Competent, capable people who have worked hard to get where they are sometimes suffer from "imposter syndrome." This normal phenomena can have disastrous results if you don't recognize it for what it is, and learn how to deal with it. Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back.
A new study gives hope to everyone who's ever surreptitiously checked their personal email or slain a few swine in Angry Birds on the company time. Far from being a distraction, the research suggests, occasional smartphone usage seems to boost productivity.
Nowadays, it's hard to say where work starts and your personal life ends. Is it possible that bringing more of your weekend activities to the office could actually improve your working relationships and productivity?
If you’ve recently made the transition to working from home (or are considering it), you may find that one of the biggest challenges is staying productive. It’s easy to get distracted in your own space. The TV is just right there with an entire season of Say Yes to the Dress you haven’t yet binged-watched, as is the novel you’re currently devouring. When distractions start eating up your working hours, it’s time to take yourself in hand and change how you do things.
If we all cranked up our music at work, everyone's productivity would suffer. But in small doses and at reasonable volumes, music can be extremely beneficial in the workplace. Different types of music have different influences on our behavior and productivity.
We have so much advice to sift through, when it comes to achieving work-life balance. One expert says to get a hobby. Another advises us to stay positive, or to cultivate friendships. While the rest of us are focusing on these things, it seems the office grump is better at his job -- even though he probably doesn't care what any of the experts say.
Negative people obstruct productivity in the workplace in a handful of ways. Their pessimism serves as a buzzkill when, every time you suggest an idea or improvement, they say, "No, that will never work." Complaining and gossiping at the office undermines morale, which also undermines productivity. If you can't get away from these folks, you need reasonable strategies to deal with them.