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Improve Productivity and Work-Life Balance (at the Same Time)

  
  
  
One way to improve productivity.

Everybody wants more productivity in their life—for that matter, everybody wants more life in their life. Since multitasking is impossible, especially for productivity and work-life balance, it may seem that there is no way to achieve both. But in fact—miracle of miracles—this is one of the unicorn-rare instances that it is! You can get everything you need to get done by 5 p.m., and spend more time on your personal life. In doing so, you’ll improve your productivity and work-life balance simultaneously.

Give Me Five! (For the Best Talent Acquisition)

  
  
  
The "Give Me Five" method for employee referrals.

When it comes to talent acquisition and recruitment, employee referrals are one of the most popular ways to find talent to fill desired roles. But instead of simply asking a top-performing employee, “Do you know anybody?” hiring managers could be using a more effective method. TLNT wrote about the “Give Me 5 Names” method, which utilizes a memory stimulation trick called a retrieval tool.

Are You Paying for Bad Hires?

  
  
  
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Bad hires impact more than a company's bank account... they can have tremendous impact on a team's morale and productivity. We asked some of our colleagues about their past experience with bad hires, and here are a few of their responses:

A Leader’s $70K Pursuit for Happiness

  
  
  
employee happiness

Thirty-year old and CEO of Seattle based company Gravity Payments, Dan Price, recently announced changes that will have a major impact on company-wide employee salaries—and their lives. After evaluating his company’s numbers and taking into consideration the cost of living in Seattle, Price increased the minimum salary of his employees to $70,000, while reducing his own by 90 percent to that figure, to help facilitate this change. The CEO and starter of the company got this idea from a Princeton University study evaluating the ideal price of happiness. This study presents a correlation between income and happiness; at $75,000, happiness levels appear to be significantly steady. More than half of the Gravity employees were introduced to higher salaries and are delighted with this announcement. However, an increase in happiness won’t be the only result this effective leader will witness from his generous and humbling gesture.

12 Tips That Spell Productivity

  
  
  
12 Tips That Spell Productivity

Did you know that, on average, you experience an interruption every eight minutes, or that finishing tasks sequentially is more productive than trying to juggle multiple projects simultaneously? 12 Tips That Spell Productivity, a new eBook from Profiles International, lays out tools, tips, and advice so that you can increase productivity effectively, without having to drastically change your daily behaviors. The contents of this eBook include:

Could Apple Have a Rotten Company Culture?

  
  
  
Apple's company culture.

Apple was ranked number 22 (right between QuikTrip and LinkedIn) in Glassdoor’s 2015 Best Places to Work list. “The company received an average 4.0 out of 5 score from employees. A whopping 93 percent of Apple employees approve of the job that CEO Tim Cook is doing, and 78 percent would recommend the company to their friends who are seeking employment.” One Apple employee, who called it the “Paradise of jobs,” said, “Apple offers crazy benefits, and competitive salary. By competitive I don't mean a couple grand more in a year, I'm talking about a 2X / 2.5X salary. This place is a sea of knowledge. Never seen a more dedicated group." But there are at least a few in that group who find Apple’s company culture dreadfully lacking.

Six Leadership Tips for Setting the Example

  
  
  
Effective leadership is leading by example.

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”

-Albert Einstein 

In order to be an effective leader, you must be able to influence those under you. Otherwise, there is no action to your leadership abilities. You’ll never have the respect of your subordinates if you say one thing and act another. You must set the example, no matter how difficult it may seem. This is how it’s done.

Everyday Threats and Motivators of Employee Productivity

  
  
  
What helps and what hurts employee productivity

Have you noticed a slump in office productivity lately? Or  wonder how to achieve a greater output at the end of the work week? Low levels of employee productivity may be the barrier standing in the way of reaching these optimal results. Read on to learn about the threats and motivators that effect employee productivity.

Employee Engagement Falls in 2015

  
  
  
Employee engagement is dropping in US.

A recent Gallup survey found that employee engagement levels in America fell to an average of 31.7 percent in March, down from 32.9 percent in February. According to the report, “The recent drop in employee engagement follows a three-year average high on the measure in February. Employee engagement has only surpassed 33 percent twice since Gallup began its daily survey. At its peak, the rate of U.S. employee engagement reached 33.8 percent in March 2011, followed by 33.6 percent in January 2012.”

Should More Women in the Workplace be a Requirement?

  
  
  
Should women in the workplace be a requirement?

In Germany, women in the workforce received a big legal bump—it is now a law that large German companies give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women. Germany is not the first European nation to pass such a requirement. Norway passed a similar law in 2008, and currently has the highest ratio of women to men, coming in at 35.5 percent female board members. The global progress for more women in the workplace to hold executive seats has been relatively slow—an increase by 1.7 percent since 2009—and most of that progress has been in Europe.

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