Automation works. It's why we've seen such transformations as mechanized farming, manufacturing, travel, retail, and advances in countless other sectors over the past century or two. It's also why there's so much hand-wringing over the potential of more sophisticated robots to replace a slew of other jobs and functions in the years ahead.
When children are young, they're playful, unself-conscious, and uninhibited. That's one reason why they're such fast and voracious learners, constantly seeking out new experiences to engage their minds and imaginations. In that sense, play is productive for kids. As grownups facing bulging inboxes, overflowing calendars, and a whole range of adult responsibilities, playing around isn't something we do much of, to say the least. But research is tapping into the relationships between play, performance, and productivity—and showing us there may be real value to taking a break from our work to, well, go out and play.
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In a highly competitive world, innovation, creativity, and your business’s ability to differentiate itself through its ideas and products are essential for continued growth and profitability. As a worker today, a current pandemic, information overload, 24/7 connectivity, constant interruptions from wherever you’re working, and email and text communication lead to overwhelming anxiety. All of this anxiety highjacks your time and mental resources resulting in scarcity. And when you experience scarcity of any kind—time or mental—you become absorbed by it. Your mind orients automatically toward an unfilled need.
Productivity tools can be divided into two camps – those that work for you and those that don’t work for you. Wasting your time and energy searching and trying various apps is frustrating and unproductive.
There are thousands of productivity best practices and tools available today. The sheer number of productivity strategies, tools and apps can make identifying which one will work for you time intensive and overwhelming – the last things you want if you are trying to find a few more minutes in your day and improve your productivity.
While the number of Americans who work from home has tripled during the past 15 years, over these past few weeks, millions more now telecommute. The coronavirus has drastically changed life around the globe as people isolate themselves in order to slow the pandemic. Remote work is one of those changes as Google, Amazon, Facebook, JPMorgan, and even the federal government have requested that non-essential employees stay home.
Did you know that more CEOs of large U.S. companies are named John (5.3%) than are women (4.1%)? Although non-discriminatory hiring practices are on the forefront of today’s corporate culture discussions, bias remains a problem. Unfair hiring practices lead to less gender and racial diversity, which affects your bottom line. According to one McKinsey study, gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their non-gender diverse counterparts. Ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform.