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How technology has changed the nature of work

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The face of business is ever changing, with modern technology creating new ways of working, sometimes not for the better. Research suggests the average executive received around 1,000 messages a year in the 1970s, but that number has skyrocketed to 30,000 today. As such, we seem to be spending more time talking and less time […]

Gossip about work affects productivity

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We all know that gossip is a huge time waster that takes us away from the things that are truly important at work. However, new research from the University of Salford shows that moaning about your job is the most likely form of chitchat to affect your productivity. The study analysed the survey data of […]

Work fewer hours to be more productive

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The UK of late seems to have adopted the idea that working longer hours means getting more done. However, new research points to the contrary, according to the World Economic Forum. Researchers at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have learned that working longer hours actually results in a reduction of output. The […]

Managers’ trust issues misplaced on model employees

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Workplace productivity and a business’s ability to monitor personal messages at the office have been in the spotlight lately following a European court ruling. However, productivity firm Nitro has proven that while managers have a lack of trust in their staff, employees are reporting that their personal business is being left at the door. Nitro […]

43% of Americans don’t finish their to-do list

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New research from Time etc, an award-winning virtual assistant service offering professionals access to highly skilled assistants, found that 43% of American workers don’t finish their daily to-do list. More bogged down with menial tasks than ever, the inability to focus on tasks that are vital to their career is resulting in lack of professional […]

Brother launches new scanners to increase efficiency

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Information, communication and technology services provider Brother UK has launched four new models in its ADS scanner range, designed to improve productivity and efficiency of document capture for office professionals with high-volume scanning needs. The new range has network capabilities, meaning multiple users can scan documents such as contracts or extensive paper files, without the […]

Tips for making to-do lists work for you

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The problem with to-do lists is they only tell you what you need to do, not how to do it or in which order. Sometimes a list can even make it harder for you to prioritise. Blogger Shayla Price has put together some strategies to better manage your tasks. The “zero” technique In the Inbox […]

Fuelling efficiency – smartphones save Brits up to 28 minutes per day

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New research carried out by online freelance marketplace, PeoplePerHour has shown that smartphones and their on demand apps help us to save up to 28.7 minutes per day, which adds up to a phenomenal 11,256 minutes – more than seven full days – per year. Smartphones have often been lambasted as a time drain but this new […]

UK productivity lags behind G7 countries

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A report released by the Office for National Statistics today reveals that the UK is falling behind other G7 countries when it comes to productivity. The nation was 18 percentage points behind the average for the major G7 advanced economies in 2014, the widest productivity gap since comparable estimates began in 1991. On an output […]

8 ways to increase the energy of your team

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It might not seem like it this week, but warmer weather is right around the corner. However, your energy levels are probably still suffering at the hands of cold, dark days. But leadership expert Jan Hills has eight tips designed to help you boost the energy on your team. Enhance your relationships While it’s important […]

How fast should you respond to emails?

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Imagine you’re a member of a workplace group asked via email to evaluate an idea. Do you supply your thoughts quickly? Or take time before responding? Your best approach depends on your status within the group, suggests new research from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. “If you’re low on the totem pole, […]

UK workers spend 30% of their week in status meetings

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Clarizen, producer of collaborative work management software, recently announced survey results that show UK workers spend as much as 30% of their working week (assuming a 40-hour week) preparing for and attending status meetings – on average 11.5 hours per week. Preparing for these meetings often takes as long as the meetings themselves. 65% of […]

One for the boss: 4 ways make open-plan offices more productive

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Modern open-plan offices can be difficult to manage. With different generations working in the same space, not everybody will find the layout to be the most conducive to their way of doing things. MashableUK recently came up with four great tips for managers to make their environment more productive. 1 Discuss the office design One […]

Boost productivity with a clean office

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Most people take great pride in keeping their house clean and tidy, but that doesn’t always carry through to the office. Yet the average adult spends more time awake at work than at home. System Hygiene says a clean office can help boost productivity in four important ways. Reducing sickness The average employee loses around […]

How to succeed at work this year

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2016 is well and truly under way now, so it’s time to get serious about your goal to succeed at work. If achieving more is your aim, leadership speaker Cy Wakeman offers some great tips for positive results. Hold yourself accountable The only person that can stand in your way is you. Don’t point fingers […]

Why you should only work for 52 minutes at a time

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The eight-hour working day has long been viewed as the ideal amount of time for people to complete their duties. But new research suggests people should only focus on a task for 52 minutes at a time, followed by 17 minutes of rest. Researchers believe the 52-17 ratio is the best way to deal with […]