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What Will You Say At Work On National Honesty Day 2014?

Today is National Honesty Day and let's be honest: Something at work is bugging us, but so far we've said nothing. Well, now we have the perfect excuse to vocalize it in spectacular fashion! Yes, National Honesty Day is real, because Wikipedia says so. National Honesty Day, as the (we hope true) story goes, was created as an end-of-April counterweight to April Fool's Day when we're busy pulling one over on each other and working hard at being less than honest. Let's think of National Honesty Day as our national get real day, since it's supposed to be an opportunity to say what we need to say. It's sort of like the John Mayer song, which I always thought was his best song. Hey, I'm just being honest! So what will we say in a work-related context today? Will we finally tell our co-worker to stop clipping his toenails at his desk because it's gross? Will we ask our boss why everyone else has to be on time but she gets to be 15 minutes late every morn…

Report: More Than Half Of Employees Misusing Social Media

What are employees doing all day on social media, exactly? It's the question on every worried middle manager's mind these days. Don't worry, management, because law firm Proskauer Rose LLP is on the case! It's just released a report entitled Social Media in the Workplace Around the World 3.0. Let me break it all down in 140 characters or less: At least 90% of companies now use social media in some way, but more than 50% of employees are using said social media platforms for non-business-related activities. #Discuss. Okay, I know what you're thinking. That's waaaay more than 140 characters! But who has time to count? We have bigger fish, or some other mixed metaphor, to fry here. Namely, how are employees misusing social media at work? Here's a quick snapshot, courtesy of Proskauer Rose:Misuse of confidential information (80%); Misrepresenting the views of the business (71%); Inappropriate non-business use (67%); Disparaging remarks about the business o…

Employers Are Putting Food-Based Perks Back On the Menu

Forget complimentary dry cleaning service and Bring Your Dog To Work Day, because employees are chomping at the bit to tell employers what they really want: Free food, and lots of it! Office online food-ordering and billing service Seamless Corporate Accounts, a division of GrubHub Inc., recently polled 1,225 full-time professionals in the very wide 23-to-60 demographic for its "Food in the Workplace" report. More than half of employees (57%) said that they feel more "valued" and "appreciated" when employers provide "food-based perks," and half said that food makes them feel happier about working for the company. In fact, food-based perks are the second-most-desired workplace perk, right behind gym/yoga memberships. Employees have to work off all the free food somehow, I suppose.Past surveys have shown that employees will show up to meetings if there's free food, even when they notice that food quality may have settled during shipping in t…

Study Reveals Why Co-workers "Un-friend" Us On Facebook

A co-worker has "un-friended" us on Facebook, and now we're vaguely down in the dumps wondering why we were dumped. Well, buck up my friends, because researchers at the University of Colorado Denver looked into the frenemy-inducing confusion surrounding Facebook "friend" dumping and they have a friendly suggestion for us based on actual online survey results! Maybe you haven't been e-dumped yet, but you've recently been put on notice that a Facebook "friend" will be re-evaluating, and then culling, his or her (eh, it's usually a her, isn't it?) "friend" list to separate the wallflower wheat from the overly-communicative chaff. Maybe she's decided that we update far too much, or far too little. Perhaps our observations on life, politics, art, leisure and/or parenting have turned annoying. Perhaps, in the absence of self-revealing tidbits, we "share" too many TLDR news stories or, if we're super lazy and bo…

10 Things Employees Probably Won't Do For Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the day when we're supposed to celebrate our planet and do small things on an individual basis to make it better. Too bad we don't tend to see ourselves individually as much of a problem, especially when we're busy at the office. Collectively, human nature is impacting mother nature, and three-fourths (75%) of employees in a new Harris Poll/Ricoh America Corporation survey say they will call out other people's wasteful environmental practices in the workplace. But our individual carbon footprint? Well, now. Let's not go there. After all, it's not that big, is it? It's just little ol' me! My environmental impact is minimal! Apparently, this type of "who, me?" thinking is more common on the job than we'd like to admit, if we buy into the results of last Earth Day's TeamViewer survey. It begs a question we'd rather not recycle: How can we protect the environment from the comforts of our desk? Without further …

Spotify's Top 10 Music Play List For the Workplace

Does your workplace allow music? Okay, Muzak. Either way, it's still some tune-age to break the tedium. But which songs constitute The Ultimate Workplace Music Play List? Well, Spotify has identified the 10 songs current employees listen to the most, and here they are!1. Adele -- Someone Like You 2. Do I Want To Know? -- Arctic Monkeys 3. I Will Wait -- Mumford & Sons 4. Diamonds -- Rihanna 5. Dark Horse -- Katy Perry, Juicy J 6. Drunk In Love -- Beyonce, Jay Z 7. Treasure -- Bruno Mars 8. Do What U Want -- Lady Gaga, R. Kelly 9. Under Control -- Calvin Harris, Alesso, Hurts 10. Get Lucky -- Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers Spotify also reveals that 61% of employees get to listen to music at work. Yes, you may put me in the "get to listen" instead of "have to listen" camp, because I love music, always have, especially when I'm working. And employees at work love themselves some Adele. In fact, 16% of employees are whistling to her…

