Volume 13, No. 4 • April 2016

ALA-APA News

  • Happy National Library Workers Day!

    Today, April 12th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.  Quick, go nominate a STAR.  It’s not too late to let someone know that you appreciate them and the work they do.Read the rest

Career Advancement

  • 5 Things that Could be Stopping You from Getting a Promotion

    Do you feel that you are consistently being passed over and not getting that coveted promotion? If you feel like your career is at a standstill, you could be the problem. You might be doing some things that could be preventing you from moving to the next level.  The author of this article lists five things that could derail your career. The author then suggests strategies to overcome these behaviors in order to increase your chances of getting that much-desired Read the rest

HR Practice

  • When Voluntary Behavior Becomes Expected, People and Organizations Can Suffer

    When individuals go above and beyond expected job requirements by doing such things as offering to assist a co-worker on a project, or voluntarily working additional hours to complete an assignment, organizations can be more efficient and productive.  According to this article, however, some employers have removed or reduced the voluntary nature of these types of activities—making such behaviors a normal expectation. These expectations become unspoken demands which add a level of pressure that could lead to burnout and Read the rest

Salaries

  • Today –April 12th– is Equal Pay Day: Women Still Earn Less Than Men

    Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 79% of their male counterparts’ earnings. For women of color, the gap is even worse. Today, April 12th, symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Read the rest

Work/Life

  • Helping Others May Keep You Healthy

    This article suggests that you can improve both emotionally and physically from the effects of volunteering. You may find that you can benefit in ways you never imagined. Emotional benefits include higher self-esteem and a greater sense of well-being. Volunteering can also lead to less stress, less depression, and a lower risk of dementia. Physical benefits for people who volunteer may include lower blood pressure and a longer life. Keep in mind, however, your motive matters. You are more likely Read the rest

  • 100 Stress Busters

    According to this article, the World Health Organization (WHO) forecasts that stress will be the leading cause of physical disability in the world by 2020. That’s less than 5 years away! It is critical for us to learn how to effectively manage the stress that we experience. The author of this article lists some quick stress-busters that you can start using immediately!  They are practical and relatively easy to implement. You might want to print the list and post it Read the rest

HR Law