Productivity

Being a ‘Selfless Giver’ Can Be Bad for You

Recognize This! – Givers find energy when they give in self-protective and personally meaningful ways, and when they are recognized and reminded of how their contributions matter. It’s not just about giving and taking anymore. Recent research by Adam Grant and Reb Rebele shows that the type of giving matters – specifically whether…

Stress Goes Down When Your Employees Don’t Bottle It Up

Every employer has their own idea of a dream team, but most will agree it would consist of employees who are passionate about their careers, put forth extreme effort, and hit their goals every month. While this deep passion creates driven employees, what happens when the pressure becomes too much to handle? In…

A 5-Hour Day Works For This Company, Can It Work For You?

The American workforce has become lazy. I estimate, conservatively, that knowledge workers are four times as efficient as they were 20 years ago. That’s why I moved my company to a five-hour workday about a year-and-a-half ago. We work 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no lunch; then, we leave. For a beach…

What Are Doing About Your “Workplace Prisoners”?

Recognize This! – Motivating employees requires more than compensation, which can create “prisoners.” Instead, companies need to emphasize a richer employee experience. There is an interesting “iceberg” effect when it comes to employee motivation. Company leadership tends to focus on what is immediately visible, both for top talent and for severe underperformers for…

Work Martyrs Are Poisoning Your Culture

Work martyrs are popping up in all industries. When you’re in an industry already known to be demanding, like medical sales, these martyrs could be ruining your reputation. This could scare high quality candidates away due to a higher rate of reported work-related stress. Having work martyrs in your office — people who…

Technology Can Make Onboarding a Welcoming Experience

According to Aberdeen Group’s 2014 research, only 32% of companies have a formal onboarding process in place. With so much depending on the success of newcomers’ induction – work efficiency, job satisfaction, and ultimately, staff retention — why is the figure so low? Perhaps, the answer is in the organizational complexity of onboarding….

Multitasking Is a Productivity Suck. Here’s How to Slow It Down

Checking off your to-do list gives you a huge sense of accomplishment. So, it’s important for you to get as many tasks done in one day as possible. You’re on a sales call, writing an order, and drafting an email to a new client simultaneously. This type of multitasking may be giving you…

Sometimes You Need to Slow Down to Go Fast

Regardless of how fast your company is today, the marketplace expects and rewards being faster and more nimble. Current success proves that correct choices were made yesterday. A competitor’s game-changing innovation or their faster response to a market shift — anticipating a client’s need before the client does, for example — can mean…

How “Doing a Bad Job” May Just Be “Good Enough” to be Great

Demand for speed has overtaken all other priorities, it seems; whether it’s a program, a deliverable, a result, or a change, leaders want it NOW or YESTERDAY. And that’s understandable —- most leaders are themselves under tremendous pressure to deliver results. Fast. Understandable too is the reaction to that demand. Get busy! Do…