Jason Provost

About Jason Provost

Jason Provost is a Marketing Specialist for Adecco USA's Lead Generation & Attraction team. Aside from his professional work with Adecco, Jason plays bass guitar, loves to cook, and is a diehard Boston sports fan. Follow his insights on the Adecco USA blog!

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!

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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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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March BLS jobs report shows economy added 192,000 jobs


Source: BLS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March 2014 unemployment report, which shows an overall gain of 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate holding at 6.7%. This data shows that employers are ramping up their hiring and that the winter slowdown was only temporary. In addition, revisions to prior months showed that January added 144,000 jobs (up from 129,000), and February grew 197,000 jobs (from 175,000). With these revisions, gains in employment for those two months were actually 37,000 higher than previously reported, and job growth has averaged 183,000 new jobs per month over the last 12 months.
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Latest BLS regional and state unemployment figures released

Jobs report: in your regionSource: BLS

In February, the U.S. unexpectedly added 175,000 jobs to the economy — which was the first time since November that more than 129,000 jobs were added. The majority of U.S. states followed suit to the national surge. In total, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 33 states and decreased in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Looking closer at February unemployment rates, 29 states saw decreases from January, 10 had increases, while 11 states plus the District of Columbia stayed the same. Impressively, 49 states plus the District of Columbia realized unemployment rate decreases from the previous year—further proof that the U.S. economy is strengthening at a steady, yet prolonged pace.

Regionally, the West had the highest unemployment rate in February—reporting at 7.2 percent—0.5 percent higher than the national rate. The South showed the lowest unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. Over the course of the year all four regions had remarkable unemployment rate declines—with the South and Northeast dropping 1.2 percent each, the West decreasing 1.1 percent, and the Midwest shedding 0.8 percentage points.

Here are some key divisional highlights from the “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary — February 2014”:
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February BLS report surprises, adds 175,000 jobs to economy


Source: BLS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the February 2014 unemployment report which shows an overall gain of 175,000 jobs and the unemployment rate inching backup to 6.7%. This data surprised most experts, who forecasted around 150,000 jobs being added.  In addition, revisions to prior months showed that December 2013 added 84,000 jobs — up from 75,000 — and January grew 129,000 jobs — up from 113,000.
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