How to Signal Your Social Distancing Comfort Zone

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a hugger. He proved that after an interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews in December. After a socially-distanced interview, the two, who are friends, came in for a maskless hug while the cameras were still rolling. Predictably, Twitter blew up. If you’re a hugger, times are rough right now. … Continue reading How to Signal Your Social Distancing Comfort Zone

Gray Zone Problem Solving

You don’t have to be a leader to lead. If you’ve been wondering how to get noticed for your skills and hard work, here’s an opportunity that’s right under your nose: gray zone problems. Gray zone problems are in every workplace. Executive coach Art Petty says gray zones are “the areas between functions where process, … Continue reading Gray Zone Problem Solving

How and Why to Make the 4-Day Work Week Work for your Team

The 4-day work week is having a moment. The pandemic lockdown made employers rethink what work is going to look like going forward, and workers are clamoring for a major shift in how and when they work. Reducing the work week to 32 hours from 40 (without a pay cut) is not a new concept; … Continue reading How and Why to Make the 4-Day Work Week Work for your Team

FlexJobs Survey Says Workers Will Quit Rather Than Return to the Office

One thing is clear after the global pandemic: the way we work is probably not going to return to the 2019 model. FlexJobs, the online platform connecting workers with remote, contract, and flexible work, surveyed more than 2.100 workers who had worked remotely during the pandemic to find out how they viewed returning to the … Continue reading FlexJobs Survey Says Workers Will Quit Rather Than Return to the Office

Can My Employer Force Me to Get a Vaccination?

Question: I’ve been hearing about employers requiring a COVID vaccination in order to come back to work – or remain employed. Can they do that? Answer: The short answer is yes. Private employers can put conditions on workers that include mandating vaccines. With the exception of a disability or (doctor-proven) medical condition or religious exemption, … Continue reading Can My Employer Force Me to Get a Vaccination?

The Great Resignation

We’ve all had a rough year, but it looks like the 2020 pandemic lockdowns are behind us. Although many Americans are still looking for work to replace jobs and income they lost in 2020, many millions of employed workers are ready to quit. The Wall Street Journal reported that more U.S. workers are quitting their jobs … Continue reading The Great Resignation

The Road to Heck is Paved with Yes

I have a friend who has a problem saying “no.” She’s smart, organized, and helpful, which is a sure recipe for burnout if not managed carefully. My friend works hard, probably harder than she has to, thanks to the extra projects she takes on that are technically someone else’s problem. Being the go-to girl gets … Continue reading The Road to Heck is Paved with Yes

Help Returning Employees Feel Better at the Office

Staff may be returning to the office, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re feeling normal. Among other ways they’ll have to adjust to , they may be missing some of the comforts of home. But you can help make them feel more at home with these ideas. Bring in plants Vertical gardens, fresh flowers, and … Continue reading Help Returning Employees Feel Better at the Office

Infographic : A (Really) Clean Desk

A guest post via Cleaning Services Group. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health,’” a lesson we all learned the hard way over the past year. As we return to the office, it seems like a good time to discuss cleanliness at work. Even on long, exhausting days with tight deadlines and endless … Continue reading Infographic : A (Really) Clean Desk

Forty Percent of the Workforce Wants to Quit Their Jobs

It seems like every year I write a post about the percentage of the workforce that plans to leave their current employment. I have to admit that after 2020, I was expecting the number to be something unusual. I was right. Microsoft conducts research each year to look at trends in the workplace. The company’s … Continue reading Forty Percent of the Workforce Wants to Quit Their Jobs