Crowdsourced Wisdom On How To Survive Open Plan Office and Deal With Interruptions

After Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Overflow, spoke at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle about the reasons programmers prefer their own space it opened up discussions on the problems of an open office.

On discussion thread on Reddit people shared their experiences with open plan offices. Mainly the problems were noise, interruptions and never ending meetings. (more…)

Psychological Tips to Stay Focused at Work

We’ve all had those days at work where the day just drags on. You are not focused and a quick snooze seems to be the order of the day. Unfortunately, you cannot just decide to go lie down and have to come up with ways to remain focused and alert. We all want to have every item on our to-do lists ticked off at the end of the day. Having a plan might get you there. Randomly multitasking can both exhaust you and have you end your day with minimal work completed. (more…)

Infographic: The Rising Problem Of Stress And How To Avoid It

Depression, stress, and anxiety is a growing problem globally. It is related to pressure we experience at work. Industries’ increasing pace, growing amount of information as well as pressure to perform causes personal emotional health issues. To minimize the damage that these issues can cause it is necessary to build resilience skills.

Check out how stress have become a rising problem and what steps to take to avoid burnout at work.

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The Gains and Benefits of Online Scheduling

Scheduling – just reading the word can inspire headaches. For a long time, organizing timetables had to be done manually, which can be time consuming, tedious, and not to mention leaves room for errors. Once learning about scheduling softwares, most businesses make the switch to the automated tool and never look back.

Here are some reasons why this might be the best step for your business to take in order to succeed. Such software can benefit your business in many different ways, the main ones being an increased efficiency, employee motivation/participation and the elimination of manual/human errors. (more…)

Review: Project management done smart and streamlined

As an integral part of improving Luxafor as a business and product, I often search the world wide web for inspiration from other noteworthy companies. And often I do find businesses and ideas that share my vision of making the workplace more productive and streamlined, and I just have to talk about them. (more…)

Experiment: 3 Ways to Minimize Interruptions at Work

Did you know that the average person gets interrupted every 3 minutes at work? From coworkers that want to chat, to incoming emails, to Facebook notifications, there’s no shortage of distractions in today’s workplace.

Working in an open office space can be especially distracting, as there’s nothing separating you from everybody else. And we at GreyNut can attest to that. Our open office plan allows for plenty of collaboration and communication, but we’ve all longed for some peace and quiet at some point. (more…)

Work remotely: how to do it right!

One of the main advantages in today’s workplace is the ability for employees to work from home or any other place where they feel more productive and creative. The workstation in many offices isn’t stationary anymore. Employers are supporting their employees with laptops instead of desktops, and offering flexible work hours if it helps do the work better.  (more…)

New in Business? Don’t Let Yourself Burn Out!

Nowadays there are many discussions about burnout. There are people who believe it’s a made up disease in modern society. Still, occupational burnout is a serious problem that’s hard recover from. It’s mainly caused by ongoing psychological stress in the workplace.

One profession where people are vulnerable to stress is entrepreneurship. Especially entrepreneurs running new start-ups who are spending a lot of their energy working overtime and sleeping very few hours. (more…)

Working from home guarantees a cozy and interruption-free environment that leads to better productivity. You just have to know how to make the most of telecommuting!

Are you a freelancer, have the option to work from home, or run your own business from home? If the answer is “yes,” then you must already know the basics of how to improve your productivity while working away from an office. We have a few more suggestions.

See 10 easy-to-follow tips by Melanie Pinola from Lifehacker to get things done on time from home:

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The open-office plan: smart design, or overrated trend?

The open-office floorplan is modern, cheaper than the “old-school” office setup with separate rooms or cubicles, and better for collaboration and creativity. Well, that’s what we’d like to believe.

Instead, the open office is an environment where continuous distraction is common. Since everyone is sharing the same space, it’s easy for coworkers to chat with each other. This social aspect is nice, but it’s disruptive for those in the middle of completing urgent tasks. (more…)