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The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Experts argue that a successful approach to team building requires taking an honest look at the current practice within organizations, as well as taking into consideration what organisations have done in the past and what they are doing today. Therefore, team building can be much more than just about creating more workable relationships. It is essential to understand the dynamics of motivation within a team and how this relates to overall team performance. These concepts provide a valuable framework for understanding the motivational processes involved in team building.

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Addressing Vulnerability With Your Employees: How to Motivate Your Team to be Productive & Happy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I worked from home long before the pandemic hit. Though my reasons for doing so have gone from a thing of convenience to a thing of necessity, my pre-COVID work ethic and productivity haven’t changed all that much since the initial shutdowns last March. Not only am I a freelance writer, but I also write on behalf of a busy bankruptcy attorney in Philadelphia. Before the pandemic, that was an in-person arrangement. I would go into the office every other workday, and I’d work from home on my freelance projects on the off days.

I had the advantage of knowing how to set up a workspace from home, keep motivated, and separate my work time from play time. When you are back and forth between two different functioning work environments the way I was, you know how to take your “office” with you wherever you go.
 
I already had the necessary skills in place to shift toward a brave new remote world. When the law office had to shut down, all my co-workers - who were office regulars for life - suddenly had their wires crossed. They were at home but in office mode, or they were in home mode at a makeshift office. This change, plus the uncertainty and instability that a global pandemic creates, caused productivity to take a nosedive, as our team faced the new reality that showed up with the Spring of 2020.
 
After many zoom calls, phone calls, and - eventually - some outdoor meetups. My co-workers and I were able to help each other adjust to the new work, eat, play, sleep, parent, date, or be a single all-in-one-place-and-in-the-same-pants-since-Wednesday lifestyle (It's only a Thursday as I write this).
 
Humbly, some of the things they had to say helped me through the harder parts of isolation. Some of the mistakes we’ve made have also helped us grow as a team and build collective insight. We learned together that openly and honestly discussing our vulnerabilities was key to building a strong interpersonal support system. Having a strong interpersonal support system strengthens one’s intrapersonal support system - which is where our feelings of vulnerability ebb and flow.
 
We had each other's backs. When one was down, we all rushed in to help keep our team productive. We also addressed some critical inequalities in the workplace that have never been addressed before. Because of these honest and open discussions, our team is now stronger than we were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, the following insights we learned can help your team stay motivated and positive.
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Impostor Syndrome and How it Affects Employee Engagement

With an estimated global 70% experiencing impostor syndrome at some point in life according to The Journal of Behavioral Science, the persistent feeling that you’re not as good in your career as other people think you are has nothing to do with skill level or competence, but the impossibly high standards you’ve set for yourself.


With this in mind, Lucinda Pullinger, Global Head of HR at Instant Offices provides five ways on how businesses can beat impostor syndrome at work. 

As more high-profile people speak up about their own feelings of inadequacy in the face of soaring success, more are beginning to realise the impact of this phenomenon. What’s more, it can be especially damaging in the workplace and can affect men and women differently.

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The Google Way of Motivating Employees

Getting a job at Google is a daunting goal. Harder to get into than Harvard, Google receives 3 million applications a year and hires 7,000, less than 1% of applicants get hired! Besides being a multi-national company, it also has the distinction of being one of the top four technology companies in the world. Google also continues to dominate as a Best Places to Work year after year. With almost 100,000 employees how do they do it? 


In The Internship (movie) actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn came face to face with what the film referred to as ‘Googliness’ that ‘thing’ that makes Google different than other company’s which begs for a clearer understanding of what that ‘thing’ is that makes Google so appealing.

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Eight Ways to Crush the January Blues in 2019

January can be tough. A combination of debt, cold weather, time since Christmas, low motivation and failed New Year’s resolutions sees the most depressing day of the year fell on 21 January this year. And while we know Blue Monday is just a concept, finding the enthusiasm to power through work after a long holiday can make January seem particularly gloomy.

