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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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

The World’s Greatest Auto-Reply Message

By The World’s Greatest Auto-Reply Message Holger Reisinger

How far are you willing to go to tell your coworkers that you need some time to concentrate and get your work done? Check out the automated reply one of my colleagues just began using.

Do not cross

I just received this amazing auto-reply from a colleague I just emailed, and I just had to share it: 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

When “One-Size-Fits-All” Management Doesn’t Work

By When “One-Size-Fits-All” Management Doesn’t Work Holger Reisinger

The trend toward increased worker autonomy is a challenge to traditional management techniques. But a simple workstyle-test can help you adapt your management style to get the most from your autonomous workers.

When “One-Size-Fits-All” Management Doesn’t Work

Autonomy in the workplace has been “the next big thing” for quite a while now.

By giving employees more flexibility in how they perform their jobs, autonomy holds vast potential to boost worker satisfaction and help companies earn big productivity gains.

So who could possibly find fault with this workplace trend? Continue reading

The Real Reason Your Coworker Keeps Sending you Emails

By The Real Reason Your Coworker Keeps Sending you Emails Holger Reisinger

New research show us how to eliminate conflicts and increase productivity in the workplace. The key is understanding the different types of employee workstyles in the office to build trust and respect.  

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Have you ever wondered why some workers show up at the office promptly at 7 a.m., while others shuffle in at 9 every day?

Or why some are quick to organize a meeting when others prefer to resolve the issue with just an email or two? Continue reading

Boost Your Productivity by Understanding Your Workstyle

By Boost Your Productivity by Understanding Your Workstyle Holger Reisinger

Increasing productivity requires more than just granting additional autonomy to individuals. It also requires understanding our workstyle and those of our colleagues. Use the Jabra Work Potential Test to explore your workstyle.

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I am a Genius.

And since 28% of us are, there’s a pretty good chance you’re one too.

In this context, Genius is one of four workstyles that describe how we prefer to conduct our work. It’s all detailed in a new whitepaper  that addresses one of the biggest challenges our organizations face today: How we can become more productive at work without sacrificing our happiness and well-being. Continue reading