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Finagling Workplace Perks
Relationships aren’t always 50-50, especially in the case of an employer/employee one. In a recent Virgin Pulse survey, of more than 1,000 full-time U.S. employees, 75% said that they loved their companies, while only 25% felt that their companies loved them back. Talk about heart-break. Often, we love the companies that we work for due various elements, such as a company’s mission, our co-workers, or great pay. But when it comes to feeling like a company cares for us it usually comes down to the perks. Great benefits like life insurance, maternity leave and 401k plans make employees feel more cared for. While some companies may try to provide the ideal perks for employees, they occasionally miss the mark. If you are an employee who feels underappreciated, don’t assume that the only option remaining is to leave. It is likely that your employer is simply unaware of what you look for to feel acknowledged and a small dialogue can go a long way.
So how do you get what you want from your employer? Start by talking with your co-workers. Are they sharing the same emotions? Coming together as a group allows you to present a more solid case for what you all want from your company. As a group brainstorm what your company would look like in an ideal world and the type of perks it would offer. Now, turn around and think of the realistic world (where small budgets cause limitations and Hawaiian Punch from the water-fountain isn’t practical). What would satisfy you? Maybe in the ideal world an on-site gym is what you’d like, but in the realistic world you would settle for pass to the gym down the street. Once you’ve established the type of perk that you would like, make your case. Make a list of the accomplishments that you and your colleagues have made over the past year and demonstrate your dedication to the company’s success. As with any relationship, it’s easier to ask for something when you’ve proven that you’ve given in return. Finally, ask to schedule a meeting. No need to come in to it with 50 co-workers, just a few will work; otherwise your employer may feel bombarded. Give a well-prepared presentation that explains how you feel about the company, as well as your ideas to improve morale. Keep in mind that your manager might not have the final approval of ideas and that being flexible on the results is important. Create an open conversation and it will go a longer way than simply walking in and making demands.
Workplace happiness doesn’t solely rest in your employer’s hands. Don’t hesitate to take measures into your own hands to get the results that you want, but remember to take a smart approach and create an open dialogue.
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Music at Work
According to the digital music service, Spotify, 61% of people stream music during the workday with 36% saying that it’s what gets them through their 9-5. Finding that one thing that can get you through the day just a little faster and with a bit more enthusiasm is important, but we have to make sure it isn’t at the expense of others. Gigats took a look at proper work-place music etiquette and the rules for whistling while you work.
Everyone has varying tastes in music. One persons’ motivational jam can sound like nails down a chalkboard to another. Remember to keep the volume low if you work in an open space without walls. Spotify reported that 10% of respondents admit to judging a co-worker based on their choice of music, so make sure you aren’t listening to anything loud enough that you wouldn’t want others to hear. Also, we all have that tune that just makes us want to get up and dance, but try your best not to tap or hum along to a song as it can create an unwanted distraction.
Where and when you wear your headphones is an equally as important factor. Try not to wear your headphones 24/7- it can create isolation and make it difficult for co-workers to communicate with you. Make sure that your music doesn’t become a higher priority than your co-workers. If someone comes to your desk, remove both of you ear phones and devote your full attention to avoid sending the signal that you are only partially listening. You should also never wear your ear phones away from your desk. It doesn’t matter if you are just going down the hall to make a copy, if you are going to step away from your desk you should leave your head phones behind.
Another helpful tip for keeping the office peace when it comes to music is to try to attain a group consensus. Have a conversation regarding the company policy and don’t hesitate to ask your co-workers if they mind if you listen to music while you work. If you all decide to play music out loud, the safest bet is to stick with mainstream music or to compromise- classical music one day, pop hits the next.
Maintaining the office harmony doesn’t mean you need to give up your music. Just make sure that you follow these basic music etiquette practices to ensure the best office surroundings for everyone.
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Myths of Telework
Gigats recently reported a rise in telecommuting across several job sectors. Telework, the ability to work remotely from an alternative worksite, is aiming to make the balance between work duties and family obligations a bit easier. There are several misconceptions about telework that prevent people from exploring their options and how the transition can help employers and employees alike.
