A new survey by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., reports that more than 70 percent of both office workers and managers believe that workers are more productive today than they were five years ago. To what do companies owe this increase?
Worker satisfaction is vital for increasing morale and productivity and decreasing absenteeism and employee turnover. So just how happy are Americans with various aspects of their jobs? A new Gallup poll reveals some interesting results.
Out of 13 elements presented, the top areas in which workers expressed that they were “completely satisfied” were:
From the lingering scent of a heavily perfumed co-worker to your cubicle neighbor’s pungent lunch, the workplace can be filled with a variety of distracting smells. While it can be difficult to bring up the matter with offenders, start by setting a good example and examining ways you might be contributing to the office’s atmosphere.
Is the American workplace really losing productivity from employees taking too much time out to use technology for personal reasons? The answer may depend on who you ask. In a new poll by workplace communication experts The Marlin Company, the typical American worker reported that he or she spends an average of 15.5 minutes a day using smart phones, tablets, and other computer devices in the workplace for personal or social purposes.
Employees at small businesses grow used to hearing this question from inquisitive friends and family. While being able to say the name of your workplace and have instant recognition can be flattering, rest assured that plenty of people have had successful, fulfilling careers at institutions that aren’t household names. Among the reasons they stay:
For most of us, our biggest tech-related nightmare is a computer crash, especially one that involves losing our only copy of important files. But coming in at a close second is probably a sudden and unexpected loss of power and/or internet service. And of course this would usually happen at the most inconvenient time, when we are on a tight deadline or are working on something urgent.
Intrigued by the idea of becoming a virtual assistant? Before venturing into this growing field, it is important to think things through. Kathrine Farris, owner of Strategic Office Support and coach of aspiring VAs, offers this food for thought before leaving your current office position: