Category Archives: Work/Life

Breaking the Cycle of Stress

Too often, stressful days at work can lead to lack of perspective, sleepless nights, rushed “working” lunches and a cluttered work environment. These reactions to stress, though natural, lead to further stress. Careerealism offers advice on breaking the stress cycle.… Read the rest

Resources for Working Families

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.

Visit the Read the rest

Funding for Leave Studies Announced

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

4 Ways to Be the Best Possible Version of Yourself

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

The Importance of Lunch Breaks

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

How Do You Maintain Productivity During Summer Vacation Season?

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

Tips for Preventing Warm Weather Injuries

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

Employers Find Downside to “Work-More” Economy

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

NYT Commentary: Compared to Europe, Americans Are Working More For Less

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

Most U.S. Workers See Upside to Staying Connected to Work

By Jim Harter, Sangeeta Agrawal and Susan Sorenson, Gallup.com: April 30, 2014

Results of a new Gallup poll suggest that 80 percent of full time employees are strongly or somewhat positive about using technology to work remotely after business hours

Employees who are male, younger, educated and highly paid are more likely to view remote work after hours as a positive development.… Read the rest