7 Tips on How to Become a Proactive WFH Individual
The Covid-era working environment in Canada is not just a trend but a fundamental aspect in the country's corporate sector because even during the pre-pandemic times, many Canadian companies have dispatched workers home and let them do the remote work.
5 Ways to Detox from Digital
When it comes to disconnecting at a time of a pandemic, the task almost seems impossible and hardly practical. With these 3 simple tips, you can opt to gain a balanced mindset and detox all the negative and unproductive emotions you may be dealing with. For more updates listen to our weekly podcast Ergotcha! Now available on Google, Spotify and everywhere you can listen to podcasts! Join our hosts Shahida and Daisy as they explore ergonomics, lifestyle tips and more. While we may provide you with a quick guide to this week’s episode, feel free to explore what a digital detox is and how to apply it into your everyday life.
Let’s Get Into It!
A Digital Detox is all about disconnecting from technology when it’s needed. If you ever find yourself constantly checking your phone and feeling the need to always reply as soon as you get a message, an email or a notification, chances are you’re in need of a digital detox fast! These feelings can lead to the development of anxiety and can affect your mental health negatively in the long run. Dr. Jennifer Weniger
6 Productivity Tips to Overcome Procrastination While Working From Home
You just checked your calendar and saw that you have three deadlines today. You sigh and tell yourself that you will take a breather first. But instead of going back to work, you check your phone, you cuddle with your pet, and then get a cup of coffee. And before you know it, you just wasted an hour of doing something else other than what you ought to be doing.
You feel bad and ask yourself what’s wrong. You are procrastinating, and it’s a prevalent phenomenon. This study shows that procrastination comprises over a quarter of most people’s working days, costing employers about $10,000 per employee per year.
What is procrastination?
It is defined as failing to regulate yourself. This is a major issue that must be tackled especially now that working from home seems to be the new norm. Since there is no boss or colleague to monitor your work, you should motivate yourself to finish things within an agreed timeframe.
It is an uphill battle. Adjusting to this new work setup can affect productivity but that does not mean that procrastination should be a part of the process.
You can overcome procrastination
Luckily for us, we can avoid procrastination if we really want to. It needs will power and then some, but it will be rewarding to finally get off the rut and start accomplishing things. Here
How to Ward Off the Dreaded “Office Butt”
Here’s the deal: Sitting too much might be jeopardizing your hard work to get the toned tush. Those long hours of sitting on your office chair are deactivating the nerves that activate gluteal muscles, which promotes atrophy or weakening of muscles. When this happens, the sleepy butt or office butt syndrome will make it hard for you to gain results for your backside.
What are the gluteal muscles?
When we think of our butt, we usually think about how good a firm derriere would look good in swimwear or your jeans. But the muscles in our butt have way more functions than aesthetics. They are the powerhouse of strength in the body and support you through different ranges of motion with the right posture.
It is composed of three muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Working those three muscles is a must because they can help avoid injuries in the lower back, hamstrings, and knees. The good thing is that you can awaken your glute muscles with specific exercises including amending how you go about your office day to ensure that your rear is working.
Say no to the office butt
- Engage your gluteal muscles now – Exercising is still the king of activity for your glutes. After all, they are muscles waiting to be developed. If you want a low-impact workout, you can start with barre exercises. Doing a
Keeping up Communication in the Workplace During COVID-19
Remote work has suddenly become the new normal in light of the coronavirus pandemic. While working from home reduces the cost of commuting, it may increase the cost of communication. Unlike face-to-face communication in the office, remote communication comes with some limitations and barriers. To ensure continued efficiency and productivity, telecommuters need to master some effective communication skills. Read on to find strategies for keeping up communication in the workplace now that the workplace is at home.
Synchronous online time.
One advantage of remote work is that it can allow for a bit more flexibility. For many office workers, it doesn’t necessarily matter at which hours the work is completed – just that it is. Maybe you catch up on some work at night after the kids are in bed, but you know that you can’t necessarily expect a response to an email at 9:00pm. While allowing flexibility is helpful, especially in these unprecedented times, it may be beneficial to have a period during the day where everyone on the team is expected to be online – say, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The early birds and the night owls will both be available for any meetings scheduled during this time, and team members will know they can count on reasonably timely responses from coworkers within this window.
Reading email and other communications in a timely manner.
On the subject of timely responses, it’s all the more crucial while working remotely to keep a close eye on incoming emails, chat messages and other forms of communication. Remote workers don’t have the ability to just pop into a coworker’s office to ask a quick question, and managers don’t have the advantage of seeing employees physically at their desks.
Being responsive helps workflow and builds tru
Having trouble with managing remote teams? These few tips can help you out
Nothing in our lifetime has disrupted social life like the Coronavirus pandemic. All over the world, the virus continues to take its toll, and companies, teams and firms all over the world have had to adjust their modus operandi.
