Work/Life Balance Good for Business

Balance of energy

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 […]

Beware of Pseudo-Collaborators

Young students collaborating on project in library

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 […]

Go Easy

Temperature gauge, celsius scale, old, dial, blur industrial background

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 […]

Software Program Helps Employees Retain Edge

Web design software

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.

Smart Shirts Measure Workers’ Attention Spans

Businesspeople paying attention in conference on coworking place

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 […]

Increase Productivity by Working from the Cottage

Cottages on an island in Norwegian fjord

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 […]

Summer Job Search Tips

Woman Working Busy Office Concept

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 […]

Managing Staff for Productivity

Stop Supporting Actions that Diminish Productivity

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 […]