Contrary to conventional wisdom, encouraging employees to find time for their families and life outside of the office is good for business. According to Fortune Magazine’s latest ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2007, four of the best 25 companies also received high marks for promoting a healthy work-life balance. Joan […]
Pseudo-collaboration often happens when powerful individuals and/or powerful groups initiate a change process designed to produce key outcomes that they define as desirable. In the circles of my life these days, the word collaboration keeps popping up in conversations and PowerPoint presentations about the many transformative changes necessary in the way we deliver services and […]
Jul 29, 2008 2:29 pm The temperature was hot in the office and the air-conditioning was on. I wish it was the weather that was causing me concern. People. Deadlines. Vacation. What a combination. Put these three together and give it a good shake. A fiery, hot office is what you get. I thought buying […]
In an era of contracting corporate benefits, a new employee wellness program is encouraging workers to take a break–on the job–for a daily mental warm-up that can improve memory and sharpen cognitive skills.
A University of Waterloo (UW) research team will use “smart shirts” to study the attention spans of people doing everyday tasks and suggest ways to improve safety standards. Daniel Smilek, a UW professor of psychology, will use the LifeShirt System from VivoMetrics, of Ventura, California, to conduct a new study on human visual attention. The […]
For many, the summer season means escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and heading north to cottage country for some sun and relaxation. As more cottages go high-tech, the need to create a home office north of the city is increasing. Consider avoiding the stressful Sunday night drive home and stay at the […]
One of the most common mistakes job seekers make is taking the summer off. Why should you keep plugging away while everyone else is at the beach? With so many people golfing, swimming and relaxing, there is less competition in the job market. Take advantage of their distractions and position yourself as the front-runner for […]
Most people intuitively and instinctively want to be productive. It makes sense. By being productive, they will get more from their work, and so will their employers. Yet many elements in the workplace can build walls that block employee productivity. After 18 years of coaching and speaking about personal productivity, I have encountered five major […]