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What Is the Ideal Office Temperature for Productivity?

The alarm goes off and after struggling to get out of bed, employees are hit with another challenge: What is the appropriate outfit for today’s weather – outside and inside of the office? Not only is office temperature important for employee comfort, but it can also directly affect efficiency. A CareerBuilder survey reported that 53 percent of employees say they …

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Fidgeting at Work?

Fidget toys and other sensory gadgets are continually making waves around the world and in businesses today. Yes, we are also referring to the same ever-so-popular fidget spinners that broke the internet this year and eclipsed $1B in sales worldwide. Although some identify them as toys just for kids, research shows the demand is continually increasing more and more in …

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Tips to Beat the Fourth-Quarter Blues

I’ve got the Fourth Quarter Blues. And no, I’m not talking about the song – although it’s a pretty catchy tune. I’m talking about the all-hands-on-deck, end-of-year, home-stretch kind of fourth-quarter blues. That time of year when the calendar starts to wind down and business teams all around the world are hustling to close one last deal or secure one …

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The Neuroscience of Motivation and How to Increase Motivation

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I’m sure everyone here is familiar with how hard it is to get work done when you’re feeling unmotivated. Call it laziness, procrastination or what have you, when motivation is lacking, work simply can’t be done. It’s easy to write off a lack of motivation as an excuse to partake in laziness, but the cause of our motivation (or lack …

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“The Science of Sound, Part 2” White Paper: Noise in the Workplace and the Promise of Mobile Conferencing

The modern workplace as constantly awash with sound, from the chatter of colleagues to the clacking of keyboards. When focused, complex work is on your to-do list, the last thing you need is distracting background noises preventing your productivity. Noise can be a detriment to efficiency, and if you read The Science of Sound, Part 1, you already know that the …

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5 Presentation Tips from the Experts

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If you want to be successful in the business world, being able to give great presentations is an essential skill that will help you stand out and get noticed for your ideas. Presentations are a great way to provide value and share input with your company. But presentations don’t always come naturally, and even the best presenter still has areas …

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Customer Insights: Productivity Wish List

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Productivity isn’t one-size-fits-all, and to find your productivity sweet spot sometimes requires a bit of experimentation. From productivity “hacks” and time-management strategies to productivity-enhancing gadgets, there are endless ways to up your productivity game. Thanks to advances in technology, there are constantly cool, new gadgets hitting the market that can help streamline your productivity. We recently polled some of our …

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Why You’re Always Late (and How to Fix It)

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When I first started doing research on this topic, I genuinely believed that late people just had total disregard for anyone’s time or that they were terrible at time management. Any Type A person, like me, believes in the mantra, “If you’re not 15 minutes early, you’re late.” And if you’re that person, I bet you have the same preconceived …

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What is Hygge and Can It Be Used in Your Work Life?

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It seems like every day I hear about a new “fad” or lifestyle trend that is guaranteed to make me more productive, mentally healthier and just overall happier. From cognitive tricks to get more done in 90 minutes than you have in 30 days to eating different foods to power you through an afternoon slump, there’s always something to try …

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Productivity and Food: The Proof’s in the Pudding

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Think back to the most productive day you’ve had this week. What are some of the things you remember doing that boosted your productivity? Maybe you tuned out the world with some soulful jazz or took a break and walked around the block to get fresh air and a fresh perspective. But do you remember what you ate? When we …

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Why Working in 90-Minute Bursts is Good for Your Brain & Your Job

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We’ve all been victim to the misery that is the “afternoon slump”. We’ve struggled through the slump, eyes heavy with fatigue, as we trudged to the office coffee pot, hopeful that a sweet cup of liquid caffeine would give us our fix and get us back on task. What if I told you that next time an afternoon slump hits, …

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“Being Busy” is Counterintuitive: Here’s How to Prevent It from Ruining Your Productivity

In our fast-paced, always-on, multi-tasking society, we see being “busy” as a sort of badge of honor. A badge that earns respect amongst your peers because if you’re busy, you’re obviously doing something right. But is “being busy” really all it’s cracked up to be? Staying busy is a necessary evil in most our lives. Most of us feel that …

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Could the Four-Day Workweek Be the Key to Happier Employees and Increased Success?

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As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, and our work culture, which tends to prioritize work over play, has undoubtedly left many of us feeling pretty dull. We all have heard the talk about the importance of pursuing a better work-life balance but, with nearly 78% of American men and 67% of …

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Why is it Harder to Work in a Noisy Office Than a Café?

There are a lot of situations in life that seem to happen with no rhyme or reason. Why does one sock always seem to go missing after a stint in the dryer? Why does my cat wait until I’m nodding off to sleep to sprint all over my apartment and knock things over? Why is it so much harder for …

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Snow Days and Tube Strikes: How Telework Policies Can Save Your Workday

Over the last week, Winter Storm Helena ground transportation to a halt across the United States. From almost three feet of snow in Colorado to slick and ice-glazed roads in Atlanta, the storm has resulted in rolling closures of offices of all industries across the country, and has continued its way up the Northeastern Coast. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, London …

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Pet Perks: Office Pets Improve Productivity and Teamwork

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Dogs have long been named as “man’s best friend” – and for good reason. Their loyalty, trust and overall dedication to their owner forms a bond that rivals even the truest of human companions. But besides being loving companions (and the best thing to grace this earth), dogs can also help you become a more productive, focused and dedicated team …

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Future of Work: Smart Drugs in the Workplace

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You may remember the 2011 movie Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper. With the help of a designer pharmaceutical called NZT, Cooper’s character was able to access 100 percent of his brain capacity, allowing him to become laser focused, helping him become a fast-rising financial superstar. While NZT isn’t a real drug, the scenario of utilizing cognitive-enhancing drugs to be more productive …

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PGi’s Survival Guide to Workplace Zombies

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Far too often employees can fall into a trap of being unmotivated, unproductive and just plain disgruntled with their jobs. These symptoms are a cause of a virus that can easily turn your employees into Workplace Zombies. Learn more from PGi about how to prevent the virus in your workplace: PGi Survival Guide for Workplace Zombies from PGi Step 1: Motivate …

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Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

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Over the last several decades, technology has changed tremendously. I can’t tell you how many times my father has told me about a computer science class he took in college where the computer required punch cards to function (sorry to date you Dad!). Fast-forward and we have artificial intelligence at the palm of our hands, hands-free texting in our cars …

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The Balanced Workspace: The Office Design of the Future

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The open-plan office has long been considered the superior workplace model, lauded for its ability to facilitate communication, idea sharing and problem solving. The popularity of the open-plan office is evident, with 70 percent of U.S. offices currently utilizing open workspace layouts. However, there might be a new office design trend overtaking the American workplace: the balanced workspace. Office design …

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