Employees today spend too much time collaborating and too little concentrating, which is bad for both them and our organizations. Find out how we can reverse the trend and restore balance to these critical work modes.
You can never have too much of a good thing, the old saying goes.
Or can you?
That’s what I wondered when I saw a news headline stating that researchers found that employees today spend 50% more time collaborating than they did 20 years ago. Continue reading →
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.
Raise your hand if you’re a fan of today’s open office work environments.
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 →
Workers everywhere spend too much time attending business meetings. But maybe there’s a better way. We wonder aloud if a few simpleupgrades to Microsoft Outlook could reduce the number of meetings we attend, while making others more productive and less time-consuming.
To: Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corp. From: Holger Reisinger, SVP, Jabra Subject: Proposed changes to Outlook to improve business productivity
Some of the biggest blunders in history – both corporate and otherwise – can be attributed to the concept of groupthink. Along with new research on the topic come practical new tips for keeping it out of your decision making processes.
Have you ever run across a corporate decision that seemed so mind-boggling that you shook your head and wondered, “What were they thinking?”
Meetings are the corporate get-togethers we all love to hate. For every productive one, it seems there’s at least one or more that are a complete waste of time. Here’s how you can reduce the number of meetings you need to attend.
Every time you return a call from a co-worker, discuss a project with a colleague or conduct a teleconference, you’re participating in an activity that has been moving civilization forward since the beginning of time. But what is collaboration really—and why is it now more important than ever?
I just watched a fascinating video that got me thinking about how we as people work together to solve problems and improve our world. Continue reading →