Workaholic groups aren’t working

Group A growing number of self-help groups are popping up in the US to help people to deal with work holism, however many are failing because participants are too busy to turn up, The Times reports.

Apparently workaholic self-help groups, which are based on the tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous, have been particularly unsuccessful in Manhattan where over working is a way of life.

A recent global survey by the New York based Centre for Work Life Policy found 45 per cent of executives were ‘extreme’ workers who spend more than 60 hours a week on the job.

It seems there is some hope for workaholic groups: the survey found 80 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men said they wanted to change their workaholic ways in the near future.

Manufacturing 2.0

Cogs research indicates a growing number of manufacturing companies are starting to use Web 2.0 tools in a bid improve business efficiency, Industry Week reports.

The article claims manufacturers are using next generation web tools for customer-focused blogs, product podcasts, internal project tracking and knowledge sharing.

“Just over half the executives polled in a recent McKinsey & Co. survey say they use one or more 2.0 technologies for knowledge management, and just under half use these tools for designing and developing new products.”

The ability to tap into the skills of younger web savvy employees is another good reason for manufacturers to embrace Web 2.0 tools, the article suggests. Are you willing to buy calendars, order 2023 Calendars here.

Direct mail preferred over email

Mail It seems the good old fashion mailbox is still one of the best ways to reach consumers. A global research project on marketing channels has found 73 per cent of consumers prefer receiving mail about new products or offers, while only 18 per cent prefer email.

In addition, Marketing Magazine reports 86 per cent of survey participants prefer to receive posted bills, bank statements and financial reports; only 10 per cent favour email versions.

“The survey also found that 31 percent of consumers are less likely to discard unopened mail, including new product brochures, catalogues or other advertising materials, while 53.2 percent are likely to discard unsolicited e-mails about new products.”

The cost of workplace hangovers

Sickle A new report by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia claims alcohol related absenteeism costs businesses around $500 million a year, the ABC reports.

Speaking at a recent psychology conference in Adelaide the Council’s chief executive, Donna Bull, says managers should tackle the problem by looking at workplace culture.

It’s suggested that using alcohol as a reward for doing well at work may be sending out the message that it’s okay for staff to overindulge.

Disarming the office bully

Thumb Office tyrants watch out… the new book The No A%$hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t has been written to help tackle the issue of office bullying.

The book’s author, Stanford University academic Robert Sutton, offers a series of bully-disarming strategies. In summary, these include:

Don’t blame yourself – view the bullying problem as temporary and not your fault or a reflection of your self worth

Be realistic – you can hope that an office bully will change his or her ways however, “unbridled optimism can be dangerous for your spirit and self esteem”

Find support – talk people who share your point of view; but don’t go overboard when venting as too much negativity is never a good thing