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Welcome To the Age of the "Super Assistant"

When you think about administrative assistants, do you envision employees who do clerical work, answer phones and keep the boss on track?

If so, you're only half right. The Great Recession has created a "super assistant" who is doing everything from managing volunteer efforts and fund-raising activities to directing environmental initiatives and hiring their co-workers, according to a new OfficeTeam survey.

Among the key findings:

Half of managers indicated that support staff play a role in helping their firms reduce spending.

32% of supervisors said they have turned to administrative personnel for help with technology.

63% of administrative professionals have assisted in hiring other support staff at their firms.

55% of administrative professionals have managed volunteer activities for their employers.

47% have coordinated fundraisers for nonprofit organizations at work.

30% have been tapped to assist with environmental initiatives.

The role of the administrative assistant has …

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The Great Recession Schools Self-Employed Working Moms

Self-employed working moms of very young children have had it pretty good over the last decade.

They've been able to set their own schedules, pick and choose the projects they'll work on and arrange their schedules in ways that work for them and their children.

Self-employment, particularly freelancing and independent contracting, has been a popular option for new moms in the Internet age. In 2008, women comprised 38% of all self-employed people in the United States - an 11% increase since 1976, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Great Recession has blown this near-perfect arrangement apart, however. The number of self-employed people without work to do increased from 6.5% to 7.2% between January 2009 and January 2010, according to BLS numbers.

Under-employed self-employed working moms with young kids face a Catch-22: They need babysitting time to make money, but they need money to pay the babysitter. When cash flow falters, they suddenly have a problem. They might…

27% of TV Meteorologists Think Global Warming is a Scam?

When you watch the TV weather report, do you ever wonder about the meteorologist's position on global warming? Most of us don't think about it, but it makes sense that the TV weather guy (or gal) would have an opinion on the topic given the nature of his or her work.

Well, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA) recently surveyed 1,373 TV meteorologists about their views on global warming. Here are some of the main findings:

Survey participants responded to a variety of questions assessing their beliefs in and attitudes about “global warming,” questions that have been used previously in our public opinion research. More than half of our respondent (54%) indicated that global warming is happening, 25% indicated it isn’t, and 21% say they don’t know yet.

About one-third (31%) reported that global warming is caused mostly by human activities, while almost two-thirds (63%) reported it is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment.…

Monday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Americans sent 1.5 trillion text messages last year. But if you have a cell phone like mine you gave up typing by the second word.

Almost one quarter of Americans are listening to their MP3s over their car stereos.

A Southern Poverty Law Center report says Texas, Michigan and California lead the nation in home-grown "patriot" militia groups. There are 1,700 militia groups nationwide.

The Oregon Ducks are trying to lure Michigan State coach Tom Izzo with a deal that could exceed $31 million over eight years. Damn, I'm in the wrong job.

A new government report reveals doubts about the Energy Star program, which may have introduced at least 15 completely useless products under the Energy Star label.

RNC members like to go clubbing on donor money at interesting nightspots. How's that family value-y stuff working for ya?

Speaking of nightspots and such, women who drink alcohol in moderation gain less weight than women who don'…

The Problem With Organics Is Pricing, Not Availability

There's an article today about how Walmart is taking on Whole Foods in the organic food arena.

When it comes to buying organic, there's been a lot of talk about availability -- e.g., how we need to add organic items to our schools, stores, menus and any other venue where humans congregate. If we can just make organic food more widely available, the organic proponents will say, everyone will eat it and we'll all live long, healthy lives.

The "eat organic" message seems to be everywhere, from First Lady Michelle Obama's White House organic garden to Jamie Oliver's new ABC show called "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which aims to bring healthier eating to the masses. Here's a clip from the show:



The "let me show you poor, ignorant people how to eat and live" vibe of this clip makes me cringe. Huntington, West Virginia is a nice place and a largely working-class community. It's a safe bet that buying organic probably isn't …

Looking For A Summer Job? You'd Better Apply Now

Newsflash: If you know someone in the 18 to 25 age range who will be looking for a summer job, tell them to start looking today. Not tomorrow, today.

