I must admit I’m looking forward to the Internet blowing up (figuratively, not literally) on March 14, 2015. It’s Pi Day, a mathematical celebration for the ratio that allows us to compute the circumference of round objects. But this year is different. At exactly 9:26:53 a.m. – it will represent the first ten digits of Pi – 3.141592653.
The Chief Happiness Officer blog is reporting that March 31, 2015 is International Quit Your Crappy Job Day. With employee disengagement continuing to be an issue, don’t be surprised if employees just walk into the office and quit. Employee engagement is more than a business buzzword, it’s a business necessity.
While we spend a lot of time talking about employee disengagement, it’s important to note that there are millions of engaged employees in the workplace. We need to celebrate them. Like Catie Boles. Check out the latest 1 in 100 Million video from our friends at Kronos. As a hospitality professional, I enjoyed her story. Here’s a person who clearly loves her job.
Speaking of loving your job, Quantum Workplace, in partnership with Limeade, recently released a report about health and wellness benefits and their impact on employee engagement. I found it interesting that more than 70% of employees would choose stress-relief breaks as a benefit while less than 30% of employers offer it. I also liked that unlike many research pieces, this one includes best practices, tips, and a quiz for organizations to leverage.
I really enjoyed this article on Lifehacker about taking “micro-retreats” during the workday. Regardless of where you work, this could prove to be a valuable way to clear your head during stressful times.
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Lastly, stress impacts us all. We have to find effective ways to manage it. Many people are finding meditation to be helpful, especially with the introduction of meditation apps. I recently had the opportunity to weigh in about employee burnout in this Fast Company article. Hope you’ll check it out.
How do you manage workplace stress? Leave your tips in the comments.
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