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August 4, 2016

The Benefits of Fidgeting

If you’re like me, you’re among the millions of American workers who spending hours sitting down at a desk. You’ve probably heard of how sitting in a stationary position for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health even when you’re active outside of the office, and you might have even looked on […]

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February 18, 2016

The Ups and Downs of Employee Autonomy

As a manager, engaging employees on the job is a constant search for balance. You want to praise their hard work and effort, but not make them feel too self-conscious or patronized. You want offer incentives to motivate them, but you also want to hold their results accountable. You want to be flexible and nice, […]

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January 7, 2016

Recognize Your Programmers This Week

January 7 is the 8th annual International Programmers Day, when we take the time to celebrate all the ingenious work programmers do to keep society moving. Whether it’s people who program websites, mobile devices, or backend systems, the technological advancements of the last 50+ years would be useless if it weren’t for their code and […]

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November 10, 2015

Your Employees are More Important Than Customers

I can’t keep plants alive. No matter what I do, it’s either too much water, or too little. Too much sunlight, or too little. If I look at it wrong, it wilts. There was one time when I brought flowers home, and two days later they were dead. Sure, you could argue it might have […]

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November 3, 2015

How to Take a Break at Work

According to a recent study of Staples employees, many of them feel guilty about taking breaks at work other than their lunch break, despite working longer-than-average shifts. Even with 90 percent of bosses encouraging regular breaks and 86 percent of workers agreeing that they make them more productive, more than a quarter of employees neglect […]

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October 14, 2015

Doing More with Shorter Workdays

In America we take the fewest vacation days of any developed nation, work more than 40 hours a week on average, and 28 percent of that time is spent just dealing with emails. We’re spending less time with our families and fewer hours on leisure, and it’s affecting our health and our productivity in a […]

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September 29, 2015

4 Tips for Engaging Teleworkers

A new infographic put together by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s online MBA program takes an in-depth look at telework, and has uncovered some surprising stats about the ever-growing segment of remote workers. In 2015, nearly half (45 percent) of all employees telecommute or work remotely in some way shape or form, and they’re […]

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September 10, 2015

Using Smartphones the Smart Way at Work

When employees use their smartphone at work to play a quick game, browse the web, or check on personal email, it improves their well-being, according to a new study from Kansas State University. Researchers found that allowing workers short respites to play on their phones throughout the day actually creates a net benefit. “A smartphone […]

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August 24, 2015

Getting Gratitude Right In The Workplace

Janice Kaplan’s new book The Gratitude Diaries examines the effects of gratitude in the workplace. She cites a London School of Economics paper that analyzed more than 50 studies that looked at what gets people motivated to work. They found that we give our best effort when: The work gets us interested and excited We […]

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