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The Amazing History Of The To-Do List--And How To Make One That Actually Works

The Amazing History Of The To-Do List--And How To Make One That Actually Works | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Put down that pen and paper and read this first. Bonus: the real to-do lists of Ben Franklin and Johnny Cash.
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Great piece on why you should be making lists, and how to make them more efficiently.

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One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get)

One Thing Employees Need (But Rarely Get) | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

If you want to be considered a great employer--and you certainly should--providing your employees with higher pay, better benefits, extensive training, and greater opportunities are definite factors.

The problem is you might not have the resources to do all that.

That's okay. You can still be a great employer, because one thing you can give your employees is more important.

Self-respect.

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Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace | Learning in the Social Workplace

Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace | Learning in the Social Workplace | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

That was one of the findings of my recent anonymous survey on how people learn best in the workplace, and even I was surprised by the results. But I think the biggest take-away from my survey is that we can no longer assume we know how people like to learn in the workplace nor how we think people should learn. So in this blog post, I want to share the data from my survey, some of my thoughts about the results, and the importance of undertaking your own survey.

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SETH GODIN: If You're An Average Worker, You're Going Straight To The Bottom

SETH GODIN: If You're An Average Worker, You're Going Straight To The Bottom | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Differentiate yourself now, because we're in a "forever recession."...

 

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Balancing Act — Mindful Living — Utne Reader

Balancing Act — Mindful Living — Utne Reader | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

Why this is only happening now is beyond me! But it has to start somewhere, sometime. I'm glad it's finally happening.

 

"When companies promote work-life balance for low-wage workers, everyone wins. 

 

A small group of Chicago clothing retailers is challenging convention by offering their low-wage, mostly part-time workers a list of perks normally reserved for management: flexible hours, time off when needed, and a locked-in schedule of shifts that allows workers to plan a full month, rather than a few days, in advance."

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Start the New Year with Progress

Start the New Year with Progress | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

To get yourself and your team off to a good start for the new year, focus on progress. Our research discovered that fostering progress in meaningful work is the most important way to keep people highly engaged at work — even if that progress is a "small win."

 

We call this phenomenon the progress principle; it works because people want to feel that they are contributing to something that matters. The new year presents a great opportunity for managers to put the progress principle into action.

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Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012

Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012 | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

Stop: 

1. Responding Like a Trained Monkey

2. Mindless Traditions

3. Reading Annoying Things

4. Work That's Not Worth It

5. Making Things More Complicated Than They Should Be

From the author "Eliminating these five activities is likely to save me hundreds of hours next year — time I can spend expanding my business and doing things that matter. What are you going to stop doing? And how are you going to leverage all that extra time?" 

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Finding the Right Employees

Finding the Right Employees | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

"With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates than ever before. They want prospective workers to be able to fill a role right away, without any training or ramp-up time.

 

Bad for Companies, Bad for Economy


In other words, to get a job, you have to have that job already. It's a Catch-22 situation for workers—and it's hurting companies and the economy."

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Transition to Telework - Chier Learning Officer

Transition to Telework - Chier Learning Officer | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Chier Learning OfficerTransition to TeleworkChier Learning OfficerWhen implemented strategically, telework and other workplace flexibility solutions can drive organizational performance and help realize cost savings and operational efficiencies —...
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Growing Gap Between What Business Needs and What Education Provides - Forbes

Growing Gap Between What Business Needs and What Education Provides - Forbes | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
There are all sorts of reasons to get an education. It gives you perspective on the world, it makes you a complete person, and of course most importantly of all, it helps you build a career.
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Webinars are better, but not yet best

Webinars are better, but not yet best | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

"Most webinars paid scant attention to instructional design. Consider what you have seen or done recently. Is this true of webinars today?

 

* Their purpose is sales and marketing, not learning and performance.

* They succeed by casting a broad net, not focusing on narrow, tailored needs.

* They are about telling, not reflecting, doing or collaborating.

* They are one and done, not systems that reach into the workplace to educate, support or inform."

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The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.
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HR transformation in global business | Deloitte Canada

HR transformation in global business | Deloitte Canada | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Read about the market forces and trends that are likely to influence business strategy (and HR transformation) in the months and years ahead.
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Seth's Blog: The reason productivity improvements don't work (as well as they could)

GTD, 18 minute plans, organized folders... none of them work as well as you'd like. The reason is simple: you don't want to get more done. You're afraid. Getting more done would mean exposing yourself to considerable risk, to crossing...
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Everything You Need to Know About Office Email Etiquette | Video | Entrepreneur.com

Everything You Need to Know About Office Email Etiquette | Video | Entrepreneur.com | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it
Our Esquire Guy columnist offers his advice on key technical matters relating to email and not ruining your life.
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12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

There are ways to be even more efficient, more search-savvy. 

 

-- To those who wonder if Google is making us stupid, Russell has a pithy response: “Plato said that about books.” -- 

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» 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) Learning in the Social Workplace

» 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) Learning in the Social Workplace | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

Great diagram on the 5 Stages of Workplace Learning by Jane Hart @C4LPT

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Internet 'may be changing brains'

Internet 'may be changing brains' | Workplace Performance | Scoop.it

Social network sites may be changing people's brains as well as their social life, research suggests.

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