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Workplace Trends: Implantable Chips In Our Hands

A Swedish firm is testing implantable RFID-enabled chips on its own staff so they can make copies remotely and pay for their lunch in advance, among other things. Well, it was bound to happen eventually, right?The Daily Mail (U.K.) has the story today. The chips are reportedly tiny, about the size of a grain of rice. But oh, the places you can go without actually having to be there in person! I'll have the Swedish meatball plate with a side of bread and pickled herring, the lingonberry drink, and an afternoon coffee to go! In the process, our productivity will soar! I'm somehow scared off by the concept as a Finnish-American whose own mother made excellent Swedish meatballs. Chips in our hands? Chips in our hands that are apparently RFID-enabled? Aren't RFID chips track-able, as in, they can track us everywhere we go? It all makes me wonder: Will our future employer wonder why we were at IKEA buying frozen meatballs and debating Hemnes colors over the North Atlantic S…

What To Do About Co-workers Who Are Never Available

Every employee has days filled to the gills with meetings and appointments, but this is every minute of every day for the Slippery Meeting Scheduler. Trying to pin this employee down to a specific time is like trying to bottle the wind. Let's come up with a few strategies before time runs out on this work relationship! Here you are, Mr. or Ms. I'm Flexible All Day Today, only to find that your co-worker is nothing but inflexible. Quite frankly, you've come to dread setting a time to meet with this work peer (and I say work peer, not boss!) because it's simply so frustrating. Trying to get on this co-worker's Google calendar is worse than trying to schedule a conference call involving ten far-flung participants! In a word: impossible. This ongoing work situation might have an odd way of making you feel like your time is somehow less important than your work peer's time, because you are essentially forced into riffing off his or her time frame. Every. Single…

Are You Thinking About Quitting Your New Job?

Congratulations on starting your new job! You must be so excit...what?! You feel like quitting already? Oh, no. Let's take off our trainee badges and have a talk. Here you are, your high hopes for this new job dashed by Day Two! If only you had a crystal ball so you could have foreseen what this workplace is really like, right? Sigh. Now you're wondering what to do. If I quit this job TODAY, then I wouldn't even have to put it on my resume, would I? In the workplace blogging business, asking yourself this question is what we call a "bad sign." Every working professional can pinpoint the job they should have quit a lot sooner rather than later. The signs were there, but we ignored them and stayed in a bad job for too long. Why did we stick around when all the red flags were probably there from the beginning? Well, there are many reasons for committing to a bad work relationship. We need the money and the benefits, and/or we don't want to look for a new job.…

Psst, Workplace Gossip? Now There's An App For That

Workplace gossip is everywhere, but forget the office water cooler and instant messaging because now there's another app for that. A new app called Memo debuted last month that offers employees an anonymous venue to say what is on their minds. As Quartz reports:Memo, a new messaging app, wants to modernize office gossip. The app debuted on the Apple App Store last month, and follows the recent trend of anonymous messaging apps, such as Whisper, Secret, and Facebook’s Rooms. While these apps’ popularity have started to wane, Memo may have something that the others don’t — focus. By centering on the workplace, Memo could thrive where other apps have failed. Whisper? Secret? Rooms? What? Obviously, I've been in the other room and didn't get the memo amid secret whispers about our questionable app economy. But back to the topic. There's a "focused" workplace app that allows employees to say what they're really thinking. Nobody has to stand by the proverb…

Is Your Desk A Mess? The HR Lady Probably Doesn't Care

Call it generational change or a result of the Great Recession, but a new OfficeTeam survey finds more than two-thirds of HR managers don't have a big problem with our paper-strewn, disorganized mess of a work area. Let's all celebrate by eating something crumbly at our desks! A majority of 300 HR managers OfficeTeam recently surveyed said: "Eh, okay, I'm cool with the clutter. I'm not going to judge." Busy hands are happy hands, and messy desks are clever desks: Nearly 10% surveyed said that a messy desk is a sign of a very "creative" employee. So the leaning pile of paper that's about to topple on to our keyboard can be a sign of an innovative attitude and winning, innate aptitude. We're not too lazy to deal with it; we're simply too amazeballs to notice! Here's an infographic with the official statistical breakdown of managerial attitudes toward modern employee messiness: We still have a way to go, though. You'll notice t…

Does Facebook At Work Need Work Relationship Statuses?

