Many workers have come to accept micro-stresses as normal, but experts warn that these stressors can lead to health problems, reduced productivity and burnout. Common sources of micro-stresses come from drained emotional reserves, challenged values and working past personal capacity.
A report from ZoomInfo found the number of professionals with the words "diversity" or "inclusivity" in their job title jumped from 876 in 2014 to 2,250 in 2019. As of Q1 of this year, 39% of companies in the Fortune 500 had a diversity executive -- with a director level job title or higher -- supervising their diversity programs.
The gig economy is here to stay, and there are ways to work productively with freelancers -- on top of paying them on time. "The best way to make those who gig feel valued is to connect them with their end customers so that they can get direct feedback on the service and support they've provided, and also see how they have made a difference to someone," writes Roger Beadle, co-founder of Limitless.
Fire ants, whose stings are painful and can prompt a hospital visit, are moving from the southern US to farther up north as nighttime temperatures increase. The venomous ants were accidentally brought from South America to Alabama in the 1930s.
Twitter has created a free, eight-week virtual camp -- called Camp Twitter -- for employees and their children, featuring educational events and family activities such as cooking lessons, yoga classes and music sessions. The camp also will include resources and learning events designed to help parents manage distance learning while they work from home.
Flexible schedules and work arrangements, as well as new projects and roles, are two ways to help employees without increasing salary, writes Anastasiia Osypova, head of people, engagement and culture at Innovecs. "Another non-monetary motivator is to make employees happier by alleviating their home routine duties, giving access to engaging webinars, online courses, podcasts on healthy eating, meditation applications, back exercises, and much more," Osypova writes.
Professional mentoring can extend to your personal working life, especially if you have children to juggle. Seek out co-workers with children of similar ages as well as older children to help you navigate balancing your home life with the company's culture.
To convince your boss that you would like to work remotely permanently, prepare a one-page memo that outlines your reasons -- but focus on how the company would benefit from this arrangement and not how you would personally benefit. There are three "don'ts" to keep in mind when drafting your appeal, writes Arianne Cohen, and consider asking for a trial run.
A Zety survey suggests American workers are reluctant to tell HR about workplace mistreatment because they worry the problem wouldn't be addressed or that they've be penalized for speaking up, writes William Arruda, founder of CareerBlast. He advises HR to assess and revise not only policies, but also the wording of such guidance.
Corporate financial health is a concern for the majority of HR leaders polled by Human Resources Director, with freezes in raises and hiring the most common response. Meanwhile, HR leaders in Wales discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has changed discussions about company culture and shifted thinking from "'why do you need to work from home?' to 'why do you need to travel to the office?' " says Simon Boulcott, The Crown Estate's head of people.