Survey of U.S. Employees Reveals New Insights on Workplace Trends

Surveys on workplace topics often poll employers to gain their perspectives on the latest employee issues and trends – but, in a recent survey, Paychex, Inc. went directly to the source and obtained insight from employees themselves. Paychex, a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, benefits, human resources, and insurance services, asked 757 full-time employees working in companies with 1,000 workers or fewer across the United States about workplace hot topics, including benefits, pay equity, HR technology, corporate social responsibility, and more, to determine how these HR trends are impacting them and how their workplace expectations are evolving.

“As businesses shift into the future of work, it’s as important as ever to understand employees’ workplace expectations, challenges, and requirements,” said Maureen Lally, Paychex vice president of marketing. “While employers can implement changes from the top, employees ultimately define what the American workplace looks like. Their habits, preferences, and behaviors are what shape company culture.”

Employees’ survey responses offer insights on several key topics:

Benefits 
Employees are split on the most complicated aspect of making annual benefit elections: 29 percent say it’s keeping up with plan changes; 28 percent say it’s trying to predict personal and family needs; and 28 percent say it’s evaluating all of the providers and plan options. For women, trying to predict personal and family needs when making benefits selections is the number one most complicated aspect of the process at 33 percent. That ranks third for men at 24 percent.

Retirement  
More than half (51 percent) of employees feel very confident in their retirement savings, but 25 percent of those add the caveat that their confidence is dependent on Social Security remaining intact. This confidence increases as employees get older:  48 percent of workers age 18-34 are confident in their retirement savings, 51 percent ages 35-49, and 58 percent of those 50-65.

Pay Equity 
Nearly half (48 percent) of employees – regardless of gender – say they have expressed verbal or written concern to their current employer that their current rate of pay was not equitable to another employee with a similar role and responsibilities at least once during their career. Seventy-seven percent of men are confident that their employer is auditing employee pay for gender equity, while slightly fewer (74 percent) women say the same.

HR Technology 
Seventy-one percent of employees agree that they expect employers to provide them with a high level of employee self-service that allows them to accomplish various HR tasks (update address, enter life event, fill out tax forms, report hours, manage retirement, etc.) on their own. And 85 percent expect such self-service applications to provide a simple, intuitive user experience, similar to the consumer apps frequently used in their personal lives.

Workplace Ghosting 
When asked if they had ever “ghosted” (leaving a current job or not reporting for a new job without informing the employer) from a current or potential job, 27 percent of employees said they had. Younger workers are much more likely to have ghosted than their older counterparts. Of those aged 18-34 and 35-49, 33 and 30 percent, respectively, admitted ghosting, compared to only seven percent of employees who are 50-65 years old. 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 
Working for an organization that is socially responsible (caring about the impact the business and its employees have on things like the environment and the well-being of the local community or region) is important to workers regardless of age. Ninety-five percent of those aged 18-34, and 94 percent of those 35-49, agree that it’s important for their employer to be socially responsible. That percentage dips slightly to 90 percent for those aged 50-65.

“CSR is an important driver in attracting and retaining talent for companies today,” said Laurie Zaucha, Paychex vice president of HR and Organizational Development. “More than ever before, candidates research prospective employers before applying and are looking for organizations whose values align with theirs.”

Click here to read a white paper featuring a deeper dive into data about these key workplace trends.  

About the survey  Paychex polled 757 randomly selected full-time employees across the U.S. who are working in organizations with 1,000 employees or fewer. The survey was conducted online via SurveyMonkey, took place between October 10, 2018 and October 11, 2018, and had a margin of error of +/- 3.90 percent.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, benefits, human resources, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by more than 45 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves over 650,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2018, across more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Europe, and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting www.paychex.com, and stay connected on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Dear Employer: Inclusive Workplace Cultures Are Key to Retaining Talent, Research Shows

You might remember my post from a couple of months ago stating the benefits of a diverse workforce and here’s some more data to back it up.

When employees feel included at work, they are 28 percent more engaged and three times more likely to stay according to a study by the Limeade Institute. This research underscores the need for organizations to look beyond diversity hiring metrics – and toward building workplace cultures that foster inclusion.

