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November 12, 2007

When stress balls won’t cut it

Stress is not always bad. Good stress can improve efficiency and memory, spur people to accomplish their goals and even boost immune systems. But, as with anything that’s good, too much stress can be harmful, especially when it rears its head in the workplace.

So says a study by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health and Meritain Health, which surveyed 411 employees with medical benefits about work-related stress.

A whopping 94 percent said stress affects job performance. Yet 52 percent of employees said their employers do not address stress, work/life balance or mental/behavioral health with employees.

That’s a major oversight that can snowball through a workplace, affecting attitudes, co-worker relationships, productivity and work quality. The surprising thing is, many employers do have mental/behavioral health benefits, but don’t promote them. And over a third of the survey respondents said they’d be more likely to access those benefits if they knew about them.

So if you’re experiencing major stress, start your week right by looking into your company’s benefits, and seeing what works best for you. Now that’s what I call a “mental health day.”

Posted by Anna M.

September 28, 2007

Working Mother knows best

All our career moms out there will appreciate this release: Just this week, Working Mother put out its annual report on the 100 best places for women to work. Popular policies included wide-ranging flex options, generous paid maternity leave, affordable child care and career development.

Here are some tech and pharma companies that made the list, and a sampling of what they offer:

Cisco Systems San Jose, C.A.

Last year, 70 percent of the work force telecommuted, with nearly everyone using flextime. Plus, everyone gets a laptop and free home broadband service to make cyber-meetings easier.

IBM Armonk, N.Y.

The firm sponsors three on-site day care centers and 68 near-site facilities. It also subsidizes training and funding for other family-friendly programs. During the summer, employees can put their kids in one of IBM's summer programs, such as science or engineering camp.

Merck Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Employees follow flexible schedules on a trial basis, choosing to work from home, job-share or adjust hours, among other options. The best part is, everyone gets health benefits, whether they work 60 hours or six.

Of course, these great benefits exist for the fathers and non-parents at these companies. Who wouldn't want to strike that elusive work-life balance with such terrific perks? So hiring companies, take note: Finding the best talent out there might require some innovative policies, but you're guaranteed some very happy employees.

Is your company in this Top 100? Do you wish it were? Share your experiences as a working parent here.

Posted by Roseanne D.

July 03, 2007

Fourth of July Festivities

Happy Fourth of July! It’s time for barbeques and fireworks, and of course, time away from the office. With the Fourth falling in the middle of the work week this year, you might think that the “Full-Week Fourth” is causing some problems for employers. But that may not be true.

Yesterday’s The News Journal had an interesting article on the impact of the Fourth falling on Wednesday. With 93% of businesses closed on Independence Day, according to SHRM, this is second only to Christmas and New Year’s Day, with 96%. Employers are finding that employees are taking advantage of this timing by turning their Fourth of July holiday into a five-day weekend, taking either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday off as well.

But employees who are planning for the long weekend may actually be helping their bosses. Not only does time off improve an employee’s job satisfaction, but during a week with a vacation day in the middle, employees might be unmotivated to be in the office.

So, if you’re taking the time off, enjoy it, you may be helping out your employer in the long run. If you’re just spending this Wednesday celebrating, enjoy the break in what may have been another long week. Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Anna M.

July 02, 2007

Stay-at-Home Dads Becoming More Commonplace

An interesting article came across my desk last week. The Columbus Dispatch did a piece on how stay-at-home dads are becoming more common. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. estimates that there were 83% more stay-at-home dads in 2006 then there were in 1996. And, if money wasn’t an issue, studies have shown that more dads would consider staying at home with their children. found the number of dads who would stay at home to be 37%, and’s survey found this number was much higher—landing at 68%.

So what does this mean for the job seeker? With more working moms and more dads at home today, there’s more to consider when looking for the perfect job opportunity. SHRM (The Society of Human Resource Management) found that 57% of companies offer flex time, and 13% provide paid paternity leave.

When looking for jobs, it’s important to make note any policies your employer might offer—no matter who the family breadwinner may be. And as the article mentions, with the flux of Baby Boomers ready to retire, work-life balance policies such as these extra incentives geared towards both stay-at-home moms and dads will be needed to attract top talent.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on stay-at-home dads, as well as any flex incentives your company may offer.

Posted by Christy H.

June 04, 2007

Working hard, or hardly working?

There was a great article in today’s New York Times that caught my eye: “Time Wasted? Perhaps It’s Well Spent.”  The writer talks about several studies that have come out recently on efficiency in the workplace.  There are some different theories, but the theme running throughout is that Americans are not really hard at work for 8 hours a day.  Whether it is useless meetings or surfing the web, chances are you’re being pulled away from your work countless times during the day.

The other side of the story is that we are working far less traditional schedules than used to be common.  Whether you are in a program like ROWE, or just someone with a Blackberry, most of us do not walk out of the office at 5:00 and leave work behind.  In fact, the article states that almost of half of small-business managers in the U.S. are checking eMails and making phone calls while driving, while 18 percent are even checking in with their eMail in the bathroom.

The question that comes to mind is which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Are we shopping online and reading blogs during the day because we work too many hours, or do we have to work extra hours because we’re not finishing our work between 8 and 5? 

The article is definitely worth checking out and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Does this sound familiar, or do you think that you’re able to stay focused on work?

Posted by Christy H.

May 29, 2007

Best Buy takes work-life balance to new level

If you haven’t read about it yet, Best Buy has instituted a new policy for employees in its corporate office that’s been getting a lot of attention.  The program is called ROWE, which stands for Results Oriented Work Environment. 

The general idea is that employees are judged based on output, not based on the number of hours in the office.  Workers can basically come and go as they please without making excuses.  According to J.D. Bliss’s blog, voluntary turnover has decreased significantly, while productivity is up an average of 35% since the program’s implementation.

As we’ve seen in the past few years, an emphasis on work-life balance has been more and more important for people when looking for a job.  But is this taking it too far?  Will employees do the bare minimum required to be considered productive, or will the flexibility motivate workers to go above and beyond?

I haven’t seen anything concrete about how employees are being paid, but presumably this program could work for both salaried and hourly employees.  For salaried workers, as long as they meet their goals, they get paid.  As for hourly workers, they can still work their 40 hours, but the hours could be put in overnight, or from their couches in theory, as long as the work is getting done.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this program and whether this is something that would attract you to a job.  Do you think you could stay motivated enough if you could leave work whenever you felt like it?

Posted by Christy H.