PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

Get more done! Sign on to that conference call

09/17/2014
According to a new survey by Intercall, a phone service provider, 82% of employees polled admit to working on unrelated items while on a conference call.

Fantasy football comes at a cost

09/16/2014
Yes, it’s a morale boost, but it doesn’t come free. Employers can expect to “pay” an employee (earning a $40,000-per-year salary) $356 in lost productivity to play a season’s worth of fantasy football on company time.

How to effectively manage workaholic employees

08/29/2014
Suspect you’re managing a workaholic? Here are tips to help the employee find balance, and the organization cut costs and liability.

How to do appraisals for flex-job holders

08/27/2014
What’s the best way to evaluate the work of someone who’s working where you can’t see them? Here’s good advice to pass along to your organization’s managers.

Sitting is the new smoking

08/22/2014
A new University of Southern California study says brain processing speed increases from 5% to 20% when people are standing compared to sitting.

Teach employees to ask for feedback from reluctant bosses

08/19/2014
Why is employer-to-employee feedback in such short supply? The answer is simple: Managers rank it among their most difficult duties.

Summer 'blahs' or burned out? Find out and fix it

08/12/2014
Burnout can lead to depression and diminished performance. Plus, it’s contagious, spreading through the team unless you act early and decisively to head it off. Here’s how.

Simple idea for boosting productivity: Interdepartmental job swapping

08/05/2014
Do you think productivity gains come only from grand transformations? Sometimes, small, no-cost changes generate the greatest impact.

BYOD creates risks beyond information security

07/28/2014
Bring Your Own Device programs have taken off—but what are the legal issues and security problems you need to be aware of?

Is it time to terminate your formal annual review process?

07/24/2014
Many companies—including Adobe and Netflix—have abandoned formal annual reviews, adopting a more agile approach that focuses on continuous performance management. Could this process work for you?

Personal tech rules when it comes to wasting time

07/23/2014
American employees are ingenious wasters of time. A new poll has identified the worst workplace time-sucks.

Let them butt heads! How to inspire healthy conflict

07/01/2014
Good managers want employees to constructively challenge their ideas because it produces better decisions and problem-solving.

Even legal marijuana takes a hit among co-workers

06/24/2014
Regardless of marijuana’s legal status, 46% of U.S. workers would lose confidence in colleagues who smoke pot on their own time. That’s according to a new poll by Workplace Options, a wellness consulting firm.

How to identify promotable employees

06/19/2014

For many organizations, promotions are random decisions left to managers. That’s a mistake … and a common one. Use these tips to choose the right people for advancement.

Changing job assignment soon after hire? That may be deemed a demotion

06/16/2014
Here’s a cautionary tale about changing a new employee’s job duties soon after hire. He or she may claim the real reason is discrimination if the change happened soon after a new boss discovered the employee belonged to a protected class.
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