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How work friendships could be the secret to productivity

Having a best friend at work can make you feel happy, and therefore more engaged and productive
 

Business magnate Henry Ford may have captured the power of friendship in the workplace when he said: “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me”, but can that special relationship be the key to employee happiness and productivity? 
Research seems to point that way with Gallup finding a link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees put in. ...




Dealing with the opioid crisis: 3 important steps for HR

The opioid crisis has invaded the majority of workplaces, and for HR pros, controlling this growing problem can seem like an impossible task. In this guest post, Ian Cook, head of workforce solutions at Visier, offers three critical steps HR should be taking to deal with the opioid crisis. ...




Working Well With Colleagues of All Ages

A new employee spots the company CEO in the office parking lot. The worker, fresh out of college, waves and hustles over. With a big smile on his face, he plants himself in front of the gray-haired executive and says, "I've been looking for you! I'd like to share some ideas that would be helpful for our organization. ...




4 Red Flags to Watch Out for on a Resume

Here are some of the most common signs to look for when hiring new employees.
This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog
As an employer, you probably receive hundreds of resumes every day, especially if you are the hiring manager of a well-known brand. However, do you know the red flags to watch out for in these resumes? Below are the most common signs to look for. ...




The Summer ‘Slump’—Is It Real?

With summer approaching, HR managers may find that employees are distracted by planning summer activities for the kids or a coming vacation. Do these distractions make employees less productive at work?
 
According to a 2012 study by Harvard Business School, increasingly sunny days are directly related to a decrease in worker efficiency and productivity. ...




Catching a Boomerang? Pros and Cons of Rehiring Former Employees

In today's highly competitive talent market, companies that have opted not to recruit former employees might want to reconsider. More employers appear to be open to returning workers.
 
Kronos, in a dedicated section of its website, encourages former employees to "boomerang back" to a career with the workforce management software company. ...




How to Deal With a Loud Co-Worker

...And four other tough workplace questions.
1. How to deal with a loud co-worker

I have been at my job for a month and a half. My co-worker plays music at her desk, and I find it to be very annoying. I really wish she'd use headphones, or better yet, turn off the music, but I'm not sure how to ask her to do so. ...




Addiction in the Workplace: Tips for Employers

Ted is an account manager in a productive financial firm. He's fun-loving and always a hoot at the company happy hours. But over the five years Ted has worked at the firm, his drinking has escalated. As he gained responsibilities and more stress, the weekly happy hour quickly transitioned into a drink every day after work, and then a few drinks. ...




Higher earners most likely to experience work-related stress

Just under three-quarters (72%) of respondents earning more than £40,000 per annum experience work-related stress, making this the most likely earnings group to do so, according to research by Perkbox.
Its 2018 UK workplace stress survey, which surveyed over 3,000 British workers over the age of 18, also found that long working hours are the most common cause of work-related stress, cited by 21%, followed by concerns about work performance, be it respondents’ own (13%) or that of others such as junior members of staff (14%). ...




Politics In The Workplace: What You Can Do To Keep Things Civil

While the presidential elections are past, there are still a wide number of people strongly debating what current policy and events will mean to people’s immediate — and long-term — futures. This isn’t a bad thing: Becoming an engaged member of democracy means that co-workers and peers are more likely to share their voice. ...