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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

Four Time Management Tips for Busy Working Parents

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.

Columnist Anne Fisher checked in with Teresa Taylor, author of The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success for several techniques outlined in the book.

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

Four Things to Stop Doing Immediately at Work

Want to boost your productivity and have peace of mind? As per this piece on, 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.

Want to Boost Productivity & Well-Being? Immediately Delete These Four Things From Your Routine

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.

According to a post by Jeff Haden on Inc., there are a few things to cross off your to do list.

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

Four Ways to Tackle a Chaotic Day

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

Three Tips to Effective Time Management: Categorize Your Activities

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.

According to a post by Elizabeth Grace Saunders on Harvard Business Review, we should approach a task by categorizing it into an investment, neutral or optimize activity. Read more

The True Cost of March Madness to Employers: $134 Million!

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