The perks of work: romance sometimes blossoms between working spouses
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The heart of the matter
There is no stopping romance in the workplace.
Like Bloomberg News reported the other day, romantic feelings are common in the office and management had better get used to it.
What you really found interesting in the Society for Human Resource Management survey is how often workers who work alongside a “working wife” or “working husband” fall more and more in love with their cabin mates.
SHRM find that 25% of the 696 American workers surveyed said they had a working spouse.
“Although often conceived of as a platonic and playful relationship between coworkers, more than half of those with a ‘work spouse’ admitted to having romantic feelings for that person,” wrote analysts at SHRM. “Notably, almost 20% more men than women said they had feelings for their ‘work spouse.’
Fighting stress at work is as easy as 1, 2, pass me a blankie.
WebMD Health Center learned from vote workers that the most sought-after welfare benefit is sleeping on the job.
The survey was conducted among employees of different generations, selecting the brains of baby boomers (born between 1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980) and Generation Y (1981-1996).
The stress reduction benefit tops Millennials’ wishlists: nap time. More than half of respondents (57%) in this age group would appreciate being able to get some sleep during the working day.
Gen Xers were torn by the perk of their dreams, casting an equal number of votes for naps (49%) and free snacks / drinks (49%). Free snacks / drinks and was the second favorite (52%) among millennials.
Baby boomers preferred free snacks / drinks (44%). They were tied at three for second place: 34% approved of employer-sponsored nap, telecommuting and stress management programs.
Afraid to make ends meet? The purchasing power of benefit providers predicts that financial well-being options will continue to grow in 2020.
Growing data on employees who spend their workday worrying about money issues (50%) is pushing employers to find relief valves, says CEO Trey Loughran.
“Offers that will be more readily available next year include instant payroll benefits, payroll advances, low interest, low interest rate loans, and automated payroll deducted savings accounts that help employees live paycheck with unforeseen expenses without resorting to high cost debt, ”Loughran wrote online.
How and when that relief might be delivered remains in flux.
But Loughran is sure that a very attractive tax break will soon be distributed more generously.
“There is no doubt that student debt repayment benefits will be added to other companies’ benefits over the next few years,” he said of a retirement-related project near the top. of the Booming treasury to-do list.
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