Technology has long influenced workspaces

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Technology has disrupted the world, and the office space. Temporary or temp-to-hire workers have more freedom to work from home – or the corner coffee shop – with a flexible schedule thanks to the evolution of cloud technology, laptops, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. While every company likely needs to retain a centralized… Read more »

Sitting vs. standing at workstations? AtWork recommends the middle course.

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When it comes to maintaining good health in the workplace, some say workers should stand at their stations. Others say there’s nothing wrong with sitting. The correct answer seems somewhere in between. Cornell University ergonomics research yielded the following conclusions after studying the virtues of standing vs. sitting for permanent, temporary or temp-to-hire staffers in… Read more »

When being in the present isn’t good

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There’s a new word in the human resources lexicon: presenteeism. That’s essentially absenteeism at work – while physically present — attributable to employees who come to work sick, worried, distracted or exhausted. Here’s a sampling of how presenteeism manifests itself and steps employers and franchise staffing services can take to address it: Walking wounded The… Read more »

The pros and cons of a commute-free workforce

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The “gig economy” has accelerated the growth of telecommuting, especially among younger workers and Millennials seeking employment opportunities through staffing agencies. Some managers have been resistant to the trend, such as Marissa Mayer, who famously banned the practice when she came on board to save Yahoo. But as the talent pool shrinks in an expanding… Read more »

Management Practices That Can Improve Productivity

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Do you find productivity at your company isn’t as high as you’d like it to be? If so, you’re not alone. The Bureau of National Affairs found that American companies lost more than $11 billion due to employee turnover, and they connected that directly to employee disengagement. So the question is, how do you get… Read more »