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Employee Appreciation Day: 10 Ways to Show Your Coworkers Some Love

Attention all people who work – tomorrow, March 4, 2016, is Employee Appreciation Day! Write it down on your calendar, set an alarm on your phone, scribble a reminder note on your hand. Tomorrow is essentially the workplace equivalent of Valentine’s Day. So, it’s important. In case you forgot to plan something for your hardworking troops, we’ve compiled a list of fun ideas you can easily execute throughout the day because, well, we’re nice. And it’s nice to be nice. 1. Bring donuts for breakfast. This one’s cliche, we know. But it’s effective. Donuts make people happy, unless they’re on a diet, in which case they’ll probably hate you for tormenting them with all the carbs. But it’s fine. The majority of the office will love it.   2. Write a personalized note. Spend some time tonight writing down genuine reasons why you appreciate every single person in your department. A sentence or two will suffice. It doesn’t need to be a best-selling novel. Just make sure it’s personal and, you know, from the heart and stuff.     3. Order pizzas for your hardworking comrades. Everybody likes pizza. But don’t grab a slice and go back to your cave. Hang out with your coworkers. Ask how their day is going or what their plans are for the weekend. In other words, be a human.   4. Massage Therapists. Whether they’re sitting at a desk all-day or running around like madmen, your employees will appreciate a couple moments of pampering. Back massages are irresistible to most people. They’ll feel more relaxed, more rejuvenated, and, most importantly, more appreciated.   5. Arrange a social...

The Millennial Shift: Work-Life Balance vs. Work-Life Integration

As one of the most influential generations of our time, millennials have initiated a significant shift in today’s work-life environment. These days, the big question isn’t about how we obtain work-life balance, but rather how we integrate our work with our families, friends, hobbies, personal goals, etc. Drawing a distinct line between our personal lives and our work lives has become something of the past, thanks to things like technology and our constant ability to plug-in at work. Instead, we’re more concerned with work-life integration. According to a recent study conducted by Ernst & Young, nearly one-third of millennials say managing their work, family, and personal responsibilities has become more difficult in the last five years. It makes sense, doesn’t it? With the constant rise in technological advances swarms across corporate offices everywhere, people are literally carrying their job around in their pockets. We receive emails on our cell phones, we attend meetings via Skype, we respond to client questions before bed, and we’re constantly plugged in to our social media outlets. Combine this non-stop work awareness with our increased responsibilities at home, it’s no wonder we desire the flexible schedule that comes with work-life integration. Balance – noun: a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Integration – noun: an act or instance of combining into an integral whole. Work-life balance revolves around mutual exclusivity between our career and our home-life. As in, when you leave the office at 5 p.m., you actually leave every aspect of your job at the office. You’re not expected to take home work-related projects. You don’t answer emails at the dinner table, you...