Productivity

  • There's Only One Person To Blame When You're Unproductive

    There's Only One Person To Blame When You're Unproductive

    By Robert Half International Most likely you were drawn to your profession because it enables you to use your skills, knowledge and talents to their maximum potential. But if lately you feel as though you're standing still or stuck in a rut, it may be time to step back and evaluate your situation. This type of... Continue Reading

  • Employees Tracked With 'Productivity' Sensors

    Employees Tracked With 'Productivity' Sensors

    By Vivian Giang The idea of having employees walk around with electronic sensors to track their every move is unsettling. There are privacy and legal issues, and who wants to feel like they are just a cog in a system? But data companies say that the resulting reams of information will improve life for companies... Continue Reading

  • Memo To Bosses: Stop Treating Employees Like Children

    Memo To Bosses: Stop Treating Employees Like Children

    For more than a decade now, I've struggled to define what fuels the most sustainably productive work environment -- not just on behalf of the large corporate clients we serve, but also for my own employees at The Energy Project. Perhaps nothing I've uncovered is as important as trust. As much as employers... Continue Reading

  • Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

    Workers Don't Share In Companies' Productivity Gains

    Companies are making substantial gains in productivity but aren't sharing much of the gains with workers. Continue Reading

  • Stop Having Pointless Meetings: 3 Tips

    Stop Having Pointless Meetings: 3 Tips

    By Susan Ricker How many meetings does it take to get a project done? No, this isn't the opener to a bad joke. Meetings can often seem like a waste of time, with the only benefit being the occasional box of doughnuts. Martin Murphy, author of "No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will... Continue Reading

  • 6 Apps That Increase Your Productivity

    6 Apps That Increase Your Productivity

    These six apps are guaranteed to increase your productivity and maybe even help save your sanity. Continue Reading

  • 4 Ways Your Mind Plays Tricks On You

    4 Ways Your Mind Plays Tricks On You

    By Susan Ricker There may be a bigger roadblock to your workplace productivity than the voice in your head telling you to play solitaire. It's that notion in your brain, called cognitive bias, which makes you confused, uninterested, wrongly informed or ignorant. A cognitive bias, or a pattern of inaccurate... Continue Reading

  • The 10 Professions That Drink The Most Coffee

    The 10 Professions That Drink The Most Coffee

    By Susan Ricker Nothing is more motivating than the aroma of fresh coffee floating through the air. It's the invigorating scent that confidently says, "We're going to get this done today!" and starts streaming energy through you. Like getting to work on time and finding no long list of emails to tackle, a... Continue Reading

  • Worker Productivity Up By 2.2% In Q2

    Worker Productivity Up By 2.2% In Q2

    By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON – U.S. companies got more output from their workers this spring than initially thought, especially as the pace of hiring slowed dramatically. Rising productivity can boost corporate profits. It can also slow job creation if it means companies are getting more from their... Continue Reading

  • How People Goof Off When They Work From Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

    How People Goof Off When They Work From Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Many workers are eager to work from home, and more employers are accommodating them. But what do these workers actually do all day? Are they as productive as the rest of us toiling away in our cubicles? Well, maybe not. A recent survey asked work-from-home employees if they do non-work activities. Many... Continue Reading

  • Most Distracted, Least Productive Workers: Middle-Aged Women?

    Most Distracted, Least Productive Workers: Middle-Aged Women?

    Researchers asked 19,803 employees: During the past four weeks, how often have you been at work but had trouble concentrating or doing your best because of ___. Continue Reading

  • U.S. Workers More Productive, But Hiring Down

    U.S. Workers More Productive, But Hiring Down

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. companies got slightly more out of their workers this spring after scaling back on hiring. The modest 1.6 percent annualized gain in productivity from April through June signals employers may need to hire more if demand picks up. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the increase... Continue Reading

  • Workers Log An Extra 16 Days A Year, Gobbling Lunch At Desk

    Workers Log An Extra 16 Days A Year, Gobbling Lunch At Desk

    It's no secret that Americans are working longer and harder than ever. Now, a new poll shows more of us are forgoing the lunch hour and opting instead for a quick bite huddled over our keyboards. A recent survey of workers found that 62 percent of those with desk jobs typically ate lunch at their desks. The... Continue Reading

  • 4 Time Management Tricks Used By The Pros

    4 Time Management Tricks Used By The Pros

    By Ritika Trikha If your current time-management system involves five-hour energy drinks or three to four cups of coffee per day, it's time for a change. But cutting back on your work is likely not an option: In this competitive job market, taking on more responsibility and exceeding expectations is a given if... Continue Reading

  • 10 Most Common Ways People Waste Time

    10 Most Common Ways People Waste Time

    By Alison Green Working from home might sound like a dream come true when you consider the prospect of having no commute, working in sweatpants, and doing laundry in the background. But it isn't easy; it takes discipline and structure, and it's not for everyone. Continue Reading

  • Why Goof Offs Get Ahead At Work

    Why Goof Offs Get Ahead At Work

    People spend vast amounts of time on the Internet. They watch the latest cat videos, check Facebook, etc. It's not exactly productive, per se. But I want to make the case that the things you think are big time sucks -- like reading the Fail blog -- are not the real causes of wasted time at work. A few years... Continue Reading

