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Six Reasons Why You Should Make The Most Of Your Vacation Days

Take a vacation this year! We’ve all let those “not this year” excuses  pile up with our workload, but not taking a vacation could actually be more damaging than you might think to workplace satisfaction and productivity.

There are many … Read more

HR: You CAN Get There From Here

R.E.M sang the words and they are sometimes, jokingly, attributed to people from Maine – “you can’t get there from here.”

For those in HR, it’s not an uncommon thought – there are so many changes to workflows that seem … Read more

Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

Our verbal and listening habits have a direct effect on our productivity and our professional outcomes. These engagement habits can lead to wasteful debates over false choices and choke off relevant business facts. When ideas and facts flow easily and … Read more

#TChat Recap: Email Productivity A #NewWayToWork

“Email is the oil that runs the enterprise” – Carolyn Pampino

This week’s guest Carolyn Pampino, Design Director for IBM Social Business, focuses on designing better ways for business people to receive, act on, and share information – … Read more

7 Weird Ways To Be More Productive At Work

Although most of us frequently complain about how busy we are, a study published in the journal of Psychological Science reveals that we secretly love all of our “busyness,” and are actually happiest when we’re hard at work.

So how … Read more

Want To Change Your Email Culture?

Have you ever stopped to think about whether you are managing your email or whether it is managing you? Have you considered that question for your entire department or business? Is yours a positive email culture or a workplace drain?… Read more

Getting Things Done Vs. Making An Impact

There is a lot of discussion about productivity, but I’ve always preferred the term velocity. I’ve found that my velocity to goal determines my career velocity. By that I mean the speed and efficiency with which I achieve my goals … Read more

Which Countries Have The Most Efficient Workers?

Are you opening work emails when you’re at home? Getting business updates on your iPhone when you’re out with the kids? Technological advances mean that when you clock out of the workplace, a huge chunk of your work can follow … Read more

Why I Stopped Eating Lunch At My Desk

Let me start by saying I can be a bit of a workaholic. I’ve been known to check my work email at 10 p.m., stay late at work on a Friday, and even put in extra hours over the weekend. … Read more

Workshifting Will Get Better Working Together

These days, I work from home. Mostly.

My “workspace” is upstairs in a special section of our master bedroom I call my corner office nook, complete with a window backyard and neighborhood view. My workspace is fluid as well, flowing … Read more

Office Time: How Much Does An Hour Difference Make?

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain

Although he … Read more

3 Ways Creative Engagement Hatches Employee Engagement

Creative engagement and employee engagement are the chicken and the egg. Or the egg and the chicken. Impossible to know which comes first because they so strongly reinforce each other. And that’s why it’s a good idea to strive for … Read more

6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics

You know those company videos or blog posts aimed at showing the world just how great Company X is to work for? Everyone is having fun at work, and they’re smiling while talking about all the perks. We have come … Read more

The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

Authentricity

 

“If I could wave my magic wand, I’d set everybody free.”         —Neil Peart

Call me Mr. Pixie.

That image, now delightedly (or unfortunately) burned into the memory of nearly every one of my colleagues and cohorts, is a special … Read more

Why You Should Reserve An Hour A Month For This…

Communication between leaders and their workforce is a hallmark of a successful organization. Poorly executed communication strategies can lead to lost productivity, distrust, and a disengaged workforce. But a commitment to strong and consistent communication can help employees perform to … Read more

How To Actually Get Stuff Done

The employee engagement survey results are in. Now what? You can collect data until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t have a way to turn that information into actionable insights, it’s not going to make an ounce … Read more

Working Remotely: Is Staying Connected 24/7 A Good Thing?

Technology has given us the ability to stay connected 24/7 which is a blessing and also a curse. One of the downsides is that the lines between work and down time have become increasingly blurred. Many companies feel that employees … Read more

Ditching Your ATS? You’re Not Alone

Having been in the HR tech business for a number of years, I have spoken with countless HR and recruiting experts about their technology moves. As applicant tracking systems have grown in popularity over the last several years, larger companies … Read more

Ditching Your ATS? You’re Not Alone

Having been in the HR tech business for a number of years, I have spoken with countless HR and recruiting experts about their technology moves. As applicant tracking systems have grown in popularity over the last several years, larger companies … Read more

Skill Gap Stats: 9 Reasons To Thank Recruiters

While unemployment numbers are looking great, the same can definitely not be said for under employment. Those numbers are sky-high. Additionally, those who are lucky enough to be employed full time are keeping their titles just a little too long … Read more

6 Ways To Build A Better Team

Every company wants increasing employee engagement. Engaged employees are good at communicating and putting forth extra effort to fulfill expectations. I’ve recently seen articles about student athletes becoming great employees. Therefore, having an athletic mentality can help grow … Read more

4 Fundamentals To Elevate Employee Engagement

Did you know that when an employee leaves their job, 67% of the time it’s not the job, it’s the boss?  Of course you know the importance of keeping your best employees from becoming someone else’s top talent, but exactly … Read more

7 Ways To Become A More Effective Leader

Long-winded professionals make lousy leaders. You feel no inspiration hearing them tear through another management monologue. You can’t readily recall the most important messages from the last lengthy lecture you heard from senior leadership, and you’re tired of hearing executives … Read more

4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Strategy

The function of top-level management is to devise strategy for the organization. This strategy defines and directs the activities of the organization, and in broader terms defines the character of the organization. This is the universal function of the … Read more

Make Your Monday More Productive Now

There’s a reason most people dread Mondays: They’re notorious catch-up days. You answer the dozens of emails you neglected over the weekend and attempt to make sense of your triple-booked calendar for the week.

By the time you actually start … Read more