That's my conclusion after reading the results of a new survey from hourly job site SnagAJob.com, which finds nearly half (47%) of hiring managers are not planning to hire any summer workers. This number is slightly worse than last summer when 46% of hiring managers said they wouldn't do any summer hiring.

A majority of hiring managers in SnagAJob.com's survey basically said "good luck finding a summer job" to teens and college students: A full 54% think it's going to be "difficult" for teens and college students to find a summer job this year.

What the college crowd should really be worried about is the heavy competition they'll face for jobs this summer. Nearly 29% of hiring managers told SnagAJob.com they expect to see teens and college students going head to head with unemployed adults for summe…

Libraries Are Becoming Job Resource Centers

One-third of Americans are using the public library for Internet access, according new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study.

That's roughly 77 million Americans who are trekking down to their local library with the intent of logging online. And what are they doing on the library computer? Well, they're not looking for books as much as they're looking for jobs.

That's right. Your local library is now doubling as a job resource center:

The most unexpected finding, according to Crandall, is that two out of three of the people who use library computers said they are using the computers to help friends or family, such as scanning job databases or looking up information for others.

"In terms of library services, we're deeply undercounting," he said, referring to the others benefiting from library computer searches conducted on their behalf.
The researchers also found lower-income people are more likely to use library computers to research jobs and fill out appli…

Has the Great Recession Created A More Sensitive CFO?

A Robert Half Management Resources survey finds the Great Recession has created a more sensitive CFO.

The survey asked 1,400 CFOs: "Which of the following is the greatest lesson you have learned from the recession?" Here's what they said:

27% say they've learned how to focus better on employee morale.

22% say they've learned to act more decisively and quickly to avoid multiple rounds of cost cutting.

22% say they've learned to make sure they have enough staff to maintain productivity.

15% say they've learned to create detailed succession plans.

1% say they've learned "Other."

11% say they haven't learned any new lessons from the recession.

2% said they didn't have an answer.

I'm a bit concerned that almost 15% surveyed either didn't learn any lessons or didn't know how to answer the question. Still, I'm glad to see the top three lessons involve managing employees. Guess we'll see if the CFOs hold on to what they've lea…

Business Travelers Are Landing In Hot Water At Work

A new American Express Business Travel survey of corporate executives and travel managers finds more than one-third (37%) have refused to reimburse employees whose expenditures repeatedly disregard the company's travel policy.

In the Great Recession, fewer companies are putting up with employees' diva-like demands when they travel. Employees who order the most expensive things on the menu instead of getting an average-priced meal are being billed for the difference. In fact, a full 90% of companies surveyed notify employees when they spend too much on the road.

The report, entitled "Managing Travel in the New Normal," touts itself as the first formal survey to explore how companies have altered their employee travel programs in the post-recession era. (Hmm, I'm not sure I agree that the Great Recession has ended, but that's another story.)

This is interesting: Employees who report to the CFO or procurement department are the most likely to get in trouble right a…

Well, That Was Fast...

A new Gallup survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults finds about half (49%) think the new health care law is "a good thing" while 40% think it is "a bad thing."

Not surprisingly, the people who hate it the most vote Republican and the people who like it the most tend to vote Democratic.

Independent voters seem to be split down the middle in their opinions.

So if half of those surveyed think the new health care law is a good thing and half of independent voters also think it's a good thing, it's probably safe to conclude that upwards of 70% or more of those surveyed give the new health care law a thumb's up.

Gallup calls it a political victory for the president and says the new law's impact on the November election will hinge on whether or not voter attitudes "soften or harden" over the next six months. But it looks like people are coming to terms with it pretty quickly:

"Given that initial public reaction to Sunday's vote is more posit…

When It Comes to Mobile Device Policies, Companies Are Phoning It In

Companies are phoning it in when it comes to mobile devices in the workplace.

A full 73% of companies don't have formal policies governing the virtual office, according to a new survey from employee mobility expert Runzheimer International.

The survey also finds 80% of the companies surveyed plan to buy even more wireless PDAs.

I'm always hesitant to tell small business owners to work up yet another policy for their employee handbooks, but this is one area where having some concrete guidelines in place is important. At the very least, companies should have a policy regarding (1) employee use of critical company information (don't sit in Starbucks IM'ing about an impending product line! Don't type in 48 point font at the airport!); and (2) driving with mobile devices (employees should pull over, then dial and talk).

