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Women are no longer forced to wear heels to work. Or wear makeup and skirts for that matter. Jane Harper advises on what to do when your boss tells you to wear heels to work.

This came up during a conversation I had last week with my boss, and I was wondering what you’d have to say.

For background: I work for a highly-organized boss who is quite particular about how things should be done. Let’s just say that he has to have a say on every matter.

Last week while discussing why clients take longer than usual to respond he pointed out that presentation is equally important during meetings. I was expecting to be congratulated on my efforts, however, he threw a curveball when he said and I quote: “If you want to be taken seriously and you want to be considered for a partner position, you need to wear heels. You look like a teenager, and you need to start wearing heels if you want to be treated like a grown woman here.”

I remember my jaw dropping, and honestly, I was taken aback by his choice of words. I am short, but I definitely don’t look like a teenager. Not only did my boss shame me on my choice of dressing, but he also associated my performance with it.

Normally, I wear paper bag trousers and turtlenecks to work. In summer, I switch to not too quirky looking dresses. I’ve always been loyal to my flats and moccasins. I don’t see why it’s so important to wear heels at work.

I have been venting to my friends as a means of dealing with it. I want to wear what I’m comfortable in, and I don’t see myself wearing 4-inch heels for eight hours a day. I don’t want to compromise either. I’d like to know what’s your opinion and if I am wrong to stay persistent on this matter.

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Producing a level of work regularly; without spikes and dips for a long period is not quite easy. But leaders understand what it means to have an underperforming team at work. As managers, we may begin to understand this more by recognizing that not all employees can achieve their best performance in every team. Some members could be in a rush to complete their assignments to avoid longer interaction with the other. That withstanding, a poor performing team could be a build of mismatched team members. The underperforming team could also result from widespread overconfidence, lack of challenges, poor motivation: incentives or other means of motivation, poor time management and among other causes.

We have some ideas on how you can rescue a poor performing team if you are dealing with one.

Identify possible causes

Establishing the values to rescue a poor performing team at work begins with understanding why the team is plagued with low performance. You may help your understanding to champion the rescue mission by assessing members of the team. Try to ask questions like their best and worst teaming experience. Responses for the latter should say a lot about how toxic they find the team. You also need to cultivate some level of workplace transparency to achieve this easier.

Primarily focus on the group for a solution

You must avoid pointing accusing fingers to any member of the underperforming team while identifying ways of leading your team to success. Even if you have an idea that the member is the root of the team’s challenges on your own, dealing with the individual personally will worsen the team’s performance because some members would be wondering if they will be next.

Re-establish the team’s values

While the poor performing team members have suffered poor motivation, most of the core values are no longer within their wits as part of the team’s plan. As you revive the team, consider re-establishing the values such as communication protocols, shared accountability; support for each other, the ways of navigating difficult decisions and harmonizing diverse opinion.

Clarify roles and responsibilities

The role description is one of the major challenges faced by teams at work. If the roles and responsibilities are not clearly stated, some of the members would feel cheated while others may want to impose more work on others. This is common. You will need to revise the description until every member is comfortable and clearly post the description where all can access for reference. This should also incorporate how you delegate task in the future.

Remove persistent toxic members

Look out for members that are likely to bring problems further after you have implemented your solution for the team. These potential problem causing members should not remain on the team to maintain order. Carefully observe their performance and be open for feedback. Be as specific as possible on why every member should improve behaviorally to assist the team and the organization. If there are improvements, then you’re rescuing solution for the poor performing team is working. Otherwise, you need to remove the individuals not responding from the team.

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Choosing the words to include on your resume is an important step in presenting yourself to potential employers. As your first opportunity to make a good impression, you must be careful with the resume words to use while making your resume. Of course, you don’t have all the time to make that impression. Recruiters take approximately 6 seconds to scan resumes and make a decision, according to Business Insider and recent studies. But how good your resume is can bring the exceptionality you need. That’s why you must present resume action words to cease every opportunity. This doesn’t mean you should lie on your resume.

Here is a list of resume power words you need to use.

Achieved

This is one of the best resume words to use, mostly in the work experience section of your resume. Recruiters want to be sure you would succeed if hired and your previous success is the only reference to establish such picture. “Achieved” is a resume action word saying you succeeded in the past and that builds the confidence that you are poised to achieve a similar result in another company.

Managed/Supervised

The ability to lead others is a quality that hiring managers look out for. And including the action work on your resume for a management position increases your chances of receiving a call for an interview. You will need to include the number of persons you have managed or supervised, mostly if you have managed a large group of persons.

Improved

Growth is a huge part of success and this makes “improved” one of the best words to include on your resume. It shows that you attained positive differences working at your previous company. You will boost your chances further if you explain how the improvement was made. For instance, you might say: “Improved service quality by properly evaluating consumer’s feedback.” The sentence did not only inform the hiring manager that you achieved results but demonstrated that you have quality skills necessary to achieve results.

Resolved

Employees who can identify problems and resolve them are top on every hiring manager’s interview list. This resume action word is very important if you are applying for a managerial position or any job that requires being in charge somehow. “Resolved” will give the recruiter the assurance that you can run your position on your own and that you have the skill to develop ways of tacking various challenges.

Revenue/Profits

The values you have added to previous companies are the most important point to be noted by your future recruiter and the only way it could be recognized is through financial success: increased profit or revenue. If you can’t mention it, there’s no way to evaluate all that you have achieved there. You should consider using numerical values or percentages to explain this resume action word.

Launched

You can only launch a completed project. That’s why this resume action word demonstrates success and the ability to complete projects. This is one of the best resume words for an app or website developers, marketers, managers and other related job positions.

