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Data on What Motivates Workers in Their 20s

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey Arnett shares data from a poll he conducted in 2015 with a sample of 1,000 21-to-29-year-old workers. It reveals the attitudes of this young, transitional component of the workforce. Arnett’s major insights are as follows: (1) These people are not lazy, but not often fully committed to their jobs. (2) They are willing to work their way up the career ladder, but not willing to be exploited. ...

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4 Simple Tips to Improve Your Work Ethic

When you acknowledge and embody a few fundamentals, developing stronger work ethic becomes a simple proposition. An article at HRZone provides those fundamentals. First, you need to understand why you want your work ethic to improve in the first place. Are there benefits you want to reap, risks you want to avoid, or both? Whatever your reasons are, they will serve as your starting point for setting a path to improvement. To incentivize yourself to ...

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6 Reasons Your Employees Are Not Working Their Best

Are you frustrated with your team’s lackluster output? Maybe the issue is your lackluster leadership. In an article for TLNT, Mona Berberich identifies some ways you may be setting them up for mediocrity: You do not make enough time for performance evaluations: You must not think of evaluations as a chore or a “necessary evil.” They are a time to discuss how employees can improve, whether they are doing poorly or are already doing excellent. ...

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The Four Habits That Create Work Ethic

What mystical forces must come together in order to create reliable work ethic? In an article for Lifehack, Scott H. Young says that this force comprises habits directed at building four things: persistence, focus, “do it now” attitude, and “do it right” attitude. Persistence and focus are the bedrock of work ethic; if your brain clocks out after an hour of work, all hope is lost. To develop these two, grab a stopwatch and start ...

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How Do You Improve Work Ethic If You’ve Always Been Lazy?

Can a leopard change its spots? Of course it can, with some body paint. In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Alison Green describes how even the laziest person can develop strong work ethic. To begin with, imagine all of the times you have procrastinated important work—and how many hours you have spent dwelling on the fact that you had uncompleted work waiting for you. Think about how many carefree hours of your ...

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Get Responsive about Communication with Deadlines

Procrastination works when nobody cares about anything but the final product—but realistically, in business, people are going to want regular updates on your work progress. Thus, get responsive to your deadlines with tips from Eva Rykrsmith in a post for The Fast Track. She essentially says that great work is accomplished when you actually care about the work, as opposed to great work resulting from merely millions of hours being thrown at it. Ideally, you ...

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Ways to Relax While Working on a Deadline

The walls are closing in around you. How do you keep it together just a little longer to meet deadline? Greig Anderson and Nindya Retnasatiti share some tips that work for them in an article for Creative Bloq. A frantic, messy brain is sometimes the product of a messy desk. Clean up your workspace in order to invite peace of mind back into your field of vision. If you find yourself generally lacking energy though, ...

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Live Free or Deadline: 5 Tips

You can manage your deadlines with tact, or you can hop from one crisis to the next and hate yourself. Margot Carmichael Lester shares five tips to get your affairs in order and not hate yourself in an article for Monster. He says to begin by making a list of all deadlines, including the work that does not actually have a definitive due date. This paints an immediate picture of how busy you really are. ...

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Bend Deadlines to Your Will

Deadlines, as their dramatic names would suggest, are helpful in the sense that they have prioritization built into them. They inherently create pressure for you to focus on them. Glenn Santos considers this and other ways to work with deadlines in a post for Endless Entertainment. Aside from the usual advice you hear, Santos says to avoid Monday deadlines, since they will probably cause you to waste your weekend on them. He also says to ...

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Get Organized: Tips for Meeting Deadlines

The more organized an individual is, the more resilient that person becomes to changes. In an article for PCMag, Jill Duffy gives some tips on how to get organized to fight a deadline. Her first tip is to always build padding into your schedule, in order to account for the unexpected (e.g., a boa constrictor vacations at your cube for a day). Beyond that, make your deadlines physically visible in order to increase urgency. Mark ...

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