Workplace Respect

Here are the most common workplace ‘pet peeves’, as identified in a Fast Company 2006 survey:

  1. Being condescended to, 44 percent
  2. Being reprimanded publicly, 37 percent
  3. Micromanaging, 34 percent
  4. Loud talkers, 32 percent
  5. Cell phones ringing, 30 percent

We’ve talked at length this week about issues that increase employee turnover. Note that the first three items on this list directly relate to poor management.

Employees want to enjoy their work; and if there is disrepect from the boss, there’s going to be problems in the workplace.

Bosses: make sure you show your employees respect (remember the golden rule); and if you see disrespect in your workplace, do not allow it to continue.

Courtesy Maureen Moriarty in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Humor in the Workplace

Times are tough. And when economic uncertainties prevail in the workplace, one of the first casualties is a sense of humor, which I consider a critical component of a successful work team.

That’s bad news for productivity, creativity and the general well-being of workers, say HR and humor experts.“It’s a natural tendency for some folks to tighten up during tough times, but we need to lighten up,” warns Joel Goodman, founder of The Humor Project Inc.

There’s a need to toe the line for political correctness, of course; but humor – and having fun at work – increases productivity and morale, thus reducing turnover and gloom.

As an employer, it’s critical to always remember that a workplace that’s fun is a good workplace. And if you’re working for a company and it’s not fun: why would you spend at least a third of your life not having fun?

Thanks to Eve Tahmincioglu’s article in msnbc.com

Flex Time’s New Popularity

The increased cost of gas is one of the reasons for the increased use of ‘flex time’. Employers are starting to squeeze the 40 hour/5 day week into a 40 hour/4 day work week – with the approval of both employees and employers.

Bosses say that flex time increases productivity.

The 2008 National Study of Employers shows that there is an increase in the use of flextime (79% of employers now allow it, as opposed to 68% in 1998).

Besides the cost savings of gasoline, employees perceive flex time or a reduced work week as a benefit – and the advantage for employers is reduced turnover.

Courtesy Christian Science Monitor & the Miami Herald.