Putting Laughter Back in the Workplace

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In the world of business, people aren’t laughing enough. Between meetings, approaching deadlines, and noisy coworkers, it seems like laughter has all but disappeared from our lives. It’s time to make a stand and bring laughter back. After all, laughter has been proven to boost happiness, creativity and productivity.

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3 Ways to Make Your Workplace More Productive

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Many of us spend over 40 hours a week at work. The majority of us work in an office where there are distractions that can hinder our productivity. Lisa Evans recently wrote a piece for Fast Company about the productivity decline that is taking places in offices around the world. Whereas the office used to be a place to get things done, it has developed into a mix of meetings, conferences, and general inefficiency. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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These 3 Words Are Killing Your Productivity

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There are three little words that kill productivity, especially if you work in a traditional office. These words cause endless interruptions, distract you from your work, and can often throw your entire day into disarray. And it all starts when a coworker arrives at your desk and says, “Got a minute?”

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France Wants to Limit After Hours Work Emails

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France is working toward ensuring its citizens have a solid work-life balance by limiting work emails and phone calls after hours. Labor unions and corporate representatives have agreed that workers have the opportunity to disconnect from all remote communications tools. This means that 250,000 employees in consulting, computing and polling firms would not be required to check email or take phone calls after regular work hours.

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Productivity Hacks From Super Successful People

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Max Nisen of Business Insider recently talked with some of the worlds most successful business people about how they maintain a productive lifestyle with so much on their plate at any given time. The following three productivity hacks rang true to me, and I think they can help you become a more productive person as well.

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Your Smartphone is Killing Your Productivity

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Smartphones are great for many things. They are little computers we can fit in our pockets and help us keep in touch with friends, family, and the many on-goings around the world. But they aren’t so great for your productivity. Below are three examples of how smartphones are making us inefficient.

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Company Tracks Employee Fitness to Boost Workplace Productivity

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A London analytics company is forcing their employees to participate in an experiment in which a myriad of apps are used to monitor every aspect of their lives. And, if they don’t want to participate they get shown the door.

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Small Businesses Turn to Outsourcing to Increase Workplace Productivity

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Small businesses especially are beginning to see the benefits of outsourcing and hiring freelancers rather than hiring new full-time employees. This tend is becoming more popular and, thanks to technology, it’s become so easy to turn to independent contractors. Michael Alter, the president of SurePayroll, recently shared his thoughts on business trends with Inc..

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March Madness Cause of Major Productivity Decline

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If you’ve got an office full of sports fans, expect a major decline in productivity. A recent survey from RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Company found that workers will be spending a lot of time and energy on the college basketball finals.

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Maximize Productivity With These Tech-Savvy Tips

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As humanity has progressed and grown, so have our technological abilities. The days of face-to-face meetings and faxing documents seem so far behind us. Thanks to technology, we can now work more efficiently which leaves us more time for the things we love to do. If you want to increase your productivity at work, consider implementing some of the tech savvy practices listed below.

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You Are What You Eat at Work [Infographic]

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What you eat at work has a huge impact on your productivity. If you eat fatty and greasy foods, you’ll find yourself feeling more lethargic and sluggish in the afternoon. However, if you eat the right foods, you’ll get an energy boost and a spike in your productivity. The infographic below from Target Logistics displays the types of foods that will be beneficial to your work day.

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Demotivation: The death of Productivity

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With the percentage of people who dislike their job being over half, it is likely that you don’t wake up each day and race to work with a smile on your face. Moreover, it is possible that you may know someone who is a disengaged worker, meaning they are present at work but absolutely hating every minute of it. As a disengaged worker, productivity is low and work quality is at a minimum. But what causes people to experience these feelings? Below are four reasons you may be disgruntled with your job, and some solutions to sidestepping these discouraging practices.

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Typography Desks Put Life Back into the Office Cubicle

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To make an open office work, you have to veer away from the traditional, soul-sucking cubicle and opt for something more eye-catching. Working in a space that is aesthetically pleasing will help to boost productivity and creativity much more than a dreary and plain space. Enter the typography desks from designer Benoit Challand.

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Do Open Offices Actually Kill Productivity?

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We hear it all the time. Open office space fosters creativity and innovation through increased communication amongst employees. Employees who work in open-office settings are happier workers, etc. According to a recent piece in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova, this may not be the case.

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