Although taking time off is very exciting, it’s not a great idea to let yourself mentally check out before you’ve left the office. If you don’t prepare correctly, you’ll find yourself with an abundance of phone calls, emails, missed meetings, and questions from colleagues upon your return. To avoid stress when you come back from vacation, we’ve provided a checklist to help you prepare for your departure.
While the standard “eight hours” of sleep rule has been debated by everyone from physicians to kids who don’t like their bedtimes, there is no question that a good night’s sleep positively impacts your life. When you are well rested, you are in a better mood, you are more likely to eat healthier and you are more productive.
Contributed by Julianna Bevan
Employee time management skills have a direct impact on business outcomes and so good leaders should put more emphasis on helping employees improve at it. Some people learn time management skills early in life, which they can draw on at work to be productive. For others to manage their time effectively, they need external encouragement, maybe some training, a conducive environment, and the use of organizational tools. Good leadership can be the instrument of productivity for employees that lack internal motivation. With help, these employees can learn to manage their time more efficiently and start excelling at work.
These are some of my favorite quotes that inspire me every time I read them. In my effort to verify the source of the quotes, I linked to a few interesting pages that delve into the meaning of the quote or otherwise showcase the person quoted.
Contributed by Ashley Andrews
A colleague of mine at our office told me about a breakthrough he had made years ago when he worked from home.
He used to procrastinate a lot during the work day. He’d say, “I’ll just watch the cricket on TV today, and catch up tomorrow”. Then, the next day, there would be another excuse.
Eventually, after a warning from his boss, he reined this in, and stopped procrastinating. Not surprisingly, he saw a corresponding rise in his productivity. This got him thinking about his productivity. Now that he was changing habits, he decided to try to become even more productive. He realized that the less he procrastinated, the more time he gained back and so he started working on better utilizing that time he was gaining.
In offices around the country are bottles of hand sanitizer on employee’s desks and signs reminding employees to wash their hands. Managers tell employees to stay home if they’re feeling under the weather and employees cautiously stay away from anyone coughing or sneezing. Flu season is upon us and nobody wants to get sick. But does avoiding germs really work?
It seems like everyone is careful to avoid germs but everyone is still getting sick. So what gives?