Thanks to Facebook, everyone knows when our personal relationships have turned "complicated." But now that Facebook is rolling out Facebook At Work, should we be able to say when our work relationships are "complicated," too?The headline of this article got me thinking: If social media for work purposes is the wave of the future, then shouldn't it follow that we'll be able to update our work-relationship "status" in real time, as well? Just imagine the possibilities. Our work relationship with one co-worker could be "complicated," while we've been in a "committed work relationship" with another co-worker since last year. Employees who have just given two-weeks' notice can be getting "divorced" from the company. Employees on 90-day work probation can be "separated." The recently-promoted employee can be "engaged" in new management duties, while the office workaholic is proud to be "ma…

Are You Jealous Of Your Co-worker For Quitting?

We've dreamed of quitting our jobs, but one of our co-workers is actually doing it. Now we're feeling quite jealous that she gets to leave and we have to stay. How should we handle the personal envy involved in a co-worker's impending exit? Perhaps our workplace has become less than ideal, thanks to the long hours, the constant backbiting, the drab decor, the bossy boss, the fickle clientele, or a hundred and one other factors that might drag us down on a daily basis. We may have spent the last few years daydreaming of the moment we can finally march into our manager's office and announce: "I quit!" But it's our co-worker who is walking around the office today with a huge, relieved smile on her face. I just gave my notice, I'm so out of here, I'm moving on, we'll have to stay in touch! Perhaps she has a new job lined up, perhaps not. Either way, we're watching her live the dream. Of quitting. But how should we deal with our own emoti…

Employers, It's Time To Quit the Multi-Stage Interview

Are you an employer looking to hire this year? If so, then you'd better make it snappy because a new survey finds job applicants are no longer willing to wait on your time-consuming, multi-stage interview process! Anyone who has been hired in the last five years knows the drill. When we finally hear back from the employer to set up a job interview, the process moves at a snail's pace. We're interviewed by one person, then another person, and then -- if we're very lucky -- we'll speak with a few more people in the coming days, or weeks. Perhaps we're put to the test further by taking an exam, or performing some on-the-job exercises as well. Valuable days and weeks might go by before we hear anything back. That was hiring in the Great Recession and employees are so over it: A new survey from recruitment firm CPL reveals that HALF (50%) of those surveyed will now reject a job offer with a lengthy, drawn-out hiring process, or a potential job that requires more …

Burp, Slurp! Seven Tips For Dealing with Noisemakers At Work

We're trying to concentrate in our 1'x 2' patch of workplace real estate, but the only thing on our minds is our co-worker's constant thumb drumming. Let's all chew loudly on ice while we hammer out a solution to our co-worker's non-verbal noise! We've all suffered in close quarters alongside the physically-loud co-worker. This co-worker isn't a yapper; she's a pencil tapper! Or an unrepentant pen clicker. Or a chronic nail clipper. Or a squeaky chair rocker. Or a frequent farter. Or a disgruntled grunter. Or an angst-ridden exhaler. Or a desk-bound soup slurper. Or a stentorian spit swisher. Or a boisterous knee bouncer. Or a fragrant flip-flop footer. Or a soda-imbibing burper. Or a baroque nose blower. Or a clamorous keyboard user. Or a jingly-jangly jewelry wearer. Or a deafening drawer slammer. Or a brazen bubble gum smacker. Or a never-ending knuckle cracker. Or a potato chip snacker. Or a post-chip finger licker. Ew. Whatever the nois…