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According to a report by Microsoft, from 2000 to 2015 the average attention span has decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds — just one second shorter than that of a goldfish. And it’s not just teenagers hooked to their devices who suffer from distractions in the digital age; adults’ focus is waning, too. Mindfulness is one approach mega-corporations like Google, Apple, and others use to spark employee creativity, improve focus and increase productivity.
Next time you attend a meeting, notice how people interact with their mobile phones. Is it appropriate for them to read emails if the meeting is boring? Are those who keep their phones out of eyesight more conscientious about how it influences conversations? What impact does either of these actions have on the meeting’s effectiveness? There is growing interest in better understanding the effects of technology on our social skills. This includes understanding how the digital era affects our mental and physical well-being, including personal happiness.
Innovation has become imperative for companies of all sizes – whether Fortune 500 or “mom and pop” businesses. Skilled leaders ask, “How can we provide something for our customers no one else can? How can our be processes more efficient than anyone else’s? How can we increase employee engagement so they think outside the box?”
Do you ever feel confused about what employee recognition is really all about? I want to help you get unstuck – in fact, I want you to think about recognition in a completely different way. But first, let’s do a quick dive into to the world of employee recognition. Then, I promise to give you a perspective on recognition you might not have considered before.
A good business needs to maximize the use of every tool in its arsenal. However, one major tool often goes underappreciated: the creation and reinforcement of learning communities. Learning communities are one of the most powerful driving forces for change and improvement within a company, and their successful implementation can result in a stronger workforce.
As a leader, you already understand the importance of focus. It’s the reason you’re able to stay on track and make great strides toward achieving your objectives. But staying focused isn’t easy. Every day, new distractions, challenges, problems, and interruptions threaten to derail you from tackling your to-do list. It’s hard to protect yourself from the noise. Focus helps you stay on task so you can meet your objectives.
The months of August and September are often associated with “Back To School. The hard reality is education doesn’t magically stop when you close your textbooks and walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Learning is a lifelong process and continuing education is an important part of professional growth and mental fitness.
In this episode of his Culture Leadership Charge video series – made exclusively for WorqIQ – Chris Edmonds outlines the “state of our workplace cultures.” The data is undeniable. Our workplaces do not consistently validate, engage, respect, etc. team members.
DecisionWise recently worked with a company that was experiencing an annual attrition rate of nearly 50 percent. With over 10,000 employees, that figure was a scary – and costly – number that caught the attention of more than just the HR department. There were obviously misaligned expectations.
One topic I’ve encountered frequently over the past 18 months when talking about happiness at work is a corporate fear that we’re somehow introducing a focus on something soft; it may be something not work-related that might encourage people to be less productive. As anyone who has ever offered a response like that to me will attest, I disagree in the most fundamental way.