Office professionals know that part of being a professional entails being able to handle their coworkers quirks, annoying habits and idiosyncrasies. Harold Cummings in account cracks his knuckles. Anita Swanson in human resources clicks her dentures (gross!). Tim Swanson cuts his toenails in his cubicle (really gross!). Nevertheless, you are a professional, and somehow you manage to overlook these distractions that swirl around you all day and accomplish your work.
Do you hate meetings? If so, you’re not alone. They’ve become a dreaded staple of office life, and are often the subject of much complaining in the workplace. In an effort to make meetings shorter and more productive, many companies are now embracing stand-up meetings.
Just as the name implies, these are meetings where everyone gathers around while standing up, as opposed to sitting down at conference tables. The idea is, is people are less comfortable, they are less likely to want to shoot the breeze or ramble on and waste everyone’s time.
Since mandatory retirement has been abolished in most industries, we are living in a time when multiple generations of employees are working together. Seasoned octogenarians working alongside college interns, and every age group in between, can make for a workforce that is particularly diverse in a generational sense. This age diversity in the workplace presents challenges in areas of communication, expectations, work ethic, and abilities and strengths.
Some office professionals have a more difficult time than others understanding the boundaries that separate our personal and professional lives. Whether these people or lonely or just more open, they share too much of their lives at the office too fast, making others uncomfortable and themselves the target of gossip and criticism.
It’s often difficult to understand why some people act the way they do. After all, how self-unaware must one be not to know they are being rude? Were they raised by rude parents in a rude society, or is it something deep within their DNA, or perhaps just an unlikeable part of their personality. It’s unfathomable that in today’s workplace, where candidates are intensely vetted and scrutinized by various levels of a meticulous interview process, that rude people actually make it into the workforce. But they do.
It’s Super Bowl week, and regardless of where you stand, or don’t stand, as a sports fan, there will be no avoiding talk at the office about the big game on Sunday. Even if you don’t care about the game, you do care about your job, and at the workplace it is important to convey the image that you are in touch with the cultural events of the society you live in. Whether you like it or not, there are few events in America bigger than the Super Bowl. So here is what you need to know this week in order to fake your way through conversations at the office.
If you are a member of Generation Y—or work with people who are—you know that these people tend to do things differently than previous generations, and that includes their approach to the workplace. (The exact parameters for Generation Y vary depending on whom you ask, but generally refers to young people who are now in their teens or 20s, including fairly recent college graduates.)
Job seekers can often feel like their efforts are futile. This is especially true in the case of online job applications. It can often feel like you are just sending your resume out into space, where it promptly gets swallowed up into a black hole.
Unfortunately, the reality may not be far off. Only, your application may end up in the high-tech version of a black hole—the trash folder or deleted file.
Perhaps no demographic in the workplace is analyzed more than the working mother. There are more surveys, articles and pie charts our there that deconstruct the life of a working mother than there are for housing numbers, gasoline prices or the Oscars. Data about working mothers is everywhere. And now there is more data, but this time it addresses what childless career women feel about working mothers. Hint: They’re scared of them.
As most office professionals know, the office can be a stressful place. Demanding customers, heavy workloads, tight deadlines and, yes, frustrating co-workers can all add to our stress level. There are some “wish list” ways to make the office a less stressful place—reducing your workload, giving you more time off and making the entire staff happy and pleasant—but those are things that are probably beyond your control (not to mention unrealistic).