You can get more information here.

Blocking Employee Web Access Isn't Working

You kick your feet up after a busy day and turn on the television.

While it blares in the background, you grab your laptop and look up a few favorite websites. You might catch up on the day's news headlines and log on to Facebook to see what your friends are doing.

Then you realize you've missed something on the TV, so you press the "rewind" button on your DVR or Tivo remote. A few minutes later, you go back to your laptop and show the person sitting next to you a funny video you found online.

If this sounds familiar, you're not alone: According to Nielsen's latest study of consumers' viewing habits, we're becoming media multitaskers who watch TV and scan the Internet at the same time. The research turned up insights such as these:

YouTube and Facebook are popular destinations for people who watches TV and visit the Internet at the same time.

YouTube is the Internet's most popular online video site. Yahoo, MSN and Google are also popular.

The typical …

Tuesday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Finally. Republicans say they plan to harness public "anger" and campaign on repealing the new health care law. Let's bring back the donut hole and make sure people with pre-existing conditions get thrown off their insurance! Political suicide in 3, 2, 1...

I want my web TV: Canadians are choosing the Internet over television.

Kidding around: The more children women have, the lower their risk of suicide, or so says a new study.

Clouded vision: A new survey says cloud computing is changing. Meanwhile, no one knows what the hell "cloud computing" really means.

High and dry: In a completely unsurprising finding, the "dry" counties in Alabama have the highest levels of binge drinking.

Using their faculties: A new survey finds out what part-time faculty members want. Money doesn't top the list.

Distressing situation: About 50% of U.S. home purchases right now are distressed properties.

Driving it home: Women are b…

Fun with Graphs: Waiter, Check Please!

It does tend to work out this way, doesn't it?



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Regretting the Lost Art of Sending Regrets

We have a rotavirus working its way through our house this week. We've all been taking our turns being sick. The kids have missed school. Needless to say, it's been a very crazy couple of days.

With so much going on, I had to cancel a meeting. I sent my regrets via email.

The question as I wrote it was how much to reveal about what's going on. Should I lay out the laundry list of excuses that are preventing me from showing up? Or should I keep it brief and let the reader fill in the blanks?

These days, the tendency is to offer up a laundry list of excuses. Sending regrets is a dying art form in the Internet age. Who hasn't been on the receiving end of a long email from someone who lists every reason they can't (or couldn't) make it to a meeting or otherwise take care of something that needed to get done? These are the people who will tell you that the dog ate their homework, but they don't stop there. They'll also tell you why the dog ate their homework,…

The Great Recession Has Created A More Punctual Employee

The Great Recession has created a more punctual employee, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 5,200 workers in November 2009. Of these workers, 16% said they get to work late at least once a week, compared to 36% in last year's survey. One-in-ten (8%) said they are late at least twice a week, compared to 20% last year.

Commuting was the leading excuse for tardiness: 32% said traffic made them late to work. 24% cited lack of sleep and 7% blamed their tardiness on their kids. Other reasons for lateness included bad weather, dealing with pets, taking public transportation and having "wardrobe issues."

In this recession, employees are worried about everything related to their job performance. These worries include being reliably on time for work According to CareerBuilder:

"Some workers may be more concerned with the nuances of their on-the-job performance these days, resulting in fewer late arrivals," said Rosemary Haefner, vic…

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Airlines' Per-Bag Fees Create New Baggage

I'm interested in adaptive evolution, i.e., how we humans re-adapt to our world and find the loopholes that get us around the roadblocks thrown in our path. It's a quirk of mine.

So I was drawn to a new Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) survey that finds half of flight attendants have seen items fall out of overhead bins in the last two months. More than 80% of the flight attendants surveyed also report being injured over the last year by items that suddenly fall out of the overhead bins during the flight.

But why is this happening in the first place? Airline passengers, in the face of new airline baggage fees, switched up their strategy. They re-adapted and found a loophole. Instead of checking in their bags, they started bringing them on to the plane and trying to stuff as much as they can into the overhead bins. Now we see the unintended cost of the policy: injured and angry flight attendants.

