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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. ...




Work stress can be contagious: Here's how to fight back

Co-workers stressing you out? Try these tactics to stay calm and cool on the job.
According to a study from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, in coordination with the Technische Universitat in Dresden, being around someone who’s currently stressed can increase your own stress levels. ...




7 Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace. In it’s simplest form, office politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. ...




Military Families Struggle to Find Work-Life Balance

A survey also finds that most don't recommend service to their children
One-third of the veterans spent at least 25 percent of the last 16 years away from their families, survey finds.
 
 
It’s not just working women who struggle to balance careers and home life. ...




Employees in Stressful Jobs Balance Demands with Helping Others

High blood pressure alert: Firefighters, police officers and airline pilots may have the most stressful jobs in this country, according to a new survey. But if you're a hair stylist, a medical sonographer or a university professor, it's likely you're sleeping pretty well at night. ...




How Will Businesses Handle Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace?

Employers have bright lines on pot use for decades. This all gets more complicated when marijuana is legal.
 

Human Resources is really up against an ill-defined wall. For decades, they have been able to test job applicants and employees for the presence of marijuana in their systems. ...




Study: What HR actually does vs. what employees expect HR to do

Ask employees and HR pros what the Human Resources department actually does, and you’re liable to find some common beliefs and some major differences.
 
That’s what a recent study by Paychex uncovered. The study polled both employees and HR specialists about the roles and responsibilities of the HR department. ...




4 Ways To Inspire Change In Your Employees

Have you ever listened to a speech that inspired you so much, you were ready to make a change in your life immediately? What was it about that person, that presentation, that drove you to take action? Chances are, the speaker had some pretty solid qualities that inspired you to follow their lead. ...