Health benefits at work just took on a whole new meaning with the TrekDesk. This new workstation with a built-in treadmill is garnering interest- and controversy. Let’s start with the positives of TrekDesk. *This helps Americans reach the Surgeon General set goal of 10,000 steps per day; which coincidentally, is equivalent to 3 hours of walking on the TrekDesk. *Recent research has come out reporting that there is a correlation to sedentary lifestyles and weight gain. WHAT??! I know this is mind-blowing news, but the supposed latest information is that sitting actually “switches” off the employee’s ability to burn fat properly. Let’s continue on to the potential problems with TrekDesk. *While this machine alleges to allow employees to walk without sweating, how true is this claim? This could cause some serious stink issues in the workplace. *Have you ever actually tried to read while on a treadmill? Some of us lack … [Read more...] about Walk Through Work With TrekDesk
The rumblings have already started; there will be no end-of-year raises this year at my place of employment. Only time will tell if these rumors come to fruition, but I think it's safe to assume that a majority of American employees will receive smaller salary increases (if any) and should expect anemic holiday bonuses. (Unless you work at ExxonMobile)We here at Jobacle fully anticipate these 'bad news' memos to start hitting your inbox any day now. Even if your company is doing well, they are still going to safeguard the cash this go around. Since we love taking the pulse of what's REALLY happening in the workplace, we respectfully ask you to share these types of 'economic downturn' memos with us. Whether it's a slash in pay raises, a cut in hours, the merging of two entities, or no more open bar at the holiday party, let us know what's happening in your neck of the woods.At your request we will keep your submission confidential, remove the company logo, etc. Send it through … [Read more...] about Kiss Your Raise / Bonus Goodbye?
I am back at work after five solid days away. I'd like to tell you that my feet were kicked up and I was sipping gin and tonics on some remote island. The reality is, I just spend hour upon hour cleaning up other people's filth and unpacking an endless sea of cardboard boxes. So far, all the home-owner cliches are coming true. I can't say I wasn't warned.As fate would have it, every time I have less time for Jobacle, traffic trends upwards. Go figure. I expect to settle back into a normal routine over the coming weeks, and that means a minimum of one new post every weekday. For now, here's an update on what's up in Jobacle Land... The inaugural Jobacle Resume Writing Challenge is over. Our crack staff are currently mulling over the final products and we will share that information sometime next week. Am I the only one who finds the adjustment of returning to work after several consecutive days off difficult? So much so, that I … [Read more...] about The State of Jobacle
Part-time work has become increasingly popular for a multitude of reasons: using it for additional income during school, stay-at-home moms and dads have started to corner this market for a work-life balance, and now it is being used as supplemental income. Yup, 40 hours a week is no longer cutting it. The paychecks are stagnant, the stocks (and subsequently our retirement accounts) are falling, and many in the workforce are taking decisive action. There are legitimate part-time opportunities available, but there are just as many part-time work-from-home scams. Tread lightly if you are looking to get into part-time work and be wary of companies that ask you to invest money to begin. Here are some examples of genuine part-time work opportunities: Newspaper delivery Freelance work (writing, photography, website design, etc.) Retail or other seasonal work Online teaching Do any of you do part-time work either as your career or to supplement your career? If so, what do you do/suggest? … [Read more...] about Need Extra Cash? Join the Part-Timers Club
It’s not enough that we have to be politically correct at work; we now have to be ergonomically correct as well. Companies have begun taking stock in the fact that HR is requiring us to sign off on forms that our desks are “ergonomically correct”.Too bad we didn’t think of this first, huh?Introducing the Kneelsit chair. This chair is customized to each person’s height and weight so that no adjustments are necessary. Reportedly, this chair takes the pressure off the spine and lower back to alleviate pain and correct posture. All for the low price of...$499? What economic crisis?!As an office manager in a chiropractic and physical therapy clinic, this chair seems like a genius idea for preventive and maintenance care. But let’s return back to earth; what employer is going to pay for this? We need a retailer like Wal-Mart (as much as it pains me to say it) to jump on this train and produce it for an affordable price.Does your company value ergonomics in the workplace? Would any of … [Read more...] about Ergonomically Correct Chair of the Future?