“Hiring a diverse workforce is important, period. But people will leave if they don’t feel their unique perspectives and identities are valued,” said Dr. Laura Hamill, Chief Science Officer of the Limeade Institute and Chief People Officer at Limeade. “The key to inclusion is to make sure employees feel a real sense of belonging during the hundreds of interactions they have with colleagues every day. And to think about how these interactions make people feel known, welcomed and appreciated.”

Research reveals that inclusive workforces help people feel welcomed, known, valued and encouraged to bring their whole, unique selves to work. Specifically, when employees feel included, they are:

  • 28 percent more engaged at work
  • 3 times more likely to stay at their organization
  • 43 percent more committed to their organization
  • 51 percent more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work

The research also reveals that employees who feel included report 19 percent higher well-being. And while leader and manager behavior is important for perceptions of inclusion, peer interactions play a more significant role.

“You need commitment from every employee, every day to create a culture that feels inclusive. Unfortunately, this is where many well-intentioned companies lose their way,” added Dr. Hamill. “Our research shows that organizations can help every employee build more inclusive habits and mindsets. Fortunately, organizations have access to more research and tools than ever before to make work and life better.”

Limeade recently launched a new solution – Limeade Inclusion – which measures workplace inclusion, provides action-oriented game plans for employees, managers and leaders and drives meaningful action to improve the employee experience. 

To learn more about Limeade and how to foster inclusive workplaces at scale, visit limeade.com.

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For Women at Work, Risk Taking Has Rewards yet Many Hesitate to Leap Into the Unfamiliar

When it comes to risk-taking in the workplace, seven in ten (69%) women are open to taking small risks to further their career, but far fewer (43%) are open to taking bigger risks that may be associated with career advancement, according to a study of over 2,000 professional women by KPMG LLP.

According to the research, women’s inclination to take risks declines as they become more experienced in their careers – even as their self-confidence grows. Forty-five percent of respondents with less than five years of experience say they are open to taking big risks to advance their careers, versus 37 percent with over 15 years of experience. Women of color are the biggest professional risk-takers, with 57 percent saying they are open to taking big chances versus 38 percent of white women.

“When it comes to their careers, many women find themselves in a bit of a bind. They’re trying to preserve their gains, so instead of playing to win, they’re often playing not to lose – whether hesitating to take perceived big risks, or feeling the need to take outsized chances,” said Michele Meyer-Shipp, KPMG’s Chief Diversity Officer.

Meanwhile, women see the benefits of risk-taking. The number one incentive is the opportunity to make more money, according to 40 percent of those surveyed. This factor ranks equally high across all experience levels and among women across all ethnic/racial groups. Yet, only a third of women surveyed (35%) say they’re confident about asking for a higher salary.

More than half surveyed (55 percent) believe people who take more career risks progress more quickly than others. They cited potential benefits of increased risk-taking including career advancement, increased confidence, personal development and building respect among colleagues.

“Women may benefit by taking more risks over the course of their careers, but they can’t go it alone,” said Meyer-Shipp. “Organizations must provide supportive structures including inclusive and diverse workplaces, professional development, mentorship and sponsorship opportunities, all of which set up women to achieve, thrive and reach the highest levels.”

Just 8 percent of respondents say risk taking has contributed most to their professional success, crediting task-oriented factors over leadership traits. Women attributed success to good habits such as working hard (73 percent), being detail oriented (45 percent), and organized (45 percent). They were less likely to point to attributes such as being strong-willed (24 percent), creative (18 percent) or a good leader (17 percent). Only a minority of respondents (43 percent) say they have talked about their accomplishments or raised their personal external visibility over the past three years.

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Do you believe in taking risks in your career? Has it paid off?

Job Hunting Tools: JobScan Review

Resumes are the first impression that recruiters or hiring managers of potential employees. However, recruiters don’t spend much time looking at your resume. The average time for a recruiter to view your resume is 6 seconds. However, if your resume is processed through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), there’s a chance that human eyes will never see your resume. ATS searches for keywords in your resume, and if your resume doesn’t match those keywords, it’ll end up in the electronic trash pile.

This is the reason why we have to tailor our resumes according to each job description. However, I don’t know about you, but tailoring a resume can be extremely time intensive. Luckily, there is a tool out there to help your resume stick out and hopefully land a phone interview.

