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Employees benefit from natural light

Workers exposed to sunshine sleep better and have a better quality of life, researchers say.
 
Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study.
 
"There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day – particularly in the morning – is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism," study senior author Dr. ...




What Should Organizations Do About Workplace Stress?

After a month of torturous itching, Eloise finally saw a doctor for the red circular blotches on her arms. The diagnosis was nummular dermatitis, a rash often brought on by stress. The stress resulted from toiling for long hours as an interim financial manager, her latest consulting gig. ...




6 Questions to Ask When Creating a Paid-Sick-Leave Policy

CHICAGO—Paid sick leave has changed from an employment perk to a mandate in a growing number of jurisdictions, and each law has its own nuances. Compliance problems abound, particularly for employers in multiple jurisdictions.
 
"You have to look at the specific laws that affect your employees because each one is different," said Beth Baerman, director of communications and compliance at Michigan-based Attendance Demand Inc. ...




Why 'Gen Z' May Be More Entrepreneurial Than 'Gen Y'

We've heard that Gen Y, born between 1982 and 1993, is the most entrepreneurial generation, but the next generation is even more ambitious than them. Let me introduce you to Gen Z, those born between 1994 and 2010 -- a group that's comprised of high school students and younger, and is poised to become the most entrepreneurial generation we've ever seen. ...




‘Bob, you smell’: What to say to employees about embarrassing personal issues

Everybody dreads having those “difficult conversations” with employees about personal issues. Here are some examples of how they can be handled gracefully — including the actual words to use.
 
Paul Falcone, VP of Employee Relations for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and a respected author on employee management, gave an in-depth presentation on the topic at a SHRM conference in San Diego. ...




4 Ways to Be a Better Communicator and More Present in Conversations

Following this advice will not only prevent you from coming off like a jerk, but actually make you memorable.

What do you get when you cross a smartphone with the act of snubbing someone? “Phubbing.”
That’s not just a punchline -- the word is defined in multiple dictionaries, and close to 44 percent of people do it more than twice a day, according to research from the University of Kent. ...




Every Starbucks in the U.S. Is Closed This Afternoon. Here’s Why

There’s a reason why you won’t be able to get your afternoon pick-me-up from Starbucks on Tuesday.
But why are Starbucks closed on Tuesday, May 29? Starbucks said it is shutting down all its U.S. locations — more than 8,000 stores across the country — in the afternoon for a company-wide racial bias education day. ...




When Headphones Get in the Way of Office Communication

A new colleague needs to communicate with the team throughout the workday. Unfortunately, she’s always wearing headphones, making simple interactions awkward. How can you break the sound barrier?
 
 
Headphones and earbuds have of course become exponentially more popular at work as the so-called “open plan” office has spread. ...




Tweet About ‘Stolen Lunch’ Hits a Nerve

Twitter thread goes viral, highlights a common workplace problem 
There's a good reason that a Los Angeles comedian's recent tweet about a co-worker's stolen lunch went viral: People could relate—because employees get their lunches stolen all the time. ...




Companies addressing workplace stress with compassion

We’ve all seen it in the news. Major corporations – Aetna, Google and Nike, to name a few – have jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon. On first glance, this seems like a good thing. Mindfulness is good for the heart, in more ways than one. ...