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Post-Vacation Glow? Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Employees Return to Work Feeling Stressed

How do you feel when you come back to work after taking a vacation? Are you relaxed? Happy? Sad? Stressed out of your ever-loving mind?

If you selected the last option, then you're right on trend with a new survey out today from Seattle leadership development firm Fierce, Inc.!

Fierce surveyed more than 1,000 full-time employees about vacation time, and reveals two-thirds return to work feeling either more stressed or as stressed as they always feel on the job. Welcome back?

Back-To-Work Stress Is Real
The three main causes of back-to-work stress for employees are (1) catching up on missed work; (2) having to readjust to a work mindset; and (3) needing to resolve major issues that percolated to the surface while they were on vacation.

Even though half of employees surveyed report checking in with the office while they were out (and 13% report checking in daily!) there is still so much to fix do upon their return. Vacation all I ever wanted, vacation had to get away, vacation me…

Millennials Worry About Their Workplace Fashion Choices

Do you instinctively know what to wear to work? If not, welcome to the club because a new OfficeTeam survey reveals many employees are flummoxed by modern workplace fashion!

We don't understand the dress code at our workplace, we don't know if our outfit falls into the "workplace appropriate" category, and a lot of us would rather wear a uniform to make everything easier!

OfficeTeam surveyed 390 adult U.S. employees. Slightly more than four in 10 (41%) admit to sometimes feeling unsure whether their fast fashion outfit is appropriate for work. They don't know if they're making the right choice, but they wear it anyway. Then you look across the open office environment to see one of these colleagues in ripped jeans, a Hawaiian shirt and retro Doc Martins. Management doesn't say anything, so it must be okay?

Before you know it, your children are asking why there's a surf board in the closet, and you explain that it's something called "an ironin…

A-I, Yi, Yi: We Think Robots Will Take Somebody Else's Job, Not Ours

How do you feel about artificial intelligence in the workplace? Is it a good thing, or a bad thing?

A new survey reveals a high level of human anxiety around automation and the rise of AI. But the survey reveals another tidbit that's even more interesting: we think robots will take somebody else's job, not ours!

You Can't Take That (Job) Away From Me
The American Staffing Association/Harris Poll Workforce Monitor survey finds slightly more than one-third (34%) of Americans think automation at work will be a positive development for the workplace over the next decade, while 31% who say it will be negative development. The rest (35%) don't have an opinion either way, or don't know.

Survey participants, however, tend to agree robots will have a substantial impact on hiring. More than three-fourths surveyed (79%) think automation will fundamentally change the quantity of available jobs, while more than two-thirds (68%) think robots will change the types of American jobs…

At Least We're Making an Effort to be Civil at Work

It's a bleak day for civility here in the nation's capital, but the seventh annual Civility In America survey provides a tiny ray of light: nine in 10 employed Americans consider their workplace to be quite civil.

Weber Shandwick, along with Powell Tate and KRC Research, conducted the seventh Civility in America survey in December 2016 to track our annual "civility deficit". So let's visit a few key findings, shall we?

While a record-high 69% of survey participants think American society has major civility problems -- and 75% see a societal lack of civility reaching crisis levels -- 86% surveyed said their work life is generally on the courteous and polite side. In fact, 84% of employees view their chosen professional field as largely civil.

(Unless they deal with the public, that is. Sales and customer-facing employees are the least likely to view their industry or profession as being civil.)

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds (63%) agree that we are more civil at w…

Smiling In Victory Makes Our Competitors Less Cooperative

You've just had a huge workplace win, and you feel like taking a victory lap to celebrate! But new research might make you wonder whether the victory lap is worth it.

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory had 370 participants play a game in which they had to decide whether to split, or to steal, a pot of money. Participants were paired up. If both participants chose to split, then they would split the pot evenly. If one player chose to split the pot while the other chose to steal it, then the one stealing it would get the entire pot. If both choose to steal, then nobody won.

Still with me? Good. The official USC press release explains what happened next:

Each participant was paid $30, with participants receiving additional tickets for a $100 lottery generated by their total number of successful "steals" and "splits."

As participants played the game against each other on video Skype, reac…

Are Employers Looking Past Autistic Job Candidates?

Good body language is important in a job interview, and we're taught the basics of body language from a young age. Sit up straight. Sit still. Stop fidgeting. Don't talk with your hands. Smile, don't smirk.

Our body language can make us or break us in a job interview, and a new survey reveals 30% of job candidates give off negative body language. OfficeTeam recently surveyed 300 senior managers for their thoughts on what constitutes poor body language during job interviews, and lack of eye contact topped the list of negative body language behaviors. Lack of eye contact was followed by facial expressions, posture, handshake, fidgeting/habitual movements, and hand gestures.

Lack of eye contact is where I see a looming hiring issue regarding job candidates on the autism spectrum. Some autistic individuals can have difficulty maintaining strong eye contact. But could looking away cost him or her a job offer?

Yes, I Hear You
We live in an age of autism awareness, but not nece…

45% of U.S. Workers Taking Time Off to Deal with Legal Matters

We live in a litigious world, and a new survey finds all our legal wrangling is interrupting our work day. And that's not hearsay!

A national Workplace Options/Public Policy Polling poll admits a modern workplace statistic into evidence: 45% of U.S. employees admit to taking time out of their work day to deal with a legal "situation" involving them, their family members, or close friends.

How are they dealing with these legal interruptions? One-third (33%) are using paid time off or time off the clock, and 16% of these employees do not tell the employer what they're taking time off to do. Slightly more than six in 10 employees (61%) said they need the entire work day off to deal with legal matters, while more than three in 10 employees (37%) require "multiple" days off.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the vast majority of those surveyed (90%) place legal matters in the "stressful events" category.

So what can employers do? One option is to provide le…

Covfefever: When Co-workers Criticize Our Writing

Everyone is talking about the president's mysterious, and seemingly incomplete, overnight tweet. One word: #covfefe.

The president deleted his "covfefe" tweet. Soon after, he asked us to have fun figuring out what he meant by it, which had the immediate effect (not affect, ahem) of sending Twitter into a total, complete frenzy.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that "covfefe" is a word that people close to the president will understand. Bqhatevwr, covfefe is already a meme. We need to deal with the co-workers who will jump all over us for writing "here" when we meant to write "hear"!

You Spell Potato, I Spell Potatoe
Most of us will feel chagrined when we meant to write "duck" but hit the "f" instead of the "d." These two letters are uncomfortably close to each other on the keyboard, after all. Oops.

Maybe we did (or didn't) use an Oxford Comma in the latest quarterly report. Maybe we meant to write "p…