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The Two Minute Warning: Why Two Minute Tasks Don’t Work — The Ascent

The Two Minute Warning: Why Two Minute Tasks Don’t Work — The Ascent | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
“If it will take less than two minutes to do it, then do it now.”

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Science Says You Shouldn't Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week

Science Says You Shouldn't Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? If you're an entrepreneur or small business owner, it's hard not to, but all that extra time in the workplace isn't necessarily a good thing. After a certain point, it can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health, so it's imperative to know when to say no to more hours. 

 

Various organizations and independent researchers have looked at the physical, mental, emotional, and social effects of working beyond the standard 40 hours a week. Notable findings include the following:

Working more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 60 percent jump in risk of cardiovascular issues.10 percent of those working 50 to 60 hours report relationship problems; the rate increases to 30 percent for those working more than 60 hours.Working more than 40 hours a week is associated with increased alcohol and tobacco consumption, as well as unhealthy weight gain in men and depression in women.
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Timesheet Mobile's curator insight, June 27, 2016 4:25 PM

In order to comply with the impending DOL overtime rule change, business owners are going to have to start carefully tracking employee hours. Compliance isn't optional ... and could present a major upheaval, depending on your industry.

 

Turns out, there might be a silver lining in restricting employee hours. According to research sourced by Inc., workers who put in more than 40 hours per week are not only less productive, but also at greater risk for a host of stress-related illnesses.

 

Keep headaches at bay, for both business owners and their employees, by implementing a time and money saving system for monitoring regular and overtime hours. 

Adele Taylor's curator insight, June 27, 2016 8:35 PM
Some very interesting statistics particularly around absenteeism associated with overtime! 
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15 Online Tools for Small Business Owners to Be More Productive

15 Online Tools for Small Business Owners to Be More Productive | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
It's never been easier to be a freelancer but with the perks of working from home and taking on the work you want, comes a different set of complications.

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15 Surprising Tips For Standing Out At Work

15 Surprising Tips For Standing Out At Work | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

We’d all like to shine at work and land that promotion we feel we deserve.

 

But when it comes to standing out, we’ve heard the same advice over and over: take initiative, help others, get involved.

 

It’s time to freshen up that list. The author uncovered 15 surprising and unconventional strategies you can use to take your reputation from lackluster to brilliant:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 18, 2014 2:28 PM

15 surprising and unconventional strategies you can use to take your reputation from lackluster to brilliant.

Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:57 AM

Several surprising tips on how to shine brighter in the workplace.

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3 Weird Ways To Turn Procrastination Into Work-Horse Productivity

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About a year ago I came up against my biggest obstacle in my career as a freelance copywriter. I had just taken on a big name client and I was so excited. “This was it.” I thought, “My big brea…

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Distraction Overload! 7 Ways to Get Back on Track at Work

Distraction Overload! 7 Ways to Get Back on Track at Work | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

There’s a disturbance in the workforce—a lot of them, actually.

You know the ones: the persistent ding of social media alerts, the unending stream of “urgent” emails, the cubicle mate who conducts every call on speakerphone.

 

How can we get any work done with so many distractions afoot?

 

The answer is that most of us aren’t accomplishing as much as we could be. Research from the University of California, Irvine, found that the typical office worker spends only 11 minutes on a task before getting interrupted or abandoning it for another project. And once workflow has been disrupted, it can take about 23 minutes to get back on track, explains professor Gloria Mark, who led the study.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 26, 2016 6:59 PM

Water cooler chit-chat and social media FOMO begone—these hacks will zap office disruptions to help you get more done

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The Truth About Wasting Time At Work - Forbes

The Truth About Wasting Time At Work - Forbes | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

If you look at the standard organizational model, the first thing you notice is that it’s a pyramid. It is narrower at the top than at the bottom. There are a lot of worker bees at the bottom of the pyramid — that’s why the base of the pyramid is broader than the top of the pyramid is. There are fewer managers than employees, and there are a very small number of executives at the top of the organization, calling the shots.

Since the typical organization has lots of non-management employees and only a small number of senior-level leaders, it stands to reason that every minute of a highly-placed executive’s day has great impact. The decisions C-level leaders make have huge ramifications on everything from the company’s stock price tomorrow to the firm’s existence or nonexistence five years from now.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 7, 2016 4:29 PM

What does our obsession with time-keeping at work say about us as leaders?