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Putting Problems In Perspective

If you frequently type numbers into a computer, a 10-key is an essential productivity tool. But one hobbyist decided to build a less efficient system out of an old rotary telephone. (more…)

An Unexplained Process Can Be Wasteful

Operating a business through process-oriented work is what defines a successful company. And, despite the dozens of adjectives that go into describing any given process, the purpose should be well-defined and known to all stakeholders involved. (more…)

Employee Satisfaction Plummets

Here’s a double whammy for the working professional. You hate your job and want to quit, but the economy is bad so you’re afraid to leave. (more…)

The Importance of Appearing Organized

As well all know, the trends of “going green,” resource preservation, and climate control have taken our society by storm. Yet, amidst the hype, a leader in the movement was under a magnifying glass for his disorganization. (more…)

Transforming Broken Forms Into Useful Ones

How many times have you had to fill out a government form, only to find yourself struggling to fit all the required information in impossibly small boxes? These processes illustrate a broken workflow, but not how you might think. (more…)

Embracing Failure In The Best Way

While Todd Jamison exercised in the gym, his parked car was getting a work out too. The only difference: Todd chose to lift weights. His car had no choice. (more…)

The Benefits Of Assistive Technology

If there’s no one in your personal life who experiences a form of disability, you may not be aware of the incredible array of resources available to help people work more effectively. But “assistive technology” can help almost anyone, not just the disabled. (more…)

Trust Employees During Snow Days

When winter weather was closing thousands of schools and businesses across the United States, it inspired a local HR firm to ask a rather curious question. (more…)

Business Improvement Process Failure

Millions of companies have pursued major business process improvement projects. Evidence reported in the Wall Street Journal, however, showed that most of these endeavors fail. (more…)

Borders Books and Losing Credibility

It’s never easy avoiding favoritism, particularly when it involves a large amount of business with large sums of money. Yet, as those who were Borders bookstore now know, ignoring or delaying others can lead to more than just annoyed clients. (more…)

Worker Productivity Bolstered by 18 Cool Tools

The folks at Mashable, the “world’s largest social media company,” published a list of productivity tools. You probably didn’t know that the web has radical new ways to conduct old fashioned tasks like managing your to-do list, taking notes or gathering information. (more…)

Advice on Avoiding Social Media Blunders

Twitter, as we very well know, is one of the fastest growing avenues of social media today. And although it only allows up to 140 characters, it’s still large enough for trouble—regardless of the intentions. (more…)

Self-Control Can Be Contagious

Trying to stay focused at work? Want to avoid eating that extra piece of cake? Science now says: try thinking about people with better self-control than you. (more…)