With more employees looking to climb the career ladder in 2019, manage work-life balance and increase happiness, Insightlink together with Instant Offices give eight simple ways on how to crush the career blues and start January off with some positive changes:

1. Ask for an Increase

If you’re committed to your job but need more to keep you motivated, it’s definitely time to stop stalling and ask for a raise. Don’t turn the conversation into an ultimatum – if you’re happy with your career but not the pay, make sure to communicate that clearly.

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3 Ways To Enhance Job Satisfaction Beyond Giving Your Employees A Raise

This year, a majority of private U.S. companies have or plan to give out raises averaging 4.3 percent to their best and brightest employees, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. But not all companies are in a position to reward employees with monetary incentives this year, which, of course, could have an impact on employee retention. 

However, there are some job perks that will make some consider working for less. In fact, more than 4 in 5 workers say they're willing to work for less if their employers offer some other form of compelling non-financial incentives, including long-term job security, flexible office hours and a management structure that emphasizes mentorship and a better career trajectory. 

Here are three ways to boost employee job satisfaction beyond giving out raises.

 

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3 Midwest Team-Building Outings for Your Company

When you say the words “team building” to your employees, you’re most likely met with a chorus of groans. That’s because they are picturing a typical team building outing, complete with trust falls and ice breakers. Research shows that team building exercises can have real, positive effects on employee performance.

Of course, that effect is dependent on what kind of activities you’re asking your employees to do. The key is to find a fun or rewarding activity or destination that incorporates team-building aspects, rather than individual or passive endeavors (think white water rafting rather than go-carting). How do you get the benefits of a team building outing without drawing the ire of your team? Here are three outing ideas for Midwest team building.

1. Tick Tock Escape Games

 

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How Your Office Environment Impacts Productivity and Performance

When we focus on methods by which to improve employee engagement levels, and how to boost productivity, we tend to think about performance management processes such as regular performance discussions and clear personal development objectives. We might also consider benefits such as flexibility and casual dress codes.

All of these elements are critical considerations, but what you might not know is that the physical office environment is just as important when it comes to improving employee performance.

Below are just a few ways in which the space around you — from lighting to temperature — can seriously influence the way you work.

Good lighting can make all the difference

A study conducted by the American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of employees complain about the lighting in their offices. This is something we should be paying far more attention to, considering our sensitivity towards light and the impact it can have on our moods and behaviors.

 

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5 Tools For Successful Remote Workers

Until 2016, evidence supporting the benefits of telecommuting was mostly anecdotal. But a recent MIT study has provided real data to prove what many of us already know: telecommuting improves our relationships with managers, allows more time with our family and friends, decreases burnout, and increases job satisfaction. And thanks to the proliferation of software and technology, telecommuting is not only easier, it's also more productive.

 We get it. Working from home has its stigma, because it's just hard to believe that anything could be more effective than face-to-face collaboration. But that stigma is now proven false, and if your business doesn't offer more flexible employee work options, another company will. Luckily, all it takes is a few software options to make it all possible and easy. Here are five helpful tools to help you provide a beneficial and productive telecommuting workplace policy.

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Bust Boredom and Be The Change In Your Organization

 Do you or your employees feel bored at work?


Unfotunately many of us would answer yes.

Current reports reveal that boredom is running rampant not just in assembly lines but for white collar workers who ‘waste away, unchallenged and uninspired’ at their desks’. 

Sandi Mann from the University of Lancashire studies boredom and found that ‘ boredom is a condition that can be more stressful and damaging than overwork’. To help us understand boredom she explains that being bored at work does not happen because you have nothing to do. It happens because nothing you are doing appeals to you. 

What a terrible reality to think employees are coming in every day but checking out mentally because they feel no connection or derive any personal satisfaction from the work they do. And, what a terrible thing for employers as they watch morale decline and profits weaken.

Understanding what causes boredom is key to any positive change. We believe part of the process should include an employee engagement action plan to really get to the heart of the disconnection and understand what is causing employees to feel bored in the first place. Boredom is one of the key drivers of poor work performance, accidents, absenteeism, sleepiness, and stress-related health problems so it deserves attention in most organizations, including and especially offices. Read full post
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