What is Collaborative Overload?

Research suggests that most managers now spend 85% or more of their work time on e-mail, in meetings, and on the phone, and the demand for such activities has jumped by 50% over the past decade. Companies benefit from greater collaboration through, for example, faster innovation and more-seamless client service. However, along with all this… Read More

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How Do You Get Your Gym Staff to Work Harder?

Here are some quick tips to aid in getting your gym staff to work harder. 1. Show Trust in Them and Their Capabilities Raise your hand if your are micro-manager? If nothing gets done around the gym without your say-so, then you probable are. If you are, then your staff will not be able to… Read More

Do Extra Hours Lead to Higher Productivity?

The simple answer is no. Extra hours do not lead to higher productivity. An analysis of figures from the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries, in 2013 found a negative correlation between GDP per hour and the number of hours worked across member countries. Causation is unclear, it may be that workers in richer… Read More

Production Capacity, Battle & ‘Actual’ Shooting…

“The battle we are now approaching demands a colossal measure of production capacity. No limit on rearmament can be visualized. The only alternatives are victory or destruction… We live in a time when the final battle is in sight. We are ready on the threshold of mobilization and we are already at war. All that… Read More

Does Standing Up Produce Sharper Minds?

Office desks at which you stand are all the rage. Abundant evidence suggests that sitting down for long periods is bad for health, and that working standing up is thus better for you. But is it better for the job? A piece of research just published in Psychological Science by Yaniv Mama of Ariel University,… Read More

Great Bosses: Freebies, Perks & Theory

What makes a great boss? This is list of things managers can do to keep employees happy (apparently), culled from a 2015 survey of office workers, suggest would-be leaders would do well to focus on the freebies rather than the theory. Extra holiday on birthdays. Leaving early on a Friday (when possible, the UK military will… Read More

The Hawthorne Effect & Wearable Technology

Bosses have always wanted to know how to get the most out of their workers. Back in 1924, the big cheeses at the Western Electric Company wanted to find out how the level of lighting, among other things, affected productivity at their Hawthorne Works factory near Chicago. So they gradually reduced the illumination in one part of the factory. Rather to their surprise, productivity rose as lighting levels… Read More