Some bosses really take vacation seriously. According to Business Insider, Brad Lorang, the co-founder of contact management company FullContact, announced on his company’s blog that as part of a new program he will pay his employees $7,500 to go on vacation and not work at all. Where is this man?!! More
Guess what most people will be doing on the holiday tomorrow? If you say shooting off fireworks, then you are wrong. They will most likely be checking their email for work. According to a new infographic from PayScale, 80% of people put in an average of 365 hours of unpaid overtime each yea and they are logging in these hours at home, not the office. More
Given the length of time people spend commuting, and the frustration embedded in the process, it’s important to find constructive ways to occupy one’s thoughts. Instead of daydreaming about slamming a freshly sharpened pencil into someone’s flabby hand, try listening to podcasts! Anyone can listen to a podcast, whether you’re on a bicycle, a city bus, or driving to work alone in your car. More
In the new issue of Marie Claire (on stands now) Elizabeth Eaves explores the downside of having an “extreme job.” The term, coined by Sylvia Anne Hewitt, is actually a result of women fighting for work flexibility. Except as a result we carry around multiple devices a t a time, answer emails during weddings, spend every waking moment with our coworkers in our “fun” offices and never see our significant others or old friends. This condition plagues Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1978) the most. “Nearly a third of us making more than $75,000 hold extreme jobs, and 28% of us logged more hours last year then we had just three years earlier,” wrote Eaves. The money is nice and all but are all the negative effects on our lives worth it? We decided to take a look at some of the consequences of having an extreme job. More
I realize that Siri is super useful. I know that most people switched over to Blackberries and iPhones ages ago to remind them about appointments and errands. Even my mother can’t confirm a lunch date with my until she consults her smartphone. But I just can’t make the switch. My old-school day planner is one thing that doesn’t need an upgrade. More
Your inbox is harmful to your health and your productivity, according to a new study that asked workers to give up email completely for five days. When workers had access to email, they switched windows on their computer an average of 37 times and hour. When researchers cut off email access, that number dropped by half — and stress levels plummeted, too.
Recently, I was a little surprised to see that Meredith Perry, the founder of uBeam, gave a TEDxNashville talk entitled, “How To Be A Technology Innovator – Without An Engineering Degree Or Asperger’s.” I guess the title was supposed to be funny. Or maybe it was meant to prove that the speaker was “edgy.” Whatever the intention, all it did was prove that some people still think it’s okay to make fun of mental illness. Oh, and it reinforced the stereotype that most people in the tech industry are socially awkward freaks. How kind.
Maybe I should give a talk titled, “How To Be A Woman In Business – Without Being An Emotional Basketcase Or A Total Bitch.” More
Despite the mammoth success of Google and Facebook, both companies have been slow to develop mobile sites and smartphone apps that live up to their names. Google unveiled a major new design earlier this month, but didn’t upgrade its mobile site at all. Facebook’s mobile site is painfully slow and buggy. Here’s one theory about why: Its employees are so spoiled they never have to rely on their smartphones the way the rest of us do. They don’t focus on mobile experience because they never rely on it. Can a luxury office stifle its employees’ creativity? More
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Simple surveillance technology has long been used by retailers to monitor many workplaces: Think of the grainy black and white video that sometimes winds up on the evening news when a convenience store is robbed. But theft is still a big problem, and often it comes from the other side of the counter: According to a recent post at the Atlantic, fast-food restaurants lose up to 7% of their sales to employee theft. Now, employers are fighting back with super-sophisticated surveillance technology that monitors employee actions right down to the keystroke. Get ready to have your boss monitor your every move and call you out over your exact behavior at 2:37 pm. More
This morning our Editor At Large, Debra Shigley, dropped by The Today Show to discuss the commuter marriage trend. Last month Debra wrote about this increasingly seen type of relationship. In 2011, nearly 3.6 million people found themselves in commuter marriages according to the Current Population Survey, which keeps track of marriages where the spouses are living apart for reasons other than marital discord. More
That’s right. I’m a relatively productive and marginally successful member of the business world and I refuse to use a smart phone with a data plan. I don’t care if it’s an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry. I’m not interested. More
Like it or not, smartphones and iPads have become essential objects to many, especially those who work in professions where they need to be available 24/7. The comforts are many: being able to reply to e-mails from home, doing presentations on-the-go and, mostly, taking advantage of the many useful apps available. The cons? Cell phone radiation. We all know it’s there, and that we may be damaging our health. There’s been a lot of debate about it, but the truth is that most of us are unprotected from 3G and cell phone radiation. Pong Research is aware of this risk, and has developed a line of products specifically designed to protect us from electromagnetic radiation found in the devices that are constantly by our side. Pong’s unique design ensures that the antenna is exposed at all times keeping transmission power optimized while spreading and redistributing the electromagnetic radiation, lowering it’s ability to damage us. This week, TheGrindstone has a great treat for our readers: one lucky winner will take home an iPad2 case from Pong, worth $100. Read on to find out how to enter to win. More
We hear a lot about the gender divide at the upper echelons of the tech world: We praise Google’s Marissa Mayer, raise our eyebrows at former Yahoo exec Carol Bartz, and wring our hands over the male majority in Silicon Valley corner offices. But what about the digital divide below the hallowed ground of the C-suite? Women from low-income communities often lack access to basic tech resources and careers — yet we don’t hear about their needs nearly as often. More