The Secret to Spending Less time in Meetings

By The Secret to Spending Less time in Meetings Holger Reisinger

Want to spend less time in meetings – and more time actually working? Join the club. A startling new finding about today’s open office environment may help reduce the time we spend meeting with colleagues.

 The Secret to Spending Less time in Meetings

 Raise your hand if you’re a fan of today’s open office work environments.

Anyone?

From the gum-snapping colleague next to you to the blur of activity to the all-too-frequent “got-a-second?” interruptions, open offices are the places we love to loathe.

So it’s probably too much to ask for us to completely embrace this vast, teeming expanse of coworkers. But recent research does show that open offices may spare us an annoyance we find equally tiresome. Continue reading

Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse

By Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse Yves Dupuis

Those owning or working for a SMB do truly exceptional work. And with more than half of Americans falling into this category, Small Business Week showcases and honors the efforts made by these people. But what makes SMB talents tick?

Small Business Week: Finger on the SMB Pulse

Jabra appreciates the contributions of this dynamic community and decided to join in the fun of this year’s Small Business Week. Throughout the week of April 30th, we conducted daily Twitter polls (@We_are_Jabra) to learn what inspires SMB workers. From where they concentrate best, to the tools they utilize and the challenges they face, we were treated to an eye-opening experience. Here are some of the key takeaways! Continue reading

Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press

By Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press Holger Reisinger

Despite reports to the contrary, there’s little to fear – and much to gain – from the new way of working known as “Work from Anywhere.”

Why “Work from Anywhere” Got Bad Press

The headlines were worrying:

“Beware of the Dark Side” to working from anywhere!

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Will “Work from Anywhere” Die Before It Even Gets Started?

By Will “Work from Anywhere” Die Before It Even Gets Started? Holger Reisinger

Just barely in its infancy, the powerful new way of working known as “Work from Anywhere” is already under threat – from the very things that make it possible.

Will “Work from Anywhere” Die Before It Even Gets Started?

Hooray! We’re working from anywhere these days.

But how long that lasts is anybody’s guess.

“Work from Anywhere” (WfA) may be today’s hottest business concept. You probably know it by one of many other names, including telecommuting, working remotely, work-from-home, work-on-the-go and others. By any name, it’s all the same: Organizations give their employees wide latitude to do their jobs from anywhere they’d like.

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Today’s Hottest Workspace? It’s All Around Us!

By Today’s Hottest Workspace? It’s All Around Us! Holger Reisinger

Our workspaces are changing like never before. These days you’re as likely to find workers toiling away from the airport, a coffee shop or the kitchen table as you would from an office. Let’s look back at the rapid transformation of the workplace.

Today’s Hottest Workspace? It’s All Around Us!

I have bad news for corporate architects, space planners, furniture manufacturers and hardware and software companies everywhere.

The days of putting us in boxes, either literally forcing us to collaborate from tiny cubicles and uninspiring conference rooms or stereotyping us as desk-centric or road warriors, are coming to an end.

And not a minute too soon. Continue reading

How to “Heat Map” Your Office to Greater Efficiency

By How to “Heat Map” Your Office to Greater Efficiency Holger Reisinger

An analytical tool used by retailers, webmasters and football (soccer) clubs may help us configure our office spaces for added employee efficiently. The proof is right there in the red, yellow, green and blue hues.

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If you’re a football fan, you’re probably familiar with heat maps. They’re splashy TV graphics that show where on the field players spend their time. They’re also powerful analytical tools to help webmasters optimize a site depending on how people’s eyes scan it or guide retail planners on where to place promotions around the store floor.

As useful as heat maps are to coaches and shopkeepers, they may be equally important to our organizations.

Now before you think I’ve completely lost my mind, let me explain. Continue reading

9 Simple Tricks for Being More Productive at Work

By 9 Simple Tricks for Being More Productive at Work Holger Reisinger

In knowledge work, being productive is all about making the right decision and then taking effective action. Here are nine tricks for improving productivity through better concentration, collaboration.  

9 Simple Tricks for Being More Productive at Work

You’ll never guess one reason U.S. President Barack Obama cites for why he’s so productive at work.

Because he wears only blue or gray suits.

Sounds crazy, right? Continue reading

The Website that United the World (and Made Collaboration Cool)

By The Website that United the World (and Made Collaboration Cool) Holger Reisinger

Forget about ancient monuments, modern superhighways or space exploration. The world’s most impressive collaborative effort is right at your fingertips. Find out what it is and why it’s revolutionizing how we share information and solve problems.

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“What is the greatest collaborative effort in history?”

It sounded like a simple question. But for a few moments, it had most of us in the “New Ways of Working” team stumped.

As we went around the room, most cited one historic achievement or another: The pyramids. The London Underground. Space travel.

As we got near the end, the youngest on our team, sitting quietly in the corner, spoke up. Continue reading

Understanding the Pitfalls of Working across Cultures

By Understanding the Pitfalls of Working across Cultures Holger Reisinger

Cross-cultural teams offer outstanding new perspectives and fresh insights – as long as you avoid the pitfalls. Here’s how to avoid embarrassment in a cross-cultural environment and how to recover if you make a blunder.

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My first experience with my employer was a memorable one, to say the least.

I had just been hired and was anticipating my first videoconference with my boss. Even as a German who would be working for a Danish company, I hadn’t given much thought to any cultural differences between us.

Having prepared all morning, I positioned myself behind my desk and initiated the call – I couldn’t believe my ears. Continue reading

Please Interrupt Me… So We Can All Get More Work Done

By Please Interrupt Me… So We Can All Get More Work Done Holger Reisinger

Interruptions are a fact of life in today’s open offices. But are all interruptions necessarily bad things? We’ll take a look at how some of them are actually vital to increasing our productivity.

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 “Make yourself available!” … “Make yourself available!”

The words still ring in my ears. They came from my childhood football coach as he desperately tried to get a group of oblivious youngsters to watch where the ball was being played—and be ready to receive it.

I got thinking about Coach’s words while reading some interesting research about interruptions in today’s open offices. In a nutshell, scientists can’t seem to agree on whether interruptions are good for our productivity or bad. Others weigh in with a qualified “it depends,” based on the context. Continue reading