Human Resources Managers Cite Lack of Communication as Main Source of Low Employee Morale

Poor communication may do the greatest harm to workplace morale, suggests a new survey. One-third (33 percent) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said a breakdown in communication is at the heart of most morale problems; almost one in five (18 percent) survey respondents pointed to micromanagement as the biggest factor. Communication also was cited by 38 percent of HR managers as the most effective way to counter low employee morale. The survey was developed by Accountemps. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

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Four in 10 Job Seekers Want to Work for Companies That Give Back to the Community


Nice guys may finish last, but a new survey suggests that nice companies often finish first when it comes to recruiting. More than four in 10 (42 percent) professionals said an organization’s participation in charitable activities is at least somewhat of a factor in their decision to work there. The survey of office workers was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 400 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

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Paid Sick Leave Epidemic: What Workplaces Need to Know

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Currently, there is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave, explains a new XpertHR report, available as a free download here. Without federal legislation in place, however, several states and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands by creating their own paid sick leave laws to protect employees who may otherwise be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay and, in some cases, their jobs.

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New Research Highlights Need to Give Employees a Voice in 401(k) Education

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The vast majority of employees would choose one-on-one training over classroom-style learning for guidance in setting up their 401k accounts, according to the results of the survey released by the retirement planning company PlanVision. “The data quickly revealed that employees are looking for personalized, one-on-one guidance,” said PlanVision founder Mark Zoril. “An overwhelming majority wanted help choosing investments during the enrollment process.”

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Why Your Students Will Benefit From Using MindTap

A new infographic from Cengage gives a quick overview of why MindTap matters to students’ college education. It shows what students have told them about MindTap and the benefits it offers to their own study habits and success. You’ll also find find other fun facts about today’s college students, including insights about their digital lifestyle of today’s students, reasons why a degree matters to them, and more.

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The Lonesome Lunch Break: Employees Prefer Lunch with a Colleague but More Commonly Dine Solo

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The “lunch bunch” isn’t a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. When asked how they spend their lunch hour, nearly half (49 percent) of accounting and finance professionals said they typically spend it eating alone. Yet almost as many (46 percent) people said they would rather have a coworker join them for the meal. 

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Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Do Not Feel Prepared to Use Technology in Classrooms


Although 90 percent of teachers believe that technology in the classroom is important to student success, 60 percent of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use technology in classrooms, according to research released today by Samsung Electronics America and GfK. A nationwide survey of K-12 teachers revealed that while schools are taking steps to bridge the digital divide by putting more technology into classrooms, more action must be taken to ensure that teachers know how to integrate it into their lessons.

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Benefits Remain a Key Tool for Retention and Recruitment

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In spite of major changes in the health care landscape, small-business owners looking to recruit and retain top employees still need to pay close attention to their benefits offerings. According to the 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report for Small Businesses released today by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, a majority of workers employed in small businesses are willing to consider a job with slightly lower pay but better benefits, while half of potential job-changers say improving their benefits package could keep them right where they are.

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Administrative Professionals Gain Clout

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Research Reveals Support Staff More Valued Today Than 10 Years Ago. Many of us already recognize the importance of administrative staff, but new research suggests that their influence is growing. Three in five (60 percent) senior managers surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) as part of the Office of the Future project said support staff are more valued now by their companies than they were 10 years ago. Sixty-two percent of administrative workers who were polled agreed.

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