People like to fancy themselves leaders. Reality says otherwise. Even extreme mavericks are subject to the influence of others. Many of the nuances and habits we pick up, we're unaware of. At least until that ballsy coworker calls us out."Eww. You sound like Joe!"The accused immediately goes into defensive mode."Oh, I said that long before Joe."Good, bad or otherwise, we are constantly latching on to other people's words and actions. With the amount of time we all spend at the office, it should come as no surprise that our payroll comrades are responsible for much if this influence.Heck, there are catchphrases I picked up 10 years ago that I still use today.- I end all my phone conversations with 'see ya' thanks to Greg.- I'll occasionally lean against a wall and bring my head to my knees to refresh the blood flow to my brain thanks to Jason.- I never complain about my wife at work, even in a joking way, thanks to Eric.- Most recently, I find myself saying 'super' (as … [Read more...] about The Silly Influence of Coworkers
Remember how George Jetson's spacemobile used to turn into a suitcase with the push of a button? Well, thanks to our friends in Japan, foldable and portable rooms are now a reality, available for around $7,500 a pop.Your company might not be replacing your cubicle yet, but as our workplaces become more crowded, and the prices drop, remember who warned you first... … [Read more...] about And You Think YOUR Office Is Cramped?
It seems that the cynicism over pay gap inequity is stretching from the bright lights of Hollywood across the country to the bankruptcy and debt of Wall Street. As one peeved reader commented on Andrew’s blog Where’s the $22 Million Bonus Now, Lehman?, “The public is tired of seeing the rich get richer, then being stuck with the bill.” I count not agree more. The reports are coming out on exactly how much each company wasted on bloated CEO salaries, bonuses, and benefit packages. While we’re not outright stuck with the bills from the failing films on Hollywood, Forbes did put out an interesting report on the most overpaid actors. Some highlights of this study include the studio that produced The Invasion losing $2.68 for every dollar that Nicole Kidman earned, Tom Cruise only earned his studio for Lions and Lambs $1.88 for every dollar he was paid, and Jennifer Garner’s Catch and Release earned a measly 34 cents for every dollar of her paycheck. Whether or not the pay inequity gaps … [Read more...] about Pay Gap Inequity Stretches Across U.S.
Most of us have heard of the infamous $600 toilet seat or how the Army spent $250 on an ordinary wrench. If the government can spend $600 on a toilet seat or $700 billion on Wall Street’s debts, I can only imagine how frugal they are when it comes to decorating the oval office. Regardless, I thought it might be fun to compare what your (I use this term loosely) office has to offer versus what the White House’s Oval Office does. You know, because it will make us feel better about our workspace AND how our tax dollars are spent…. Your office: Let’s start with the basics: does your office have a door? A cubicle door does not count. Sorry. Oval Office: This office has a total of four doors: one opens to the Rose Garden, another to the secretaries, another to the West Wing, and the last one opens to a dining room and private study. Your office: How many windows can you claim? Feel free to include hand-drawn windows you constructed to spruce up the cubicle. Oval Office: The three main … [Read more...] about Your Office vs. The Oval Office
CheckPoint HR has released five steps to establish an eco-conscious business environment, starting with a movement towards a paperless HR department.The eco-conscious "green" movement encourages employers to reassess business methods to reduce office waste and decrease energy emissions. According to The State of the Paper Industry, a 2007 report by the Environmental Paper Network, if the United States cut office paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road. By reevaluating paper usage, an organization can simultaneously benefit from cost-savings of supplies and labor while helping the environment.1. Sign up for direct deposit and eliminate the printed pay stub and payroll reports. With an online portal such as CheckPoint HR's human resources management system, current and past paychecks can be viewed at any time, anywhere from a Web browser. Data is never purged and delivery fees … [Read more...] about How HR Can Go Green