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THINK YOU HAVE HAD a bad day at the office? In a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, senior managers were asked to recount their most embarrassing moments at work. Perhaps you can identify with some of them:
• "Everyone showed up for a meeting on the wrong day because I had incorrectly scheduled it."
• "I sent an email badmouthing a person to that individual."
• "I got caught hiding in the bathroom using my phone."
• "I broke the coffee machine, and it started spraying nonstop."
Others suffered a case of mistaken identity:
• "I gave an award to the wrong person during a recognition ceremony."
• "I greeted two clients who were sisters as mother and daughter."
• "I accidentally called a male customer 'ma'am' on the phone."
"No one's immune from the occasional embarrassing moment at work," says Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "As awkward as office blunders can be, employees should remember they're not the end of the world. The best way to bounce back is to keep your cool, own up to mistakes and laugh along."
NINE OUT OF 10 people plan to send holiday cards this year, according to a survey by TheStationeryStudio.com. Half will send custom printed cards with photographs and a third will mail pre-printed cards.
"Sending holiday cards is still a wonderful way to stay connected to family and friends," says Renee Redman, president of The Stationery Studio. "Now more than ever, a holiday card is appreciated in the digital age we live in." Judging by these findings, holiday cards are still relevant for businesses, too.
— PR Newswire
How to redesign your workplace to cater to millennial workers
If your business is seeking to attract millennial employees, you might want to look at your office layout.
Those are the results of a new study by IPSOS, a global research firm, on behalf of National Business Furniture.
The study found that office design and aesthetics are playing a greater role in recruiting young talent.
The survey found that 76 percent of millennials, ages 18-34, feel "somewhat or very strongly" that office design and aesthetic influences their impression of a company, whereas only 39 percent of employees older than 55 care about what their office looks like.
The survey found about two-thirds of younger employees wished their workplace would consider design upgrade. They also cared about where an office is located.
A millennial employee will judge a company more on its websites, logos and branded materials than older workers.
"Clearly first impressions matter, especially with millennials, and an interview experience can be impacted by how good a prospective employee feels about a company's physical space," said Dean Stier, vice president of multi-channel marketing for National Business Furniture.
Stier offers these tips on how businesses can create a more inviting office space for prospects and current employees.