Jobscan is a great tool to help you tailor your resume for each position you apply to and enables you to beat the ATS from overlooking your resume. Jobscan gives you an opportunity to copy and paste your resume and copy and paste the job description. From there, Jobscan matches your resume to the job description and provides a percentage of how well your resume measures up to what the job description is looking for.

Your match rate is based on these priorities, in order:

1. Hard skills
2. Education level (only when an advanced degree is included in the job description)
3. Job title
4. Soft skills
5. Other keywords

I love how JobScan breaks down your resume and provides useful tips such as recommending missing skills and keywords, job level match, and words to avoid. The goal is to have your resume reach 80 percent or higher match to the job description.

The platform also provides a scan for cover letters and even provides links to job recommendations. If you’re looking to customize your resume, this is a helpful tool. Jobscan provides five free scans a month, but for $49.95 a month, you’ll receive unlimited scans, unlimited scan history, LinkedIn Optimization, Premium ATS & Recruiter Findings and much more.

I would rate this job tool around 9 out of 10. Click here to learn more.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Secret Santa gifts under $25

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your secret Santa in the office or for your family members, you might have a budget on how much you want to spend. But don’t worry, The Cubicle Life has your back, and we’ve listed a couple of items that are great gifts, but affordable.

The coworker who wants peace

Chesapeake Bay Candle Mind & Body Scented Candles, Peace + Tranquility and Balance + Harmony  (Amazon)

The coworker who’s a sports fan

NFL Handwarmer (Amazon)

The coworker who loves organization

TOODOO 4 Packs 4.5 by 5.5 inch Spiral Notebook (Amazon)

The coworker who loves wine

Foldable and Flexible Wine Travel Bottle (Amazon)

The coworker who loves to cook

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Farberware Classic 17-Piece Kitchen Tool and Gadget Set (Walmart)

The coworker who can’t live without Starbucks

Starbucks 16oz Reusable Cups 5-Pack White

Starbucks 16oz Reusable Cups 5-Pack White (Walmart)

The coworker who loves to play sports

Penn Pressureless Tennis Ball Pack (12 balls)

Penn Pressureless Tennis Ball Pack (12 balls) (WalMart)

The coworker who likes to share memories

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One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book (Anthropologie)

The coworker who cares about their appearance

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Barber Pro Skin Revival Kit (Nordstrom)

The coworker who loves fitness

PROMiXX (2018 Model) – The Original Vortex Mixer (Amazon)

The coworker with a sweet tooth

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Milk Chocolate Butter Toffee Almonds – 23.5oz – Wondershop™ (Target)

The coworker who needs to hoop on their lunch break

Champro Over the Door Basketball Game, No Color, large

Champro Over the Door Basketball Game (Modell’s Sporting Goods)

The coworker who loves water

S’ip by S’well 15oz Water Bottle (Amazon)

The coworker who needs to treat themselves

Burt's Bees Spa Collection Holiday Gift Set, 5 Products - Mini Candle, Lip Mask, Lip Balm, Face Mask and Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees Spa Collection Holiday Gift Set (Walmart)

To your boss 😉

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Threshold™ Porcelain Coffee Mug 15oz White and Blue (Target)

Other options

If all else fails, just give a gift card. 😂

Five things that you can do to keep yourself from getting sick

Around the holiday season, there’s a gift that nobody wants to receive – a cold or flu. However, it’s a gift that can keep on giving if you’re not prepared. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season tends to make an uptick around December and last throughout March.

The office can be a breeding ground for germs especially when employees choose to come to work sick and not being considerate by covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze. However, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick.

  1. Wash your hands: Make sure you wash your hands properly and often. This is especially important after riding public transportation where you can come in contact with a plethora of germs. Also, use hand sanitizer when you don’t have easy access to a bathroom or keep a bottle of it by your desk. Also, avoid touching your face before washing your hands.
  2. Get vaccinated: Get the flu shot. This is one of the main defenses you can take to make sure you don’t get the flu. Most drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS offer flu shots on the spot and most insurance covers the costs.
  3. Stock up on Vitamin C: Vitamin C is also a defense you can take to strengthen your immune system. Check with your doctor on how much Vitamin C is okay for you to take. However, items such as Emergen-C and Airborne can help prevent colds and support your immune system.
  4. Stay home: If you’re sick, stay at home! This is the reason why you have sick days accumulated so you can use them when you’re actually sick. Plus, your coworkers will thank you. Nobody wins when you’re in the office hacking up a lung to show how dedicated you are. Go home!
  5. Stay healthy: This is not the time to neglect yourself. Get plenty of rest. It’s said that we should get an average of 7-8 hours per night. Find some time to workout. Studies show around 20 minutes of exercise improves your immune system. And try to keep stress down to a minimum. If you need some stress relieving tips, check out our last blog post addressing it.

