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Showing posts from December, 2018

Feeling slow and sluggish at work? Blame global warming

Feeling tired at work lately? Well, you might be able to blame your exhaustion on more than poor sleep habits, because rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere could be making everyone feel tired, and stupid!

I'll type slowly so we can all understand together. Scientists at University College London (U.K.) claim that rising CO2 levels could become a real problem at work. As Britain's Daily Mail reports:

Surging levels of greenhouse gases could make people tired, forgetful and stupid, scientists claim.

Afternoon fatigue, the slump that office workers often experience, could become a worldwide problem due to surging levels in carbon dioxide.

A factor in sick building syndrome is higher carbon dioxide levels in poorly ventilated workplaces which can make workers feel lethargic, low in energy and slow, The Sunday Times reported.

Let's call it fossil fuel brain fog. Or clean coal cognitive cobwebs. Or something? I don't think this emerging workplace problem has a nam…

2019 workplace trends: re-evaluating social media scoring of applicants

If you want a job in certain industries these days, then it's a good idea to have a lot of followers on social media. But after what we've seen in the last year, maybe it's time to admit this thinking could be wrong.

Many employers love to see a job candidate with a great social media footprint. From followers to comments, the candidate is active on social media. Entire industries have sprung up around online "reputation" management and social media branding to help job candidates perfect their online presence.

But there's a problem. The last year has revealed real cracks in the social media facade. As social media sites sweep their sites of bots and other problems, it begs the question we need to start asking: Are social media metrics a poor way of scoring job candidates as potential hires?

How Much Do Followers Really Matter, Anyway?
Outside of specific industries that require high levels of contact with the general public -- sales and marketing quickly com…

Hello? How to deal with coworkers who stare

Another day at work, another day of dealing with the coworker who knows you're there, but never acknowledges you. Sometimes, you catch this coworker staring at you. Let's stare down this uncomfortable workplace problem together!

Before we go any further, let's clarify that this stare isn't a sexual stare. No, this stare feel downright competitive. It is a winner-takes-all stare. A lion in the grass stare.

You feel like this coworker is studying you from a safe distance. It's like he or she is quietly sizing you up, and competing with you on some imaginary plane to which you haven't been given the exact coordinates. Are you X, or are you Y, and where do your two lines intersect? In reality, you two are located in separate quadrants and your lines run parallel to each other.

The fact that this coworker won't engage you in conversation only makes the whole thing feel weirder. You've tried to smile and say "hi", but this coworker either…

2019 workplace trends: pawternity benefits

It may sound barking mad, but "pawternity" benefits -- a.k.a. time off to be with a new pet -- are shaping up to be a hot workplace perk for 2019. Woof!

Our pets are our furry babies, so why shouldn't employees get some time off to acquaint a newly-adopted dog with its surroundings? As usual, the Nordic countries are ahead of us on this idea, with a Nordic pet-food company recently adopting "pawternity" leave for its international workforce.

Pawternity benefits are sniffing around the edges of U.S. workplace culture, mainly in largely urban centers such as New York City. Like it or not, "puppy parental leave" is on the verge of becoming a thing.

Puppy Time!
Puppies need their people, especially when they're newly-adopted. Like a human toddler, they need constant, direct supervision. But pawternity leave could be good for humans, too. According to

Pawternity, or fur-ternity, has some big benefits. The National Institute of He…