Archive for June, 2015

Distraction at Jacksonville jobs affecting work?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Some workers may be distracted at Jacksonville jobs from various things, according to a recent study from Careerbuilder.

Employers were also asked to reveal the most unusual or most memorable things they have found an employee doing when they should have been working. Some of the more memorable answers included:
•Employee was taking a sponge bath in the bathroom sink.
•Employee was trying to hypnotize other employees to stop their smoking habits.
•Employee was visiting a tanning bed in lieu of making deliveries.
•Employee was looking for a mail order bride.
•Employee was playing a video game on their cell phone while sitting in a bathroom stall.
•Employee was drinking vodka while watching Netflix.
•Employee was sabotaging another employee’s car tires.
•Employee was sleeping on the CEO’s couch.
•Employee was writing negative posts about the company on social media.
•Employee was sending inappropriate pictures to other employees.
•Employee was searching Google images for “cute kittens.”
•Employee was making a model plane.
•Employee was flying drones around the office.
•Employee was printing pictures of animals, naming them after employees and hanging them in the work area.

With so many distractions around, it’s almost surprising any work gets done at all – and sometimes it doesn’t. Productivity killers can lead to negative consequences for the organization, including:
•Compromised quality of work: 45 percent
•Lower morale because other workers have to pick up the slack: 30 percent
•Negative impact of boss/employee relationship: 25 percent
•Missed deadlines: 24 percent
•Loss in revenue: 21 percent

Tips for productive procrastination:

1. Schedule “play” breaks. Give yourself permission to take a break, and set a definite ending time. Not only will you have something to look forward to after you’ve worked hard, you will also know when it’s time to get back to work.

2. Surround yourself with productive people. Much like laughter, productivity can be infectious. Watching how others make themselves productive can inspire us to act similarly.

3. Make yourself accountable to your (social) network. Can’t seem to motivate yourself to finish (or start) a big project? Post on your Facebook wall that you will do it. Making yourself publicly accountable will make you more likely to actually do something.

4. Just walk away (literally). Can’t seem to concentrate? Go for a 10- or 20-minute walk. Research shows that a few minutes of light exercise can rejuvenate the brain and lead to sharper cognitive function.

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville show little change

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Overall, the number of manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville are showing little change, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics information.

Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs. Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components. Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining
has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining. Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.

Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade
contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components. Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.