Follow these tips so you can keep healthy throughout the winter season. Do you have any additional tips on how to stay healthy?

 

Cubicle Decor Must-Have Items

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Let’s face it. Most likely you’ll spend more time at the office than you would at your own home. However, who says your cubicle/office/desk has to be drab? With the right decor, your cubicle could be your home away from home…or at least provide a sense of comfort while at work. Here are a few items that will dress up your cubicle.

OPPS Artificial Plastic Mini Plants 

Do you like plants, but don’t have a green thumb? These artificial mini plants will brighten up any cubicle that you have with no water or sun needed.

Electroben USB Desktop Cooling Fan

If you want to keep cool and be cool, get this fashionable rose gold cooling fan. It’s the perfect size to put on any desk.

Eccolo World Traveler Inspiring Art Desk Stand Inspirational Cards

Do you need a little encouragement while you work? These inspirational cards will boost your self-esteem throughout the day.

Stress Balls with Motivational Quotes

If you’re super stressed and need some motivation, this product is a must-have. Keep these stress balls in your cabinet or nearby your desk just in case you have a difficult day.

Post-it Pop-up Note Dispenser

Do you need a post-it? This see-through rose gold pop-up note dispenser can give life to your additional notes to yourself.

Jerry & Maggie – Desktop Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

If your desk is cluttered and you’re having a hard time keeping everything organized this nifty adjustable organizing shelf will be a lifesaver.

Sheepi – Magnetic Paper Clip Holder 

Do you have a hard time keeping your paperclips in one place? This magnetic sheep item holds paperclips, staples hairclips and anything that is magnetic.

MultiBey Gold Paper Clips in Elegant Magnetic Marble White Clip Holder

If the magnetic sheep isn’t your style, maybe this elegant marble white paperclip holder might be.

CUPCAKES & KISSES Desk Pad Calendar

I love a great planner! With this desk planner, you can plan out your week along with reminders.

Rowell Tabletop Fountain with Light

If you need a little moment of peace, this mini fountain might be ideal for those hectic overtime hours.

Sand Timer Hourglass 

Do you need help with time management or are you sick of 1 hour meetings turning into 2 hours? This sand hourglass timer will provide great office decor and keep you on task throughout your day.

Easy Posture Brands Lumbar Support Cushion 

If you have back problems this cushion back support is what you need. I would encourage you to possibly have your employer pay for it for you 😉

Knock Knock WTF Nifty Notes

Don’t let your boss see these, but this is for those days when you need a laugh. Self-explanatory.

Catalonia Wine Colored Sherpa Throws Blanket

Like most offices, it can be pretty chilly — year round! This plush throw blanket can help warm you up while you’re working on those budget report.

VicTsing Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest, Mousepad with Non-Slip PU Base Mouse Mat for Home, Office & Travel, Black

This mousepad is great for ones that struggle with carpal tunnel while providing wrist support and comfort.

YOFIT 21 Vintage Wooden Block Perpetual Calendar 

Never wonder what day it is with this stylish wooden block calendar.

Which accessories are you thinking about adding to your cubicle?

Seven ways to de-stress at work

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We’ve all been there before. You have a never-ending to-do list. Our coworkers all have an urgent request. Our boss is barking orders at us, and you don’t know where to start because you feel overwhelmed. Sounds all too familiar?

According to the American Institute of Stress, job stress is progressively escalating, and the statistics are alarming:

  • 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress
  • 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful
  • Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems

Even though you cannot control the situation at hand, you can control how you react to it and try to not let it take control of your life.