Read below to see the most common myths about telework and the truth behind them:
Myth: Telework is only for mothers and women
The truth is that men are more likely to telework than women. In a Flex + Strategy Group telephone survey of 556 full-time U.S. employees in 2013, men comprised 71% of respondents who said they did most of their work from a remote location. Flexibility and telework isn’t just a desire for a mom or a woman, men seek the same opportunities.
Myth: Telework is only for parents who want to be with their children
According to the survey, there is no significant difference between those who had children and those who didn’t have kids. Of the individuals surveyed, 29% who telework don’t have children, and 32% do. While telecommuting parents can gain time with their children, it isn’t meant to serve as a substitute for child care.
Myth: Only millennials are interested in working remotely
Teleworking spans across several generations and it isn’t just reserved for Gen Y or millennials. For those that work remotely, 35% are millennials, 30% are Generation Xers, and 30% percent were baby boomers.
Myth: Everyone can telework or work remotely
Unfortunately, not every company or job allows telecommuting- a Doctor can’t expect patients to come to their home. In fact, Premiere Global Services State of Telecommuting 2014 survey found that 20% of companies don’t allow it. Organizations have to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach and instead determine on a case-to-case basis which job positions are an ideal fit for remote work.
Myth: Telework can be successful without formal training and policies
In order for telecommuting to be successful a company must have the framework, training and technology necessary. Sending a person to their home to perform their work without any form of checks and balances will likely hurt a companies’ productivity. Teleworking has become easier for companies to implement due to technology and the growth in tools that enable the opportunity, but companies should still establish guidelines for the expectations of the position.
Myth: Providing the equipment for teleworking isn’t worth the cost
The reality is that Teleworking is fairly inexpensive to adopt and might save money. Companies that are able to save on real estate overhead are moving towards embracing telework. Additionally, companies are seeing more than just monetary gains. Telecommuting can result in personal productivity gains because employees no longer have to commute as often or face frequent disruptions in the office.
Teleworking can be mutually beneficial for an employee and employer when the right policies are set in place. While it isn’t for everyone, telecommuting is easy to adopt, can drive better benefits for employees, and can provide growth for companies.
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How to Lose your Boss’ Trust
It’s a bit harsh, but trust is much easier to lose than it is to gain. Building a reputation as a hardworking, excellent and dependable employee can take years and it can call crumble in just a few minutes. You’ve worked hard to earn yourself a title as your boss’ go-to person, so make sure you secure it by avoiding the 4 small habits that can lose your boss’ trust.
The first way to lose your boss’ trust is to promise something that you can’t deliver. Often, we will say pretty much anything to get us out of a tough situation. While this may serve as an effective short-term solution, it doesn’t take long for others to realize that we are unable to follow through. If you are unable to provide realistic information to your manager, he or she probably won’t trust you with any additional responsibilities. It’s better to safely provide a solution that you can execute, than to make promises you can’t keep.
Failing to return calls or emails is another way to drop down to the bottom of the trust totem pole. It’s easy for an email to get buried in an overflowing inbox or for a voicemail to accidentally get deleted, but when this becomes a habit, your manager will likely find out. Your boss may begin to question whether she or he can trust you with important clients and big projects. If you’re unable to respond to calls or emails in a timely manner, how can they expect you to complete big deadlines that carry greater responsibility?
When your boss comes to you with an explicit task and deadline it’s safe to say you should get it done. Not tomorrow, or the next day, but immediately. Ignoring the importance of urgency in a task is a sure-fire way to lose your boss’ trust. If you are ever unsure of what you are supposed to do and when it should be done by, it’s much safer to clarify at the time of the initial request instead of waiting to see what happens when you procrastinate.
Resolving a situation on your own before unnecessarily involving your manager can demonstrate initiative, but it’s important to keep them in the loop. Dumping a problem into your boss’ lap that he or see had no indication of isn’t the wisest idea and can result in your boss becoming less likely to trust your instincts and more likely to check up on you. It is important to keep your boss informed as a situation progresses.