We humans are great at adaptive evolution, but corporate management is…

Are Employees Violating Their Company's IT Policies?

In a new Fiberlink/Harris Interactive survey of 1,347 U.S. employed adults, 12% admit to breaking their company's IT policies.

From a press release:

"We see this as a mobility wake-up call for all IT managers," said Jim Sheward, CEO of Fiberlink. "IT departments nationwide spend a lot of time and money on their compliance, usage, and access policies, but they only work if people follow the rules. Without extensive and effective compliance tools that ensure that IT policies are being followed, companies could face dangerous breaches that include the loss of sensitive data, competitive intelligence, or customers' private information."

The study, however, doesn't say exactly how employees are breaking employers' IT rules. By watching videos on YouTube or doing some online gambling? Surfing porn sites? Ordering a pizza? If you're going to call out employees for going against the rules, can't you at least tell us what rules they're breaking?

Monday Madness: Some Graphic Fun

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Monday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Beware the Ides of March: Today is March 15th, the day the ancient Romans held a military parade to celebrate Mars, the god of war. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on this day in 44 B.C. I hope your day is going far better.

Power tripping: A new Columbia Business School study finds people who hold positions of real power tend to be good at lying.

Scentless apprentice: City workers in Detroit are being told to stop wearing perfumes, colognes, aftershaves and scented lotions after the city settles a federal complaint filed by an employee upset over an overly-perfumed coworker.

Can you hear us now?: Massachusetts Verizon employees rally behind an employee union representative allegedly threatened by a supervisor.

Taking stock: Duke University researchers say they've found a link between drops in the stock market and increasing heart attack rates.

iSpy: A story last week said 10,000 Microsoft employees are using Apple'…

Vote for Murray Hill...Inc.?

Murray Hill is running for political office in Maryland.

Murray Hill, Inc. is a 5-year-old company.

From a Washington Post story:

After the Supreme Court declared that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to funding political campaigns, the self-described progressive firm took what it considers the next logical step: declaring for office.

"Until now, corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence-peddling to achieve their goals in Washington," the candidate, who was unavailable for an interview, said in a statement. "But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves."
It's a clever PR stunt, but I can't wait to see what happens. Having a company file for office circles us back to some important questions. Are corporations people? Is Murray Hill, Inc. a person? Can companies file and run for office? And what if Murray Hill, Inc. wins?

In the meantime, wo…

Is Modesty Killing Your Job Search?

You go to a job interview and walk out wondering if you said all the right things.

If you tend to be a modest person, chances are you probably said too little about yourself. You held back. You didn't mention that you won a prestigious industry award a few years ago. You didn't reveal how you kept a key project from going down the drain. You didn't elaborate on the skills that make you perfect for the job. Instead, you kept your answers very short. Your thought your resume would speak for you.

Wrong. Job interviews are the Achilles heel for modest people who would rather do just about anything than brag about their own accomplishments. Bragging goes against their nature. In fact, they find it downright repulsive. So they go into a job interview and instead of looking stellar they come out looking incredibly average, or maybe even below average.

We all know someone who has done incredibly well in life, but isn't going to trumpet it for the world to hear. This is the person…

Maybe Twitter Users Aren't Really That Social After All?

They say 80% of a company's business is generated by 20% of its customers.

It appears Twitter isn't much different: 100% of tweets are being generated by 21% of Twitter users, according to a new study.

The study from Barracuda Networks (cue the awesome Heart song) measured tweeting activity to learn who the active users are on the site. Barracuda Networks defines "active Twitter users" as people who have at least 10 followers, follow at least 10 people, and have tweeted at least 10 times.

Here are some of the researchers' other conclusions:

51% of Twitter members follow fewer than five people.

34% have never tweeted anything.

27% of Twitter members have tweeted at least 10 times.

20% aren't following anyone at all.

According to estimates, 50 million tweets are written every day and 19 million people have signed up for a Twitter account. Some simple math, however, shows only about one-fifth of Twitter members are actually using the site to share life-altering ins…

Employees Who Check Smart Phones While Driving Aren't That Smart

"Smart phones" are everywhere. You'll see them at the grocery store. The park. The mall. The restaurant.

