Manners in the Workplace: Time to be Unplugged


It doesn’t matter if you are holding a fork, a spoon or a smartphone—good manners are essential.

In the workplace, poor workplace etiquette is beginning to get out of hand. In a survey by Robert Half Technology, 76 percent of managers said bad technical manners can adversely affect employment prospects.

Workplace Bullying On the Rise!


Physical bullying at school, it happens at work as well.
Physical bullying at school, as depicted in the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bullying is becoming a growing problem in schools and playgrounds. Bullying has also become a serious problem on the job, according to employees.

A recent study by employment website CareerBuilder found that in 2012, more workers met workplace bullies.  One-third of workers—35 percent— said they have felt bullied at work; this number is up from 27 percent last year.

The increasing problem of bullying is causing increasing health problems and lost productivity by intimidation in the victims. Continue reading “Workplace Bullying On the Rise!”

Small Business Optimism Rises in August


Businesses are cautiously optimistic for the end of 2012.
(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

In spite of a relatively weak jobs report for the month of August, U.S. businesses showed hope for the end of 2012.

August provided employers with a mixed bag of jobs news; spending and hiring gained during the month, as well as plans to create jobs. Investment plans remained slightly negative, with more owners looking to reduce investment and inventory levels. Continue reading “Small Business Optimism Rises in August”

Worldwide Hiring Woes: US Gives Hope


The international job market is still reeling from 2008’s worldwide economic downturn, but a little sunlight is breaking through the clouds.

Job Market Hopes Higher in US than Overseas
Image: Gainsville Gazette

When it comes to hiring patterns for the rest of 2012, employers in the United States are starting to show confidence.

However, uncertainty remains entrenched in the global marketplace—particularly in Europe, India, mainland China and Brazil—are contributing to a weak global hiring forecast. Overall, the hiring pace worldwide is expected to lose momentum in 2012, but hiring plans still remain positive in almost three-quarters of the countries and territories included in a survey by the human resources agency ManpowerGroup. Continue reading “Worldwide Hiring Woes: US Gives Hope”