The Daily Grind

Are You Unsatisfied with Your Job?

Maybe your job isn’t perfect, but it’s not terrible either. People ask you if you like what you do for a living and if you like your job, and you respond with a “Yeah, I enjoy it!” but your heart might not be in it. It’s an okay job, but not something you love. Is it ok to feel this way?

These are totally normal feelings to have. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, although 49% of those surveyed report being very satisfied with their jobs, 30% see the work they do as “just a job to get them by.”

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to start to like your job, or at the very least, feel more satisfied with it. Here are our top tips on changing your perspective. (more…)

The Benefits of Remote Work

According to research from the Pew Research Center, the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way we work. Before the pandemic, only one-in-five employees reported working from home all or a majority of the time. As of October 2020, that number had jumped to 71%. Of that number, over 50% say they desire to continue working remotely even after the pandemic.

Although employers traditionally worried that remote work would result in reduced productivity, those surveyed report that is not the case.. Eighty-seven percent said it was very or somewhat easy to have the technology and equipment they needed to do their job, while 80% were meeting deadlines and completing projects on time.

This is only the tip of the iceberg for the benefits of remote work. (more…)

Video Chat Fatigue

Tired of staring at screens during your meetings? You’re not alone.

You finally log off your last Zoom meeting of the day and realize that you’re somehow more tired than when you had to commute to and from the workplace. What’s going on?

If this sounds familiar, it might be due to something called “Zoom fatigue.” As noted by the Harvard Business Review, Google trends has shown Google searches for this phrase has been steadily increasing since early March.

Zoom fatigue is pretty much what it sounds like—people feeling an increased sense of weariness because of all the video calls. The Harvard Business Review goes on to note a few reasons that make video calls so tiring. Here’s our take:

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Telling Your Boss You Won’t Keep Working After Hours

Enough is enough.

You’re already working more than 40 hours a week, and you love your job. But one day your boss asks you to stay even later, maybe because they have to and they want you to match the workload. Or perhaps they just keep piling on more responsibilities, until you have to burn the midnight oil just to keep up.

That’s not fair, and your boss is taking advantage of you. You should be able to have a personal life. If you’re ready to put an end to this, check out a few of our tips below.

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Time Management: When and How to Work to Your Max Productivity

Time is the one resource in your life that is neither replenishable nor renewable. Regardless of how you spin it, everyone starts each day on an equal playing field with 24 hours in the time bank. And while people often yearn for more time, what they really need is better time management. Understanding where your time goes, when you are most productive, and why you should protect yourself against distractions are the keys to achieving your max productivity.

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[Infographic] White, Grey, and Blue Collar Workers: Who They Are and What They Think

Following the inaugural survey of America’s blue collar workers in 2018, Express Employment Professionals has partnered once again with The Harris Poll to learn more about how today’s white collar workers compare with blue collar employees and those who fall in the middle-grey collar professions.

Despite a similar outlook of the future, regardless of collar color, the survey revealed American workers have substantial student loan debt, are not saving enough for retirement, but feel their jobs provide a good living for the present.

Not sure what grey collar work is? Or maybe you’re just looking for more info. Check out the infographic!

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