Move the Needle: Top 3 Productivity Hacks for your Employees

Whether you're working from home or in the office - maintaining productivity throughout the day proves to be difficult for a lot of people. 

Employee productivity is an assessment of the efficiency of a worker or group of workers. Basically, hours worked divided by output. 

How can you increase productivity in a world of distractions?

Here are some game-changing hacks: 

 

1. Implement Time Batching 

Time batching is a productivity system that helps individuals focus on a group of similar tasks during a dedicated time period without interruptions. 

It requires every task to be batched including checking and responding to messages, socializing, social media, meal times, using the restroom... maybe not that. But essentially, whatever time you decide to work on a task means you can only work on that one task. Batching time helps minimize distractions and interruptions for more concentrated workflow and attention to detail. 

To do this successfully...

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The 3 Problems with Today's HR Department

There's a reason we created the HR Sucks brand which includes an Instagram, YouTube, and Podcast. It was a common saying spoken out of the mouths of both employees and employers. How did a department primarily built to drive employee satisfaction and leadership initiatives get here? 

 

What is the HR department? 

Most people know OF an HR department, but a lot of people fail to understand what the HR department does by definition. Capterra defines the HR department as a business unit that oversees employment-related functions such as recruitment, payroll, compensation management, onboarding, performance management, and exit. 

Well here's our first problem - employee satisfaction isn't considered a core function of the HR department. Creating a positive work environment is an after-thought. Based off of this definition, there's nothing wrong with HR as long as the organization has all of their paperwork in order, employees are paid regularly, and they're not...

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History Lesson: What is Labor Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?

You can't wear white after Labor Day - everyone knows that! 

But did you know that Labor Day is among the top 5 paid holidays given by employers?

What is Labor Day? Why is it important? 

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. 

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make basic ends meet. Despite child labor laws, children were still forced to work at fractional wages in order to help support their families. Working conditions were unsafe with no regulations for breaks and sanitary facilities. 

Fed up with this environment, labor unions started to form and organize protests to compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay - notably the 10,000...

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Top 5 Tips to Building a Healthy Company Culture at Home with Your Kids

culture tips work from home Aug 26, 2020

Whew! FINALLY - the kids are BACK. IN. SCHOOL. 

No more interruptions for snacks, the potty, the sound of something breaking, or ninja whisper conversations that you keep falling for thinking they only have one question and you can "shoo!" them away but no they have 10 more questions. 

We are FREE!

Oops, just kidding! 

Kids are now "working from home" with you - don't even call them kids anymore. They're your co-workers now. 

60% of our team members are parents. 

We don't need to run a large-scale study to determine that it's NOT easy to be a great parent and productive team member AT THE SAME TIME. 

As school-aged kids return to school online, here are 5 Tips that will keep you from locking the kids in the closet: 

 

1. Share & Sync Schedules

Like actually write it down on a big board and have them reference the schedule when they have any questions about what to do next. Schedule break times together by blocking out your schedule...

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The First Step to a Winning Culture: Employee Climate Survey

culture data employees survey Aug 18, 2020

Culture, culture, culture. That's all everyone is talking about these days. If you thought the ability to achieve a great and connected culture was elusive before, it sounds down right daunting these days with everyone working from everywhere. 

 

Let's throw out the opinions for a moment and look at some data: 

There is no "one-size-fits-all" program for all companies to ensure their employees are engaged and happy within the organization. Every company is different because each company consists of individuals very different from one another. 

How do you know what your employees want? Ask...

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5 Business & Leadership Books You Should Have Read in 2020

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

What do you do when vacations have been cancelled, webinars are redundant, TikTok has been banned, and there are too many podcasts to keep up with? No, you don't go all in on your LinkedIn personal branding... You read. 

What do today's biggest global leaders have in common? They make it a daily habit to read a good book. 

Studies have proven that reading every day develops you into a better thinker, builds your people skills, stimulates creativity, strengthens analytical skills, and reduces stress levels resulting in improved mental health.

All good things, especially those in the position to lead businesses.

We've put together our Top 5 books that will help your business. 

1. Traction - Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman - this is an oldie, but goodie. Every business should implement an operating system like the Entrepreneurial Operating System described in this book to track metrics, analyze people, and scale. Since being published in...

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Rethinking Company Perks - How to Offer Office Perks at Home

Inquiring minds are asking: is free coffee still considered an employee perk if no one is at the office? 

Gone are the days of weekly catered lunches for many businesses today. So long snack drawers. It was nice knowing you candy dishes with the good kind of chocolate. 

Or do we just need to find a new way to win our employees over in this new work from home era?

Solution: Employee Care Packages 

We've compounded a list of products your employees would love so much they would write you a good review on GlassDoor. We do not endorse incentives for positive GlassDoor reviews... just kidding, yes we do!

1. Snacks. To win most people's affection, it's through the stomach. 

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Reopening Your Business - What You Should Know

As most reopening phases have stalled over the last few weeks, businesses should use this time to determine a re-opening strategy and be prepared when mandates are lifted.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  1. Understanding the Various Stages of Reopening in your County
  • Stage 1: Essential Businesses Only
  • Stage 2: Lower-Risk Workplaces
  • Stage 3: Higher-Risk Workplaces
  • Stage 4: End of Order

      2. OSHA and CDC Workplace Safety Policies

  • OSHA will not inspect home offices
  • Social distancing, telework, amending sick leave policies, alternating shifts, personal hygiene, use of PPE, hazard control, and deep cleaning protocols still need to be considered
  • Deep Cleaning Protocols should be one of the first tasks that an employer undertakes when reopening
    • What needs to be cleaned
    • What needs to be disinfected
    • Frequency of cleaning and disinfecting

SHOULD YOU RETURN TO THE OFFICE? 

  1. Ask Your Employees
  • Create a company-wide anonymous survey asking staff the following...
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How Hackers are Exploiting COVID-19 and What Organizations Can Do About It

by Tim Freestone, Vice President of Corporate Marketing on April 6, 2020

Now that many people are working from home due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), businesses are facing unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. Unfortunately, among many challenges, hackers are poised to capitalize on the crisis by attacking with viruses of their own. Thousands of COVID-19-related websites are being launched by cyber criminals. Tragically, COVID-19-themed domain registrations are 50% more likely to be from malicious actors.

Most of these sites include phishing scams that exploit both consumers and workers who simply want to stay up to date on what’s going on. Directing traffic to these fraudulent sites are malicious email campaigns that use phishing and even social engineering tactics to incent action on the part of the user.

Ransomware is on the rise as well. Recently, a tracking app called “COVID19 Tracker” masked itself as a...

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions per the Department of Labor:

  1. Where do I post this notice? Since most of my workforce is teleworking, where do I electronically “post” this notice? Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.
  2. Do I have to post this notice in other languages that my employees speak? Where can I get the notice in other languages? You are not required to post this notice in multiple languages, but the Department of Labor (Department) is working to translate it into other languages.
  3. Do I have to share this notice with recently laid-off individuals? No, the FFCRA requirements explained on this notice apply only to...
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