Workplace http://nhpr.org en Evolution Of The American Office: Nikil Saval's "Cubed" http://nhpr.org/post/evolution-american-office-nikil-savals-cubed <p>From the early days of counting houses, when office jobs were looked down on but were still considered a refuge from factory work,&nbsp; to the modern day cubicle. We talk with author Nikil Saval about his new book "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace<em>." </em></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>GUEST: &nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Nikil Saval</strong><strong> </strong>-<strong> </strong>an editor of&nbsp; n + 1, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics. "Cubed" is his first book.</li></ul><p><strong>LINKS:</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 51160 at http://nhpr.org Evolution Of The American Office: Nikil Saval's "Cubed" Are N.H.'s Workplaces Family-Friendly Enough? http://nhpr.org/post/are-nhs-workplaces-family-friendly-enough <p>A new national report finds New Hampshire and plenty of other states sorely lacking when it comes to supporting new parents. This comes amid a larger, national conversation about “family-friendly” work environments: what that involves, what’s reasonable and what isn’t, and how some of these policies affect productivity and the bottom line.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:55:14 +0000 The Exchange 50973 at http://nhpr.org Are N.H.'s Workplaces Family-Friendly Enough? Granite Geek: Stand In The Place Where You Work http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-stand-place-where-you-work <p>The workplace is changing a lot these days – for example, the coworker who used to sit next to you in the office may now telecommute, and work from home part of the week.</p><p>Or, the person who used to sit next to you may now <em>stand</em> next to you. Standing desks are a growing part of the office, and that now includes the offices of the <a href="http://www.NashuaTelegraph.com" target="_blank">Nashua Telegraph</a>.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:25:50 +0000 Brady Carlson 49918 at http://nhpr.org Attention Turns To Millennials As They Enter The Workplace In Droves http://nhpr.org/post/attention-turns-millennials-they-enter-workplace-droves <p>With this generation of young adults coming into its own, we look at who they are and what motivates them.&nbsp; Some say they’re entitled, obsessed with technology, and have short attention spans - but others say Millennials are highly creative, dynamic and more open to new ways of looking at society.</p><p><strong>&nbsp; G<u>UESTS:&nbsp; </u></strong></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 49221 at http://nhpr.org Attention Turns To Millennials As They Enter The Workplace In Droves N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-passes-bill-would-allow-workers-discuss-pay <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire employers could not prohibit their workers from discussing how much they are paid under a bill passed by the House.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:01:18 +0000 Associated Press 43828 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? http://nhpr.org/post/micro-tasking-new-digital-sweatshop <p>Every day, the internet is inundated with more information, and more data to be to be categorized, organized, scrubbed, and filed away in a timely manner. Millions of miniscule tasks need to be performed each day to keep things running smoothly. Computers can do <em>some</em> of this mind-numbing work; other tasks are done piecemeal by hundreds of thousands of people for almost no money; <a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome" target="_blank">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a> is a marketplace for this kind of work. <strong>Ellen Cushing</strong> is staff writer for <em>The East Bay Express</em>,<a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/dawn-of-the-digital-sweatshop/Content?oid=3301022" target="_blank"> she wrote about</a> the work called “micro-tasking,” which pays a pittance, drawing comparisons to working in a sweatshop.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:52:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22806 at http://nhpr.org Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? Employee Satisfaction In 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/employee-satisfaction-2013 <p>We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.&nbsp; During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38866 at http://nhpr.org Employee Satisfaction In 2013 What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive http://nhpr.org/post/what-would-you-prefer-bonus-or-raise-study-points-better-incentive <p>Do employees work harder when they are paid more?</p><p>A <strong><a href="http://qz.com/143039/to-get-more-from-your-workers-dont-raise-their-salaries-give-them-money/">new study</a></strong> out of Harvard set out to answer that question and came away with some interesting conclusions.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">One, that employers should consider not just what they pay workers, but </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><u>how</u></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Offering cash bonuses increases employee productivity more than raises in&nbsp; salaries, even if the amount of bump is exactly the same. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Duncan Gilchrist </strong>is Ph.D. student studying business economics at Harvard, and one of the authors of the study.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:50:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38852 at http://nhpr.org What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive How To Find Fulfilling Work http://nhpr.org/post/how-find-fulfilling-work <p>Is there an adult out there who has not, in a moment of fatigue, insomnia, or on a particularly hard day at work, looked around at their life and asked, “Is this it? Is this what I want my life to be?”&nbsp; Even people who have plenty of money and status and work in their industry of choice may find themselves fantasizing about a job that engages their spirit. A new book from the <a href="http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/products/?cat=5"><em>School of Life</em> </a>series sets out a practical guide to negotiating the myriad choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that has meaning. <strong>Roman Krznaric </strong>is a founding member of the school of life. He advises organizations from Oxfam to the UN on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He spoke to us from Oxford, England to talk about his new book <a href="http://www.romankrznaric.com/how-to-find-fulfilling-work"><em>How to Find Fulfilling Work</em></a>. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:05:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28490 at http://nhpr.org How To Find Fulfilling Work An Update On Breastfeeding http://nhpr.org/post/update-breastfeeding <p>The practice has increased, but women who want to breastfeed still face barriers at work as well as out and about in public. We&rsquo;ll talk about some of the research on this subject, as well as questions about where and how moms can do this and how much accommodation the workplace should have to make.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35631 at http://nhpr.org An Update On Breastfeeding Dispute Raises Questions About How Employers Accommodate Breastfeeding Moms http://nhpr.org/post/dispute-raises-questions-about-how-employers-accommodate-breastfeeding-moms <p><a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/08/18/new-hampshire-woman-fired-after-fight-with-employers-over-breast-feeding/HpoMceGCBxojIyK2nrFRNJ/story.html" target="_blank">A story in the Boston Globe this week</a> highlighted the difficulties employees and workplaces sometimes face when it comes to policies around breastfeeding.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:40:20 +0000 Brady Carlson 33733 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 06.15.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-06152013 <p>Don't fear the ides of June, the Saturday show is here! Our can't miss mix of the best of the best of Word of Mouth.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:33:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29479 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 06.15.2013 Is Social Net Speech Protected? http://nhpr.org/post/social-net-speech-protected <P>From demanding access to employee Facebook profiles to soliciting job applicants via Twitter, the disparity in company policies surrounding social media are a marker of both its newness and its influence in our lives.</P> <P> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:29:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20946 at http://nhpr.org Women at Work http://nhpr.org/post/women-work <p>The Exchange takes a break for this Labor Day special from <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/142-life-stories-jobs-women-at-work" target="_blank">Life Stories Radio: Women at Work</a>.</p><p>Three women with vastly different jobs each take microphone and recorders in hand to chronicle their daily work. A pastor from a Chicago church, a seasonal farm worker, and a longtime judge all tell their own stories and reflect on what their work means to them.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:34 +0000 Jay Allison 12031 at http://nhpr.org Women at Work Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There. http://nhpr.org/post/putting-your-paycheck-out-there-way-out-there <p>The popular website <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">glassdoor</a> has thousands of people posting their salaries, reviews of their companies, and other juicy corporate tidbits online for all to see. Does this mark the end of salary secrecy? And what do companies think about it?</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:51:09 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 11930 at http://nhpr.org Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There.