By asking for what you need, keeping your boss informed, and taking responsibility for your work you can prove to your boss that you can be trusted with anything and you should see some excellent benefits, whether that’s greater opportunities, bigger projects or an overall boost in your career.
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Pay to Quit
Every day, we wake up and we go to work and every week, we get paid for the work that we do. There’s no secret that we keep our jobs for the benefit of a paycheck but what if you were paid to quit? That’s the idea behind Amazon’s Pay to Quit program.
Pay to Quit, a program that was created by Zappos and the Amazon fulfillment center, is pretty simple. Once a year, employees are offered the opportunity to quit with a headline that reads, “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” The first year that the offer is made it is for $2,000, then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000. Amazon’s intention isn’t to rid themselves of employees, they actually hope that the offer isn’t taken- so what’s the purpose
Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezo, states that the goal is to encourage employees to take a moment and think about what they really want. He believes that in the long-run an unhappy employee that stays in a job that they don’t want to be in is unhealthy for the individual and for the company.
Amazon warehouses are large distribution centers where workers often work long shifts performing physical labor, so it is clear that the job may not be cut out for everyone and the opportunity to be paid to quit may come as a relief for some workers.
What do you think of the opportunity to be paid to quit? If you were unhappy with a job would you take the offer?
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Building a Resume
Building a strong resume is important for your job search, and recently job seeker, Leah Bowman, landed herself in the news for taking the task literally. When a potential employer asked Bowman for a persuasive advertisement she looked to a large part of her childhood to help her out- Legos.
Using her graphic design skills and love for the buildable blocks, Bowman used the Lego Digital Designer to create a brick version of herself. The Lego Brick version came complete with assembly instructions that highlighted Bowman’s skills, creativity and initiatives.
Bowman’s inspiration for building the Lego version of herself stemmed from her frustration with the boring application process. Bowman stated that it’s easy to be edged out by competition, so she wanted to find something that had a little more “umph” than just a regular resume.
It is becoming more common for individuals to mix up the standard resume. Whether it’s implementing a QR code, or creating witty advertisements writing a resume has never been more fun. How do you think Bowman’s resume stacked up against the competition?
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Americans are Ditching PTO
According to a recent survey run by Harris Poll , American employees who receive paid time off use only 51% of it, on average. Why are Americans leaving money on the table in the form of unused time off and scrapping the Caribbean Cruise? Job security. Employees aren’t taking time off that they have earned due to their concern for keeping their job. While 44% of employees believe that it is likely they could find another job in 6 months if they lost their job, the remaining 56% aren’t as confident.
The 51% of the paid time off that we are taking isn’t directly resulting in a traditional vacation, either. Employees are using time off to accomplish other things, like the 11% who reported that they used it to interview for another job. Another 61% report that they still did some work while they were away from the office. Due to the growth of technology, it is difficult to fully “vacate” our work for a couple of weeks. We are finding that just one full day away from work is a luxury, but more than that feels like a hassle.
While 25% of Americans still report taking all of their eligible time off, it is becoming evident that the word “vacation” doesn’t mean what it did in the past in the eyes of employers and employees. The good news is that 85% of Americans who receive paid vacation or time off took at least some of it in the past 12 months- but clearly there is room to take more.
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Job Seeker Technology
The job market is constantly changing and along with it is the way we navigate a job search. The advent of new technology constantly affects the way companies choose to isolate, recruit and hire the best employees. Staying on top of technology trends and their relationship to the job search is just one of the ways that Gigats provides you with the best job hunting tool box available. Read below to see the 4 major ways that technology is mixing up the job search:
And you thought that writing a resume was hard enough; now try doing it in 140 characters. According to USA today, companies are looking to Twitter to find their next employees. When companies began using Twitter to publicize their job postings with links to their career site and relevant hashtags, potential employees couldn’t help but wonder why they couldn’t respond using the same medium. A Twesume is a 140-character resume that typically include links to a job seeker’s relevant professional social media profile, resume, or website. Don’t believe us? Check out the hashtag #twesume to see what we are talking about.
