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Posted July 18, 2013 by

Is Your Company’s Temperature Rising? 7 Reasons to Perform a Half-Year Review and Let the Sun Shine on Your Business This Summer

Employers, do you have any summer plans?  Well, besides a vacation, you may want to consider reviewing the status of your business.  Learn more in the following post.

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…or so the song goes. But as the days grow longer and warmer, small business owners might want to be careful about taking it too easy during June, July, and August. The reality, says successful entrepreneur and author Bill McBean, is that the season is actually a great time to do a half-year review and make some smart moves for your business while some of your competitors are in a summertime lull. (more…)

Posted June 19, 2013 by

5 Ways Employees Can Return to Work Mode on Their Entry Level Jobs After a Vacation

Once you have had some time off from the job, it may be difficult to get back into a mindset of working.  For employees with entry level jobs or other positions, the following post has five ways they can return to work mode after a vacation.

No matter how much you love your job, getting back into the groove of things after a vacation can be quite challenging, especially if it was an extended holiday. From the backlog of emails to nonstop meetings and events, sometimes your body is at the office while your mind is still enjoying that beach breeze and

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Posted May 23, 2013 by

How Small Business Owners Can Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieving work/life balance may be easier said than done for most people, including small business owners.  However, it is possible.  The following infographic suggests ways small business owners can obtain work/life balance and more. (more…)

Posted November 27, 2012 by

7 Ways to Take Time Off Without Losing Your Mind

Dawn Dugan

Dawn Dugan, Salary.com contributing writer

The holiday season is filled with stress. Family gatherings, crowded shopping malls and 24/7 Christmas music on the radio are just the tip of the iceberg. But the one thing that should combat this stress — lots of time off from work between Thanksgiving and Christmas — has the potential to be even more stressful than being at the office.

It’s no secret the economy hasn’t been stellar the last few years. That has led to many layoffs, which has resulted in surviving employees wearing many more hats and doing jobs that didn’t used to be theirs. That’s why a week off is nice in theory, but in reality it often means you spend the week(s) before your vacation cramming in two weeks of work.

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Posted October 03, 2012 by

Benefits of Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)

Amy Kaminski of Compdata SurveysAs economic conditions continue to slowly improve and companies are once again beginning to hire new employees to rebuild their workforce, employers across the country are looking for ways to attract and retain employees without resorting to hefty pay increases or expensive benefit plans. As a result, some employers have found that adopting a results-only work environment (ROWE) may be the key to creating an attractive work environment for employees.

ROWE evaluates employees solely on their output and not the amount of time spent in the office. Employees are free to take as much time off from work as needed as long as their established goals are being met. Employees working under ROWE are not micro-managed and hold greater accountability for the work they are producing. There have been reports of companies who, as a result of adopting ROWE, have experienced increased employee productivity and reduced voluntary turnover. (more…)

Posted July 18, 2012 by

More Americans Choosing to Work While on Vacation

Are you one of those people who can’t let go of work, even during your vacation?  If so, you’re not alone.

TeamViewer®, one of the world’s most popular providers of remote control and online meetings software, recently announced the findings of its survey of over 2,000 American adults aged 18 and older (of which 1,309 are employed full time, part time and/or self employed), conducted online by Harris Interactive in May.  The survey, which was aimed at determining American attitudes and behavior toward working during their summer vacations, found that more than half of employed Americans say they will work during their summer vacation this year.  This is up by 6 percentage points from a similar survey released last year by The Harris Poll/Adweek. (more…)

Posted June 22, 2012 by

Only 65% of Full-time Workers Plan to Vacation in 2012, Was 80% in 2007

Rosemary Haefner of CareerbuilderThe recession caused many American workers to rule out their annual vacations, but according to a new survey, bosses are finding more time for getaways than their workers. Eighty-one percent of managers have taken or plan to take vacation this year, compared to 65 percent of full-time employees.

While the number of American workers who have already taken or plan to take a vacation is up from 61 percent in 2011, the number of vacationers falls well below pre-financial crisis levels. In 2007, 80 percent of full-time workers went on vacation or expected to take a vacation that year.

The nationwide survey – conducted February 9 to March 2, 2012, among more than 5,000 full-time workers and more than 2,000 managers – found that vacations are still financially out of reach for many Americans. One in five workers (19 percent) said they can’t afford to go on vacation, which is down from 24 percent in 2011. An additional 12 percent of workers say they can afford vacations, but have no plans to take one, consistent with past years.

“Managers may be more likely to afford vacations, but they should still be encouraging their employees to use paid time off, even if they are staying close to home,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Workers who maximize vacation time are less likely to burn out and more likely to maintain productivity levels. Heavy workloads and financial constraints can make it difficult to get away from work, but even if you’re not traveling far from home, a few days away can have have a very postive impact on your health and happiness.”

The survey reveals several other vacation trends and topics of note:

  • Duration of vacations shrinking post-recession – This year, 17 percent of workers took or planned to take a vacation for ten days or more. That’s down from 24 percent in 2007.
  • Many workers contact work while on vacation – Three in ten workers contact work during their vacation, on par with last year. More than a third of managers (37 percent) say they expect their employees to check with work while on vacation, although most say only if the employee is involved in a big project or major issue going on with the company.
  • Letting paid time off go to waste – 15 percent of workers reported they gave up vacation days last year because they didn’t have time to use them, down slightly from 16 percent who gave up days in 2010.
  • “Stay-cations” are a popular option – Nearly two in five workers (38 percent) stayed home or are planning to stay home this year.
  • Working while the family vacations – Twenty-three percent of workers say they once had to work while the family went on vacation without them, consistent with last year (24 percent).

 

Posted February 09, 2012 by

9 Tips to Create a Civil and Animosity-Free Workplace

As Valentine’s Day approaches, employers and employees nationwide will be barraged with reminders about the prevalence and pitfalls of office romance. However, some companies are facing an entirely different problem: their workers have lost that loving feeling and the consequences can be dire.

A tight job market, combined with stagnant wages and less upward mobility can leave workers feeling frustrated. In this environment, animosity between coworkers stemming from personality conflicts, differing work styles, or competition can be amplified, resulting in a wide variety of workplace problems, from lost productivity to increased and open hostility, according to the workplace experts at global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (more…)

Posted January 30, 2012 by

Pros and Cons of Being an Independent Contractor

W2 vs 1099 check boxesA poor economy has pushed some unemployed or underemployed Americans towards self-employment. For some, the opportunity to be their own boss may prove serendipitous, while others may find that the costs of not being an employee are unexpectedly high.

“The number of independent contractors has risen in sectors that people normally don’t associate that closely with the self-employed,” said Michelle Walker, the writer of the article, and an independent contractor herself. “Some of that increase is probably a natural result of the internet, and the growing convenience of doing business in other places besides an office. But some of it is also probably attributable to dynamics of the economy. People who are defined as ‘unemployable’ by the establishment may discover that finding their own work, through various projects, is a viable option.” But should this solution be a long-term one? CreditQ suggests that, while there are some financial advantages to being “a 1099” (particularly for those who can’t find work elsewhere), there are also drawbacks that not everyone is aware of. (more…)