About a year ago, I gave a talk to a company that was looking for tips about working remotely. Even though the company does technology-focused work and has offices in a few different locations around the world, many of the employees were working remotely for the first time. I kicked off the talk by reminding… Read More 10 Reasons Remote Work During a Pandemic Is Not Remote Work
Five minutes here, two there… it doesn’t add up the same as a block of uninterrupted time. One time management technique could help.… Read More How to Turn Splinters of Time Into Blocks
“We don’t burn out because we work. We burn out because we forget why we work. We lose sight of our goal.” I want to share a short exchange I had with someone online last week. A software developer wrote that line above. It sounds deep. It sounds like he’s getting in touch with his… Read More On Purpose and Burnout
Is having an unlimited vacation policy good for workers? A 2015 study from Lund University says yes (Arevalo and De Jong, 2015). The research shows that employees feel more satisfied and productive at work when allowed to take as much paid time off (PTO) as they need. This particular research relied on self-reported, subjective data.… Read More Unlimited Vacation Linked to Better Results at Work
Collaboration culture leads to burnout, inefficient use of resources, and lower productivity, and few are addressing the problem.… Read More When Collaboration Kills Productivity
Taking time off allows people to refresh and rejuvenate their personal productivity. But what’s the best strategy for how often and how long to leave the office?… Read More Is One Long Vacation Better Than Many Short Ones?
Advocates of work-life balance say to let go of our jobs when we’re not in the office. Is there any truth to it? Does disengaging from work make our time off better?… Read More Do We Need to Detach From Work During Time Off?
Is world news affecting your ability to get work done? Research points to proven ways to recover from stress to stay productive.… Read More Bad News, Self Care, and How to Stay Productive
Productivity and mindfulness are not at odds but rather often support each other. You can and should have both.… Read More Making Peace With Productivity and Mindfulness
Too distracted by political news to focus and get work done? It’s okay. I’ll tell you why. The answer starts with hot dogs.… Read More What 17,600 Calories Has to Do With Your Productivity