While it is still debatable whether or not they really had to walk two miles in the snow to get to school each day, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics supports the claim that workers in previous generations put in more hours.
If your workspace sometimes gets a little bit lonely, or you just need a distraction from co-workers once in a while, you might wish you could have a pet at the office. Well, if your employer doesn’t allow furry visitors like dogs or cats, fish might be your only option. But a full-sized aquarium might not be practical (or permitted).
There are many aspects about our workspace that can negative impact our productivity. Some of those may be obvious—for example, if you are surrounded by lots of noise, that can be such a distraction that it prevents you from focusing. Likewise, if there is a lot of clutter, that can also make it tough for you to operate efficiently.
Sure, bypassing the morning commute, being able to pick up the kids from school, and completing some household chores on your lunch break may sound great, but not all workers are cut out to work from home. Instead of focusing on the “perks” of a flexible schedule, those considering this option need to be honest about the chances of such an arrangement being successful.
To get an idea of how well you’d fare, business and workplace expert Alexandra Levit suggests examining your level of the following five traits:
Let’s face it, nobody really loves being stuck in the office during the summer. There are countless other things you’d rather be doing: hanging out by the pool, sunning yourself at the beach or going on a luxury vacation. If those aren’t an option for you because you have to work, you probably spend a good portion of your time at the office stewing with resentment, and envying friends who aren’t working during the summer.
For many workers, encounters with homeless people happen daily. While such incidents may make one feel lucky to have a job, these meetings often feel uncomfortable. A passerby may feel sad about the predicament, uncertain about what to do, or even annoyed that the person is “asking for handouts.”
USB drives are a very helpful tool for office professionals—or anyone who uses computers, really. They are a convenient way to store important files, in a way that makes them accessible and easily transferred. Flash drives are small and very portable, and are pretty much a must-have tool for anyone who often works in several different locations or needs to share files among devices.
While the media often portrays workers as a restless bunch who are eager to find new positions, don’t assume everybody is secretly job hunting. According to the Labor Department, roughly a quarter of adults have been with their same employer for 10 or more years. Undoubtedly, many of them are simply fortunate to have found a place and position that makes them happy, but what else might make them stay?