Articles about Productivity

Health

Why your cold can feel worse in the summer

The reason why your summer cold can tend to feel worse than a winter cold is more psychological than biological, experts say.

News

Survey: 44% of CFOs say employee social media use is biggest time-wasting worry

44% of CFOs surveyed say that employers are most worried about "wasting time at work" when it comes to workers being on social media.

Office Life

3 ways to handle employees who constantly have an excuse

Being around employees who always make excuses can be tough, whether you're a coworker or the boss. Here's how to handle them.

Self-Help

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face: Be your own best advocate. Live for tomorrow. Meet in person in our digital age.

Stress

Keeping calm under pressure according to a NASA flight director

NASA flight director Paul Hill explained his strategies for staying calm when his job stakes elevate, and his tactics can easily translate to other industries.

The Whole Human

4 soft skills you should have mastered by age 30

Soft skills are related to the interaction between two or more people and speak volumes about your ability to be a leader.

Salary

16 signs you’re underpaid – and what you can do about it

You might be underpaid: Here are some signs that your salary is too low and you ought to ask for a raise, as well as steps to do it.

The Whole Human

FOBO is secretly ruining your life – here’s how to escape it

FOBO: the fear of better options. So how do you make the drawbacks of this decision fatigue disappear, you ask? It's easy.

Productivity

6 ways to use music to increase your productivity

Whether you’re using it to pump you up to work out when you’re tired or to unwind for a better night’s sleep, music is a powerful motivator in many different situations. According to the team at Brain.fm, functional music — which has specific characteristics — can also be ultra-helpful when you want to stay focused at work.

Productivity

7 tactics to help you keep engaged at work in the heat

It can be really difficult to motivate yourself to tackle a mountain of emails when your get up and go, has got up and gone – to a beach, with a sangria in one hand and an ice-lolly in the other.

Career Advice

The truth about 3 great career tips that you’ll never hear

Three great career tips that you will never hear — they are simple, but very important, if you want a career built around what is meaningful to you.

Morning Routine

You make or break your life between 5-7 a.m.

I didn’t understand how important my morning routine was at the beginning of my mission. But it quickly became very apparent.

News

Tired at work? Try out this new nap pod lounge

When you work in an office that may be an impossibility. Enter the rise of the nap pod service for employees seeking a relaxing break from office drudgery.

Office Life

How to recover when you get someone’s name wrong in an email

Messing up someone's name is so embarrassing. But with the number of emails that find their way into our inboxes every day, it's probably happened to you.

The Whole Human

15 tiny ways to have a much better day

A day is just an ordinary day. We live so many of them. Sunrise to sundown, these days can feel long as hell. And these days can also feel so drudgingly slow, like they’ll never actually end. But what does it look like for an ordinary day to feel so damn full?

Creativity

How to stay creative in a sea of corporate boredom

Very few people think they are creative. Most believe it’s a magical gift which is bestowed upon the smartest, wildest, or best looking. Not true.

The Whole Human

10 bad habits that might actually mean you’re smarter than you think

Here are 10 formerly bad habits, that might actually be good for you, and may even mean that you’re smarter than you think.

How To

Accelerate your learning curve with these 5 practical tips

I firmly believe there’s a difference in the way we learn. You can spend 10,000 hours doing something and learn nothing.

Job search

5 pre-interview rituals you can do ‘the day of’

When there are hours leading up to your interview, what can you do to prepare and make the most of your remaining time to get in the right headspace?

News

Survey: ‘Entitlement’ is the top complaint about intern performance

Recent data from Korn Ferry shows that 37% of working people think "entitlement" is the top "intern performance dealbreaker."

Leadership

The power of self-awareness: How to build successful teams

Let me show you why self-awareness dramatically affects how your team collaborates, communicates, and performs. And how to benefit from it.

News

Survey: Driving is the worst in this American city in 2018

Research has found that adding 20 minutes to your commute is like receiving a 19% pay cut. Driving in these cities definitely won't make it any easier.

Leadership

What to do when being a manager isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

What do you do when you find out the hard way that your new position as a manager might not be for you? Here's how to approach the situation.

Office Life

Study: Open office plans cause us to ‘socially withdraw’

Research shows that open office plans can result in workers to "socially withdraw" – retreating to their desks and the privacy of the internet.

Meetings

Here’s how many people can be in a meeting before it’s unproductive, according to Harvard

Meetings are at peak production level when there are fewer people involved — specifically, no more than eight, according to Harvard Business Review.