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If you’ve ever wondered why you or your female coworkers are bundled up in a cardigan, pashmina or an oversized sweater to keep warm during work, we want to assure you – it’s not because the air conditioning is sexist and wasteful. Not quite.

Could it be possible that the transgressor is the inherently sexist office dress code? Let’s find out.

Picture it: It’s summer and while women are celebrating the warm weather with sundresses, silk shirts, and linen shorts, men are wearing the same long pants and long-sleeved button downs that they always have.

Many modern workplaces are business casual. But we haven’t reached there yet where men can wear polo shirts and chino shorts to work. Some HR guides are so hung up on men looking more competent and mature that they forbid men from wearing anything other than a neat and pressed business suit with a tie!

According to my research, and that of many, most organizations in traditional industries, including law and finance, merit traits associated with masculine norms. To be clear, men (and women) sometimes need to suppress their authentic selves in certain work situations. For instance, wearing colorful shirts in lieu of a charcoal, navy, or black jacket when engaged in activities such as interviewing for a promotion often attract microaggressions from colleagues.

It goes without saying that the lack of laxity around office dress codes is a huge disservice to men and women. There are plenty of ways around how we choose to address the chilly office building issue without the need to complicate it any further. It makes me curious how men and women are still dealing with this kind of thing.

According to a study that appeared in the journal Nature Climate Change, in modern offices, most AC units are based on the resting metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds. (The rate runs up to 23 percent faster than a woman’s.) While men are comfortable – neither shivering nor sweating – at about 72 °F (22 °C), women find that a bit chilly.

When you’re in an office shivering under the office air conditioner it’s not because the temperature isn’t female-friendly. Neither gender is to blame, nor is this a ‘sexism’ or ‘reverse-sexism’ issue. The root cause is the cooling load calculation that building engineers have to take into account system design. What building engineers ultimately care about is heat generating sources such as lights, computers, servers, printers, coffee pots, and how many people are in the building and how active they’ll be. When sizing a cooling system, a building engineer would assume every occupant is a man because that’s the worst-case scenario.

If the building occupants have local control of temperature they need to work in harmony to find something comfortable. If the HVAC is automated, they should talk to building operators. If everyone can agree to a higher set point then it’s great.

To ditch the tweet suits and reduce air conditioning bill in summer, Japanese companies have adopted the Cool Biz initiative. Implemented in 2005 by the Ministry of the Environment in an attempt to quickly reduce CO2 emissions, ‘Cool Biz’ encourages offices to set air conditioner temperatures to no less than 82.4 °F (28 °C)—compared to a summer average of 70 °F in U.S. offices. As a result, companies now have signs around the office in Japanese and English telling employees and guests that they have a no tie, no jacket policy.

According to the most recent official estimate, the program prevented 1.69 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2010 and reduced emissions by 7.92 million tons in the last five years.

Another reason why you should consider raising the office air conditioner temperate because the cold staff is likely to submit erroneous work and be less productive. A study from 2004 found that people working in warmer conditions – 78.8 °F (26 °C) - make fewer typing mistakes and have increased productivity.

This issue also makes me wonder: what should be the workplace dress code expectations for a gender fluid person? Questions like these highlight why basing dress code expectations on written or unwritten norms and customs can lead to potential discrimination.

 So I want to ask: What are your office dress code policies? Are they sexist? Have you experienced consequences? How are they making you feel?

The post Your Office Thermostat Isn’t Sexist, Office Dress Code Is! appeared first on The HR Digest.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently disclosed a new detail about Apple work environment: the introduction of standing desk for all Apple employees.

"Everyone gets a standing desk," Cook said in an interview with The Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein.

"We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it's much better for your lifestyle". He added. This is an all-new approach to the Apple staff welfare as Cook continuously cited doctors that say "sitting is the new cancer."

The privilege to use a standing desk is only one of the numerous benefits Apple employees enjoy at the company's new headquarters, Apple Park, which is estimated to have been built with a cost of over $5 billion.

About 4% of all global deaths have been linked to long sitting hours by American Journal of Preventive Medicine which opines that longer sitting hours is growing into a major contributory factor to mortality rates across the globe in a recent study. In other words, gains of life expectancy should be led by efforts to eliminate this risk factor for everyone working in an environment where duties are mainly discharged sitting down. Also, there’s need to curtail longer sedentary work life for a healthier workforce.

Work-life at Apple Park

Apple paid great attention while furnishing the Apple Park, especially its interior decoration which prides top-quality furniture such as the very finely made desk chairs by Vitra with over a thousand dollars price tag in addition to a standing desk, for every employee.

The specific standing desk model Apple has delivered to its employees is still unknown as the company had declined response to a probe from Business Insider about the specific model of standing desk its employees use. But leaked interior photos published in The Wall Street Journal depict adjustable desks that can be raised and lowered using a button.

The desk itself is height-adjustable and went through multiple versions, mostly involving different configurations of the brackets that fix it to the wall: These includes the fiber for connectivity as well as electrical wires as dangling cables would not be befitting. Adjustment of the desk upwards or downwards is simply achieved through two buttons underneath the desk. Users can distinguish between the buttons by a feel as the convex button raises the table, while the concave button lowers it.

A key aim of Apple's huge investment into this massive Apple Park is to enhance its ability to recruit and retain talented software developers and tech workers while also promoting a healthy workforce. Tim Cook and Apple apparently are happy with Apple Park. Cook also said that the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs "had the vision that the workplace should facilitate people working together," with "common areas that people could work together and run into each other without planning on doing it."

"And that the level of ideas and creativity and innovation that would come out of that would be phenomenal, and we're seeing that."

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