Posts Tagged ‘Productivity’
According to a new Gallup survey, Americans who have been diagnosed with depression at one point in their lives have cumulatively missed 68 million additional days of work each year compared to their non-depressed peers.
And if you’re an employer, this is all hitting your bottom line. This equates to $23 billion in lost productivity! (Yes, we said billion.)
The survey collected data from 237,615 full-time employees and 66,010 part-time employees during 2011 and 2012. Turns out, full-time employees who were diagnosed missed approximately 8.7 days throughout the year due to their health. Keep in mind this should be compared to people who weren’t diagnosed with depression. The latter population missed an average of 4.6 days per year. Read more
When Fortune shared these time management tips for frazzled working parents, we figured we would share them, too. And if you’re not a frenetic working parent but simply frenetic, no worries there. The tips can can apply to your hectic schedule as well.
1. Stop multitasking. We dare you! As the piece points out, instead of attempting to accomplish several things at once, carve blocks of time out of your day even if they’re only 10 to 15 minutes long. Then, work exclusively on one task and one task only. Read more
Want to boost your productivity and have peace of mind? As per this piece on Inc.com, there are a few things we should all stop doing immediately.
Jeff Haden writes in the piece, “If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you’ll get huge returns–in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being–from adding these items to your not to-do list.”
1. Check your phone while you’re talking to someone. Not only is it rude (and yes, we can tell when you’re peeking), it’s distracting and a really transparent way to let the other person know you don’t care about what they’re saying.
He points out, “Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention. Other people? They notice. And they care.”
2. Multitask during a meeting. Again, it boils down to paying attention. Plus, you can actually learn a lot and retain information if you’re not zipping through your mobile phone. You can hone those soft skills and find opportunities to make connections and small talk.
3. Use multiple notifications. Here’s a hint: Turn it off. We shouldn’t have the immediate need to know when we receive a text message, tweet or e-mail. “If something is important enough for you to do, it’s important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you’re doing. Then, on a schedule you set–instead of a schedule you let everyone else set–play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what’s happening.”
4. Talk behind someone’s back. Just say no. And if you end up getting sucked into office gossip, rest assured your cronies may end up talking behind your back as well. Delete this from your repertoire and focus your time on productive conversations instead.
If you want to boost your productivity and improve your well-being, listen up. There are a few things you can do that don’t even require a lot of work, just a lot of tweaking, that’s all.
1. Check your phone while you’re talking to someone. If you want someone to feel special when you’re speaking with them, refrain from checking your phone. Seriously.
Haden writes, “Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention. Other people? They notice. And they care.” Read more
Ever have one of those days? You know the type: All of the sudden it’s time for lunch but you never would have known because your breakfast is still sitting idle at your desk. Meanwhile, you’re wearing your coffee (yeah, spilled again), and the deadline at 1 p.m. is quickly approaching…
Well, our friends at Brazen Careerist outlined a few ways to manage chaos on the job.
1. Prioritize. Yes, this entails planning ahead even during the most chaotic of times. Vishnu Subramaniam writes in the piece, “Not all tasks are created the same. You must determine what your ultimate goal and objective is for the day. Is your job to advocate for a policy, improve turnout for a community event or sell a product or service?”
Once an objective has been identified, it should be crystal clear as to what you should work on first. Looming deadline? Time to work on it first. Read more
Time management. The two words get us caught up in excitement! You, too?
Okay, feeling punchy here on a Thursday.
The key to time management is that we can always learn something new, right? Although some people are better at it than others, we can always strive to streamline our work in order to be more productive.
Ah, it’s that time of year again. The first day of spring and of course, March Madness!
Chances are, by now you’ve already completed your brackets and while employees compete during the tourney, it turns out the NCAA men’s basketball romp will cost U.S. employers a ton of lost wages this week.
In fact, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, outplacement firm, indicated the three week tournament will cost employers a loss of $134 million in the first two days alone! About one to three hours are spent at work watching games and two-thirds of all employees will follow the games during work hours. Read more
Big Brother invasion or simply big business? You be the judge.
As more and more employers ask their employees to wear tracking sensors on their clothing (yes, it’s just what you think it is to track your movement), they’re actually compiling compelling data in the process.
According to a piece in The Wall Street Journal, researchers found that productivity surged at one specific tech company when workers ate at tables designed for 12 people instead of four.
In another situation, a bank call center moved to group breaks instead of individual ones and productivity increased by 10 percent. Read more
If you ever figured a brief interruption at work like hearing your smartphone ring or getting dinged by Outlook about an upcoming meeting has interrupted your concentration, a new study proves that you’re right.
Researchers at Michigan State University looked at 300 participants who performed a sequence-based procedure on a computer. As it turns out, interruptions of three seconds doubled their error rates! Read more