This Valentine’s Day, about a third of Americans will send flowers to romantic partners, mostly at their workplaces, according to the Society of American Florists. But a floral display can stir up colleagues’ dismay — and the rumor mill.
Improvement to everyday tech tools such as videoconferencing, shared calendars, computer monitoring programs and instant messaging will help bosses track progress and focus on accomplishments rather than face time.
As they try to attract and retain workers, employers are starting to offer nontraditional benefits — such as cooking classes, student loan assistance and free meals — in addition to the standard health packages, 401(k) plans and vacation weeks.
Even with more than 400 women at Miami’s S.H.E. Bacardi Women’s Summit, all eyes are on four men on stage. If this conference is any indication, a major shift has taken hold in the “Can we do it all?” debate: Men have joined the conversation.
While millennial workers initiated the emphasis on workplace collaboration, Generation Z, those 22-year-old brand-new grads who are the first of their generation to enter the workforce, are ensuring it sticks.
Jim Harter, an author and Gallup executive, has studied workplace issues for over 30 years. One of his insights: Talented employees want great managers. When organizations get ‘engagement’ right, they improve company performance, Harter says.
The first thing Shawn McAskill does when he arrives at his Pompano Beach home after an hour’s commute from Miami is take a deep breath and prepare for the chaos about to ensue. A 29-year-old father of two young boys and the family’s sole income earner, McAskill says it’s expected that he will help his wife with dinner, bath time and getting his sons to bed. “I don’t have a chance to blow off steam because when I get home, I’m still on the clock,” he says.