• Want to Get More Done at Work? Do Less
    Some good news for anyone sick of 12-hour days at the office: the key to maximizing professional productivity may not be to work more, but rather to work less. According to a recent study conducted by the Draugiem Group, a social networking company, the average person remains productive for 52 minutes at a time. Using its productivity tracking app, DeskTime, the Draugiem Group analyzed users' time and tasks and found that the most productive 10 percent were those who worked for 52-minute intervals followed by 17-minute breaks, over the course of a workday that often lasted fewer than eight hours.
  • The Art of the (E-mail) Close
    Signing off as "Salty" instead of "Sally." Including 18 line items in your signature block, including your parents' home number. Forgetting that you already pushed "send" on your daily e-mail to your mom, and closing the subsequent e-mail to your boss with, "Love, Sean XOXO." Realizing that upon sending said e-mail to your boss, you accidentally hit "reply all" and thus also sent your hugs and kisses to your entire team. The ways we can bungle a professional e-mail are endless and there is arguably no worse way than how we sign off.
  • 5 Reasons You Need a Mentor – and How to Find One
    After years of training and education, you've finally landed a great position in your field. But no matter how much preparation you've done, a mentor could help your career, and assist you personally, in profound ways.
  • Choose Your Company Culture Wisely
    Corporate culture affects employee behavior. This goes far beyond working hard to get something turned in because your boss wants it yesterday. People's ethical and personal decisions are based in part upon the values of the organization that employs them. Therefore, consider the culture of a company before you accept a job.
  • 4 Tiny Changes That Will Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder
    Many of us live to work, rather than work to live. According to the Department of Labor, the average American between the ages of 25-54 with children spends a whopping 8.7 hours on "working and related activities" each day, but only one hour on "eating and drinking" and two-and-half on "leisure and sports." While you're unlikely to convince the boss to let you cut your day short in favor of spending more time watching TV, you might be able to make a few small changes that boost productivity and get you out the door as soon as possible. Plus, if you take care of yourself, your time at work will be more pleasant.
  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of One-on-One Meetings
    One-on-one meetings are a critical component of communication at the office. It's one of the few moments of the week you get to check in with your employees on both a personal and professional level. As your schedule is likely packed, this half hour or hour is important to make sure your team stays on track -- but the time can fly right on by. So how can you make the most of this time?
  • Top 5 Secrets for Better Productivity
    When it comes to making the most of your time at work, it's not just about choosing the right productivity apps. Truly productive people know how to accomplish more within the constraints of time, space, and resources. With these tricks, you can be everywhere at once -- or at least make it seem like you are.
  • The Power of Introverts and the Benefits and Pitfalls of Group Work
    You've likely heard these adages before: "Many hands make light work." "Two heads are better than one." "The more, the merrier." There is truth in all of these sayings, but there are other, paradoxical truths as well. Extroverts may look forward to group meetings and talking about their progress on the group's project. However, all of this togetherness may be holding the introverts in the workplace back. The most productive office allows people the flexibility and autonomy individuals need to get their work done, and done well.
  • Use This Psych Experiment to Motivate Your Team
    Want to motivate your workers? Let them know they're being watched. This is less creepy than it sounds on the surface: social psychologists have observed that people work harder when they know that their colleagues are paying attention. It's less about being Big Brother, and more about being part of a community. In other words, if you're a manager, simply being engaged with your employees can make a big difference to their productivity.
  • 4 Reasons the 4-Day Work Week Could Be a Disaster
    Like many other American workers, you may be intrigued with the idea of working fewer hours, having more family time, enjoying more relaxation, and pursuing professional enrichment. A four-day work week sounds like the perfect solution, right? The reality of changing up the work week is that it could be very different.
  • How to Motivate Your Team With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    The science of psychology is full of theories about motivation and productivity that are relevant in the workforce today. You can use this knowledge to motivate your team, to increase their productivity, and to have a happy, energetic, and dedicated workforce. Incorporating Maslow's hierarchy of needs is one great way to increase employee motivation.
  • 5 Tips to Sharpen Your Focus and Boost Productivity
    In today’s information-overload age, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain focus on everyday tasks, which can be detrimental to your productivity. Here are a few proven ways to help find your concentration throughout the day.
  • 5 Management Tips: How to Encourage a Better Attitude in Your Reports

    There's a difference between constructive criticism and, well, whining. If your team is doing more of the latter these days, you don't have to stand by and let negativity take over. There are steps you can take to make sure that you still hear feedback but don't encourage aimless complaining.

  • 5 Things That Make a Psychologically Healthy Workplace
    If you have ever torn your hair out wondering if you are going crazy at work, it is just possible that you're OK, and the workplace is to blame. The American Psychological Association recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are most likely to increase your motivation, your confidence, and your job performance. There are five general areas in which employers may pass or fail the psychologically healthy workplace "test."
  • 7 Ways to Facilitate Change at Work

    Most people aren't crazy about change, especially at work. If you like how your company does things, any alteration seems like a potential for disaster; if you don't, well, any situation can always get worse. Add in the unstable economic environment of the past couple of years, and it's no wonder that managers struggle to convince their reports to give change a chance.

  • Kindness Gets You Far in the Workplace
    Ellen DeGeneres appeals to a simple truth when she says, "Always be kind to one another." She doesn't say "at home," she doesn't say, "just when you are at school," and she doesn't say "except when you are at work." It turns out that science is in agreement with Ms. DeGeneres.
  • University President Shares Salary With School’s Lowest Paid Workers
    It’s not everyday that a college president decides to take a $90,000 pay cut for the benefit of low-wage workers. Last week however, Raymond Burse, interim president of Kentucky State University, did just that. His decision sets a new precedent amongst presidents and CEOs to raise the bar on livable wages for employees.
  • Half of Americans Admit to Going to Work Hungover
    For most of us, mornings on weekdays come early -- early enough that even going to bed at a reasonable hour can mean a slow start and a groggy morning. That said, it can be easy to stay up past bedtimes for just one more glass of wine at a Thursday night happy hour, which means an even more groggy and hungover Friday morning at the office.
  • 5 Reasons to Start a Book Club at Work

    We know a lot about our co-workers: what they like to eat and drink, what music they’re into, and what they like to read. In fact, these interests often become the basis of our workplace conversations. Maker of trendy eyewear Warby Parker noted a shared passion for reading amongst employees and decided to make book clubs an official component of the company’s culture. It’s been a win for everyone involved. Here’s why.

  • Workplace Fun Increases Productivity
    There's evidence that people who have fun at work are happier, healthier, motivated, and more productive than their stressed-out counterparts. Who'da thunk it?