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The Impact of the Hawthorne Effect on Productivity at Work

The Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect) refers to a phenomenon whereby individuals improve or modify an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed. In other words, it refers to an increase in worker productivity produced by the psychological stimulus of being singled out and made to feel important.

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Unorthodox Lunch Breaks

Can A Lunchtime “Quickie” Improve Your Productivity at Work? Sweden Thinks So

Put „sex“ in a headline and it is guaranteed to go viral. This is why when an obscure town council member of a small Swedish community proposed that government workers be allowed to go home and have sex during their paid, one-hour lunch breaks the news went global. Yet there is a bigger, more important…


Toxic Team Members – Watch Out For These Productivity Killers

We love to hate teams. Yet they are a workplace way of life. One of the difficulties with teams is the clash of personality styles that inevitably happens as a group of people brainstorm, problem-solve and draft reports together. A good team leader can manage most groups to productive ends, but some team members are…

Productivity Tips

Increasing Productivity: Tips to Work Smarter, Not Harder

It’s 6 p.m. and you are still sitting at your desk with a myriad of remaining tasks. Even though you arrived to work early and worked through lunch, there still wasn’t enough time. If you want to increase your productivity, think about why there may be a lack of productivity in the workplace.

6 Ways You Can Improve Productivity and Morale - At The Same Time

5 Ways You Can Improve Productivity and Morale – At The Same Time

Office life is often a punchline – we picture a sea of gray cubicles, endless meetings, and a complete lack of motivation. This is the stereotypical “daily grind” facing most members of the workforce. With such negative connotations, it’s no wonder that so many employees lose their drive. But it’s up to you as a leader to reignite this spark, and push your team to achieve. It’s no easy task, but with a little enthusiasm and support, you can improve productivity and the morale of your team. Try these five tips and watch your team skyrocket to succeed.

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‘Green’ beats ‘lean’: Plants in offices boost productivity

New research has found that ‘green’ offices with plants make employees happier and more productive than their lean counterparts. Researchers found that enriching an office with plants could increase productivity levels by 15%. The study, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, is the first of its kind to assess the long-term impacts of plants in an office environment.

Going off the Grid!

Permanent Availability on the Job

Being available at all hours is extremely important for many companies, but does this mean that employees have no right to switch off? Why shutting off your Smartphone and going “off the grid” should be allowed. Honestly, was it necessary to send that last email on Friday at 9:17pm? Could you not have sent that…

The most wonderful time of the year…

Holiday Etiquette in the Office

This is the soppy time of the year when you have the chance to let people in your life know how important they are to you: family, of course, friends, for sure and … office colleagues? Yes of course for networking and then the next senior position or promotion. OK, also so that you can breathe…

Inspiring TED Talks

Happiness, Success, Intelligence – These 3 Ideas Will Change Your Career

Why are some people successful? Why do some come back stronger after failure and others do not? And, how can you adjust the parameters for your own success? Here are three groundbreaking insights from science that will change your entire career. The secret of happiness at work Success makes you happy? No, says psychologist Shawn…

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