That's right. If your work can be done from home, you've probably been asked to start working from the confines of your house. This can be an especially difficult situation, particularly if you're the leader of a team that has to work together. Managers all over the world have been forced into situat ions where they would have to lead teams remotely. This is something that has never happened on such a large scale, and unsurprisingly, managers have found it difficult to adjust.
It's hard enough being a team member receiving virtual instructions. Imagine being the manager giving those instructions and having to coordinate the efforts of others too as well.
But thankfully, there are a few tips that can help you coordinate your team better.
Lower Your Expectations
First off, accept that you will not be as productive as you would have been in the regular office setting. Accept that your team members/workers won't be as productive as well. That will most certainly help you deal with whatever is coming.
This means that you will have to become more flexible, relax some rules on deadlines, and you may have to occasionally pick quality over quantity (that is quality of work over volume).
Stay In Touch
Well, this looks like the put one foot in front of the other rule, but it's important. Research says that contacting people frequently builds communication and makes it easier to sustain engagement.
This means that you must always make sure that your employees are checking in. Don't allow 12 hours go by without getting feedback about a task. You may even set a model of checking in. Maybe every 5 hours, workers are mandated to touch base. This will
Want To Get More Work Done Next Week, Start By Taking A Day Off
Let me run you through some adverse effects of being occupied with a job the whole week and not having a day off, and I will also take you on a proper insight on why and how you can integrate a day off into your work life and the promising and yielding results.
How to Earn a Substantial Income from Making Online Courses
If you’re not tapping into the limitless potentials of the internet today, then you’re living in the past alone. One of the best ways to achieve the required positioning for success through the internet is to create online courses for the billions of internet users spread around the world who are looking to skill up or increase their knowledge of a particular subject. You can create online courses from your room today, and earn a substantial income without moving an inch from your comfort zone.
How Much Income Can the Average US Freelancer Actually Make?
Finding freelance work is customizable to the average person’s skills, can be lucrative, and can even allow you to reduce hours at a job that is more stressful and demanding. There is no rule that says you need a Monday through Friday 9-5 job. Make your life what you want it, and give freelance work a try.
When I’m in Pain, Should I Exercise or Rest?
Staying active is the cornerstone of healthy body. Aerobic exercises are excellent pain-relievers. That said, overworking extremely sore joints and muscles may end up causing more damage. Our Deskcise Pro and the AlcoverRiser standing desk converters provide just the right blend of physical activity and working comfort for your body.
I’m Ambitious and I Want to Show it, But What About My Time?
Whether you work at an office or other workplace, or you work at home, balancing your work ambition and your personal time can be a challenge. Yes, you need to do what you have to do in order to reach your professional goals, but you can’t stop caring for your own personal needs.
Managing employees who are smarter than you
You just started a new Supervisor position, and your sitting in a meeting, and someone asks you a question and your scrambling for an answer. Then, one of your new employees speaks up and answers the question and you shrink back in your seat. When you start a new role and manage employees who have more experience than you do, it can be natural to feel inferior. However, there are ways to grow the work relationship so your able to retain employees when changes in management happens.
How To Cope With Gout
Anyone suffering from gout knows how terrible the symptoms can be. A full blown gout attack can leave you almost paralyzed. In order to prevent this from happening, try making a few changes in your lifestyle as a starting point to dealing with your condition. Little changes can make a huge difference!
How To Celebrate Halloween At Work
Halloween is one of the most beloved of all seasonal holidays, second only to Christmas in terms of consumer spending. Celebrating Halloween at work can create a joyful atmosphere and bring employees together to have fun and show their creative side. Since Halloween isn’t associated with any one religion, it is an inclusive celebration for any office.
Travel Incentive Programs To Help Reach Organizational Goals
If your company had an travel reward incentive, would your loyalty to the company and engagement in projects increase? Ours would too. This article talks about the benefits of a travel incentive program, and how companies use it to have higher staff retention and to encourage employee engagement.
Autumn Anxiety: Why You May Feel More Stressed This Season
Do you know what autumn anxiety is? Most people don't. Autumn anxiety is the feelings of depression and/or anxiousness that come along with the approach of the autumn season. Things such as the end of summer, staying inside, and the start of school can trigger this autumn anxiety. This article will also touch on a few helpful hints about how you can help cope with it.
Burnt Out With A Prolonged Spell Of Work? Here Is How To Express You Are Overwhelmed To Your Boss
Do you feel like you are squeezing yourself? For the sake of delivering projects on time, meeting deadlines, and making everything happen at work, you are burning midnight oil. You might feel lost, perplexed, and stuck. Finding a way out in this situation seems like the most difficult task of your life.
How To Maintain A Balance Between Being A Friend And A Boss
Boundaries need to be put in place for variety of reasons. If you are a boss, it's all about balance when it concerns becoming friends with your workers. Be an equivalently good mentor to all your workers and show understanding. Being trusting and understanding, supportive, honest, and not being a toxic leader are some ways on how to balance between being a friend and a boss.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
What do people mean when they use the phrase “work smarter, not harder”? Usually, they mean that you should make your work process more efficient by decreasing the time and effort it takes to complete a task. Here are some tips and tricks to help you perfect the process of working smarter...not harder.
