The Disappearance of the Family-Friendly Workplace?

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Despite the gradual economic recovery, many businesses are still cutting back on everything from training budgets to employee benefits. Indeed, a recent CNN article states that “over the past five years, 40% of working adults have seen their employer-sponsored benefits reduced or eliminated entirely, according to a survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education, or… Read more »

The New Face of Employee Recognition

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Recruiting and retaining high-caliber employees can be expensive and time-consuming, but the alternative – continual employee turnover – can be pricey and can make it difficult to maintain smooth operations. How can managers (and their companies) improve employee retention? In the current economic climate, many businesses can’t afford to pay top dollar bonuses or use money… Read more »

Steve Jobs’s Work-Life Balance Lessons

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Not too long ago, the New York Times published the eulogy that Steve Jobs’s sister wrote to celebrate his life at his funeral. With her words, Mona Simpson paints a picture of a man who was commercially successful and had professional presence – and who was larger than life and really knew how to live. From… Read more »

Does Professionalism in the Workplace Mean Being On Call 24/7?

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For many professionals, working hours are not strictly from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday anymore. You may find yourself bringing projects home to finish after hours or answering emails on your smartphone while spending time with your family on the weekend. With technology increasing our accessibility, it’s normal for work-life balance to become a… Read more »

Sleep is Crucial to Work-Life Balance

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Do you find yourself staying up too late at night in order to finish that report, pay the bills, wash the dishes, or even in order have a social life? Do you have trouble falling asleep after running around like crazy after hours? Do you have trouble concentrating at work the next day? Is your… Read more »

The Benefits of a Family-Friendly Workplace

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There are a lot of different characteristics that can help a business qualify as a family-friendly workplace – or not. One of the most important benefits that a family-friendly workplace offers is health benefits for the whole family. But in today’s economy, with many unemployed workers, and many more non-traditional workers with part-time employment, self-employment, and… Read more »

Increase Personal Effectiveness by Saying No

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Recent neurological research has shown that multi-tasking actually impedes brain function and decreases personal effectiveness. Indeed, sometimes the best way to keep up with, and even get ahead in, today’s fast-paced world is to say no. In a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, Tony Schwartz asserts that “saying no, thoughtfully, may be the most… Read more »

Managing Stress by Managing Attitude

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It is safe to say that workplace stress is at a high level for many employees right now. Salaries, stability, bonuses, and work-life balance are down in many fields due to a tight economy. There are often extra demands on employees who are already stretched thin. So how can these employees even begin managing stress?… Read more »

Use Science to Improve Your Time Management

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In today’s fast-paced world, many people think that you need to be great at multitasking in order to succeed. But actually, recent research shows that multitasking hampers brain function and doesn’t necessarily improve time management. Indeed, according to a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, “Multitasking may help us check off more thinks on our… Read more »

How to Simplify and Improve Your Work-Life Balance

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Are you settling into the new year with calmness and efficiency? Or do you still feel like you are desperately trying to catch up on everything that got disrupted before the holidays? Do you use your weekends to recharge, relax, and prepare for the week ahead? Or are you so overbooked on the weekends that… Read more »