Here are some tips that can help de-stress your day:

  1. Take a deep breath: Sometimes you have to take a moment and just breathe. Breathing in and out slowly can help reduce your heart rate. One app, I recommend that is the Headspace app. It has short meditation and breathing techniques that will help you focus throughout your day.
  2. Read your stress away: I Want to be Calm: How to De-Stress is an excellent book for learning to be calm in every area of your life. It explores meditation, being mindful in your thoughts, living in the moment and remaining calm in everyday situations. Also, The Little Book of Mindfulness: Focus. Slow Down. De-stress is a great book for being mindful and focusing on your thoughts while integrating meditation tactics.
  3. Stretch and take a walk: Don’t spend all day with your eyes glued to the computer screen. Believe it or not, work can wait. Take a few minutes for yourself and walk around or stretch. Just taking 5-10 minutes will make a world of difference.
  4. Surround yourself with calming scents: Your senses, particularly your nose, can provide to you a calming effect. Aveda has a whole product line called Stress Fix that you can use. Also, Bath and Body Works aromatherapy line has a few products that can lower your stress. URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser is great for cubicles and small offices to help keep you calm throughout the day.
  5. Drink your water: Make sure you stay hydrated. According to a Health.com article, mild dehydration can affect your mood, energy levels, and cognitive functions. This can heighten when you’re stressed – so drink up!
  6. Get some sleep: When you’re stressed it might be difficult to get sleep, but it’s essential when it comes to staying healthy. The Calm app is excellent for meditation and sleep.
  7. Eat healthy and take your vitamins: Eating unhealthy can worsen stress because it can cause high blood pressure and other stress-related diseases. While you might be tempted to eat sugary or savory foods – grab some yogurt, blueberries or cashews – foods that help you de-stress.

Hopefully, these tips will be helpful to you as your face the day head-on. Also, remember that communication is essential. Not everything is a priority, and if you tell your coworkers what’s on your plate, hopefully, they will understand and work with you.

How do you de-stress at work?

Fashionable Women’s Looks for the Fall

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It’s finally fall – the weather is getting crisper, the leaves are turning and the fashion is getting more layered. Here are a few fall staples that you should add to your closet.

TOP LEGGING TL Women’s Versatile Military Anorak Parka 

Spring Fever Large Tartan Fashion Women Scarf 

Oversized Slouchy Beanie 

Taryn Rose Women’s Cassidy Haircalf Ankle Boot

Diane von Furstenberg Shellie Khaki Wool Wrap Coat

Foley + Corinna Harper Hobo

Levi’s Women’s Assymetrical Sherpa Lined Faux Fur Jacket

Lark & Ro Women’s Textured A-Line Sleeveless Dress

Timex Women’s Easy Reader Red Croco Pattern Leather Strap Watch

Lucky Numa Small Crossbody, inca Gold

Trina Turk Women’s Vivir Culotte Leg Pant

Women’s 14K Yellow gold Rose-Shaped Post Petite Stud Earrings

So, let me know, which looks did you like??

Fashionable and affordable lunch totes

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I know what you’re probably thinking. Lunch bags are for kids. Well, not anymore. Lunch bags are becoming more trendy and fashionable.

Most of them don’t look like coolers anymore. Check out some of my favorite lunch bags that will have your coworkers asking where you got it from:

BUILT NY Gourmet Getaway Neoprene Lunch Tote

BUILT NY Gourmet to Go Neoprene Lunch Tote, Lush Flower

BUILT NY is one of my favorite lunch bags. It’s insulated, pliable, and is perfect for anyone on the go. BUILT NY has a variety of colors and designs.

BALORAY Lunch Bag Tote Bag Lunch Organizer

You’ll definitely be the talk of the office (in a good way) with this cute lunch bag. This cute tote has enough room for your breakfast, snacks, and lunch.

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags Brown Paper Bag

Are you not crazy about colorful lunch bags? Are you more of a paper bag or plastic lunch bag person? I recommend this eco-friendly, waxed reusable bag. Even though it looks like a paper bag, it’s waterproof and can give your lunch that retro look.

Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote

You probably never knew the beloved Kate Spade made lunch totes. This stylish lunch bag is one the cutest I’ve ever seen. From the “out to lunch” message in the front to the gold bow zipper, it’s stylish, yet elegant.

CHAUDER Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag

Is it a purse? Nope. It’s a lunch bag. This large capacity lunch bag is perfect for meal prep lunches, but also great for a picnic.

Which bag do you like the best? What type of bag do you bring your lunch in?