Category Archives: Fun

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How to Boost Productivity with Team Building Events

Team building activities are often met with a groan. Nobody wants to spend time playing awkward games with coworkers. But team building doesn’t have to be boring. The right team building exercises can help your employees bond, which in turn boosts engagement and productivity.

Companies with engaged employees are more productive, as discovered by Gallup’s State of the American Workplace survey. Companies in the top 25% of Gallup’s Q12 Client Database have significantly higher productivity, profitability, and customer ratings, and less turnover and absenteeism than companies in the bottom 25%. In fact, engagement is more important to workplace satisfaction than company policies and perks.

It’s clear that engaged employees are productive employees, but how do you increase engagement at the workplace? When 70% of the American workforce reports feeling “not engaged” or “actively disengaged,” this seems like a tall order.

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5 Websites That Will Make Your Breaks Productive

Taking regular breaks is necessary to restore your focus and energy, and as one of our earlier studies concluded, the ideal schedule is to work for 52 minutes and break for 17. But sometimes, you just need a couple of minutes to reset and take your mind off a difficult task. In fact, taking a micro break (between 30 seconds to 5 minutes) can improve mental acuity by 13%.  

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How to Beat Holiday Stress and Stay Productive

While the holiday season comes with joy and anticipation, it also comes with some added stress. It’s a busy time of year and there’s a lot to think about: buying gifts, planning holiday meals, decorating the home, attending holiday parties, and much more. Don’t sweat it – we have some tips and tools to help manage your to-do list and stay productive during this busy time.

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6 Tools to Make the Internet More Productive

We’ve all been there: you decide to take a short break to catch up on the news and go through your Twitter feed. Next thing you know it’s been 3 hours and you’re watching a YouTube video called “Cats Being Jerks Video Compilation.” Where did the time go and how did a quick break turn into a wormhole of internet exploration?

The internet is a glorious place that houses some of the world’s best information and entertainment. But it’s easy to get carried away. Here are some of our favourite tools to make your internet browsing time more enriched and productive.

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5 Healthy Snacks that Keep You Productive Throughout the Day

When hunger strikes at work, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience and deliciousness of that donut sitting in the breakroom. While tasty and enjoyable in the moment, you might regret it later – snacks that are high in sugar are harmful to your health in the long run. There have been countless studies that link refined sugar to heart disease, weight gain, and numerous other health issues.

Added sugar also affects your productivity. While eating sugary foods may make you feel full and give you a boost of energy, it’s only temporary. You will crash and then you’ll feel lousy and lethargic. Not to mention sugar is addictive. Like a drug, it conditions your body to crave more.

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Can Reading Make You More Productive?

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 23% of Americans didn’t read a single book that year. Which is a shame, because they’re missing out on all the benefits reading has on productivity and creativity. Full disclosure: I am an avid reader so I do have a bias in writing this, but I’m going to convince you to read more books. Aside from being an enjoyable pastime, reading has a positive impact on your creativity, focus, and emotional well-being.

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