“Waiting for a parent to come off a plane can take hours,” says Bright Horizons’ Brandi Nobles, driving force behind the Bright Space at the RDU airport. “This is a spot for families and their children to be away from other passengers; a way for them to get time by themselves.”
It’s generally accepted that healthy employees cost employers less. So should you make it your mission to try to improve your employees’ health? There’s a lot of evidence that says…no.
Millennials are asking questions, getting rid of that tired old phrase, “but it’s always been that way,” and putting cultural progress in the same basket as technological.
All the attention on Millennials is understandably leaving Gen X and Boomers feeling a little, dare we say it, Jan Brady-esque. Gen X is already pleading for employers’ attention like main characters in a Dr. Seuss book. But Boomers – particularly newly launched empty nesters — need some attention, too.
Last year, a study out of the University of Georgia said that saying “thank you” was the key to happy marriages. Turns out, the same might be said for happy workplaces.
It’s a fact of the modern workplace that employees will go out on parental leave. It’s also a fact that there will always be a concern about whether or not they will come back. The question is…are companies doing enough to make sure they’re retaining employees after leave?
At a lot of companies, the answer may be no.
In the age of the email, there are few feelings more sinking than the realization that you just hit “reply all”….when you absolutely, positively shouldn’t have. But such are the perils of the round-the-clock workday; the haze of late-night exhaustion that can prompt not just reply-alls, but rash reactions, ill-advised replies, and then attempts to either unsend or plead (“Disregard last message!” or “Please don’t read!”).
Having debt is not fun; what’s even worse: not knowing how to pay it back. The little-discussed undercurrent of the student debt crisis is that it’s not a money problem (or not just a money problem); it’s an education problem.
If gamification is turning up in every corner of the business world, it shouldn’t be a surprise. People have been learning through games since they started counting by playing Chutes and Ladders. What might be a surprise is how well games work.
The dreaded helicopter label hovers over all parents as we try to help (and let’s face it…over help) our children, but never more than when our progeny become college applicants. That’s when we become, well…a little crazy.