Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Difference Between The Lightning-bug And The Lightning

Mark Twain said “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ‘tis the difference between the lightning- bug and the lightning.”  
In business, the difference between the almost right word and the right word can mean a lawsuit or a boycott. 

The Insperity blog talks about the importance of having a company handbook

While a handbook can’t protect you from being sued, it can provide documentation that can help protect you if you are. 


Monday, July 8, 2013

How Office Temperature Affects Productivity

It turns out 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) is most conducive to high productivity work according some research done by the Cornell University.

"At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the workers were keyboarding 100 percent of the time with a 10 percent error rate, but at 68 degrees, their keying rate went down to 54 percent of the time with a 25 percent error rate," Hedge says. "Temperature is certainly a key variable that can impact performance."

Now, before you reach to your A/C to adjust to your temperature, be advised - there is this other study by the Helsinki University of Technology that says the ideal temperature might be closer to 71 F (22 C) - progressively getting worse before and after reaching that temperature.

Now you go.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

20 Quotes to Kick You into Productivity

Ogilvy & Mather put up this beautifully designed, poster quality slideshare presentation.

My favorite quote is...

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out: it's the pebble in your shoe 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How Recruiters Use Social Media

Came across this fascinating infographic about how recruiters use social media.

Key take aways for me... 

Twitter is the fastest way to double network size.

LinkedIn gives your jobs the greatest exposure. 

LinkedIn gets more job applicants than Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Why Little Things Count

I love the art of the finish.

In software, one of the biggest problems I repeatedly see in teams and individuals is the inability to finish what they started.

An understanding of our 2 brain modes could help understand what is going on when you are stuck at that last mile.

The author in the blog post below introduces the 2 modes in which our brain functions and goes on to explain why little things count - in making us feel confident and how that feeling could eventually snowball us into achieving big things.

Read the full post here

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Weird But Instantly Effective Productivity Technique

I came across this productivity blog recently which turned out to be a great find.

I applied the technique of time buffering it talks about to instant effect!

The idea is counter intuitive, but it seems to work.

Before you start doing a task, just stop for 3 minutes.

Do nothing for 3 minutes except run the task in your head. Including the reasons for doing it, the method or the technique. You might think of something that might save you hours of effort.

For me I applied it on one of my projects and it allowed me to find a different (and much easier) "starting point" for my project. In the end the 3 minutes of doing nothing must have saved me hours of time (and frustration) on the project.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Prevent Workplace Litigation - Take the "Mom" Test

Take the “Mom” Test. When all else fails, ask yourself this simple question before you make any employment decision: “What would my Mother think?”

Great and exhaustive blog post about managing and if possible avoiding litigation at your workplace - Top 11 Litigation Tips In The History Of The Universe

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Never Promote Out Of Necessity

Blogging4Jobs talks about how interim appointments are better than promoting someone out of necessity to fill an unexpected opening in a company.

To coax potential out of this temporary recruit...

  • Tell the person what they are doing well. 
  • Tell the person what they don’t know and what it will take to learn it.
  • Tell the person how long the interim appointment will last and what happens when it is over.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

29 Ways TO Waste Time Every Day

This blog post had me cracking up.

We should all have this as a poster on our office walls

My favorites are...

Playing Email Ping-Pong. 

Answering the phone.

Commuting during rush hour. 

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