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Beware of the Productivity Measurement Fallacy

Can money and productivity be measured on the same spectrum? Unfortunately, money saved does not always equate to greater productivity from employees. In an article for CIO.com, Eric Bloom explores his own experience with this fallacy. Pitfall Ahead In the business he was employed at, there was a company-wide productivity initiative. The program was explicit in its intentions, and there were even prizes to be awarded to the team that generated the greatest company savings. ...

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12 Ways to Be More Productive at Work

If you are hit with that afternoon slump at work, you are not alone! The good news is that there are natural, non-caffeine stimulant ways to improve your productivity, and in an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on how. There are 12 ways to improve your productivity: Get your sleep. Begin leisurely. Prioritize. Exercise. Minimize caffeine. Change locations. Minimize the multitasking. Clean. Take a break. Keep a routine. Avoid distracting web sites. Accept the ...

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McKinsey on the Organizational Cost of Insufficient Sleep

A good night’s rest can be the difference between a day of productive decisions and a day with you accidentally putting your lunch in the freezer. Sleep recharges the brain and helps to prevent silly mistakes–at home and at work. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Nick van Dam and Els van der Helm elaborate on the true cost to businesses of losing sleep. Save Your Energy Leadership behaviors tend to be associated with ...

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How to Be a Productive Project Manager: 7 Tips

Many project managers feel overwhelmed with emails, phone calls, and meetings. They often work overtime, but few feel as though they are making progress. Although we are all given the same amount of time each day, some project managers are able to produce greater value for their organizations. Some are more engaged. Imagine yourself as a more productive project manager, one with greater capacity and energy to complete each day’s tasks. Let’s look at common ...

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How to Prioritize When Everything Is Important

It is easy to prioritize a few tasks, but what do you do when everything is “important?” In an article for Lifehacker, Alan Henry uncovers the tactics to decipher what in actuality is important and how to effectively prioritize tasks. Tactics to Employ When it comes to deciding what is really important, there are a few tactics to take to truly unveil the tasks of urgency. Begin by grilling the boss. Part of a manager’s ...

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A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Can a person truly be productive while looking at pictures of adorable kittens? The answer is yes, and their productivity is dependent upon their ability to walk away from their career responsibilities. In an article for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson analyzes a study on how telecommuting improved a Chinese call-center’s performance and what implications this holds in other sectors. For most people, the concept of endless work is not conducive to an efficient environment. It ...

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Fast Failure: How to Foster IT Innovation Quicker than Competitors

There’s a special point in a project, a point of no return at which all efforts to salvage the initiative are null and void. At that point, it is time to stop crying over spilled milk and to start thinking like an innovator. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray describes how the harrowing process of “fast failure” is your only avenue to exceptional innovation: Perhaps the most insidious reaction to failure is allowing it ...

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5 Employee Incentives That Actually Work

Hiring and training top talent is half the battle, and retaining that talent is the other half. Lisa Song Sutton writes for Fast Company with five unique incentives to keep talent engaged and loyal. Inspire the Best Work The first incentive is to offer an “idea bounty,” in which employees can come forward with fully fleshed ideas, including the processes that encompass them, to earn small bonuses. Staff can vote on whether to execute idea ...

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9 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

Effective speakers, whether talking to a couple friends or presenting to hundreds, seem to exude charisma. In a post at his blog, Bruce Harpham outlines nine ways project managers can become better communicators. He breaks it down into four skills for effective listening and five skills for presenting. How Good Communicators Listen They listen with their body language. They listen to the words. They listen for emotion. They take notes. Position your body toward the ...

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The Cost of Having No Time to Be Nice at Work

In an article for The New York Times, Christine Porath shares research she has conducted on the costs of incivility in the workplace. It seems both health and productivity suffer dramatically. Nice or Not When incivility causes stress over too long a period, risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and ulcers all increase, but that is just the beginning. Rude managers and employees inhibit productivity in numerous ways. For instance, in an experiment Porath ...

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