Tag Archives: Productivity

Email Restrictions: Good Idea But Don’t Hold Your Breath America

Employers are always looking for ways to improve work-life balance for their employees. The objective, of course, is to reduce employee burnout and turnover, while increasing employee satisfaction, productivity and creativity. Some companies have gone the untraditional route, such as Daimler’s “Mail on Holiday program” which gives employees the option of automatically deleting all incoming … Continue Reading

You Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to WHAT?!?!

A year ago, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced plans to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 by 2017, even entry level staffers.  In order to help offset the increased labor costs, Price announced his intention to lower his own salary from $1,000,000+ to $70,000 (he apparently made around $2,000,000 in 2012).  Needless-to-say, … Continue Reading

Telecommuting: Perk or Problem?

As we become increasingly more mobile, telecommuting programs are among the fastest growing benefit for employees. While the term “work from home” may trigger visions of a 24-year-old with a laptop at a Starbucks, the typical telecommuter is actually a 49-year old college graduate. Having an endless supply of caramel macchiatos during the workday may … Continue Reading

Everyone Can Be Replaced: And Maybe Sooner Than You Think

I love a good sci-fi film as much as the next guy, but what happens when the science is no longer fiction?  If you’ve been following developments in the field of computers, you may have seen recent stories regarding how some fairly well regarded individuals, namely Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, think the … Continue Reading

Is Fantasy Football Affecting Your Workplace?

The football may be fantasy, but how real is its effect on productivity in your workplace? A recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an employment consulting firm, states that fantasy football, with an estimated 31 million working-age participants, may cost employers close to $14 billion. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (yes, … Continue Reading

Intimidation: An Attention-Grabber for Coaching Football, but a Flag for Coaching Employees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … football season! In my house, it’s all football, all the time – college football (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday), pro football (Sunday, Monday and Thursday), NFL Total Access, ESPN Game Day etc. My husband and I even watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” a show following the Atlanta Falcons … Continue Reading

Are Smartphone Breaks At Work A Good Idea?

Can You Hear Us Now? While there is no question that employee productivity is a concern for all employers, there is at least one study supporting the notion that short “smartphone” breaks during the workday may not only be inevitable but actually a good thing. A doctoral student at Kansas State University looked at the … Continue Reading

Bathroom Breaks & Decreased Productivity #HoldItIn2WinAPrize

Employers have fairly wide discretion in terms of developing work rules designed to increase productivity and decrease time spent “slacking off.” But, if you believe the reports, one Chicago-based company may have gone too far. Apparently, WaterSaver Faucet Company has been experiencing a decrease in employee productivity. The perceived root of the problem? Excessive bathroom … Continue Reading
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