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November 18, 2011

HR Fact Friday: Give Me My Coffee!

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: , , 6:00 am

If you need that morning cup of joe every day to get you going, you are not alone.  According to a survey by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder, nearly half of all U.S. workers (46%) claim that they are less productive without coffee.  (Note to office manager:  time to upgrade that coffee pot!)  Other key coffee consumption trends in the workplace include:

Coffee has helped younger workers, aged 18 to 24, with their careers by providing an opportunity to network with other coworkers.

The region with the most workday coffee drinkers is in the Northeast, with 49% of employees admitting to needing coffee while on the job. And for some, one cup is not enough!  The majority of coffee drinkers (61%) drink two cups or more each workday.



June 18, 2010

HR Fact Friday: Supreme Court Rules on Text Message Privacy Case

Filed under: Employment Law — Tags: , , , , 7:25 am

The Supreme Court overturned a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling concerning employer-provided communication devices and workers’ privacy rights. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the employer, the city of Ontario, ruling that the search of the employee’s text messages was reasonable and not in violation of the employee’s Fourth Amendment rights.

Background of the case: Police sergeant Jeff Quon received a pager from his employer, the city of Ontario, California. The city’s contract with Arch Wireless Operating Co. contained a limit on the number of characters that could be texted on a monthly basis. If the city’s employees exceeded that limit, the city would be charged extra fees.