Posts tagged with 'office-culture'
Noisy, Disruptive and Now, Not Even CollaborativeRead the rest of this entry »
Here's another blow against open floorplans: they don't improve face-to-face collaboration.
That was one of the leading reasons why companies tore out partitions and even eliminated assigned workspaces. It didn't hurt that open offices also cost less to furnish, a reason tech startups adopted the concept.
But then studies began to find these offices were noisier and that workers experienced more disruptions and higher levels of stress. The belief was ...
Halloween Is A Scary Time For HRRead the rest of this entry »
The nightmare that is Halloween is all too real for human resources. While everyone else is looking forward to spooky and scary, HR is spooked by the thought someone might show up this year as an Ebola victim or a pole dancer.
This is not just a sky is falling worry. Says Michael V. Abcarian, a managing partner of Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm, "In ...
Are You Guilty Of Exclamatory Excess?Read the rest of this entry »
Today's business writing tends to be warmer in style and friendlier in tone, conveying not only information, but providing emotional context to the message. Even emoticons can have a place in business emails, insists no less an authority than Allison Green ...
Coffee's Third Wave Is Winning Office ConvertsRead the rest of this entry »
The pioneers say it's a movement and have even given it a name - Third Wave. Their aim is to do for Starbucks coffee what Starbucks did for the percolator brew that used to boil on hot plates in offices nationwide.
And no company ...
The Out Of Office Email Access FictionRead the rest of this entry »
From now until Labor Day, and then again for the year-end holidays from Thanksgiving until New Year's, these auto-responses serve notice to clients, customers, colleagues and bosses not to expect to hear from you until some time in the future.
Across the country and even ...
Chewing Gum Can Reduce Your Stress at WorkRead the rest of this entry »
Today, that message might very well be, "Chewing gum relieves stress." At least that's what a team of Japanese researchers found. They got 14 healthy volunteers to do math problems for ...
When Love Blooms, Know What the Company Rules AreRead the rest of this entry »
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Elizabeth Browning Barrett meant that figuratively. Human Resources, at so many employers, take that literally, compiling the dos and don'ts of office romance and incorporating them into the company handbook.
The Society for Human Resource Management surveyed HR professionals last fall about this very subject finding 42% of companies have written or verbal rules about love and dating between ...
Super Bowl Monday: A National Holiday?Read the rest of this entry »
For that you can thank (or blame) the Super Bowl, and the overindulging that typifies so many of the parties.
Fire the HyenasRead the rest of this entry »
You know those signs at the zoo; the ones that say, "Don't feed the animals?" You need one for the office, says author, IT professional, and business consultant Cornel Bruecher. Except it should read: "Do not feed the hyenas, fire them!"
What If You Threw Away the Employee Handbook?Read the rest of this entry »
What if you cut in half your company handbook? What if the handbook mostly required "adultlike behavior" on the part of employees? What if your company travel policy was a mere five words long: "Act in (the company's) best interests”?
Chaos. Uncertainty. Inconsistency. Anything goes. You name it.
Now let's eliminate the bureaucracy of the annual (or semi-annual or quarterly) performance review. Suppose we also eliminate Performance Improvement ...