The Great Resignation: When to Stay and When to Go
After more than a year of the uncertainty involving COVID-19, people are feeling restless, not to get back into the office, but to leave their jobs entirely. A whopping 55% of Americans say they will look for a new job this year. But before you quit, there are ways to re-assess your current job to make it work for you, or to make sure you don’t burn bridges on your way out.
Potty talk: Amazon’s PR swirling over reports of workplace sanitary issues
1/3 I welcome @SenSanders to Birmingham and appreciate his push for a progressive workplace. Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a "progressive workplace" when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles. The letter was sent out by Jennifer Snyder, Amazon Logistics’ on-road area manager. Snyder indicates that Amazon was fully aware of drivers leaving bags of poop and bottles of urine in their vehicles. In Bessemer, Alabama, nearly 6,000 Amazon workers are attempting to complete the largest push for a labor union within the company.
Employers lose billions in productivity during NCAA tournament, research firm estimates
The men and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments can cause some problems for employers when people watch the games during normal working hours. According to the work outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, INC., U.S. employers lose around an average of $13.3 billion in productivity during the tournament. The firm also estimated that “each hour spent on the games at work” can cost employers about $2.1 billion. AdThe Challenger firm said they encourage companies to embrace the problem, and instead, they could turn it into a bonding experience for their team by doing an office pool or hosting a viewing party on Zoom. This could also be a great stress reliever considering everything people have been through with the pandemic, the Challenger firm said, and it can pay off in the long run.
New York based company puts 4-day work week to test
Permanent three-day weekends may seem like a dream, but they’re a reality for workers at Elephant Ventures, a software and data engineering company headquartered in New York. The company started testing a four-day workweek in August of last year to help prevent employee burnout and maintain work-life balance during the pandemic. To see what workers thought of the new schedule, the company surveyed employees about the shift before, during and at the end of the trial period. But at the end of that week they felt the toll of the longer days and the readjustment to their normal routines. The company also has grown since making the shift -- adding 13 employees since the start of the year for a total of 54 full-time employees.
Getting tired, bored after months of working from home? You might be suffering from ‘Zoom fatigue’
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Videoconferencing platforms including the popular “Zoom” have taken over the corporate world. But after months of sitting in front of a screen, many employees are getting tired and bored. It’s a phenomenon dubbed “Zoom fatigue.”“It’s really bad for our mental health to constantly be plugged in,” said A.J. If you’re sitting for long periods of time, try standing up every 30 minutes. To protect your eyes from strain, try the 20-20-20 rule where every 20 minutes, you take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away.
Here are the best ways to get your resume in the hiring manager’s hand
It may not be that you weren’t qualified, but that your resume wasn’t qualified, according to the applicant tracking system, or ATS. Here’s how to get your resume in the hiring manager’s hands. An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is software that weeds out job candidates that either don’t fit the description or had an unreadable resume. However, don’t include too much formatting. If you want to check to see if your resume is readable to an ATS, go to www.topresume.com/resume-review for a free analysis.
Sitting for long periods of time can have negative impacts on our bodies, experts say
Although many of us are spending more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy for us to spend long periods of time sitting. However, according to new research on studyfinds.org, having a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your overall health. While most of us can’t avoid sitting on the job, experts say there are ways to reduce a sedentary lifestyle. Experts say it can be as simple as taking the stairs, doing housework, walking around the block or even gardening. Dedicating 30 to 40 minutes to physical activity a day is all you need to lower the risk.
Millions of Americans have strongly considered changing career paths during pandemic, study says
A new study from studyfinds.org shows more than half of Americans between 18 and 35-years-old have strongly considered a career change due to coronavirus lockdowns. A majority of those wanting to change career paths are from states like California, Arizona, Illinois and Texas. Experts say it’s because the current situation has made people want to pursue a career that is more fulfilling. The study shows 53% of Americans are looking for a full-time job that is completely remote. Experts say one of the most successful career changes has been to a skilled trade because the demand for skilled technicians is high.
How to manage back-to-work stress during the pandemic
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – When the World Health Organization declared COVID a pandemic in March, many Americans sheltered in place, working remotely whenever possible. Since then, some have returned to the office, but many have not and as COVID cases continue to climb there is growing stress surrounding a return to the workplace. And it’s not going back to the normal workplace, it’s going back to a modified workplace. He says to alleviate anxiety, employers should create a return to work plan that outlines safety precautions. Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Executive Producer & Field Producer; Kirk Manson, Videographer; Roque Correa, Editor.
Coronavirus pandemic is increasing stress and mental health problems in the workplace
The global COVID-19 pandemic has stress levels running high these days and now it’s impacting people’s mental health. While talking more openly and providing employee resources about mental health can help de-stigmatized issues, it’s still a tough conversation to have with your boss. Many companies have increased their mental health benefits since the pandemic started, like adding free meditation apps and providing additional paid time off. Even if you have a good relationship with your boss, you don’t need to provide a lot of personal information when asking for mental health days. Talking about mental health is important, but be selective with who you share with in the office.
City Council considers 1/8 cent sales tax for workforce development
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio City Council is considering using a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund a four-year program to help 40,000 out of work or under-employed San Antonio residents move into higher-paying careers. Economic Development Department Director Alejandra Lopez told the council that 154,000 San Antonio workers have filed for unemployment since mid-March. The council can only order the election to put the sales tax initiative in front of San Antonio voters who would have the final say. Nirenberg believes using the sales tax for workforce development would cause a huge shift in the citys workforce. City Manager Erik Walsh said the city has options for the EAPP, including a plan city staff had suggested before the pandemic that the city use a portion of the money SAWS sends the city each year.
New Zealand’s prime minister floats ‘four-day week’ as a way to help the economy
(CNN) -- The four-day work week has been touted as a way to improve work-life balance. Now it's getting a boost from New Zealand's leader, who recently raised the idea as one that might help the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a Facebook Live video posted earlier this week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shared the suggestion while discussing ways to revive domestic tourism in her country. Ardern noted that 60% of New Zealand's tourism industry comes from locals. By working just four days a week, employees all reported higher productivity, better work-life balance and reduced stress, according to the firm, which had around 240 staffers.