3 Productivity Trends Taking Over Modern Workplaces

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The workplace is changing. Management styles are expanding to friendlier, more encouraging tactics, and workplaces are moving to more lateral models. Some find these changes extreme and unsustainable in the long run, while others believe these changes are befitting of the modern world. Below are three trends many companies have implemented to boost worker productivity.

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The Science of Productive Breaks [Infographic]

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A productive day isn’t one in which you push through task after task; this will only lead to you feeling overworked. Instead, a productive day is one in which you are able to complete your tasks well, and end the day with a feeling of accomplishment. The only way to achieve this by filling your day with periodic breaks that help recharge you and keep you on top of your game. The infographic below from Wrike takes a look at the science behind productive breaks.

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Leave Your Laptop at Your Desk for a More Productive Meeting

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When most of us head into a meeting, we bring our smartphones and laptops along. We do this under the premise of taking notes and staying organized, but most of us are really just using our gadgets as distractions from what is usually a boring meeting. But it’s this distraction that is getting in the way of making a meeting truly productive.

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Here’s the Best Temperature for Productivity

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Your work environment has a lot to do with your productivity. Everything from your furniture to your access to windows has an affect on your focus. Even the temperature in the room can hinder your productivity. So, what is the optimal temperature for your office?

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Design Your Office to Maximize Productivity

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Many offices that employees work in today are designed and operated the same way that they were 40 years ago. Long stretches of cubicles, few windows and peering bosses plague these work environments, hindering productivity and innovation. By restructuring your office, you can welcome in a new wave of productivity and possibly a whole new way of thinking. The following tips can help with the process.

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Could You Get Used to a 6-Hour Workday?

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It’s no surprise that many of us work more than eight hours every day. There are deadlines to be met, meetings to attend, and projects to finish up. But sometimes, we must analyze the hours that we work. Are we really being as productive as possible during these long, strenuous days?

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SpeedMedia’s Unique Office Space is Situated in a Historically-Rich Warehouse [Interview]

SpeedMedia's Venice Office

SpeedMedia’s Venice Office — Meeting Area

A unique office design can do wonders for a workforce. It can create a lighter mood, boost creativity, create a culture of engaged employees, and increase overall productivity. SpeedMedia, which specializes in post production, distribution and asset management, took this idea to new heights with their Venice Beach office.

The SpeedMedia office is located in the historic Wachowski Brothers Warehouse, which is where The Matrix movies were filmed. In addition to having a great space just a short walk away from the beach, employees get to enjoy the use of Razor scooters in the office, flatscreen televisions, a fireplace, and an open bar for use during and after work hours.

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Management Styles That Hinder Productivity

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The way a person works has a lot to do with their own habits, their environment and sometimes just their mood. But management style also has a huge impact on employee productivity. Below are a few management styles that get in the way of efficiency in the office.

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Don’t Know How to Design Your Office? Science Has the Answer

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Office design is an important factor in how well people work. Everything from the lighting to the furniture can make or break our motivation, creativity and overall productivity. Thanks to a few scientific revelations, we have a better idea of how the human brain reacts to different aspects of office design. Scott Wyatt, a managing partner at global architectural firm NBBJ (which is responsible for designing the headquarters of Amazon, Google and Samsung), has pointed out a few of the most important aspects of office design.

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How Office Design Can Pump up Creativity

The Big Spaceship Open-Plan Office (Inc.com)

The Big Spaceship Open-Plan Office (Inc.com)

It’s no secret that open floor plans are common in offices around the world. Whether you work in design, IT, or production, collaboration is essential to the success of yourself, and your organization. While open-floor spaces have a bad rep for stifling productivity, they have a few benefits — like allowing employees to easily interact and share ideas.

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Another Case Against Open Offices — Your Time Should Be Your Own

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Open Offices — you either love them or hate them. Lately, it seems more and more people are turning against open office plans, saying they hinder productivity and overall work performance despite the collaborative atmosphere. Jason Feifer, senior editor at Fast Company, is one of those people. He makes a convincing argument as to why open offices are the wrong way to go, but he made one point that really stood out — in an open office you’re time is not your own.

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A Case Against the 8-Hour Workday

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The world is on the verge of a new age, where the 8-hour workday is an idea of the past. More and more organizations are giving their employees the freedom to choose their hours and work during the times that work best for them. One such organization is social media tool Buffer. Co-founder Leo Widrich recently wrote about why he no longer believes in the 8-hour workday.

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