Posts Tagged ‘work performance’

4 Workplace Habits to Break By the End of the Year

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

break habitsIn less than two weeks, 2013 will be here. A new year can conjure up an array of emotions: scared, excited, hopeful, exhausted, doubtful—the list can go on. Choose to focus on the positive emotions, and do something beneficial for your work life. Paying more attention to your responsibilities at the office will push you to perform better, benefiting other parts of your life like your health, sleep and relationships.

Creating an efficient work routine will help you achieve your work/life balance goals and improve your workplace attitude. Before you develop your routine, take time to acknowledge inefficient habits that you’ve gotten used to relying on at your organization. Break these habits to plan a successful 2013.

Below are a few examples of habits that will harm your performance. Review the items below, and work hard to break or avoid these office blunders:

Frequent Chitchats

Conversing with your coworkers is not a bad habit. Chatting actually helps build trust and create workplace friendships. However, excessively talking with your workplace colleagues is a bad habit that you should attempt to break. Getting along with your coworkers is ideal, but if you’re missing deadlines or not paying attention to your manager’s requests, you might need to realign your priorities. You don’t have to cut out chitchat all together, but save it for less busy times of the day, such as lunch time or the late afternoon.

Email Obsession

Numerous surveys show that employees receive and respond to a large number of emails each workday. Responding to the different email requests you receive throughout the day can kill your productivity. Email is incredibly important, but understanding the difference between urgent and not urgent will help you complete other tasks that you have on your plate. If a response is not needed immediately, reply back after you finish more pressing tasks.

Stepping Up

Do you feel like you’ve missed an opportunity for a raise or promotion? Instead of lamenting over the fact they you aren’t where you want to be, do something about it. Ask your manager for more responsibilities or find new ways to challenge yourself and make your job more exciting. Only you can really change your circumstances. Work harder and be more helpful. Remember, if your company doesn’t acknowledge or appreciate that you’ve stepped up your game, you might not be at the right place.

Working Too Hard

Eight hours for five days a week are dedicated to your organization. You work hard to create innovative projects, make deadlines and recruit talent to keep your business running successfully. Sometimes you spend too much time making sure the company is running smoothly. Make sure to strive for work/life balance in the new year. Enjoy the other important aspects of your life.

For additional information on strategies to improve your work performance, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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4 Tips to Enjoy the Holidays and Stay Productive at Work

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The holidays are great for celebrating and spending quality time with your friends and family. Many people take extra time off from work during December. People often get so excited about their time off around the holiday season that they take an “early vacation” at work. Don’t slack off during this time of year. Staying alert while you’re still at the office will help you complete tasks so that you don’t return to a mountain of work.

Do these four things to make sure you can enjoy your holidays and not worry about the to-do list you must revisit when you go back to work:

Check Calendars

Don’t let the excitement of the holidays make you forget your work responsibilities. Know your schedule for the next two weeks. Do you have important meetings that you need to prepare for or a project with a looming deadline? Be up to date with your work plans so you don’t miss a beat when you’re away for the holidays.

Check Out Meeting

Be sure that you’ve completed all the projects and activities for which you are responsible. Have a check out meeting with your manager so you both are on the same page about the work items that need to be completed before the end of the year.  Doing this will prevent little fires or less than positive surprises when you return to the office.

Create a New List

Write down all the items you’d like to take care of before you leave for your winter vacation. Be productive during the days leading up to your vacation so that you’re able to complete a large portion of your list. For everything that you don’t finish, create an additional list that you’ll complete once your back at the office. You’ll return to the office with a great start if you prepare before you leave.

Clean Up

Tidy up your workspace before you leave the office to celebrate the season with your loved ones. File away loose paper and put away items that you don’t frequently use. Take out your recycling and empty storage areas. You’ll come back to work with a fresh space that encourages productivity.

For more tips to stay productive and organized at work, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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Keep Workforce Productivity High with 5 Simple Practices

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

People complain that there are not enough hours in their day to complete a laundry list of tasks. Instead of complaining, however, people can make small changes in their workday to have a more productive day, month, year, etc.  Try the five tips below to improve on the job performance:

Don’t Focus on Emails

Answering emails can be a big productivity drainer. Not all of your emails need to be answered immediately. Rather than replying to emails throughout the day, set a specific time during your work hours to answer your mail. Of course you can take time throughout the day to answer emails on time-sensitive matters or from important people, such as your CEO or best client.

The Most Important Is First

If you slept well and had something to eat for breakfast, your productivity level at the beginning of your day should be high. Take on your most time-consuming or labor-intensive project while your energy and concentration are through the roof. Save small tasks for the end of the day when your performance starts to wane.

Use Breaks Effectively

All employees should utilize breaks throughout the day to avoid burn out. Because peak work performance generally takes place at the start of the day, try to save chats with coworkers or updates on your social media sites for late afternoon. Go on a short walk or read a news article mid-morning for a less distracting break near the beginning of your day.

Prioritize the List

To-do lists are great tools to help keep your day organized. But piling too many tasks on your list can affect your productivity negatively. Prevent daunting to-do lists by only selecting items you plan to get done that day. Number each item on the list to prioritize items you’ll do first. Go a step further by allotting a specific amount of time for each task. Complete this process for each day of your week.

Make Good Health Choices

Your energy level each day contributes to how productive you are during your work week. Several factors affect your energy level and good health is the best way to positively shape it. Make sure to get an adequate amount of sleep each night to restore your body for its next day of work. Avoid constantly eating fast food or drinking sugary drinks that deprive you of the energy you need. Exercise multiple times per week to help keep your physical and mental health strong.

For more helpful tips on improving the productivity and overall work performance of your staff, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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3 Ways to Increase Your Staff’s Energy and Productivity Levels

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Have you noticed that some of your employees are running low on energy? Yes, employers have had a difficult time withstanding the economic climate over the past few years, but employees have also felt the pressure. Many workers have taken on more responsibility after seeing their coworkers get laid off. Some are also working longer to keep their company running like there’s a full staff. Doing more work and putting in more hours without significant increases in their pay or positive changes in their benefits can drain the energy of your employees.

The economic climate of the past few years made it necessary for many employers to get the most out of their employees, but doing so may have led to decreases in their workforce’s productivity level and job satisfaction. To keep your employees away from the brink of exhaustion, try these three methods to encourage motivation, increase morale and boost work performance:

Workplace Flexibility

If feasible for their position, allow your employees to enjoy more flexible schedules. When employees need a physical or mental break from work, flex schedules help employees maintain work/life balance, which aids them in completing quality work for your company. For additional benefits from flexible schedules for both employees and employers read our post Employers, Reap the Benefits of Telecommuting.

Employee Recognition

Taking time to recognize the contributions made by your employees will improve their work performance and attitude. Your workers want to know that their efforts are affecting your company positively, so letting them know how they specifically contribute to their organization’s success will raise their morale and company loyalty. For different ideas on how to show your employees you appreciate them, please see our blog post 17 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation.

Ongoing Training

Your employees are more likely to stay with your organization and produce great work if you provide them with opportunities to expand their skill sets. Most employees are eager to learn new methods to streamline their workflows and new knowledge to assist them in completing projects. There are a number of ways you can help your employees reach their full potential. Check some of them out on our blog post Continuous Education Helps You, Your Employees and Your Business Thrive.

For more tips on engaging and energizing your workforce, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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