Author Archives: Krista Krumina

Top time sucks of 2014 (and how to deal with them)

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Every year thousands of hours are wasted at work. A study by Salary.com found that according to 26% of employees surveyed, the Internet is their number one distraction. While web is a critical business tool, its misuse in the workplace could cost businesses more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity, as calculated by Websense. Your Facebook check doesn’t sound that guiltless anymore, huh?

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NEW feature! Customized application groups that suit your employees’ specifics

It’s been a while since we added application groups. This function let you categorize all applications in groups, which made it easy to see what your employees had been working on.

Yet not all applications can be put in the 6 categories proposed, right? Therefore, we’ve added a new function – you can now create specific and more accurate application groups that suit your company’s and employees’ specifics.

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Music doesn’t increase your productivity (but it helps you get more stuff done)

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Listening to music at work is still an individual thing – one can find it helpful, while others, disturbing. Yet, various studies claim that it’s able to boost overall workplace performance.

In a survey by Spotify, respondents admitted that music helps them do more because it creates a relaxing state, which makes them less nervous and fatigued, more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.

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The complete guide to coffee drinking [infographic]

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already had at least one cup of coffee so far today – according to statistics about adults, at least. One study discovered that 83% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee in the morning. While most people drink at least three! Although many don’t realize it, there actually is a right way and a wrong way to drink coffee. Therefore, let’s start with some facts!

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When it comes to work and productivity, is social media really so evil?

According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.

Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.

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Conflicts at workplace erode productivity, a study shows

Conflicts at workplaces are inevitable, and even necessary for progress. However, if handled poorly, it can lead to significant productivity loss, a recent study shows.

A study in New Zealand found that 24% of employees surveyed have had at least one disagreement or argument at work that distracted or prevented them from doing their job. Because of conflicts employees become less focused on their jobs, they make more mistakes and tend to miss deadlines. Other consequences include loss of motivation and self confidence.

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