If we all work side by side in an open-plan office or ‘hot desk’, moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company. Research suggests that in shared working spaces there were increases in ’employee social liabilities’; distractions, uncooperativeness, distrust and negative relationships. More surprisingly, both co-worker friendships and perceptions of supervisor support actually worsened. Read on to find out more.
Breaking up long hours of sitting with stretching or walking breaks sounds very nice in theory, but putting it into practice is easier said than done. Well, here’s a yoga routine that takes you only three minutes to complete. (Plus, you don’t even have to leave your desk!)
It doesn’t matter how late you stay at the office. Your manager is going to appreciate it if you arrive early more, a recent study from the University of Washington concluded.
Sarcasm is hard to catch in text because there are no other cues for you to go off of, like tone of voice or body language. That’s why it’s best saved for people you have a close relationship with, not professional correspondence. And even then, a recent study suggests friends and family still probably won’t get it.
If you weren’t already aware, there are people in your company’s IT department that can see all if they need to. Most of the time, they’re busy with other things, but these four activities will likely put you under the microscope.
We’ve all experienced email overload, and some emails require a fair amount of time to write a reply. If you don’t have time to get to an email right away, at least tell the recipient when they can expect to hear back from you.