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Featured May 2015

Flexibility: The Key to Happy, Productive Employees

By Jeremy Unruh

Jeremy UnruhEmployees that are as excited about work as the Seven Dwarfs were (whistles and skips included), might be too high of an expectation. It could happen, with a cup or two of coffee, but it’s not likely. Fortunately, what bosses want in an employee is simple: strong work ethics, desire to perform well, ability to work with others and alone, and the necessary skills to get the job done. When these people come along, you want to hold on to them. Part of that is, aside from a full coffee pot, understanding and respecting their need for a work-life balance. Not only will it help retain those valuable employees, it increases productivity.

Happy employees are more likely to perform at top levels than those who struggle with maintaining work and life responsibilities, as well as enjoyable downtime. Abused keyboards, fading interest, and valuable company time lost to day dreaming, could all be signs of an unbalance work-life relationship. According to a 2014 report by the Council of Economic Advisers, 52% of workers believe their work performance would improve if they had a more flexible schedule. The same report says 49% of parents have passed on jobs because they saw as a conflict with their family responsibilities.

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Book Review: Rookie Smarts by Liz Wiseman

By Diane Byington Ph.D.

Diane Byington Ph.D.Are you new to your job and feeling out of your depth and overwhelmed? If so, you probably have more to offer than you realize. In a rapidly changing world, being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. According to author Liz Wiseman, the willingness to learn can be more valuable than mastery, and rookie smarts is often more beneficial to an organization than veteran comfort.

Wiseman doesn’t suggest that experience is a bad thing. Nobody wants their airline pilots, or their bridge builders, or their concert pianists to be rookies. But, while experience provides a distinct advantage in a stable field, it can actually impede progress in an unstable or rapidly....

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From the Archives

5 Activities for Team-Building Outside of the Office

High-performing teams don’t just happen. They require cultivation. The right people with the right skills, the right habits, good communication. And trust. Trust is one of the most important components to a well-functioning team. One way to grow it is through team-building exercises....

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