Citing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s counsel to “Finish each day and be done with it,” motivational speaker Valorie Burton offers helpful advice on leaving work at work, clearing the mind to focus on the present and ending your day on purpose.… Read the rest
Category Archives: Work/Life
Since the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Women’s Bureau has introduced new resources to help working women. Among them is an online portal that connects women at any career stage with relevant tools, data, resources and publications developed by the department. Another is an online map that provides federal- and state-level statutory information on employment protections against pregnancy discrimination and for nursing mothers, as well as contact information for related state government offices.
How can states develop and implement successful paid family and medical leave programs? The Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration will make $500,000 available to fund feasibility studies for such programs in up to five states. Secretary Perez announced the funding at the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, and on June 27 the department sent letters to all 50 state governors, inviting them to submit applications outlining their interest in leave feasibility studies. “States … Read the rest
It is a life-long struggle to act honestly and with integrity. Valorie Burton offers advice on living according to your personal values.… Read the rest
When deadlines approach it is easy to rationalize a “working lunch,” or – even worse – no lunch at all. BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois cautions workers that skipping or shortchanging lunch can contribute to burnout and will negatively impact your physical and mental health.… Read the rest
Summer is a time for three-day weekends, family reunions, road trips and other excuses to maximize time in the sun – and out of the office. Vacations are crucial for long-term productivity, but short-term productivity can take a hit when a supervisor looks around at a sea of empty desks. Talent Management offers advice on maintaining office productivity during summer vacation season.… Read the rest
Summer offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activity, but with outdoor activity can come increased risk of injury and disease. The New York Times “Well” blog offers basic safety tips to ensure your fun in the sun doesn’t result in tetanus, eye injury or hand lacerations.… Read the rest
Following the Great Recession, employees have been asked to do more with less – more responsibilities with less pay, more hours with less vacation time. But while the short-term results have benefitted employers, the long-term results suggest this “work-more” culture is unsustainable – burnout is high, and now that the job market is recovering, top performers are looking elsewhere for higher-paying, less-taxing work. Workforce.com reports on what some companies are doing to ease the load. … Read the rest
In his recent commentary in the New York Times, Eduardo Porter argues that America would do well to emulate the leisure time made available to the European workforce. … Read the rest
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