What Are You Telling Employees When You Send Them Late Night Emails?

John Hollon Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Email, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR (& Life!) Advice, Managing People, Mental Health, Performance, Work Life Balance, Workforce Management Articles

I learned long ago that you should always be ready to take good advice — no matter where it comes from. This month, it came from a guy named Michael Dermer who touts himself in his blog and newsletter as The Lonely Entrepreneur. His words of wisdom were short, sweet, and spot-on. He said: “Turn off at a respectable time, …

The 3 Types of Work/Life Balance You’ll Encounter in Your Career

Kris Dunn Culture, Labor, Managing People, Policies, Talent Management, Vacation, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

I did an interview for an open position at a client yesterday–during vacation, on the beach. That probably tells you where this post is going. Go ahead and fire up the comments about feeling sorry for me. About how my priorities are out of whack. About how I need to take care of myself. I’m not going to go all …

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Can You Choose Your Work/Life Balance? 3 Actions To Take.

Kelly Dingee Communication, Email, Engagement and Satisfaction, Holidays, Kelly Dingee, Vacation, wellness, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

Can you? In this world where we are always on, is it possible to draw a line in the proverbial sand and give yourself that desired balance? Is it possible to feel like you have mastered being a super employee and super (mom/dad/spouse/partner/person)? More and more as I screen senior-level candidates, I find this to be a struggle for them. …

Workplace Fairy Tales: Why There’s No Such Thing as “Unlimited” PTO

John Hollon Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, Managing People, Policies, Retention, SHRM, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It drives me crazy when I hear people touting “unlimited” PTO. That’s because “unlimited” time off is really just one big fairy tale. I know, I know; that sounds harsh, because there are a number of companies that will defend “unlimited” PTO to the death, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But what often gets lost …

To Support Mental Health, Let Employees Walk out the Door.

Dawn Burke Culture, Dawn Burke, HR, Managing People, Mental Health, wellness, Work Life Balance

Do you know what really makes my heart hurt?  The fact so many employees are still miserable at work. It’s not the fault of any one “thing,” but rather a systemic issue. In the US, both depression and loneliness epidemics are in full swing, which is exacerbated by many working environments. Somewhere in the intersection of technology, the demanding speed …

It’s Time to Talk About Mental Health in the Workplace

Guest: Rachel Bitte Culture, Current Affairs, HR, Leadership, Policies, Rachel Bitte, Vacation, wellness, Work Life Balance

Thanks to increased awareness driven by celebrities, athletes, politicians and more, mental illness has become less stigmatizing than it previously was. But as society gains a greater understanding of the issues, the conversation around mental health (and how we should handle it) has failed to permeate the workplace at the same rate. As companies tout improved work-life balance, gym memberships, …

No Vacations for You!

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Advice, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Policies, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Strategy, Vacation, Work Life Balance

I received a job offer a while ago, and it was a good one. Part of the package included an awesome paid time off program. Unlimited. That’s right folks, Unlimited PTO. I can take as much time as I need, whenever I need it, vacations galore. If my wife and I decide to start a family, I can have unlimited …

Fighting Fatigue: The Right Way to Combat Employee Burnout

Guest: Rachel Bitte Corporate America, Culture, Rachel Bitte, Work Life Balance

The age of the “always on” worker is officially upon us. Today, nearly half of workers claim they feel encouraged by their employers to check email or work after hours, and with that demand comes rapidly increasing counts of employee fatigue. According to experts, burnout has now reached record levels, and it’s only likely to compound as younger generations feel …

Phone Like a Bad Boyfriend? Dump The Chump. This GREAT Book Will Show You How.

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Work Life Balance

I love my phone, really.  But it’s a two-timer, like a bad boyfriend. I mean, I’ve spent hours personalizing my phone, so it knows me.  It loves me. And I’ve spent hours understanding it, its nuances, how it wants me to interact with it, even how to talk to it so it can interpret my accent.  But, sumpin’ isn’t right. …