Wednesday, July 31, 2013

5 Ways to Make Your Computer Work for You - No 1

I don’t know about you, but when I first started work, computers were just arriving in the workplace.  In my job at a large insurance company, four of us shared one computer and we were lucky to use it for five to ten minutes a day!  The screen was black with green text. 

A definite Occupational Health and Safety Risk today!

With computers and smart phones now blurring the line between work and home, everyone is looking for ways to get the max out of technology to allow us to focus on the things we need to do, or more importantly want to do.
In today, blog post I want to share with you the first of 5 Ways to Make Your Computer work for you.
  1. Define Your Time
Rather than open your email as soon as you get to work, schedule time to look at it and deal with any incoming enquiries or tasks.  Focus on YOUR must do’s for the day.  Each night make sure when you leave the office you have a task list of activities for the next day.  Whether it’s electronic or paper based, allocate time in your diary to complete those tasks rather than have your day dominated by the needs and urgency of others requests.  At the end of the day you want to go home satisfied and not feeling like you have achieved nothing because you have simply been reacting to others needs and demands.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Report shows Digital Overload the Nemesis of Productivity

Today's connected digital would has it's positives and negatives.

Enabling people to be connected and working from home is great, but a Workplace Productivity Report authored behavioural neuroscientist and an employment specialist found that 85% of survey respondents found they could be MORE productive at work.

80% of those surveyed said they responded to email at home.

The study found workers fell into a couple of generalised categories, "Early Adapters" and "Constrained Defeatists".

The report indicated the defeatists believed their productivity lack was caused by poor culture or outdated workplace practices, whereas adapters coped well with a 24/7 work cycle and were often employed by progressive organisations.

The report offers several time management tips that whilst simplistic and common sense, perhaps are no longer common practice???

What are your thoughts about technology in the workplace?
Are you in control or overloaded??

Worth a quick read here.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

You're Fired! Not the best start to a restructure...

Today's The Age newspaper reports that the National Gallery of Victoria are undergoing a restructure.
Nothing startling so far, right?

This involved some staff redundancies.
It's business and sometimes these things have to happen right?

Unfortunately for this weeks redundancy recipients, the advice came via email or a letter on their desk.

A simple mistake or have we gone too far to "dehumanise" the difficult task of letting staff go?

What do you think??

Read the Article here

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Finding it Hard to Attract Great Gen Y Staff? Perhaps this is the Key

A recent article in Inc Magazine out of the US suggests that the way Gen Y's think impacts on your ability to retain them.

Want to know how to keep them, take a leaf out of book
Read the e-book I wrote about a visit to Zappos in Henderson Las Vegas

Understanding how Gen Y think and adjusting your offering to suit is the first step to attracting the next generation of employees.

Read the full article here