Workplace Success - What You Need to Know This Week

Jan 20, 2015
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Here are three stories people are talking about this week.

1. Is business use of voicemail dying out?

Tech experts have long been predicting the death of voicemail as a business tool as people increasingly prefer email and texting, and now at least one large company has completely ditched the technology: The Coca-Cola Co. shut down its voicemail last month, in order to “simplify the way we work and increase productivity,” according to an internal memo. In situations where someone would have reached voicemail in the past, they now hear a message asking callers to try later or use a different method to reach the person.

The company did allow workers to keep their voicemail if they could present a critical business need for it, and about 6 percent of employees chose to retain it.

2. “Work hard, play hard” is real and potentially dangerous

People who work more than 48 hours a week are more likely to drink at dangerous levels (defined as 14 drinks per week for women and 21 for men) than people who work fewer hours, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The research found that the connection between work hours and alcohol consumption stayed consistent at all economic levels and suggests that employers should be more aware of the social and health impacts of working long hours.

3. What to do if you’re smarter than your boss

Harvard Business Review tackles what to do if you’re smarter than your boss, a problem a lot of people think we have (whether we really do or not). It suggests that you keep quiet about your assessment, notes that being smarter doesn’t mean you’re more effective, and suggests finding something to respect, focusing on doing a good job, and helping your boss be better but not covering up her mistakes. “There’s no reason not to be generous,” author Amy Gallo points out. “If your boss is successful, there’s a greater chance you’ll be successful too.”

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