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Five Minutes to Work: Advantage or Disadvantage?

When searching for a job, most people consider location to be an important factor. Driving an undesirably long distance to work can be a major disadvantage; more gas is required, and the commute can cause one to waste valuable time driving. It’s a known fact that having a long drive to work has more cons than pros, however, a less known fact is that having too short of a commute to work can actually be a disadvantage. While there are multiple advantages to having such a short and easy commute, the disadvantages should not be ignored.

It’s Just Five Minutes Away

The “It’s just…” syndrome can occur often when the commute to work is only five minutes long. Individuals may find themselves being late to work more than often because “It’s just five minutes away” and who needs to get up an hour before work when it’s only five minutes away? This state of mind may also cause multiple trips home; not only for lunch, but for little things during the day. “It’s only five minutes away…I’ll just run home and…” Such an attitude result in low productivity and angry bosses.

I can walk to work!

When it comes to transportation, having a five-minute commute to work can be both good and bad. Depending on location, individuals with a five-minute commute to work may find that they don’t need to spend money on a car, buses, or taxis. Of course, not having a car and or transportation can backfire if the weather is bad. Walking to work on a beautiful, sunny, warm day can be fantastic, but walking to work through a blizzard is a different story. Furthermore, if one has to take “homework” to and from the office, not having a transportation may turn out to be a real hassle.

The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms.

CHRIS BROGAN 

I save so much money…

While the aforementioned negatives of not having reliable transportation are relevant, being able to walk to work has its advantages. Individuals will be able to save a ton of money not having to pay for gas, car payments, or bus and or taxi fares.

I’ll run home and grab that!

While running home too often can be very bad, it can also come in handy if something is forgotten at home. Furthermore, individuals may find that the convenience of running home for lunch is not only easier, but it can save an abidance of money on not having to spend to eat out on a daily basis.

While being five minutes to work has its pros and cons, it’s almost always better than having an extremely long commute to work. The important thing is to be careful not to abuse the privilege of living so close to work.

Time for Spring Cleaning

When you think about the word spring, your mind automatically goes to images of blossoming flowers, light rain and fields filled with wildflowers. Before you start running through the hills and singing, you should stop and think about spring cleaning. Most people remember to clean out their house during the spring months, donating items to charities and removing the trash that piled up during the winter. While cleaning your house is always helpful, so is cleaning your office space. Spring is the perfect time to clean out your desk or work area and get rid of all the old and outdated things.

During the winter, you naturally feel a little run down and have less energy than you do during the warmer months. Instead of throwing things in the trash can, you tuck things inside the desk. You might plan to clean out your desk later, but later never comes. The warmer temperatures that come during spring give you the chance to clean out your desk and encourage your co-workers to do the same thing. This lets you stay healthy and get rid of the funk that plagues your office during the winter.

Start by setting up trash bins around the office. Label the bins for different types of materials, including paper, metal and miscellaneous items. You can recycle paper and metal to make money for the whole office. Once you fill a bin, place the junk to one side and fill a second trash bag. Take the items to a local recycling center, and trade in those objects for cash. Use the cash that you make by recycling to treat your co-workers to an office party or lunch away from the office. You might be surprised at how much recyclable trash you have sitting inside your desks.

I believe that  cleaning and organizing is a process – and a practice – not a project.

MEAGAN FRANCIS

Go through each drawer or space in your desk carefully. Make separate piles for things that you need to keep, documents that need filing and items that are trash. Remove everything from your desk and arrange those items into the stacks or piles. Once your drawers are completely empty, wipe out the insides with a high-quality cleaner. After the cleaner dries, carefully arrange everything back inside with a filing system. You should also take time to remove anything you have on top of your desk. Clean the surface of your desk with a good cleanser.

Most office workers do not realize the number of germs circulating through the space. Make sure that everyone cleans their mouse and keyboard with an antibacterial or disinfectant cleaner that removes any germs or bacteria. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to clean out the kitchen space, break room or any other shared spaces. Cleanse the surfaces with antibacterial cleaners that kill any germs. You can also open any windows in the office. The fresh spring air that sweeps through removes any funky or unusual smells from the space, making your work area not only look better, but smell better too. When you feel better about your work space, you might find yourself working harder.

Unemployment Can Be Unattractive. And Unemployment of men is repellent.

