of women would pick a man as a boss if given the choice. Only 11 percent of women said they’d rather work for another woman. On the flipside, 31 percent of men would prefer a male boss and 9 percent would choose a female.
While administrative assistants have been a vital part of office life for decades, most modern-day pros perform duties quite different from their historical counterparts. As this article notes, tighter budgets and pared-down staffs are forcing employers to redistribute responsibilities. Many admins find themselves assuming some managerial duties. Others become the office’s go-to person for tech issues.
In a shaky economy, workers are encouraged to become “indispensable.” But what does this word mean? While the exact actions needed to be too critical to let go vary by company and the extent of the layoffs, here are some behaviors that can be helpful:
Hesitant to get clarification or admit you don’t understand something? Instead of worrying that asking questions will make you look incompetent, realize that most managers see speaking up as a sign that you care about your work and want to be sure you’re doing the job right. Unfortunately, baggage around this issue keeps many people silent.