Productivity

COVID-19 almost instantly reshaped the traditional workplace. Then employees realized that if they were working remotely anyway, why not be near distant relatives or on the beach? As the pandemic continues, companies field daily requests to make temporary remote working permanent, and to allow employees to live anywhere while working from home. From the extreme
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In this episode of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast, the acclaimed researcher and thought leader talkw with Kevin Oakes, the head of the world’s leading HR research firm, the Institute for Corporate Productivity, about his new book Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company. From Brené: The best playbooks are a combination
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Fervently hoped-for COVID-19 vaccines are making their way to frontline workers and beyond, but many business leaders remain undecided about their organizations’ policies on vaccinations for employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Data from The COVID-19 Vaccine & The 2021 Workplace, a new pulse survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), shows that corporate decision-makers
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Takeaway: In her book Time Smart, behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans digs into the fascinating relationship between time, money, and happiness. While making more money is an easier goal to chase, Ashley’s research shows that making time-first choices ultimately leads to greater happiness. Time Smart outlines strategies to do just that, including tactics to save us time
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Takeaway: Three rituals to close out 2020: conduct a year-end productivity review; create an accomplishments list; and write down what you’re grateful for from the year past (it’s easier than you think). Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 46s. If 2020 were a building, it would have been a big ol’ funhouse mansion, filled to the brim with twisted artifacts: mirrors that reflect back on one another,
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Takeaway: This year, try giving yourself a non-material gift. Three ways to do this: think about something in your life that’s missing; look at the habits you want to pick up again; and take your vacation days or use up your benefits. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 57s. Podcast Length: 15 minutes, 17s (link to
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It finally happened. Market-watchers and technophiles had long assumed a bigger company would eventually buy Slack, the independent chat and collaboration platform with the rabid fan base. Several days ago rumors surfaced that Salesforce was going to be that buyer, and on Tuesday, December 1 it was made official: Salesforce is buying Slack for more
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With the early 2020 publication of Next practices in Holistic Well-Being: The Performance Advantage, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), detailed its pre-COVID research into workforce well-being.   Conducted in late 2019 and available to the public, the study confirmed that 86% of large organizations (those with workforces >1,000) offered at least some benefits or
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Between the global pandemic, outcry against systemic social injustice and brutality, and the drawn-out U.S. election results, we can all point to macro sources of stress that have left us totally exhausted. The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), in collaboration with Professor Rob Cross, has been studying the myriad impacts of 2020, to include looking
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i4cp is excited to announce Insights from Marshall Goldsmith, the newest section within our Coaching Knowledge Center. The #1 ranked executive coach in the world, and Chairman Emeritus of i4cp, Marshall will periodically share his esteemed leadership insights with i4cp members. Current resources include: Coaching for Behavioral Change The 20 Bad Habits: Challenges in Interpersonal
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If it wasn’t obvious before, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of organizational agility.  Indeed, the ability to anticipate, adapt, and act on change is no longer a nice-to-have. And as the Institute of Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) research has consistently revealed, an essential component of agility is establishing and fostering a culture of continuous
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Takeaway: Before switching between tasks, take three deep breaths. It’s a super simple way to reset your focus and set a quick intention for what comes next. Three techniques you can try: box breathing, the 4-7-8 technique, and the 5-5-5 breathing technique. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 28s. Podcast Length: 14 minutes, 21s (link to
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This year has delivered an abundance of opportunities to develop new skills and new business strategies in response to the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, shifting work practices, changes in our personal lives, and many other challenges.   After years of focus on learning and development research at the Institute for Corporate Productivity
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Many of us in the U.S. were forced to celebrate Thanksgiving from afar this year, isolated from friends and family. Unfortunately, that same sense of isolation is felt by millions every day. For years we have been supporting Best Buddies International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation experienced
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Takeaway: To take a coffee nap: drink a cup of coffee and then immediately nap for 20-25 minutes (depending on how quickly you fall asleep). You’ll wake with a boost from both the nap and the coffee—and the effects of caffeine are actually stronger after a coffee nap. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 47s. Now
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Takeaway: It’s common productivity advice that you should begin each day by “eating a frog”—doing the hardest thing on your list. I find it even more helpful to begin each morning with the task I’m proudest (and most relieved) to have accomplished. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 18s. There’s a common bit of productivity advice that suggests we begin
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Takeaway: Last week I challenged you to go as many days as possible without charging your phone. Some practical tips to help you do that (especially during this anxious time): rethink which jobs you hire your phone for, rearrange your home screen, take advantage of your phone’s many modes, and opt to get news alerts from a
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Takeaway: This week, try going three days without charging your phone. Or, if you can’t stomach that idea, try two. Estimated Reading Time: 44s. Could you make your phone’s battery last two days without charging? As a stretch goal, what about three days? How differently would you need to use the device to make it
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With the U.S. Election Day (November 3) nearly upon us, most employers are anticipating disruption to their workforce cultures both before and after the election, according to the latest data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).   Of the 114 larger organizations polled (those with workforces of >1,000), nearly half (48%) reported that they
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