This year is half done! The time has come to take a breath, take a moment and assess the progress of your leadership journey. How have you grown your leadership ability since January? How have your key New Year resolutions gone? How shall you hit the “reset” button for the second half of 2017? Let’s explore some of the actions you can you take to get your mindsets reset and refocus.
Oil rig workers, executive management teams, production line managers, all need to find ways to manage a day better, and find more time for tasks and leadership functions. Recent research done by WebTorials finds that 70% of a typical employee’s day is spent communicating with other humans. Seems like honing interpesonal skills might reap significant rewards! Click through to find out more.
Avoid Holidayitis! The end of 2014 is nigh, and 2015 looms. Some may still be pushing to tie off loose ends or “finish up the year strongly.” Others may already be succumbing to “holidayitis,” where tasks and commitments start to slip to “January.” Resist that mindset. Click through for more on avoiding Holidayitis.
Walking has a lot of health benefits. And it seems those benefits extend to business meetings, if perspectives shared in a recent Harvard Business Review article are valid. Meetings on-the-move keep the discussion better focused, go deeper and have better outcomes (decisions) than meetings held sedentarily in conference rooms. So take your meetings for a walk! Click through for more on this interesting productivity boosting idea.
How do you, as a leader, juggle all the vacation time you want your team to take and still keep productivity up and goals met? Skimping on vacation time is counterproductive because employees really do get recharged by being away, and come back much more creatively engaged. So it is your best interest to make sure every employee takes all the time-off they deserve, yet maintaining productivity without burning out the staff covering for those taking time off. All it takes is a bit of planning, just as with any business challenge.
To be more productive, get started early, find a productive routine that works and stick to your plans. Stick to your guns, too: Don't let your e-mail inbox direct your day. That place is full of other people's agendas! Read on for more about the six habits (not seven?) of productive people according to Tim Ferriss and Eric Barker.
Research has uncovered some fascinating methods for improving personal productivity habits at work. Think about the scent of lemons, small house plants, white noise and a good midday nap. These and 18 more tips are actually proving helpful to people in keeping them undistracted and concentrating on tasks at work. Good work habits are a universal benefit to anyone who has a job, and goals to achieve! Click through and check them out.
Kick-starting January after a great deal of quiet time at (or even time off from) work can be a big task. The new year is already a couple of weeks old, and you want to make the most of it, so adopt some simple mindset and habit changes that can accelerate the rate at which you re-engage with work and co-workers. It starts with your own positive mindset about self-engaging yourself with work!
A recent survey by Flexjobs found that flexible work schedules is both important to employees, and for the company. Survey respondents report that better control over when they work would raise loyalty to the employer. It a notable that 80% of the respondents to this survey were women, which might have skewed the results, but also worth remarking that "family needs" were not the sole reason these women appreciated flexible work schedules.
Organizations seem to operate with the delusion that their employee's time is limitless, which makes it hard for the employees to truly manage their own time more effectively. This delusion underpins the trend towards eliminating administrative positions. Has the elimination of administrative and analyst positions gone past the point of economic sense? Should the trend start moving back the other way, or has technology truly allowed fewer people to handle administrative tasks without them?