6 Distractions that Will Never Help You Succeed (and How to Avoid Them)

Succeeding in the workplace, regardless if it is a small home office or a corner office in a skyscraper, requires being able to overcome certain challenges that can trip up even the most seasoned entrepreneur. Here are six of the most common distractions you will encounter and how they can be avoided with relative ease. Continue reading “6 Distractions that Will Never Help You Succeed (and How to Avoid Them)”

How Some Companies are Rethinking Employee Productivity

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For any company, employee productivity is a crucial metric in understanding how efficiently your company is operating. But how exactly do you measure it? Understanding employee productivity isn’t just adding up how many hours are spent in the office. There’s a common misconception that the most productive employees are the ones that spend the most time at their desk. But that’s an outdated notion. In the past, companies were most focused on how an employee could help them. And while it’s important to understand output, you also have to think about it from another angle. How can you help your employees be more productive? Many companies are beginning to experiment with new ways to strengthen their teams. And most of them aren’t conventional.

Open office layout

When you think about cubicles, the first thing that might come to mind is a small little confined space where employees spend a lot of time (possibly being unhappy). While there are some benefits of a traditional closed office layout, more and more companies are doing away with it. Instead, they’re opting for an open office layout. This help promotes communication amongst employees and drives teamwork. It also makes everyone much more approachable, from the employee lowest on the totem pole up to the CEO.

Unlimited vacation.

Unlimited vacation may sound like a dream but for many employees, it’s a reality. Many companies believe that if you treat employees well, they’ll produce more results. Good employees should be rewarded, starting with unlimited vacation. Companies who have adopted this practice have seen that employees don’t actually take more vacation. But the appreciation of having that option is tangible in their work.

Flexible hours.

The common 9-to-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past. Some people work better in the morning and some work better in the afternoon. So why put a timeline on how many hours your employees have to be sitting at their desk? What matters is the work their producing, not whether they’re at their desk by 9AM.

Telecommuting.

The option of telecommuting is becoming more and more popular. With technology, it’s literally possible to work from anywhere at anytime. While it’s still important to meet face to face, it’s not always necessary to be physically in the office. Giving your employees the option to telecommute saves them time and it also saves you money.

360 review process.

One common way to analyze employee productivity is through the annual review process. But many companies do it wrong. While it’s important to understand what a manager thinks of his/her direct reports, it’s crucial to also get a 360 review. Understanding what an employee’s colleagues and peers think can really help you gage the impact they’re making.

The workforce is always evolving and that’s why it’s important for any employer or small business owner to constantly redefine their own practices. What worked a couple years ago isn’t necessarily going to work today. Innovation is always key, even when it comes to employee productivity.

 

 

6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy

ThinkstockPhotos-99509291Many of us are very reliant on a cup of coffee in the morning to get us going. In fact, we might need a couple. But a boost of caffeine only lasts so long and before you know it, you’re in a slump and about to fall asleep at your desk. No matter how organized you are, it’s difficult to be productive if you just don’t have the energy to do anything. Instead of relying on a cup of joe to get your through the day, there are other habits you can practice to help you feel more alert and alive. Here are 6 easy ways to boost your energy:

Sleep well.

One of the most crucial keys to having energy is sleeping well. In order to maintain your health, you should get 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. You should also try to make the most of your sleep. Studies have shown that staying away from electronics an hour before you sleep can help you fall asleep faster. Create an ideal sleeping environment as well, paying attention to things such as room temperature. I tend to function best when I go to bed early and wake up early; you may find different times work best for you.

Take a cat nap.

If you didn’t get a good nights sleep, try to take a cat nap. It’s certainly not recommended to doze off at your desk but if you can, try to take a power nap on your lunch break or in your car. A quick 20 minute nap can help you feel refreshed and refocused.

Get moving.

Even though you might dread cardio, getting even a few minutes of exercise can give you a boost of energy. While this might seem counterintuitive, exercise can really invigorate you. As you get moving, more blood is pumping through your body and your brain releases chemicals that make you feel more energetic and happy. So instead of sitting at your desk watching the clock, get up and get moving.

Eat a healthy breakfast.

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And a cup of coffee hardly counts as a healthy breakfast. Many skip the first meal of the day because they simply don’t have time to prepare anything. But there are many healthy breakfast options that take only a few minutes to make. Next time you’re in a rush, make a smoothie-to-go by blending some green leafy vegetables and your favorite fruits.

Enjoy the outdoors.

As the weather is getting warmer, find any excuse you can to get outdoors. Aside from enjoying the beautiful spring weather, you’ll also get some Vitamin D, which can help with your energy level. You can get Vitamin D right from the sun so try to spend as much time outdoors as you can. Just be sure to wear sunscreen.

Stay hydrated.

When you’re dehydrated, your body tends to feel very fatigued. On top of that, your skin may start to become itchy and look dull. Your body needs water to run properly. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to properly fuel yourself. If you find water boring, infuse it with some fruit.

Energy can be hard to come by. But with these tips, you can get a little boost to help you finish your day.