Vetter the Online Suggestion Box Ensures Employees are Heard [Interview]

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A major cause for disruption in employee happiness tends to be caused by a lack of communication between management and employees, and workers feeling as though they are disengaged and uninvolved in the way the company is run. To help companies of all sizes ensure employees’ voices are heard, Vetter has designed an online suggestion box.

The online application allows employees to submit their ideas. Others within the company can then login and rate and comment on submissions (which show up as anonymous during this process). Anything with a rating of two stars or higher is vetted. Management can then sort through vetted ideas and get a better understanding of what changes employees might want to make. Employers can also use Vetter to launch Idea Challenges, which alerts employees when the company is seeking out a creative solution to a specific problem.

Co-founder of Vetter Duncan Murtagh, spoke to us about how the online suggestion box can contribute to the overall productivity of a company, and he even shared some of his own productivity secrets. 

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Finally Complete That One Dreaded To-Do

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No matter what to-do list hacks and methods you use, there is always that one task that seems to linger around because you are simply dreading completing it. It’s one of those things that can’t be delegated or outsourced, so you have to complete it yourself (but you really don’t want to!). Scott Dockweiler of The Daily Muse suggested using accountability to finally check-off that one dreaded to-do. [Read more…]

How Disorganization Can Hurt Your Small Business

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This is a guest post by Kevin Flanagan.

If you own and operate a small business, getting organized is vital to the survival of your venture. Disorganization has many hidden costs to your business; Insightly reports that the average worker spends up to half an hour every day trying to locate a client’s information or searching for a lost email, resulting in up to $6000 in annual costs to their employers. If you want to be productive, secure, and efficient, here are some ways disorganization can suck the life from your business and how you can beat it:

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Get More Done With Reward Tasks

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Most of us love the satisfaction of crossing off an item on our to-do lists, however important or mundane the task might have been. But this satisfaction alone isn’t always enough to help us fight off procrastination. Add ‘reward tasks’ to your to-do list to give yourself that extra incentive. [Read more…]

‘Morning Bias’ is the #1 Threat to Flextime

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My colleague Rosemina recently uncovered some unnerving research about how bosses really feel about flextime, and I’d like to highlight a dangerous phrase from the linked research: morning bias.

Last week’s article focused on a study out of the University of Washington which revealed managers have a clear morning bias. The majority of managers felt that workers who started the workday later were less effective and less conscientious, and that “early birds” were more effective and industrious.

The key in the UW study is how closely the employee and bosses’ schedules match. “Night owl” managers were less likely to show morning bias in their evaluations of employees.

Now juxtapose this with earlier research out of the University of Minnesota finding that flextime workers are far more likely to experience slower career advancement or career penalties by prioritizing family first.

The overarching management message to workers becomes clear: Work as I work, or you’ll pay. [Read more…]