And increasingly, behind the wheel.

A new CareerBuilder survey finds more than one-half (54%) of workers who have a smart phone are checking it while driving.

Not surprisingly, salespeople are the most likely to be driving-while-smart-phoning: 66% of sales workers in CareerBuilder's survey said "Yeah, I check my smart phone while I'm driving." 59% of "professional and business services" workers (whatever that means) and 50% health care workers do it, too.

I'm shocked to see that so many health care workers are driving while surfing their smart phones. They should know better, since they see first hand the injuries from accidents involving cell and smart phone use. I suspect these workers think it won't happen to them. Denial is a very powerful thing.

I'm not going to get into the millions of dollars in liability employers could face…

Managers Can Use March Madness To Get More Productivity, Not Less

It's March. That means the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner.

March Madness is here! Yay!

I live on Tobacco Road - Duke, UNC, Wake Forest and NC State are all within an hour of each other - so March Madness is more like the holidays around here. The streets get more empty, the pubs get more full. Everyone is inside watching the games. It's a magical time of year.

Of course, employees are tuning in to the tournament, too. A new Spherion study finds 45% of workers have participated in an office pool, and more than half of them (56%) have gotten in on a March Madness pool. Spherion says employers are encouraging office pools by not having a policy that stops or curtails them: About half (49%) of workers surveyed by Spherion said their employer doesn't have an office pool policy.

Another survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, meanwhile, estimates employers will lose $1.8 billion in productivity because of March Madness.

Sure, employees have to get their work done,…

Tuesday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

No saving grace: 43% of Americans have less than $10,000 for retirement. It is a 4% increase over last year.

Truly heartbreaking: A 39-year-old Bucks County, Pennsylvania paramedic dies of a massive heart attack while dealing with a suicidal man. He's the county's first paramedic to die while on duty.

Building momentum: Construction workers rallied at Ground Zero in New York City today to urge fast rebuilding of the former World Trade Center site.

Digital rights: A new survey finds 80% of people globally see Internet access as a basic human right.

No stopping to strike: Stop 'n Shop workers approve a new three-year contract.

Running out of gas: Chevron plans to lay off 2,000 workers, about 3% of its total workforce.

Electrical charge: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has filed a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs for overpaying its executives.

Working it in: California lawmakers just passed a law exempting 35% of state e…

Being a Chatty Cathy Makes You a Debbie Downer

A new University of Arizona study finds that people who engage in a lot of meaningless chit chat tend to be more unhappy than people who skip the small talk.

In other words, the deeper your conversations tend to be, the happier you are. Also, the researchers found that happiness isn't created simply by knowing a lot of people. You have to really get to know them -- that is, converse with them on a deeper level.

As one article points out:

Participants of the study were assessed for their personality and well-being to gauge their level of happiness. 79 college men and women were then asked to wear unobtrusive recording devices over four days to monitor the talks they had with the people around them.

After listening to all the conversations, the researchers divided them into trivial small talks and deep, meaningful talks.

It was found that the happiest people had a lesser tendency to spend time alone; they spent 70 per cent more time talking as compared to those who were least happy.
Anot…

Nobody's Safe In this Economy

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Brushing Up On My Commercials

So I was watching some of the Academy Awards coverage -- really, nothing else was on -- and I happened to watch this L'oreal commercial for foundation that you can roll on with a little roller brush.

I started cracking up as I envisioned some marketing guy coming to work on Monday morning and saying, "Hey guys! I finally got around to painting my house this weekend. Hey, you know those roller brushes you use for painting walls? The big, round ones you dip into trays of paint and roll up and down the wall? Well, while I was painting I thought, 'Why not create a small one that we can sell with one of our foundation products?' Women will eat it up and the mark up will be totally awesome!"

Curious, I went over to YouTube for the product reviews (and there are always product review videos to watch now). By this time, I was getting slightly tired of Oscar acceptance speeches and so I watched a few of them. One of the reviewers said that at $14, the retail price feels a …

Are Part-time Working Moms Raising Healthier Kids?

A new Australian study finds moms who work part-time tend to have healthier kids.

