Ivan Misner, the networking guru of BNI, says entrepreneurs will never achieve balance. Here's a far better way to maintain your sanity.
The article touches on something we've said all along. Balance isn't possible. Aligning your work, social, and other elements of life is a much more realistic concept. Integrate and lead a busy but complimentary work/life.
By shifting employees from desk to desk every few months, scattering those that do the same types of jobs and rethinking which departments to place side by side, companies say they can boost productivity and collaboration.
For some open plan offices work. For others they do not. How would you feel about your employer moving your assigned desk on a regular basis - telling you where to sit and who to sit next to? Sounding a lot like hot-desking, but without the freedom, this micromanaging in theory could improve productivity; but may be unpopular with employees...
Executive assistants are the best-kept secret of effective business leaders. And increasingly, if they’re unappreciated or overworked, they’re jumping ship.
As the role has developed from what use to be a servant or maid like role (quoted) PA/EA's are now the gate keepers to business leaders. They decide what gets in and what goes out. They're in charge. A great PA/EA can be the central pillar to a business leader. Are you a PA/EA? Are you under valued or fully appreciated?
Unlimited Vacation is a real perk that is slowly catching up. It will have the ability to improve employee happiness and create better workplaces.
Some might say that offering unlimited vacation time to staff is a policy that would be abused. However if staff are measured by performance, as long as staff are hitting targets and meeting KPI's it shouldn't matter how much holiday time they take. This kind of policy will and won't work in some workplaces. It will certainly depend on the workplace culture and ultimately may result in a turnover of current staff who are replaced with staff who better fit the type of arrangement. The idea isn't to pay staff to have the whole year off, the idea is to give staff the freedom to take a break when they most need it. Down tools and relax for a couple of days whenever it is necessary. As long as deadlines are met, targets are reached, there can be no complaints from other staff or management. The idea sounds superb for both parties, win win if you will. Whether it works in action in every workplace is another thing altogether.
THERE'S not a tiara or cape in sight, but Katrina O'Neale is one of the new generation of wonder women saving Australian workplaces.
Working mums can do more, are more productive, can multi-task and are ultimately better employees. That's what this report suggests. "Give a busy person a job to do and they'll get it done" is one mentality.
There’s nothing worse than checking your mobile calendar to find your entire day is booked solid with meetings. What happened to actually doing work?Let’s face it: The workforce has an
Do you need 60 minutes to address the issue or topic? Does everyone scheduled to attend need to? Are you just spending time talking about what you should be doing instead of getting it done?... LONG Meetings Kill Productivity. We like to have short meetings. They're known as a 'Blitz'. Imagine a quick fire round from a quiz game show. Dr Ken Hudson introduced us to the idea (http://www.letsblitz.com/) and in some cases it's perfect.
Are Austalian companies falling behind in work-life balance? Or are we just not being asked the right questions? The research suggests younger employees in small businesses are the happiest and feel as though they're achieving most. Potentially because they have less 'life' (family et al) to be concerned with? Is work-life balance even possible? Ever?...
Idea #1: Concentrate High-Engagement Leadership At The Employee Management Level
Employee surveys consistently show that the single most important factor in employee engagement is an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager. In fact, employees don’t leave companies; they leave their managers. And they’re willing to do this despite tough economic conditions.
According to HR Magazine, engaged employees perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave an organization. So, managers and team leaders need to become expert relationship builders and they need to learn how to nourish and sustain those relationships over time.
VERY politely, one of my colleagues told me to shut the f--- up.
One way to get an office chatterbox / blabbermouth to zip it! - It sounds as though he is also learning a little of what it's like to not be able to get your point across or even be heard. A simple 'sponsor me for charity' concept that might make people think differently about those suffering with mental illness.
The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight—so it’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.
These ideas aren't ground breaking but they are easy to forget or not think about. If you only flick through the pictures with titles it'll be worth it because all 14 make sense, and can make your work days better.
I had the great honor this week to present with Robert Barnes of Fitness Australia this week at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Proud of your office culture? Proud enough to make a video and share it with your boss?... Transparency, communication, and honesty seem to stand out as core elements respected at teamcool's office. Are they the key to a great culture? Is there a 'one size fits all' type solution? How 'cool' is your culture?
"Leaders are born, not made" is a phrase this article hasn't heard. A great breakdown of key attributes and qualities that a leader needs to be successful. Many people who could be great leaders, probably don't realise it. This list may well show them that they have what it takes. Can leadership be learned? Or does a successful leader need to have something inside?...
IT'S no longer just a battle with our ever-expanding waistlines. Australia is on the cusp of becoming a nation of mentally obese.
Australians - and probably others - are becoming mentally obese! Just because you can access the internet any time of the day doesn't mean you should. Plenty of sleep, reducing online activity and interacting more with real people should be a priority for all. Makes one think about how long they're online...
If you want to do your best work distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.
Thoughtful insight. Avoiding distraction is a great way to drive focus. This article makes you think, what could I do with a few extra hours in the morning? (or whenever suits you) - "The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room"
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