putting it all together

Eight Ways Goofing Off Can Make You More Productive – Forbes

A growing body of research suggests that the longer you keep your rear end in your chair and your eyes glued to your screen, the less productive you may be. Getting up from your desk and moving not only heightens your powers of concentration, it enhances your health.

via Eight Ways Goofing Off Can Make You More Productive – Forbes.

How To Deal With Negative People & Gossip in a Positive Way | Young and Raw

I got this post from one of my fav healthy eating sites — which you may want to check out sometime — another one of my interest, even though its something that I really struggle with. Anyhoo — as HR Pros, managers, and leaders gossip and positivity are a big part of what is going on within our companies, teams, and employees so I wanted to share and get some thoughts.

Do you have a “negative Nelly” on your team (or in your life) — or are you ever negative?

Its the new year — and for many people performance review time — and its a great time to think about change and re-enforcing the right behaviors!

How To Deal With Negative People & Gossip in a Positive Way | Young and Raw.

Is It Ever Really Ok to Talk About Your Salary?

Is It Ever Really Ok to Talk About Your Salary? LearnVest.

My two cents — no. And maybe I’m old school or weird secretive but even in organizations where this is 100% transparent it still seems to cause un-neccesary problems and friction between employees.

I think that under the right circumstances it could work however, but the company needs to have the right transparent structure in place and employees need to understand their pay, compensation strategy, and how rewards are managed in order for it to work — I haven’t seen an org that does that really well — even the ones where the salaries are posted for everyone to see. Managers needs to be equipped with the tools to have those tough conversations and the tools and methodology need to be easy and simple for employees to understand.  I offer an example  of a popular comp philosophy–  we all “know” what a meritocracy is, but do we all “know” what that means from a dollar and cents perspective when it comes to what you’re getting paid and what that means to the individual (me) vs my co worker who sits next to me and doing the same thing — or my co work who doesn’t sit next to me and doing the same thing — or my co worker who doesn’t sit next to me or do the same thing.

 

But back to me and my personal thoughts — I like transparency. I like honesty — I don’t, like talking about money — with ANYONE (well maybe my manager and my bank). My sig-o doesn’t even know exactly what I make and we share a home (I don’t think its any of his business –:) — I know I know — I’m going to get some disagrees on that one) — but if I don’t talk about those things with my family, I’m not going to be comfortable talking about it with co-workers. Does knowing what I make impact what you think of me or my quality of work?

This is always an interesting topic — what do you think!

5 Things to Know Before Taking Out a Student Loan – Real Time Economics – WSJ

11% of student-loan payments were 90 or more days past due last quarter – higher than the rate for credit cards.

If you think student loan debt is just young adults who have just finished college — think again — many people are paying back student loan debt WELL their graduation date — some up to 25 years — that’s right 25 years!

Its very real to the economy — and your workforce — which likely has people who are trying to figure out how to pay for their child’s college while they still may be trying to pay off their own student loan debt.

5 Things to Know Before Taking Out a Student Loan – Real Time Economics – WSJ.