5 Office Design Trends to Boost Happiness and Productivity

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and human resource professionals agree: Office design can increase happiness and productivity. At a minimum, workplaces should be comfortable and functional. At their best, they should be authentic places that help people stay engaged, remain productive and thrive. The 360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace found the most engaged and satisfied workers are also the most

By | March 7th, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

How to Master Time Management and Productivity as a Freelancer

Wondering how to master time management and productivity when you work for yourself? Erin Sturm is one of the many digitally savvy Millennials defining her own career path as a freelancer. A marketing consultant specializing in social media strategy, content creation, and community management, Erin moved to freelancing after the birth of her daughter in 2014. Since Erin freelances for me, keeping my

By | February 14th, 2017|Productivity|

Why Adding Personality to the Office Boosts Engagement

The office does more than provide a place to work — it can also deeply impact your mood and your productivity. Employees who have control over their workspaces are happier, healthier and, ultimately, more productive, says Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., senior research associate at the Institute for Workplace Innovation in Daily Worth. Whether they share an office or enjoy a private office, employees need

By | February 2nd, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

6 Habits of Top Achievers That Can Help You Get an Edge

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, recently came out with a new book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.It’s based on his podcast for which he has interviewed more than 200 world-class achievers, such as Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as athletes, a legendary Special Operations commander and black-market

By | January 12th, 2017|Productivity|

6 Tips to Help You Perform Better Under Pressure

Science proves what we already know to be true: nobody performs well under pressure. Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry finds that judgment, decision-making, attention and performance decline for everyone while under pressure. But, don’t despair. Some people perform better than others under pressure, and these people have a

By | December 6th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing|

Want to Disrupt and Innovate? Here’s a New Framework

I recently attended a SheWorx breakfast event in New York City and learned that if you want to disrupt and innovate, you need a framework. Mona Patel, CEO of Motivate Design and UXHires, spoke about the process she uses as shared in her book, Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think. We all know that following a design process

By | October 24th, 2016|Productivity|

Food Is the Way to an Employee’s Heart

>Small companies are taking a page out the employee benefit playbook of tech companies by providing free drinks and snacks to employees. Silicon Valley has lots of dough to provide free food throughout the day —  including meals— but chances are that’s beyond your budget.  Luckily, you can design a program that meets your budget and is a good investment.

By | October 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Entrepreneurial Motivation to Jump-Start your Week

Hey Entrepreneur — Looking for inspiration to carry you through another work week? Munch on this: I start every workday with 45 minutes of yoga and meditation, followed by writing in my journal. I take time to reflect on recent wins to get amped for the week ahead. This routine sets a positive, productive tone for my day. - Elana

By | October 17th, 2016|Productivity|

Monday Motivation To Jump-Start Your Productivity

Productivity apps, rules or lists what successful people do at the start of each day abound — so why am I adding to the abundance of information already out there? Because the hours available in any given week or year can’t be hacked to create more time! We have the same number of hours in our days and weeks, and in our connected,

By | October 10th, 2016|Productivity|

4 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

According to a Global Coworking Survey, the coworking industry has quadrupled during the last 5 years. Coworking spaces now number more than 10,000 globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas, knowledge, and of course, space. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one for you will depend on your particular working style. Looking for a new place for you and

By | September 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

“Let the Light In” to Boost Happiness + Productivity

Office workers exposed to more light at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois. Other research finds that access to natural light makes employees not only happier, but more

By | September 15th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Why Free Food Isn’t Really About Food at All

Entrepreneurs looking to foster startup culture know a thing or two about great perks like free food. Hoping their "if you build it, they will come" attitude will draw talented rock stars, they splurge on organic treats and beer on tap. But much like families who eat dinner together at home, founders know that food provides more than nourishment: it's a reason to connect. Here's what (free)

By | August 30th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

8 TED Talks Guaranteed to Boost Your Marketing Strategy

Entrepreneurs know that marketing is like exercising regularly: even with solid, measurable facts demonstrating its benefits, there is always a reason to put it off. Money, time and human resources are generally the biggest excuses for delaying marketing efforts, and hiring a traditional PR firm or ad agency is out of reach for most small businesses, startups or other new ventures. But there are things you

By | August 25th, 2016|Productivity|

Want Engaged Employees? 9 Things to Measure in the Office

Disengagement in the workplace, and the $415 billion dollars it costs the global economy each year, has become an outright epidemic. According to "360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace," 37% of employees worldwide are highly or somewhat disengaged at work, with the majority of the others surveyed falling somewhere on the low- to middle-end of the curve. In fact, of the more

By | August 2nd, 2016|Productivity, Workplaces|

Founder Focus: Career Reinventor, Joyce Sullivan: Part 2

Earlier this week we shared Joyce Sullivan's story as a career reinventor. After hearing her story, I asked some questions about reinvention and her work with others seeking a new career beginning. Not only did she answer them, she explained in detail how social media propels these efforts and how you can leverage social to move forward, even if you're

By | March 17th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture|

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