Posts tagged employee management

This Is How You Can Become More Productive

A new survey shows that the top 10 percent of productive employees worked an average 52 minutes before taking a 17-minute break.
Read more on OPEN Forum.
Football fans’ prayers were answered when the NFL season kicked off last Thursday. But for employers, the return of the season brings a fair amount of angst as it leads to a marked decrease in focus on their teams. (By some estimates, fantasy football costs $13 billion in lost productivity.)
So what’s a manager to do? Embrace the season, and set boundaries (but not too many). 

If companies really want to retain their best workers, they should train themselves to embrace some of the personal interests of their staff. Any effort to outlaw such interests, like the use of company computers for fantasy football, is shortsighted. 

Read on for more on how to make NFL season a win-win in the workplace.

Football fans’ prayers were answered when the NFL season kicked off last Thursday. But for employers, the return of the season brings a fair amount of angst as it leads to a marked decrease in focus on their teams. (By some estimates, fantasy football costs $13 billion in lost productivity.)

So what’s a manager to do? Embrace the season, and set boundaries (but not too many). 

If companies really want to retain their best workers, they should train themselves to embrace some of the personal interests of their staff. Any effort to outlaw such interests, like the use of company computers for fantasy football, is shortsighted. 

Read on for more on how to make NFL season a win-win in the workplace.

9 Keys to Dealing With Depression in the Workplace

An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffer from depression. It’s time to do something about this. Here are nine tips to help your company and your most precious asset, your employees, deal with depression:

1. Make your business a great place to work.

2. Understand subthreshold depression.

3. Know how to offer help to a depressed employee.

4. Help educate employees on self-care.

5. Make use of National Depression Screening Day.

6. Promote the Employee Assistance Program.

7. Be inspired by eco-therapy practices.

8. Use full-spectrum light blogs.

9. Use the depression calculator.

Read on for more insight into these nine tips on OPEN Forum.

How Texting Damages Businesses

"Text messaging can lead to serious employment issues, including lost productivity, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims," says lawyer David Reischer, COO and founder of LegalAdvice.com. “A small business should have an employee-texting policy and make efforts to enforce such a policy.”

Read on to learn about what your company texting policy should have.

The Management Mistake Everyone Makes (and How to Fix It)

We know, we know: You’re incredibly busy, and your team is supposed to help you meet the goals you’ve set to keep your business operating like a well-oiled machine. But don’t forget: Your team is made up of people, not robots. If you find yourself barking orders more often than not, there’s an easy fix:

Set up individual, once-a-week check-ins with each of your employees or, if your company is too big for that, with each of your direct reports. If you dedicate 30 minutes every week to meet with each of your team members, you’ll be able to guide them as needed and stay on top of what’s happening with them on the work front.

Read on for four more ways to fix common management mistakes.

Everyone knows that work meetings can be the worst. At best, they’re an effective use of everyone’s time and efforts, but really, how often does that happen? Thankfully these five rules for productive meetings will make everyone a little happier when they see a staff meeting on their iCals.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday. 

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, announces a management move for the innovative company that heralds the end of bosses as we know it. 

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, announces a management move for the innovative company that heralds the end of bosses as we know it

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

Seems like Americans aren’t happy on the job: apparently 70 percent of the American workforce is disengaged on the job, according to a Gallup Poll. To cut down on high turnover and low productivity, many businesses are investing in their company culture to keep their employees happy, according to a recent LinkedIn article. And it seems like the more out there, the better:

1. Video Game Day
We run a remote company with more than 50 employees, so finding a time to have everyone just hang out is rare. Therefore, we implemented a video game day when everyone can come together and play online. So far, it has been a great success and really helpful with inter-division communication.
-Liam Martin, Staff.com

Read 14 more “crazy company culture perks that paid off” on LinkedIn.

Seems like Americans aren’t happy on the job: apparently 70 percent of the American workforce is disengaged on the job, according to a Gallup Poll. To cut down on high turnover and low productivity, many businesses are investing in their company culture to keep their employees happy, according to a recent LinkedIn article. And it seems like the more out there, the better:

1. Video Game Day

We run a remote company with more than 50 employees, so finding a time to have everyone just hang out is rare. Therefore, we implemented a video game day when everyone can come together and play online. So far, it has been a great success and really helpful with inter-division communication.

-Liam MartinStaff.com

Read 14 more “crazy company culture perks that paid off” on LinkedIn.