Productive remote workers do these 5 simple things every day

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As a time management coach, I advise using these five strategies to increase your productivity when working from home. As certain workers are beginning to return to the office, some are thrilled to have regained an environment more conducive to their personal productivity. For some, the office has fewer distractions and just makes it easier to get work done, particularly if their projects are highly collaborative. Read Full Story

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Remote work has a dark side. Here are 3 ways to make sure you overcome it in 2021

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Spoiler alert: it’s likely not your productivity that’s suffering; it’s your career. When the pandemic forced many knowledge workers out of the office and into their homes, many hypothesized that it wouldn’t work, at least not long-term. Some worried that productivity and collaboration would suffer. Others, company culture. So now that we’re nearly nine months into the pandemic, is remote work working? Read Full Story

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A guide to balancing work and leisure if you’re feeling more distracted than ever

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A handful of tips to create a day with more focused work time—and fewer household disturbances. We’re nearing a year since the mass exodus from office working to working from home, which for many was a new frontier. For some, working from home was a productivity boon, eliminating commute time and minimizing office distractions such as noisy open office spaces and drive-by meetings. For others, working from home proved more difficult if they thrived on collaborative interaction with others or found themselves being a full-time worker as well as a full-time teacher for children doing remote learning . Read Full Story

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Companies are rushing to reopen their offices. Here’s what they’re getting wrong

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Flexible work is here to stay. Where we get our work done is less important than how we get our work done. The coronavirus pandemic forced many of us to work from home, and the big surprise is: Work got done. Employees are still productive. They like the freedom of remote work. Yet some organizations are scrambling to reopen their offices as quickly as possible, and to do so, they are trotting out design solutions that supposedly protect workers, from algorithms for re-densifying offices to clinical “scrub” rooms in reception areas to the sorts of cubicles made infamous by Dilbert and “The Office.” One problem: These strategies are reactionary and irrelevant long-term. To cultivate the office of the future, companies need to acknowledge three truths about the modern workplace that existed even before COVID-19: Read Full Story

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How COVID-19 has us doing more in less time

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New research suggests that productivity for some remote workers has risen since 2019—and identifies what part of the week is the most productive. Could the office be detrimental to our productivity? Since many companies shifted to remote working arrangements, workday hours have shrunk, however employee productivity remained steady and even increased, according to data collected by Prodoscore , provider of employee visibility and productivity intelligence software. Looks like we’re accomplishing more in less time. Read Full Story

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Try this strategy to eliminate Zoom fatigue and help teams collaborate

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Managers need to keep their teams well connected, as there is an extremely strong correlation between collaboration and productivity. While remote work initially skyrocketed out of necessity due to COVID-19–increasing from 43% of office workers doing so at least one day a week to 83%, according to PwC –it will continue long after it’s required out of practicality and preference. PwC also found that 83% of office workers want to work remote at least one day a week even after COVID-19 isn’t a concern, and Gartner research from July found that 82% of organizations plan to let employees continue to work remotely at least some of the time. Read Full Story

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People are embracing work-from-anywhere. Where does this leave coworking spaces?

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The founder of community-based company Caveday argues that communal spaces must both cater to workers’ emotional lives and facilitate their productivity, post-pandemic. It is unsurprising that the pandemic has battered the coworking industry. “Come work near other potentially contagious people in an unventilated space” is something not even WeWork’s Adam Neumann could’ve sold as a good idea. Beloved spaces have been forced to shutter, some have managed to eke it out with reduced capacity, and the venture-backed behemoths are waiting it out, ready to capitalize on the accelerated move away from the traditional office. Read Full Story

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Your company can now offer clean energy as a work-from-home perk

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Arcadia, which lets you buy clean energy regardless of where you live, is now working with companies to offset their workers new, higher home energy footprints. Remote work can provide plenty of advantages —flexibility for families, no commute, increased productivity—but it also comes with some downsides, like higher home energy use and no more free coffee or other office perks. Now, businesses can offer clean energy as a work-from-home benefit, and even subsidize those higher monthly bills, through a new program from renewable energy platform Arcadia. Read Full Story

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6 professionals on finding the best spot in your home to be productive

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Whether driven by necessity, productivity, or comfort, the pandemic has forced many workers to get creative about where they’re working. Ravi Soin always had a dedicated office in his home in Washington state. But the vice president of IT SaaS cloud operations and facilities at Edifecs, a global health IT company, welcomed the idea of working from his couch at the start of work-from-home orders. Read Full Story

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5 habits of people who are especially productive working from home

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Effective remote work involves these five habits, which prevent feelings of burnout and isolation. Before many office workers transitioned to remote arrangements, the thought of working from home sounded like a dream. Who doesn’t love the idea of ditching the commute and staying in your sweats? But those of us who have been working from home for years know the reality, and it isn’t always as stress-free as it sounds. Read Full Story

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