Reasons For Diversity On Team Building
It is confirmed that more various organizations are often more creative and innovative .Having multiple teams helps you strengthen your brand's image, boosts profits, and maintain top talent. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is now an essential consideration in the past few years. The rationale behind it is because the culture has moved globally.
Internal communication with a young population
Is your population growing with millennials and are you unsure how to communicate effectively with them? Are you afraid of staff turnover because your young population is unhappy with seeing follow through? Do you see low productivity in your young population?
Time Management at Work
Time management has been an important aspect of work since the Industrial Revolution. Tips for managing time at work include doing a time audit, making to-do lists, setting a timer, group similar tasks, and don’t multitask. Attention and energy management are also alternatives, effective ways to manage time at work.
How to Create a Customer-Centric Culture
Customer-centricity is commonly thought-about as a subjective topic that can't be defined in clear words. However, it has long-term financial and branding advantages that are well documented. By creating this a part of your worker's appraisal and reward system and making your higher management staff lead by example, you'll be on your way to making a very customer-centric organization.
Building Trust between HR and Managers
Do you ever wonder why employees aren’t reaching out to HR for issues that are happening? Does your organization continue to have high staff turnover and low staff productivity? Read on to find out how to build trust in HR with your employees and managers, and how this can help improve staff productivity and retain employees.
Health Rumors You Seriously Need to Stop Believing
This article draws your attention to some common myths about health in general, especially in connection with life within your workplace. You will be offered reasoning in order to show you why some information floating around is quite far from the truth.
What You Need To Know About ASMR
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), generally auto Sensory Meridian Response, is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that usually begins on the scalp and moves down the rear of the neck and higher spine. Its most ordinarily triggered by specific sensory system or visual stimuli, and less normally by intentional attention control.You may have experienced ASMR before while not even realizing it. The sound of raindrops pattering on a leaf, having your hair combed, somebody reading you a story... all these things may probably trigger ASMR. ASMR became additional widely known and has been growing in popularity since 2007, It continues to grow in popularity as additional and a lot of YouTubers create ASMR videos.
Improving Staff Retention & Turnover
Do you look at your turnover rates and wonder what the problem is? Are your teams in constant react mode because employees keep quitting? Is your culture suffering because top performers are leaving your start up? You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered what can be done to decrease your turnover and increase staff engagement & retention. We will look at a few reasons as to why employees are leaving, and what your organization can do about it.
Managing Employee’s Health and Wellness – A Better Way
Employee wellness programs that target preventing illnesses instead of early detection after problems arise are now possible. Stress is a major contributing factor to chronic illnesses that can be alleviated through stress management training. An added benefit of stress reduction is improved sleep quality because psychological stress contributes significantly to insomnia. Healthier employees means a healthier business.
Top Talent Acquisition Strategies to Find the Best Employees
Recruitment shouldn’t be all about filling an available vacancy but it also involves getting the right candidates that will achieve organizational goals and business objectives. The process of talent acquisition should be an integral part of the organization's long term strategy.
Why Is Organizational Culture Important?
It could be that you are an entrepreneur who just recently launched a business, or you are a business owner seeking to make the best for your business. Certain things need to be understood and should become inherent for your business to thrive beyond your imagination. One of such things is organizational culture.
How to Improve Emloyee Retention Rate
About one-third of employees will quit in the first 6 months of getting a new job while 35% of employees are planning their leave if they do not get a pay increase within 12 months. Hence almost 80% of corporate leaders’ view employee retention as a critical issue.
Workplace Pollution and 4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Employers must consider how to improve indoor air quality in office conditions because workplace pollution can be detrimental to employees' health. Pollutants can trigger asthma, headaches and other unpleasant symptoms for those who are susceptible.
By addressing some of the common components of workplace pollution, employers can help improve quality of life for their employees.
Workplace Pollution and Its Impacts on the Workforce
Employees are often concerned about workplace air quality. For example:
- Temperatures are too hot or too cold.
- Air ventilation is too drafty or too stale.
- Humidity is too high.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, explains that poor air quality can cause a variety of health issues if not properly addressed. For instance, warm and humid environments can create mold. As the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) explains, many studies show that poorly ventilated workspaces can increase cold and flu germs. The repercussions of these outcomes are obvious: Workers are more likely to be sick or be affected by the poor air quality inside the office environment.
Preventing Poor Air Quality Issues
OSHA requires employers to provide safe environments free of known hazards. Luckily, the AIHA, OSHA and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) all offer suggestions for how to improve indoor air quality in office conditions. The list below includes some of the common elements of a healthy work environment:
- Clean regularly. Vacuuming and cleaning work surfaces on a regular basis can keep mold spores and dust from building up over time. T
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