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Productivity / Performance

‘Windowed work’ driving pandemic-era productivity

07/28/2020
To an unprecedented degree, white-collar employees working from home are free to decide when they perform their jobs. A significant percentage are choosing to break their workdays into two or more discrete blocks instead of plowing straight through a standard eight-hour shift.

Google extends work-from-home, others could follow

07/28/2020
News that Google will allow most employees to work from home for 12 more months has other employers reconsidering their own plans to reopen workplaces this year.

4 ways you might unintentionally be adding to employee anxiety

07/24/2020
While you can’t solve many of the challenges your employees now face, you can help manage workplace anxiety by checking in with some of your own managerial habits. Here are four ways managers accidentally add stress to their employees’ lives, and how to adjust your style to be a more supportive leader.

Restart a stalled employee

07/24/2020
When an employee says, “I can’t do my assignment,” you’re likely to be upset. That’s a legitimate reaction, but don’t let it hinder getting the job done and restoring the employee’s motivation. Ask these four questions.

Snapshot: How is remote work affecting productivity?

07/21/2020
Although 67% of employers plan on remote work continuing indefinitely, most say they don’t expect productivity to decline.

Due to COVID, some firms detach pay from performance

06/18/2020
Last year, a great majority of employers (85%) said they link employees’ pay directly to performance, according to a Mercer study. But the consulting firm says some companies are now incorporating a “compassion factor” in how they calculate goals and performance.

Work from home: To track productivity or not?

05/14/2020
For many employees and employers, the transition to remote work has been less than seamless. Employers—striving to maintain output under difficult circumstances—must balance business needs against human factors.

Working from home is the new normal: Projected trends for the future

05/07/2020

By now, organizations and teams have adjusted to working remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some came to this point more grudgingly than others. Astute organizations will come out stronger and with a different view on how to approach the work experience. Here are some other trends likely to emerge.

Maintain productivity by helping managers address employee fears

05/05/2020
Many people who have kept their jobs during the coronavirus turmoil are grateful just to still be employed. But don’t for a moment think health, safety, financial security and other COVID-19 concerns aren’t on their minds—and affecting their performance.

Help employees cope with the new stress of working from home

04/28/2020
With everything company leaders are facing, they might not have given much thought to the emotional well-being of their employees. That’s a big mistake, in both the short and long terms. Here are some tips from Stacey Engle of Fierce Conversations to help line managers and HR pros lessen the stress that remote employees may be feeling.