The Video Interview
Face-to-Face versus Webcam-to-Webcam. The popularity of the video interview has been rising in the last few years, with more than 60% of companies using video interviewing in their hiring efforts. How does this help you as a job seeker? It’s easier for employers to schedule interviews around the packed schedules of candidates because there is no commute needed. Video interviews are cutting down on time-to-hire and allowing companies to fill positions more quickly.
The Mobile Interview
Taking the Video Interview one step further, companies have developed a one-way video interview in which they pose questions and then job seekers answer on video. Job seekers are able to answer questions directly from their mobile devices allowing employers to cut down on time-consuming phone screens and initial screening interviews. The Mobile Interview allows companies to focus on the most qualified candidates by quickly weeding out the rest.
The Job Search Campaign
Forget politicians, job seekers are becoming the masters of campaigns. More and more potential employees are using new technology in order to start their own campaigns for their dream jobs. Employers are nabbing these people up because of the value and out-of-the-box thinking that they display during the application process. Companies are creating new ways to find talent by starting campaigns where candidates must create a webpage, outline a marketing campaign, and other projects that challenge potential employees to think creatively and innovatively.
Stay on top of your competition by staying ahead of technology. Embrace the new ways of connecting with employers so you can stop searching and start working.
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Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance
A work-life balance is the ultimate weighing of the scales. The balance between work and play has always been a difficult one to find and with no exact equation or established guideline for achieving the happy medium, many job positions vary in their delivery. As a major consideration for candidates who are looking for work, we can’t help but wonder which are the best positions for a work-life balance and why?
- Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk
- Landscaping and Groundskeeper
- Massage Therapist
- Office Clerk
- Physical Therapist
- Recreation and Fitness Worker
- Sports Coach
- Web Developer
A common theme among the best positions for a work-life balance is the flexibility of schedules and work hours. Massage Therapists, Opticians, and Web Developers have the flexibility of setting their own schedules, working part time, or being self-employed. Other positions, including Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerks, and Sports Coaches have seasonal schedules where they have to endure a high level of work expectations for a short time, such as a tax or sports season, and are then able to enjoy the remainder of the work year at a calmer pace.
Another significant benefit for most of the positions was the low level of stress that most of the jobs yield. As a Landscaper or Groundskeeper, often the greatest level of concern is related to injuries from heavy machinery like lawn mowers and chainsaws- something easily avoidable by following basic safety precautions. Office Clerks experience the luxury of rarely having to take their work home while Recreation and Fitness workers often work part time allowing them to find a second job or to let off some steam with some free down time.
Overall, the positions on the list provide workers with an ample amount of downtime and the ability to enjoy it without the looming feeling of stress. Which of the positions on the list sound like a perfect job-match for you? Visit Gigats.com to find the career with your perfect work-life balance!
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Gigats Employer Review of Whole Foods Market
Gigats equips you with a job hunting tool box designed to help you make educated decisions about where to work. Read below to see our employer review of Whole Foods Market and visit our website to find which opportunities may be the best match for you.
In 2011, CNN Money published an article outlining the five reasons why it’s great to work at Whole Foods. According to the article, Whole Foods promotes healthy habits, encourages transparency, provides a “kumbaya culture,” encourages employees to submit ideas, and provides plenty of extra perks. Since 2011, it has become evident that Whole Foods continues to earn its ranking as one of the best companies to work for.
According to Glassdoor.com, Whole Foods earns a 3.6 rating from employees and almost ¾ of their employees would recommend the company to a friend. Setting itself even further apart from the competition, Whole Foods is considered innovative when it comes to employee health care. Whole Foods provides a health insurance plan, healthy discount incentive program- which offers an additional discount based on each team members’ wellness on top of the standard 20% off of store products that employees receive, and total health immersion to eligible employees.
Whole Foods, “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” offers various employment opportunities ranging from customer service positions to food preparation team members. By offering numerous opportunities to join the Whole Foods team and creating an exciting work environment chalk full of perks, Whole Foods continues to solidify its place as one of the best companies to work for.