Playing Is Key for Team Success

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Establishing an atmosphere of play will encourage creativity and give your staff an incentive to work hard.

Imagine this scenario: Your boss expects you to come up with a creative solution by the end of the day. Working under pressure, you try as hard as you can, and yet the solution you’re looking for couldn’t be farther away.

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common workplace dilemma. Because after all, it’s hard to be creative when you’re under pressure. That’s why as a manager you should establish an environment that promotes play; this will take the pressure off and relax your staff, ultimately encouraging creativity.

What’s the best way to do this?

Well, you can start by freeing up your staff’s timetables and carving out space for games and athletic activity: For instance, your company can organize a running club or a football team. You can install some game consoles or simply buy a few board games.

Although there are benefits to bringing actual games into the office, it’s also advantageous to incorporate the logic of play into your working processes.

Think about it like this: One big reason games are so compelling is that they provide instant feedback. For instance, when you successfully play a video game, you’re instantly rewarded: You pass to ever-more advanced levels and secure high scores.

Everyone likes this kind of recognition because, simply put, it makes us feel good about ourselves. And in fact, it can even make us healthier. Because believe it or not, studies have shown that Oscar-winning actors outlive mere nominees by an average of four years!

Bearing that in mind, make sure that your staff’s hard work is noticed and recognized. And don’t rely on that old standby, the Employee of the Month Award, because recognizing one person at a time is too limited. Instead, take advantage of social media to call out great work and recognize each and every success, whenever it happens!

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

www.HubLinked.com

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Boost Workplace Productivity By Being Flexible

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To boost workplace productivity, managers should promote schedule flexibility and embrace failure.

What’s the best way for you as a workplace leader to manage the productivity of your staff?

According to traditional thinking, productivity is best achieved when employees spend nearly all their time working as hard as possible.

But although this old-fashioned approach was well-suited to the mechanical work that proliferated during the Industrial Revolution, today it’s seriously outdated.

Instead, modern society’s most successful managers eschew the rigid nine-to-five formula, encouraging staff to carve out flexible work schedules. In other words, they let employees work when and where they feel most comfortable.

For instance, old-fashioned managers might view napping as a waste of time. But in fact, napping is a great way for staff to keep their energy levels up for longer. (Of course, we’re talking about a 20-minute power-nap – not a long, deep sleep.)

So to that end, a manager wanting to promote productivity might skip the new espresso machine and buy a cozy futon instead.

Similarly, managers should create firm boundaries between work and home life. For example, Volkswagen and Daimler cut off e-mail access after business hours, allowing employees to recharge at night and be more productive during the day.

Practices like these are sure to boost productivity, but if you really want to ensure that your employees achieve at the highest level, you also have to embrace failure.

After all, no one can work at their full potential if they feel pressured to produce flawless work hour after hour. That’s simply too much stress!

A stress-free environment isn’t the only advantage of embracing failure: This attitude will also promote experimentation, leading to a culture of innovation.

To really understand the link between failure and innovation, consider this: The greatest inventions in human history followed repeated failure. Edison, for example, spent years trying and failing before he finally managed to invent the lightbulb.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

www.HubLinked.com

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Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

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If you want to design the best possible workplace, improve employee satisfaction and ultimately motivate your staff to deliver better results, look no further. The following blogs have the purpose of guiding you through the process of improving your working environment, leading to more enthusiastic and productive employees.

Find out how a better workplace leads to more enthusiastic people and a more successful organization

Do you like your job? If you do, then you may be in the minority. According to one study, 84 percent of all US workers feel disengaged, and that percentage has stayed more or less the same since 2002.

Many companies don’t seem to be doing anything about this. Very few seriously consider ways to improve their working environment. They should.

It is clear that a happy and more enthusiastic workforce will perform better, and customers will be happier as a result. These ideas help explain how businesses – both large and small – can make the positive changes to their environments, allowing staff to break the trend and start enjoying work.

In our next blogs we will discuss all the different steps companies can take in order to create an extraordinary workplace.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

www.HubLinked.com

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The Most Valuable Data Lies Within Your Team

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Following our last blog in relation to Creativity; the next business myth is:

Myth #5 – Big Data Holds the Answers

Teams are increasingly turning to huge stores of computer-based data to inform their decision making.

Reality:

The collective knowledge of the team members is most often the best source of data.

They are constantly exposed to valuable details, such as customer reactions to products and services, which can never be codified in a computer’s bits and bytes. These details are stored in the members’ subconscious minds, often without their conscious minds even being aware of them.

Action:

Encourage people to use their intuition. When people use their intuition to read the data in their subconscious minds, it’s not just a hunch or guess, it’s based on real data. Embrace practices to engage this data in creative problem solving.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

www.HubLinked.com

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