40% Of Admin Assistants Babysitting Co-workers' Kids At Work

Ah, the busy, breathless life of today's administrative assistant!Everyone needs to be copied on an urgent email, calls have to be routed here and there, a slate of meetings must the added to the boss's Google calendar and.......a co-worker wants to park their child at your desk again because today's childcare plans (a.k.a. school) fell through. Maybe Junior is too sick to go to school, but somehow he's well enough to come with Mom or Dad to work? Cough. Happy National Administrative Professionals' Day, everyone!

Staples has conducted a cool survey full of fascinating factoids about life as a modern-day administrative assistant. In a nutshell, let's hand the average American administrative assistant an extra-absorbent Huggie and a pooper scooper, because he or she is doing a lot of babysitting and pet-sitting at work these days! A full 40% of employees Staples surveyed admit to asking the office administrative assistant to babysit their kids at work, while 20% …

Why Employees Think They're Talented When They're Not

If you work long enough, you will encounter the co-worker who consistently overestimates his or her professional abilities, and a new Iowa State University study tells us that the modern performance review is only making the problem worse. Let's go ahead and tell it like it is for once! American culture -- with its American Idols, scripted reality shows, and one-on-ones with the boss come performance review time -- is leaving many employees shocked when someone eventually breaks it to them that, truth be told, they cannot sing, act, or summarize a spreadsheet very well, ahem. "But everyone tells me how awesome I am at it!" is a standard reaction to being told how terrible we are at...whatever it is we're not doing all that well. Take it away, Andy Bernard! Did anyone in the office ever tell Andy Bernard outright that they didn't like his singing? I don't think anyone did, but I stopped watching The Office after Jim and Pam's wedding like the rest of A…

Sorry, Managers: Employees Aren't Really Getting the Memo

Don't be offended when a co-worker or client finally has "a chance to skim" your long-form email, document or report. We're all skimming the superficial surface of longer-form communication these days with the attention span of a golden retriever, thanks to social media! Forget reading the fine print in your latest credit card holder agreement, because wading through a very long memo without subheadings and sidebars in advance of a 10 a.m. work meeting is already torture enough. The same goes for too-long emails (sorry, TLDR), blogs (people actually read them?), ad copy (just get to the point, please), and anonymous comments sections accompanying trending news stories (hint: separating one, big block of text into smaller paragraphs would help hold our attention, LOL). We're not only living in the breathless social media age, our brains are busy adapting to it as well. Now scientists are sounding the alarm bell that our brains are rewiring themselves in the di…

The Biggest Workplace Jerks Are Named Sarah And David

Are any of your co-workers named Sarah or David? Can they be a tad bit unhelpful on the job and, quite frankly, unsympathetic obstructionists standing in the way of your personal plans for workplace success? Well, a new survey is here to back up your pent-up frustrations! A recent poll of British workers finally puts a name on the ultimate foot-dragging culprit at work. And that name is David. Or Sarah, if you're female. As Recruiter (U.K.) reports today:Do you know any Sarahs or Davids in your workplace? Well you should possibly steer clear as recent research has shown them to be the most obstructive and unsympathetic of colleagues. According to a report titled ‘The Workplace Can’t’, the person most likely to be unco-operative and unprepared to help in a British workplace is female, say 54% of those polled, and most likely to be called Sarah, although males received 46% of the vote and are most likely to be called David. So Sarah and David, you've been put on notice. Your …

Sorry Millennials, There's Still A Corporate Ladder To Climb

Do you think your workplace is a meritocracy based on the beauty of a very flat organizational chart? Well, not to burst your highly non-bureaucratic bubble, but a new Stanford study concludes that the corporate ladder still exists, and it's not budging. Let's help the Millennials dust the cobwebs from the corners of their quaint workplace expectations, shall we? Stanford is here on this fine April Fool's Day to tell any professional over the age of 35 what we already know: There's always a corporate hierarchy, even when it's subtly played down to give the appearance that it doesn't exist. To find out, simply touch one of the company's third rails, or make a big, company decision unilaterally to see what happens.** Who authorized you to do this, huh? No one signed off on this as far as I can tell. Big decisions like this one always run through ME! And my nephew is a great employee!!! So much for the lack of management structure, huh? The realization tha…