Happiness at work, the key to productivity?

According to a study from the University of Warwick in England, the productivity of employees who feel “happy at work” is 12% superior to that of their colleagues.

But, what does it mean for an employee to be happy at work? And how can companies cater to that sentiment of happiness?

Before going further, let’s define “happiness at work”.

“Happiness at work involves safety and health in an organization run by competent leaders as well as a community of workers who feel that their work is meaningful and useful, and represent it as a factor in supporting the management of their lifestyle” – Definition from the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO).

Value and implicate employees

Before even thinking about introducing services such as daycare, organic canteen and yoga classes, it is, therefore, necessary to cultivate a corporate culture that implicates and values each employee, no matter their hierarchic level. This recognition can be formal or informal: sending a simple email or a thank you card to an efficient employee, granting additional days off, celebrating a birthday or sending congratulations following a wedding or the birth of a child… There are plenty of ideas.

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Work Overload: Managing time with the Eisenhower Matrix

Most companies experience periods of increased activity, either punctually or recurrently. Even though the expression “work overload” is often associated with a negative connotation, it should be acknowledged that periods of work overload are an integral part of the natural work cycle. What matters the most is learning how to cope efficiently by optimizing time-management and productivity. The Eisenhower matrix appears to be an unavoidable tool to achieve this!

Work overload: first cause of stress

Although work overload can be the consequence of an increase in the company’s activity (each team member must redouble their efforts to effectively carry out the tasks attributed to them), it can also be a direct consequence of a decline in activity (the company is in crisis and all of its players have to work more with fewer resources).

work overload and stress management

These periods of work overload, often unavoidable, have a direct effect on the stress levels and, therefore, managers and employees’ time management system. Studies have shown that work overload is one of the main sources of stress in the workplace.

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Procrastination: Harmful or necessary?

“Question: What is a procrastinator’s busiest day? Answer: Tomorrow.” 

At one point or another in life, despite our good intentions, we all face procrastination. This voluntary act of constantly postponing a task has been around since the beginning of civilization and most people know the feeling of pulling an all-nighter to finish a piece of work due the next day.

Maybe you are even procrastinating right now while reading this article (but that’s okay, we are happy to have your attention 😉 ).

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The reasons behind procrastination

To understand the science behind procrastination, it helps to think about the self. Reality is, when a person procrastinates, they think about their present self and their future self. The present self is the one faced with the task but a procrastinator attributes the said task to the future self because of its non-urgency.

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5 Quotes for focus and productivity

No matter what walk of life you are from, whether successful or not, every now and then, everyone needs some inspiration to keep pushing forward and stay on top of their goals. Sometimes, reading the right words at the right time can provide the necessary motivation to remain focused on what needs to be done. Isn’t that the recipe for productivity, and therefore success?

Because quotes can be powerful teachers, let’s take a look at 5 quotes from some of our favorite experts on what productivity means to them and their secrets to achieving it.

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Conquer your time with the Pomodoro technique! [Infographic]

“Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to productivity and time-management, the Pomodoro technique has been around for quite a while. Several years ago, it was even named the most popular productive technique by the weblog Lifehacker.

What is the Pomodoro technique, you ask?
Let’s break it down.

Pomodoro

In Italian, Pomodoro means tomato. But in reality, this technique has nothing to do with food. In fact, the Pomodoro technique is described as a time-management approach, used to help people focus on a single task, and it promises to increase productivity. Created by Italian developer and entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, this approach came to life because, during his studies, he was having a hard time staying focused on a single task and managing distractions productively. So, he decided to challenge himself and try to focus on tasks for short periods of time, thus avoiding giving into procrastination.

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How to have a successful conference call

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen the viral video of Professor Robert E. Kelly whose live BBC News interview gets interrupted by his two children – in case this is news to you, we have a copy of the video for you. 🙂

Even though this video ended up being loved by many because of its realness and the adorable kids, there are a number of tricks that could have prevented this.

With all the ongoing technological improvements, video conferencing has slowly inserted itself into our lives and has become a common way to communicate in a professional setting, whether it is for a client meeting, an interview or just to stay in touch with colleagues who are working from home (or vice versa). A video conference call is different from a regular call because it helps you stay meeting focused and organized, brainstorm and find solutions to problems instantly and create a better connection with your interlocutor, but it is just as important. Whether you are a professional or not, chances are that you have already had to take part in a conference call, at least once.

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5 books recommended by experts to increase your productivity now!

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Constant learning is essential to daily growth and improvement. Many are the ways to brush up on one’s skills in order to keep their knowledge fresh and up to date. Even the most experienced experts need help when it comes to their productivity levels. Books are one of the greatest ways to keep learning new things or improve build up on what we already know.

I have therefore selected a list of 5 books recommended by experts to help you improve your efficiency and, as a result, your time-management and productivity as well. 

1. Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity by David Allen

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This book appears on every productivity must-read list. David Allen has been an executive coach and management consultant for 20 years. In this must-read, he introduced a simple and effective personal management method that has revolutionized the world of business. The GTD (Get things Done) method is a framework that you can use and adapt not only to your business but also to your life for improvement. It helps you get control over your life by categorizing all your tasks into through five main stages of mastering workflow. He shares his methodology for each of these stages and explains the benefits of this method on both your personal and professional lives. He also talks about the importance of relaxation for a productive life all around.  

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention that it deserves”

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