Even though it may only be subconscious, many women find men who do not have a job repellent. When a man is interested in maintaining a solid and mutually caring relationship, it is important for him to not only be kind, considerate and romantic, but also stable. One of the best ways to present a stable image is to have a steady job or career path.

In the past, dating all the way back to primitive humans, it was mainly a man’s duty to provide for his family. In modern times, both men and women are equally active in the work force. However, a man without a job or solid career path does not come across as stable. Women may think that a man without a job is not driven or passionate enough. Women may associate these traits not only with the man’s life and ability to provide, but also with the relationship itself.

In situations when a woman does feel comfortable being with a man who has no job, the woman’s family may still be uncomfortable. She may feel pressure from her relatives or friends, and this can strain a relationship. Even though the man’s partner or significant other may have a steady job, a man who cannot land or hold onto a job does not present a secure, comfortable image.

It can be difficult to secure a great job, even if you have many skills in your chosen field. It is important to seek a job that you can excel at. Think about what your personal skills are, and also what you may have studied or trained for. You may need to be somewhat flexible about exactly what you want in a job. Sometimes simply getting your foot in the door and gaining experience can lead to more lucrative or desirable opportunities in the future.

When large numbers of men are unable to find work, unemployment results.

Calvin Coolidge

A professional resume is also a true benefit when you are looking for a job. Even if you do not have a great deal of experience to add to the resume, the simple act of preparing a professional document that outlines your qualities can make you shine in the eyes of a future employer. Keep your resume concise and to the point, but make sure to highlight the traits and skills that will make you an asset to the company you are applying for. A clean, professional looking resume shows that you can be organized and are well prepared.

Once a man has a secure job and has set his foot on a career path where he can reach his potential, potential partners are sure to be more attracted. Remember that if you are passionate about life and what you do for a living, other people will find you passionate and enjoyable to be around.

Is Nursery at Work a Good Thing?

Just like any supposedly cure-all for a social problem, on-site nursery for employees does not necessarily always work. It does, however, solve some problems for both employers and employees. Depending on the individual employers and employees involved, an onsite child care facility may be an answer that solves many problems associated with an out of balance work-family balance.

On-site day care reduces anxiety many parents have about putting their children in child care centers where they are not nearby. Being able to visit during lunch hours or breaks can be a significant relief to a parent. Nursing mothers are also able to return to work sooner and still be close to their infants. On-site nurseries are also often licensed by a governmental authority, which further eases parents’ worries that their children are not receiving age-appropriate care and safe supervision.

Employers also benefit from on-site nurseries in many cases. While it is not feasible or practical in all cases, those employers who do offer child care at work have typically seen a significant reduction in the amount of money they spend on labor each year. In the book Kids at Work: The Value of Employer-Sponsored On-Site Child Care Centers by Rachel Connelly, Deborah S. DeGraff, and Rachel A. Willis, two companies included in an approximately 1,000-strong employee survey that offered on-site nursery saved $150,000 and $250,000 per year in wages.

Moreover, employers with on-site nursery report reduced absenteeism and turnover. They are also able to recruit and retain workers they may not have otherwise been able to entice to work for them.

The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.

Plato

Furthermore, employees were very willing to help subsidize childcare costs out of their paychecks, even those without children. They understood that on-site nursery would improve morale and productivity among workers with children. That would make the work environment generally more enjoyable for everyone. Furthermore, they were willing to help pay for on-site child care because they liked that the employer was willing to help its employees. Workers were willing to pay between $125 and $225 per year, on average, to help pay for work site child care.

On the other hand, it is true that in American society, about 27 percent of women work in blue collar jobs, and many of their employers would not consider on-site child care. Also, child care responsibilities in American society typically fall to women. Employers are also not offering health care services as often as they used to. Asking them to provide child care on-site is not likely to happen.

Perhaps a better alternative would be to provide longer maternity and paternity leave for parents. Flexible work schedules would also be a good option for many employers compared to providing on-site nursery. Nursery workers cannot take children to the doctor or care for them when they are ill, and school-aged children still require care between 3 and 6 p.m.

So, depending on a particular employer’s situation and the attitudes and financial situations of the people it hires, on-site child care may offer a good solution to labor problems like absenteeism and tardiness. Still, other employers may find similar benefits in more flexible work schedules and paid leave for both male and female new parents.

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