Spending time in solitude can help leaders organize their thoughts, prioritize their tasks and reflect on their feelings, writes LaRae Quy. "Alone time invites you to go deeper into who you are and who you want to be," Quy writes.
A driveway mishap caused Jane Perdue to be more mindful leaving the house, but she questions a friend's suggestion that the incident was likely to undermine her self-confidence. "Being cautious is totally different than lacking confidence," Perdue writes.
Boost productivity ahead of a downturn In the burnout age, we confuse volume with efficiency: Over 60% of managers spend 3+ hours a day on administrative tasks instead of managing people. Organizations can produce more with the same resources if they rethink how their people spend their time. Rethink productivity
Costco is opening its own poultry facility in Nebraska to keep its rotisserie chicken prices at $4.99, a move that might be mimicked by others if it is successful. The chickens are valuable because customers who visit the back of the store to buy them may be inclined to purchase the items they pass.
How Interest Rates Impact Marketing Strategy Interest rate volatility is creating uncertainty in the industry over the very thing that drives the whole business model. How do financial institutions adjust to this unprecedented lending environment? Read our article to find out.
People tend to be more persuaded by those who exude confidence in the modulation of the tone, pitch and speed of their voice, according to research by Wharton School professor Jonah Berger. "We should think about situations where that humanizing power of voice is useful, where the persuading power of voice is useful, and make sure to use those features of our voice that can help us," Berger says.
Use the word "now" rather than "but" when transitioning from a piece of positive feedback to an action item, writes Liz Kislik. "It leads to something else, in the more positive future, as opposed to undercutting what came before," she writes.
When wellness programs work, everyone benefits — with a ripple effect across productivity, employee retention rates and general morale. But cultivating a successful program with robust participation rates can easily rank as one of your most daunting challenges. Read more >
If you aren't using the latest social media techniques, you might be losing some top talent to other companies' HR departments. According to a study by the Aberdeen Group, 73% of workers between ages 18 and 34 found their last job via social recruiting. Read more >
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Technology changes and the availability of stable internet connections have increased the number of remote workers in the US since 2008, with many saying they enjoy the flexibility of working from home. Challenges remain, however, including feelings of isolation and ways to effectively collaborate with team members.
Social responsibility, taking care of employees and taking risks, such as having an advertising strategy based on a duck, have been top priorities for Aflac CEO Dan Amos during his nearly 30-year tenure. "If all you're talking about is making money, then I don't think long-term you'll succeed as a company," he says.
Researchers say most of the ice on the moon's south pole is more than 3 billion years old, possibly produced by volcanoes or asteroids, and younger ice deposits may have come from meteorites or solar wind instead. The ice, scientists say, could serve as a source of water or rocket fuel for human visits.