The University of New England in New South Wales study followed 4,500 preschoolers and concluded the kids of part-time working moms eat less junk food, are less likely to be overweight, and get more exercise.

The researchers found part-time working moms strive harder to make up for the things they think their kids don't get while they're working. According to one article:

The researchers were surprised by the results, says co-author Jan Nicholson, principal research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne.

"When mothers work part-time, there's obviously something about the way the house is run and the way parents are looking after their children that is protective," Nicholson told Australia's Courier Mail.

The study authors hypothesize that the unexpected findings "may be driven by part-time mums being more conscientious on the days they are at home to ca…

Stairway to Crazytown

It seems like someone in management has a little too much time on his or her hands.



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Danny Glover Boycotts Hugo Boss Over Plant Closing

The Oscars are tomorrow night, and the Hollywood media machine is in full swing. Who will win best picture? Will "Avatar" bring how an armload of trophies? Will anyone ever top Bjork's swan costume?

One story that might fly underneath the radar, however, is actor Danny Glover's call on his fellow Hollywood actors to boycott clothing brand Hugo Boss.

Glover says in a letter that he's taking a "small stand" against Hugo Boss, which he writes is gearing up to close its Cleveland, Ohio manufacturing plant in April, resulting in the loss of about 400 U.S. jobs.

A Cleveland TV station is reporting that Hugo Boss will not reconsider its plan to close the plant on April 27th. It's moving the jobs to another country.

They say everyone watches the Oscars for the fashions, but I've never paid much attention to what the actors are wearing unless it's a bit outrageous or colorful. After all, there's only so many ways to wear a suit. But this year, I'…

Friday Funnies: He-Man Gets the Heave-ho

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Friday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

On hold: New numbers out today show the U.S. unemployment rate is holding steady at 9.7%, although 36,000 additional jobs were axed.

CFOh-no: The latest Duke University/CFO Magazine survey finds CFOs are bullish on bottom line growth, but they still plan to cut headcount by another 1.6% on average this year.

Waiting to be surprised: A new survey finds 68% of Russians don't expect any positive results from President Medvedev's proposed reforms to modernize the country's economy.

What a steal: 78% of retailers report more shoplifting. Also, 65% are seeing more organized retail crime, and 74% are seeing more stolen items for sale online.

A religious experience: The chairman of the Ohio House Insurance Committee is investigating the firings of three state employees who resisted their supervisor's proselytizing attempts and say they were fired for doing so.

Far from Finnished: Finnish dock workers went on strike nationwide yesterday …

Neglected Employees Ready to Bolt, Report Says

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A survey coming out of the United Kingdom finds one in two employees think their mental and physical well-being has been ignored by their employer during the economic downturn.

More than 45% say they're starting to look for a new job.

The "Bothered Britain" report from healthcare provider Simplyhealth reveals employers know they've been neglecting employees' mental and physical health amid increasing workloads: 52% of employers admitted they've been too focused on surviving the recession to worry about employee well-being.

But here's the kicker: 75% of employers didn't think their neglectful behavior would drive employees to look for a new job somewhere else.

Uh-oh.

A spokesperson for Simplyhealth had this to say:

Jamie Wilson, spokesperson for Simplyhealth, says: "Businesses have understandably been under a considerable strain over the past months, but it is clear from our research that employee well-being needs to be high on the agenda for …

Oh Great, Now the Baby Boomers Will Never Retire

A new CareerBuilder report out today finds 72% of workers over 60 who are putting off retirement are doing it because they don't have enough financial stability to retire.

No surprise there, but then I looked at the gender breakdown. CareerBuilder finds more than three-quarters (76%) of female workers over 60 are putting off retirement because they can't afford to retire, compared to 68% of male workers over age 60.

So there's an 8% gap between Boomer men and Boomer women in their ability to retire. This means that older women will be more likely to remain in the workplace. Studies have shown women lag behind men when it comes to financial planning savvy, which could explain why more 60+ women will be working until they drop.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 700 older U.S. employees in November 2009.

What should concern Gen X and Gen Y employees, however, is that almost one-quarter (24%) of the Baby Boomers surveyed said they don't want to retire because they think retir…