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The new generation of workers and college grads entering the workforce today are in the group called Millennials. This new workforce was predominately born after 1982 and before 2002. This group is also known as Gen Y, Gen X and is sometimes referred to as Gen Z will be taking over many positions as the Baby Boomer generation starts to retire. So how is the workforce coping with how how to motivate and meet the expectations of this generation?
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You’re short staffed at work. The boss just asked you to work late on Friday. That looming deadline is fast approaching. You’re late to the office … again. All these scenarios feed the vicious beast that is workplace stress.
Job-related stress is a growing epidemic in the U.S. According to a survey by the American Psychology Association, 52 percent of workers consider their work life more stressful than their home life, and 62 percent of American adults suffer from stress-induced chronic health problems. Given the alarming statistics, it’s no wonder that our country needs a National Stress Awareness Day.
This national awareness day, which falls on April 16 this year, serves as a reminder to take a deep breath and relax. Easier said than done for many professionals. Yet it’s advice worth heading since prolonged, high stress at work – and home – can lead to serious health problems and even a shorter lifespan. If deep breathes aren’t going to cut it, give some or all of these stress-reducers a try.
Tips to Cope with Stress
Learn better time management. Properly managing your time in the office can go a long way in lowering your stress level. Take time to plan out each day and make a to-do list of the tasks that need to be completed. Put up a “Do not disturb sign” up when you’re really busy. Avoid distractions such as social media and non-urgent emails and calls. Instead, delegate time to responding to emails, return calls, and engaging with social media (if it’s required for your job).
Eat well. Many people seek comfort in food when their stress level increases. However, unhealthy foods and beverages high in sugar, fat, and caffeine increase the stress hormone cortisol. Instead of a candy bar, nibble a piece of dark chocolate — one of the most potent endorphin-boosting foods on the planet. Eat a handful of nuts, which are packed with cortisol-busting magnesium. Reach for foods rich in complex carbohydrates to increase serotonin levels.
Schedule a massage. A deep tissue massage can reduce blood pressure by up to seven points, and decreasing your blood pressure can add six years to your life. It also helps to relax muscles, lower your heart rate, increase endorphins, and slow breathing – all of which help decrease symptoms of stress.
Get active. Go for a run, enjoy a swim, or just take a walk around your office building. According to the Mayo Clinic, just about any type of exercise acts as a stress reliever by pumping up endorphins, improving your mood, and allowing you to sleep better.
Regardless of what’s stressing you out, on April 16, take some time to try one of these tips or something else that relieves the tension. Then consider making it a daily or weekly habit. Stress may be a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to over take yours.
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When you’re taking your first steps into the working world, not all companies are created equal. By the time graduation — or even your first internship — comes along, you’ll have had plenty of time to form opinions about the companies that dominate the hiring space, and it’s no surprise that your favorites are likely to become your first choices when seeking employment. Fortune magazine’s annual report on the World’s Most Admired Companies is a veritable Who’s Who of the world’s biggest and best-loved brands. It’s also a great list of companies to target when embarking on your job search.
This one’s a no-brainer. The iPhone and iPad manufacturer tops the list for the sixth year running. In addition to consistently placing among the world’s most profitable companies, Apple’s customer base is fanatically loyal and growing quickly.
Apple loves to hire the best and the brightest, especially from within the Tech sector. A healthy salary, fun work environment, and access to the latest gadgets are among the perks Apple employees enjoy.
How has Apple made it to the top of the list year after year? Just like the millennial workforce, Apple has based its successes on three major factors: innovation, execution and opportunity.
Technological advancements have led to an increasing number of employees working from home: according to Fast Company, 1 in 10 employees now works from home; and although the workforce in the US grew only 3% from 2005 – 2012, the number of telecommuters increased 66%!
Working from home offers several advantages:
- Commute: Eliminating a commute allows more time to be spent on work tasks, reduces stress, and decreases fuel expenses and parking fees. Working from home full time even just 50% of the time could save 109 hours per year and $750 in fuel costs!
- Flexibility: A more flexible schedule allows employees to work when they are most productive.
- Productivity: A home office is free of distractions caused by needy co-workers, long lunches, unproductive meetings or loud office environments.
- Family: In some cases, working parents can stay at home with children or pick them up from school, reducing day care or after school program expenses.
- Comfort: Casual dress is more comfortable and less expensive in comparison to business attire.
A new year is upon us. For many, that means a raft of resolutions, both professional and personal. Recently, Adecco conducted a survey of American professionals from a broad range of demographics, wage brackets, and career levels. Adecco posed questions about career and personal goals, work/life balance, and even the actual likelihood of keeping New Year’s resolutions. The results show an overwhelming belief that personal life is more important than work, but that it often takes a back seat when stress at work begins to mount.
The year that was 2012…
The survey was careful to delineate between personal and professional resolutions. A majority of those polled said they had successfully kept their personal resolutions for 2012, though far fewer had held true to their professional goals for the past year. These findings may come as a surprise, especially considering that those polled showed a startling degree of difficulty in keeping professional and personal lives separate. The study reveals a culture that prizes personal endeavors, but rarely makes them a priority.
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