Workforce Watch List: Office habits

According to data in the March 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics release, Americans spend an average of 34.5 hours per week in the workplace. A majority work more than 40 hours, which is a considerable amount of time spent on the job.

Let’s face it, along with the hard work we produce day in and day out, we bring with us our habits, social tendencies and well, “baggage.” But what types of office habits are prevalent in the typical American workplace? Are they affecting job performance? Are coworkers taking notice of our “baggage?”

In February, Adecco conducted a telephone survey of 507 working Americans aged 18 and over about their workplace habits — among other topics — which revealed some interesting data. Let’s break down some of the findings.

Late for an important date

Of the 507 people surveyed, 22% of them admitted to occasionally being late for work — usually 2-3 times per month. Gender differences in this work habit topic became apparent. Of all women surveyed, 26% confessed to sometimes being late while only 18% of men admitted the same.

Generationally, Millennials were shown to be the worst offenders of rolling in late – with 32% of them acknowledging their punctuality problem. In addition, 22% of Generation X and Baby Boomers — who both scored exactly the same — reported that they sometimes arrived to work past their scheduled start time.

So why are all of these people running late? It’s not that surprising.

35% attributed their tardiness to traffic and transportation issues, while 23% claim they hit the snooze button one too many times and overslept. Getting the kids off to school and other family responsibilities accounted for 22% of the data. Rounding out the late arrivers club were those who took too long getting dressed (7%) and those who just did not like their job enough to show up on time (5%).

Have some whine with that cheese

When it comes to bugging your coworkers, there are some practices you might want to avoid. According to the survey, 37% of working Americans are most annoyed by their coworkers who complain about their workload.  Messy desks and common spaces were also a major annoyance, garnering 30% of vote.

[Check out this Wall Street Journal Article regarding office clutter where another Adecco survey was cited.]

Other colleague pet peeves that were revealed were excessively loud coworkers (26%), and calling out sick (21%). Interestingly enough, men (43%) are more likely to be annoyed than women (33%) by coworkers who complain about work.

Order in the court!

One insight that was uncovered in the survey was the practice of judging coworkers on their habits, tendencies and perceived work ethic. Whether it is fueled by a competitive job environment, company culture, workplace envy or just regular human nature, judging a fellow employee is commonplace in the American professional landscape.

Adecco found that 28% of working Americans admit that they have judged a co-worker for coming in later or leaving work earlier than they do, while 68% of those surveyed said that they do not.

Millennials are the ones who are likely judging you the most.  38% percent from that age group admitted to judging a colleague for coming in late or leaving early, while 31% of Generation X and 22% of Baby Boomers admitted to doing the same.

Don’t trust anyone (with food)

The last office habit survey result might make you lose your lunch. (Pun fully intended!) 1 in 5 working Americans say that they have had their food taken out of the office fridge, while only 4% of those surveyed admitted to stealing a colleague’s lunch.

While we’re very certain of the data taken from this survey, this stat just doesn’t add up.  Is it possible some who were surveyed weren’t entirely truthful when it came to taking a coworker’s lunch?

Maybe some of you surveyed just need a good example, so I’ll start. To my coworker Julie, I’m sorry I took one of your string cheese sticks while you were on vacation. You may have one of my pop tarts in return.

What do you think about the data presented in this blog? Let us know your thoughts! Post a comment, Facebook us or Tweet us. Make sure to use the hashtag #watchlist.

Adecco is equipped to staff your team with workers that will meet and enhance the culture you’re nurturing with your team.  Whether you’re a large company or a small business, we have the resources and expertise you need to achieve success. Get started by contacting us today!

Get great summer jobs and great job satisfaction

Auto ManThe summer is almost here, and if you are looking for summer jobs, we wanted to let you know about some exciting opportunities that will make you money and make you happy, too!

We work with some of the largest and most successful automotive companies in the world, including Honda, and right now we are recruiting for summer jobs across the country. This is a tremendous opportunity to earn great pay, gain valuable experience and jumpstart your career.

Check out the summer jobs we have available and apply now

But don’t take our word for it. Check out some employee testimonials and see why Adecco Automotive offers one of the best summer jobs you can have!

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STEM & vocational skills gaps: The importance of early education

techwomanThe availability of workers with expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or what we commonly refer to as STEM skills, is in decline. The demand, on the other hand, is increasing rapidly. In fact, according to this Business Insider article, a little over 9 million baby-boomers have retired over the past six years, and one-fifth of baby-boomers will retire in the coming years, making this quite an alarming trend.

The jobs exist, but often they cannot be filled because of a lack of STEM or other vocational skills in the emerging workforce. These skills gaps can have very harmful effects on the job market and global economy. All is not lost though, and the future seems rather optimistic.

How can we help fill those gaps and get the next generation of workers involved and interested in STEM-related careers?
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Announcing Way to Work™ Street Day, Wednesday, April 30th

ADO_403x403_w2w_2We are very proud to announce that on Wednesday, April 30th, Adecco will be opening our doors and our hearts to help youth employment with our annual Way to Work™ Street Day event. This global initiative is an opportunity for us to provide career advice and training to recent graduates and those looking for a job.

Adecco believes that the right to work is universal and that young people seeking their first job experience deserve special care and attention. They must be better equipped with the right hard and soft skills that today’s businesses and hiring managers are demanding – and we want to help!
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The do’s and don’ts of salary negotiation

Top 5 things your human resources department wants you to knowGetting a job offer is always great news. Salary negotiation, on the other hand, is seen by most as a daunting task. Negotiating your salary should not be seen as demanding money, it is simply a discussion that should take place before an agreement is reached. It is part of the hiring process, yet many people won’t even consider having this conversation with their interviewer.

It doesn’t matter if you’re working out a new job offer, or you’re currently employed and want to climb echelons. Negotiating your salary — or working on getting a raise — is healthy and it helps set expectations for the future, for both you and your employer. It’s no secret that a happy employee will perform better.

As this Forbes article mentions, everyone has different expectations and requirements. What is more important to you? Paid vacation time, or a bigger paycheck? Maybe a great benefits package?


Here are 3 important questions you should answer before even attempting to negotiate your salary:
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March BLS jobs report: Industry review


Source: March BLS jobs report

The United States’ private sector generated over 192,000 jobs in March. Although the sector’s total job creation was not nearly high enough to lower the national unemployment rate, a majority of economists were encouraged by the figures.

This growth revealed a milestone of job creation, as private sector jobs added in March exceeded the employment figures of December 2007, its pre-recession peak levels. This milestone can be considered meaningful, and a step in the right direction.

But while the private sector has recouped 8.9 million jobs since February 2010, U.S. government jobs have not recovered since the recession began. Unfortunately, this has stumped overall growth and has resulted in a total nonfarm employment figure of 422,000 jobs below its December 2007 pre-recession level.

Overall growth aside, here are some key sector highlights from the BLS “The Employment Situation – March 2014” report:
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