time management

Why Even Small Businesses Need a Bereavement Policy

The average American spends 8.8 hours a day in work related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is around 176 hours each month working (and sometimes playing) alongside your coworkers. It’s easy to see how these people become an extended family. As a business, how do you handle a death in a staff member’s life? There are two considerations: the personal side of the loss and the blowback on the company such as downtime. Thinking ahead about something that inevitably happens in every organization is a practical approach to managing office grief. Bereavement Policy Major corporations have set protocols in place for managing different...

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Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance 2013; Glassdoor Report

With technology keeping employees connected 24/7, is work-life balance becoming easier or more difficult for employees to maintain? While some HR pros may think technology makes it easier to send employees home and encourage them to enjoy their time out of the office, Glassdoor data shows the average work-life balance rating has dropped from a 3.5 in 2009, to a 3.4 in 2011, to a 3.2 thus far in 2013. (Ratings based on 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 5.0=very satisfied). Today, Glassdoor revealed its third annual list of Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance (2013), recognizing the highest rated companies for work-life balance over the past year, entirely...

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Guest post: How to Create the Eighth Day of the Week

‘There are just not enough days in the week. If I had more time I’d…’ How many times have you said this to yourself? I know I have many times, and really there is no reason why it has to be that way. The Graduate Recruitment Bureau suggest by making  these simple changes to your routine you’ll find you have more time to spend on what you want to do rather than what you have to do. Get enough sleep. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. We need it to function, be happy and productive- but in the right amounts. It’s important to not get too much sleep as this can have the same effect as not getting enough. When you are 5 you need 13 hours sleep. When...

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2013 Goals

It’s that time of year again when we all start to think about resolutions, goals, the year ahead, etc. I’m not a big New Year’s resolutions kind of person, but this year I’m starting off with two main goals: 1. Reduce the number of emails I receive. We all know that email can be a huge time suck, so I’m making a commitment to myself to eliminate some of the noise. I’ve already started the process of unsubscribing to a number of newsletters that are pushed to my inbox. If I really need the information, I can go to that person’s/company’s/organization’s website. 2. ”Babysit” less and hold people more...

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Guest post: 5 Things To Avoid During the First Hour of Your Work Day

If you are among the millions of Americans who do not have the luxury of having a wealthy uncle that left you his wildly successful portfolio filled with investments in all of the top companies in the world, then you probably understand all too well the stress that comes along with managing a successful career and personal life. We all have to work, so the question is how can we enjoy our job and reduce the chance of a stressful day ruining our mood and hampering our success? The solution seems relatively simple: Having a series of successful work days is the key to enjoying your job. Well it sounds easy enough, right? There are many factors that can help ensure a...

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Guest post: Limited Internet Access in Offices – Making it Work

The internet is a boon with so much information right at our fingertips. Alas, it is yet another two-sided coin, offering so many distractions – sports updates, movie reviews and personal emails – when there is important work to be done. Your company most likely goes with the majority in believing that internet access for your employees should be restricted. But the real question is “to what extent?” The company wants its employees to carry out productive work in the hours they get paid for. The employees need to browse the internet for various reasons, the most common being a stress-buster during the working day. You need to find the right...

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