Category Archives: Productivity

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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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Why You Need to Make Time to Grow Your Emotional Intelligence

Productivity is generally talked about using cold, unfeeling data, but it might help to get a little mushy now and then.

Emotional intelligence, or EI, is a concept that thought leaders and hiring managers love to talk about. But does it have a place in the discourse of productivity-minded leaders? It’s not that some managers don’t care about their employees’ feelings; they would just prefer to focus on aspects of the work environment that can be easily controlled.

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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 Do I Stay On-Task When Working From Home?

Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular for new generations of workers who desire freedom to work where and how they want. The ability to work from home has given employees around the world greater satisfaction with their jobs, enabling them to become more productive in the process.

So how in the world has “working at home” come to mean wearing sweatpants all day, binge-watching Netflix, and doing laundry all while on the clock?

While a small minority take advantage of the privilege to work at home like stereotypes would have you believe, productivity problems usually stem from an inability to manage time and limit distractions. Telecommuters who can’t establish structure in their routine can often find themselves lacking in productivity.

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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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The 9-5 Workday is Making Everyone Miserable

Dr. Paul Kelley, an academic at the University of Oxford, believes the traditional 9-5 schedule is making everybody miserable and sleep-deprived. He maintains that instead of trying to stick to a system that isn’t natural to our bodies, we need to overhaul our schedules to revolve around our circadian rhythms.

Most of Dr. Kelley’s research examines how early start times in educational institutions negatively affect student performance, particularly adolescents. However, his findings carry over to the corporate world. Adults don’t adapt to a 9 AM start time until the age of 55. So until that point, we’re all torturing ourselves trying to make it work.

During Dr. Kelley’s tenure as the head teacher at Monkseaton Middle School, he changed the school’s start time from 8:30 AM to 10 AM (a similar experiment is ongoing) and found that the number of top grades increased by 19%. If a delayed start time brought about these positive results in a school setting, what would happen if we applied a similar change to the corporate world? Are people more productive when they show up to work later in the day?

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How to Exercise After Sitting All Day

Many white collar jobs today require logging in long hours of sitting at a desk, typing away at a computer. This is a standard expectation, even with extensive research pointing to the fact that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for your health. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

What’s not talked about as often is the way sitting affects your posture and muscles. Sitting for prolonged periods of time tightens and weakens certain parts of your body, especially in the back and hips. This can cause headaches, back and hip pain, and ultimately make it harder to focus and stay productive. The good news, though, is that you can easily do something about it with some stretches and exercises.

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