productivity

Effects of Smoking in the Workplace

By: Png Han Yong

A smoke break can be a popular stress-reliever for many office drones, especially when one is getting swamped with work. Besides the nicotine hit, smokers claim that being able to spend a short period away from their workstation also helps them relax, review their work progress and plan their career goals.

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The Five Morning Habits of Highly Effective Workers

By Julailah Wahid

Research suggests that being a highly-effective worker begins with your morning routines. While foreseeing the day’s events is impossible, you can always be in control of how situations are handled and the quality of work that you produce. How? Well, according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of your schedules. (Read More Here!)

Switch off that distraction!

By Shi Tianyun

Guess what? The number one distraction in the office is not your co-worker who speaks at 70 decibels all the time or your boss who loves to stop by your cubicle to tell you all about his latest golf game. An informal survey of 500 corporate managers conducted by Natalie Gahrmann of N-R-G Coaching Associates revealed that the top distraction in the US workplace is technology. Communication technologies, like email and social media, are so time-consuming that it’s estimated that 28 per cent of the average person’s work day is spent on them.

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Switch Off That Distraction!

By Shi Tianyun

Guess what? The number one distraction in office is not your co-worker who speaks at 70 decibels all the time. An informal survey of 500 corporate managers conducted by Natalie Gahrmann of N-R-G Coaching Associates revealed that the top distraction in the US workplace is technology. Communication technologies, like email and social media, are so consuming that it’s estimated that 28 per cent of the average person’s work day is spent on them.

By making certain tweaks to your computer and mobile phone, you will be able to cut down on these distractions you didn’t know existed and send your productivity up by that 28 per cent without having to clock the overtime!

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7 ways to look and be productive after lunch


By Jacelyn Lim

Studies have shown that a heavy lunch will induce sleepiness, leading to lower concentration and productivity levels. The sugar and carbohydrates that come packaged with your meal causes insulin levels in the blood to rise, signalling the brain to take a “break” and cease activities.

This explains that post-lunch slump many of us suffer from.

We can’t do without lunch; neither can we afford to laze in the office for an hour or so. Because we are extremely sympathetic to your plight, here are a few great post-lunch activities to engage in without looking like you’re skiving:

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What ARE you doing all day at work?

By Anthony Balderrama

I once had a job where, after four months in the office, I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what one person did. She and I would be in the same meetings, but she didn’t say or do anything that hinted at her professional purpose. Not once did we collaborate on a project, though we made polite conversation in the hallways. When I asked my boss about this person’s role, I received an eye roll and a shrug. In other words, no one knew what this person with a vague job title spent her time doing.

In all honesty, most of us probably don’t know what other people are doing on a daily basis. We know what their job functions are, but how they spend their working hours is anyone’s guess. Perhaps no one is on the receiving end of such speculation more than our bosses. Surely we’ve all thought, “I’m doing all the work, but the CEO’s bonus is bigger than my entire paycheck.”

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