  • You Thought Cubicles Were Hell? Try 'Open Plan' Offices

    You Thought Cubicles Were Hell? Try 'Open Plan' Offices

    By Kelly Eggers It sure sounded like a good idea. When Tuft and Lach Law, a small law practice in St. Paul, Minn., opted for open, shared office space, they didn't expect to hate it. After all, numerous academic studies have shown that workers are more productive in open offices and, in the trend-setting... Continue Reading

  • The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

    The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

    Working overtime doesn't increase your output. It makes you stupid. Many of us still imagine that the more we work, the more productive we are. For over a hundred years or more, this has been deemed nonsense. Continue Reading

  • A Boss Speaks: Why I Give All Employees Flextime

    A Boss Speaks: Why I Give All Employees Flextime

    "What time do you want me to start work?" That's the question a new hire recently asked me. She looked a little startled by my reply. "I don't care." But it was the truth. I didn't care-and I never have-what hours are kept by the people who work for me. You could say I'm the opposite of a control freak,... Continue Reading

  • How Successful People Get The Most Out of Conferences

    How Successful People Get The Most Out of Conferences

    The blogosphere is full of productivity tips. Some are ridiculous, and some are good. One of the best ideas I've come across? Do not take conference or convention swag. Ever. Stick with me here. I realize that perusing the exhibitors' halls at conferences is like the adult version of an Easter egg hunt. And... Continue Reading

  • 168 Hours To A Career Breakthrough. Yes, You. Yes, Now.

    168 Hours To A Career Breakthrough. Yes, You. Yes, Now.

    During troubled economic times, we usually focus on people who are out of work. But that's not the only labor market problem a lousy economy causes. Because new jobs are hard to come by, people stay in jobs that aren't getting them anywhere or that they've outgrown. As a result, it's easy to feel stuck. Continue Reading

  • How To Get A Job: Work For Free

    How To Get A Job: Work For Free

    By Jennifer Alsever FORTUNE -- For decades, George McAfee, a sales and business development expert in the tech industry, simply dialed a buddy when he was ready for a new job. So the 66-year-old executive got a big shock a couple of months ago when he sought his next gig. McAfee found himself making... Continue Reading

  • March Madness Office Pools: Distraction Or Diversion?

    March Madness Office Pools: Distraction Or Diversion?

    Does anything bring together the workplace like the office pool during March Madness? The annual rite of the Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four has a unique way of giving the American workplace a collective pastime as colleagues compete to fill out the most accurate bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball... Continue Reading

  • Meeting Hacks To Fire Up Your Productivity

    Meeting Hacks To Fire Up Your Productivity

    By Jaclyn Schiff Have you ever been stuck in a meeting that just makes you want to scream from boredom or frustration? Like lift your butt-off-the-chair-and-roar type of thing? The good news: meetings don't have to be that way. The maybe not-so-good news: you have to be bold enough to actually do... Continue Reading

  • After Super Bowl Sunday, Lost-Productivity Monday?

    After Super Bowl Sunday, Lost-Productivity Monday?

    In the lead up to this year's Super Bowl XVLI, fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots likely devoted some of their work time discussing or analyzing what is arguably America's premier sporting event. Yet employers are likely to see the greatest impact on productivity today -- the day after the... Continue Reading

  • Does The Food We Eat Affect Workplace Productivity? [Infographic]

    Does The Food We Eat Affect Workplace Productivity? [Infographic]

    Feeling logy after lunch is a phenomenon many office workers frequently experience. The afternoon doldrums may be the result of a lack of sleep the night before but inadequate nutrition is also a factor. What we eat -- or don't eat -- plays an important role in our ability to be productive on the job. A lack... Continue Reading

  • Productivity Up In Summer While Labor Costs Fell

    Productivity Up In Summer While Labor Costs Fell

    By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. workers increased their productivity over the summer by the most in a year and a half but the gain was smaller than initially thought. The Labor Department says productivity rose at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the July-September quarter. That was slower... Continue Reading

  • 1 In 3 Employees Use Their Work Devices For Holiday Shopping

    1 In 3 Employees Use Their Work Devices For Holiday Shopping

    The holidays are a time when the office becomes a little more fun. The particularly festive worker may spruce up his workspace with tinsel or other holiday paraphernalia. And all offices will of course have their party. But when it comes holiday season at the office, it's not all eggnog. Or at least not for... Continue Reading

  • Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall

    Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall

    By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. workers increased their productivity this summer by the largest amount in a year and half, and they cost their employers less. The trend is good for corporate profits but not necessarily for job growth. The Labor Department says productivity rose at an annual... Continue Reading

  • Workplace Frustration Is The Enemy Of 'Employee Engagement'

    Workplace Frustration Is The Enemy Of 'Employee Engagement'

    There are lots of buzzwords bandied about to refer to employees and their ability to be effective on the job. One of the current batch is "engagement" -- the amount of enthusiasm and interest workers bring to the job. High levels of work engagement, the thinking goes, means a productive and happy... Continue Reading