It should be no surprise that among the top trends for 2017 in human resources is improved wellness programs. The combination of an increased desire for a healthy lifestyle and more involvement from upper management has put wellness at the forefront of the human resources department.  Needless to say, we have work to do. In fact,…

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There is a lot of information out there about millennials. From their hopes and dreams to workplace perks, everyone is trying to figure out what makes them tick and how they differ from previous generations. But are we analyzing this group accurately? Chances are, most of us have an image in mind of an older…

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“I’m so swamped” “Just trying to keep my head above water” Chances are you’ve uttered one of these phrases at some point this month, week or even just a few hours ago. But is it busyness that has us feeling overwhelmed or, like a mirage in the desert, is it merely an illusion? Technology has…

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In his book, “Building a Magnetic Culture”, Kevin Sheridan, Chief Engagement Officer at Human Capital Management, discusses the different levels of engagement we find in the workplace and their effect on each other. Peer pressure is alive and well in our 21st century offices, and the engagement levels our employees experience can spread like a…

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Even with the rapid growth of the freelancer economy and the increasing appeal of shared coworking spaces, the majority of us still work out of a single, personal work station. It’s no secret that our surroundings — both indoor and outdoor — continually impact our psychological well-being and cognitive function. Everything from color design to…

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Is your coworker also your close friend? Or is your close friend also your coworker? Office friendships can be a great source of pleasure and support, but they can also be a challenge to navigate. Many are ambivalent toward forming deeper friendships with their colleagues because of the potential for distraction, influence on decision making,…

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                      Roughly 70% of U.S. offices have few to no partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. The open-plan office can be traced back to “office landscaping,” a design technique pioneered by German consultants Quickborner in the 1950s. The conventional wisdom of the open-plan…

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