The New Year is here, and it's a chance for Canadian business owners to make resolutions that bolster their businesses and increase productivity in the workplace. With 66 per cent of Canadians owning a smartphone, the easiest way to find efficiencies and optimize your business processes is through mobile apps..
Procrastination is a fact of life. We all do it, and we usually stress about it. Even as we let ourselves become sidetracked with other activities, the anxiety remains. This self-sabotaging behavior not only wastes our time, but research shows it leads to higher levels of stress and lower well-being.
As Canada celebrates Labour Day weekend, there are important questions concerning Gandhi's premise that we must begin asking ourselves. For example, how do we deal with a world of wealth without work? Upon entering an era of ironies, we find ourselves forced to deal with some increasing contradictions -- employability replaces employment, people without jobs, jobs without people, numerous part-time jobs replacing full-time ones, employment numbers going down because people have stopped looking for work altogether.
Why can some people jump into a fitness routine while others just can't seem to stick to it? It's not laziness, because I know many hard-working people that can't stick to fitness. Sometimes it's that the desire just isn't there. But most often people fail because they fail to prioritize adding exercise into their day to day routine.
In the constantly evolving and socially driven society we live in today, the very definition of a workplace has changed. Coworking has become a global movement where work is done outside the confines of a traditional workspace and is instead in a shared working environment either in an office or other public space.
Devora Zack, a leadership consultant for major institutions and organizations, has written Singletasking, a book based on the scientific evidence that multi-tasking is a myth. Her advice: If you want to get something done, just tackle that and nothing else. In essence, what Zack has developed is a practical form of mindfulness.
As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.
I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.
Standing meetings are popular for teams that have status updates. The logic behind a standing meeting is that the longer you stand, the more uncomfortable it gets. In a study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Andrew Knight and Markus Baer discovered that standing teams are more excited, fired up and less protective of their ideas compared to those who sit.
Don't get me wrong, email is both a blessing and a curse, but it needs to be used thoughtfully, in the same way that you wouldn't barge into a conversation in progress and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. It can quickly shift the conversation off-course and simply be off-putting. An email can interrupt in the same way, so you want to use it intelligently.
Small and medium sized companies mistakenly believe hackers will not target them because they are small. The reality is that hackers come in all shapes and sizes. They often target smaller companies without the resources and skills to protect and secure their systems. They sometimes practice with smaller firms before moving to larger companies.
Networking is all about building relationships, but if you're building relationships with the wrong people, you're wasting your time. Think quality, not quantity. ￼Any time I do a speaking gig I make sure I'm either paid appropriately or that the audience is made up of my ideal clients (who end up hiring me and, thus, I get paid indirectly).
Senior leaders of organizations are too engaged, meaning they question change. Although engagement is great, it often leads to reluctance to change and unwillingness to participate in and with the unfamiliar. These feelings are often accompanied by a sense of burnout or tiredness, causing leaders to be very cautious about executive leadership and new initiatives.
Shipley and Schwalbe provide an email exchange example between a lawyer in London, England and a secretary that got published in British newspapers. The lawyer, who specializes in computer law and electronic commerce, had lunch with a secretary at their law firm. The secretary accidentally spilled ketchup on his pants.