Work Environment

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Blame the 'open plan' office design that pretty much takes away individual privacy or blame the workplace information overload that causes many office dweller types to feel like no matter how much they are working, they never seem to feel like they are getting much accomplished, modern work and workplaces can seem really, really frustrating.

November 16, 2018

Research shows that 90 percent of what we perceive about our world is absorbed visually. And, visual perceptions greatly influence our overall impression of our surroundings. That’s why a company’s physical environment is so important to get right.

July 31, 2017
We get so caught up, as HR professionals, in trying to justify our existence, telling anyone who will listen and tweeting to the Twittersphere, that we matter and we add value. We spend so much time that we lose sight of why we are really here for our organizations. We are here to cultivate and develop human resources. We are here to make sure these resources have the tools and environment to learn, develop and succeed. This may not directly generate revenue. This may not get us on the front page of our intranet or the cover of CEO Fancy, but it is our job. We choose to do this.
August 29, 2013
Bob Filner. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Herman Cain. Samuel Kent. Suzanne Barr.
What do these five people have in common? All are (or were) powerful professionals or politicians whose reputations and careers were blemished by allegations that they sexually harassed others.
At a time when companies and government entities are pouring money and manpower into preventing sexual harassment, how can some leaders—despite being smart, educated and worldly—still not get it?  
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August 21, 2013
Part-time workers in the U.S. are 54 percent more likely to report having been diagnosed with depression than their full-time counterparts, and those with a history of depression miss 57 percent more workdays than do full-time employees with the same background, according to a new Gallup poll.
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August 14, 2013

The American Heart Association reports that more than 154 million U.S. adults are overweight or obese. And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, about 39 percent of U.S. employees say they work in white-collar professions, which can mean spending a lot of time sitting at a desk.

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August 7, 2013

Yahoo’s controversial move in early 2013 to bar employees from telecommuting and Best Buy’s subsequently announced decision to limit its work-from-home options may have created the impression that telework is losing favor among U.S. employers.

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July 30, 2013
Businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently experiencing changes in the makeup of their workforce – from alterations in the economic landscape, technological advances, globalization, and – for the first time in the U.S. - members of five generations working, living, buying, driving, and aging together with one another.  
July 23, 2013
Since 2003, 25 states have introduced workplace bullying legislation that would allow workers to sue for harassment without requiring a showing of discrimination.
Critics contend that these laws would encourage frivolous lawsuits. Could they protect workers from bullying while not opening up employers to scores of meritless claims or imposing a civility code on the workplace?
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July 22, 2013
Nobody likes the Whiner, the person at the office who complains about everything and hurts workplace morale. Then there’s the Know-It-All, the annoying co-worker who weighs in on seemingly everything with an expert opinion. Just as maddening is the Super-Agreeable employee, the one who says yes to everything but doesn’t always follow through.
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July 11, 2013
There is a notable gender difference in terms of how the stress of personal problems contributes to the rates of reported disciplinary action addressing productivity, absenteeism and work quality, with men more than twice as likely as women to be subject to formal disciplinary action due to these issues (9.8 percent vs. 4.4 percent).
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July 10, 2013

On June 26, @weknownext chatted with special guest @MarenHogan about HR's Social Capital.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


June 26, 2013
Every so often, I get a call from an employee. The call goes something like this:
"I need an employment lawyer. Are you an employment lawyer?"
"Good. Because I am dealing with a hostile work environment."
"Well, I generally only represent employers. So---"
"--- But, my hostile work environment is bad. My manager is so mean. He yells at me. He gives me lots of work. He's terrible. Do I have a case?"
"How did you get my number?"
June 26, 2013
They can be charming, presentable, socially skilled, professionally successful and well-regarded by superiors. They can also be workplace bullies.
Despite employer policies that discourage and punish bullying, many workers manage to strategically abuse colleagues while still having successful careers, winning promotions and earning outstanding performance evaluations, according to the first academic study to measure the relationship between bullying and job performance.
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June 25, 2013

On June 19, @weknownext chatted with the NextChatters about the topic "Rewarding Failure."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


June 19, 2013
Yahoo is in the news again—this time for providing employees with paid maternity and paternity leave, instead of its announcement earlier this year that it was limiting telecommuting.
Moms are granted more paid leave than dads at Yahoo. Both receive eight paid weeks to bond with a child, but mothers can take another eight weeks’ paid leave after pregnancy.
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June 19, 2013
Attracting millennials has turned into a “best places to work” battle. Improving the work environment to increase employee engagement was the first step. Companies are now seeing that an upgraded office space can attract top talent. 
June 19, 2013

On June 12, @weknownext chatted with John Bell (@JohnRichardBell) about the topic "Is there still a place for bold, top-down leadership?"

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat...


June 12, 2013
Every once in a while I share things here that I’ve put out to our managers. Why? Because I know that many of you struggle with getting your managers on board in some areas, too! The message below is one that I recently passed to our supervisors in order to help them understand the end of the recruiting process.
June 12, 2013
NEW YORK—Setting aggressive financial goals that employees can’t make, having “bad barrels” instead of a few “bad apples” and watching a high performer violate rules are a few signs that an ethical workplace culture may be at risk, experts said recently.
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June 11, 2013