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New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

What’s Your Productivity Hack? One Executive Says 4 a.m. is the Key

work from homeLinkedIn’s latest Influencer series got us thinking. What’s your productivity hack? Does it entail tackling the most challenging item first on your list? Limiting phone calls and messages until the afternoon? Creating clear boundaries between your work and home lives or intertwining them instead? Waking up at the crack of dawn?

Sallie Krawcheck, business leader at 85 Broads, mentions in her post the “most precious commodity in business is time.” The executive has discovered her highest peaks of productivity occur in the early morning. And we do mean early. Read more

New Survey Reveals Majority of Workers Succumb to Cyber Monday Shopping (at Work)

cyber mondayAh, we know the drill.

You’re at work. A click here, a click there, a click everywhere. After all, it’s Cyber Monday and there are steals and deals to be had!

As per a new CareerBuilder survey (via AOL Jobs), 54 percent of employees expect to spend some time today shopping online for the holidays. This is an increase compared to 49 percent from 2012.

We’re not going to get preachy here to say you should wait until lunchtime or a break before you hop online but we will say to watch the clock so a lot of your day isn’t eaten up by online purchases. Your wallet will thank you and also your boss. One out of five workers will apparently spend between one and three hours browsing for deals during the holiday season and 10 percent will spend more than three hours. Read more

Hey Managers, Want to Spike Productivity? Here’s a Hint: Give Team a Raise

moneyWant to put a little spring in your step while boosting the wallet of someone on your team? If you’re a manager, you may see the benefits of giving an unexpected salary increase.

As per Fortune, the average salary increase has been approximately three percent each year. How can the typical worker stay motivated to work hard when compensation isn’t exactly linked to performance?

Well, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business School, there’s a quick and effective way to boost productivity and morale. After you hire new employees, spike their pay! Read more

Four Things Successful People Do Before Winding Down the Day

midnightWe’ve often heard about what successful people do to start the day like meditate, wake up 30 minutes earlier and avoid checking messages right away but winding down the day is equally important.

According to a piece on Business Insider, there are a few pointers we can learn from successful folks as to how they end their day on a high note.

1. Focus on the next day. Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, writes down the top three things on his mind to accomplish the next day.

There’s a lot of weight in not only planning ahead but writing things down to make them more concrete. The piece indicates, “This helps him prioritize first thing the next morning.” Read more

Survey Reveals Emails are Constant Time Drain

According to Modeuro Consulting researchers from the University of Glasgow and U.K., when leaders ease up on their emails a whole lot of goodness starts happening.

Per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, they looked at seven executives in London and how they literally spent their waking hours. Results pointed to emails as a major time drain to the tune of 90 minutes per day. On average, executives emailed 56 times each day.  Read more

Want to Reduce Stress & Increase Productivity? Kick Off Your Shoes (Really)

When we read this piece on Quartz, we really dug it.

Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk and secretly taking off your shoes to let your feet breathe? (Or maybe that’s just us?)

Anyway, there’s a growing shoeless movement. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, one in four companies across the nation have a casual dress code during the summer and about one-third are casual year-round. It’s not clear what the policies are around footwear or lack thereof but according to the piece, shoeless workers may feel less stressed and work more productively, so says The Barefoot AllianceRead more

Research Points to Increased Creativity at Messy Workspaces (Finally!)

At long last, messy workers can unite!

How many times have we heard the benefits of being organized and consequently more productive? Blah blah blah.

(Okay, yes we know the importance of a very tidy desk but go with us here, okay? It’s very rare to hear about benefits of being disorderly and we simply must bask in our brief but shining moment.)

If you’re like us and tend to um, embrace the clutter, you may get a kick out of this study. A piece about workspace on 99u mentioned a study conducted at the University of Minnesota. Apparently participants in a messy room were evaluated as more creative than participants in non-messy environments! Read more

Want to Boost Efficiency? Try Interval Training

When we read this piece on The New York Times about interval training we thought, “Hmmm, a piece about exercising.”

Little did we know it underscored the importance of becoming more efficient at work through the metaphor of exercising. And literally about exercising, too! Read more

New Survey Reveals Employees Diagnosed With Depression Have Increased Absenteeism

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

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