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Even a “quiet” workplace often produces noise at 40 decibels, and office machinery can reach 80 decibels. Minimize distractions by strategically placing the noisemakers (and people) when you arrange work spaces. Here’s how…
When trivial tasks stand like a mountain between you and important assignments, check whether one of these tactics will allow you to plow through them quicker…
Casual. Corporate casual. Business casual. Smart casual. Resort casual. Don’t leave meeting attendees baffled about your event’s dress code. Explain what you mean by "business casual" or "corporate casual," etc. with examples of appropriate attire.
A tidy workplace should enable you to work faster, but some hide a secret: You may be wasting time, effort and resources on unproductive tasks. Don’t let your drive for neatness and perfection derail your work. Check whether your office is simply organized or efficient, as well, with this list:
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Common sense tells us that a tidy workspace is a more efficient workspace, but even great organizations can forget to practice good housekeeping. Here’s a Japanese philosophy that can transform any office space into a more serene one.
Someone always comes late. Someone goes off on a personal tangent. Someone adds her “two cents” and butts in no matter what. If the participants often derail your meetings, start each one by agreeing on the ground rules, advises Charlie Hawkins, author of First Aid for Meetings.
Clear the deck, scrub it down and start over? Remove everything and put back only what you need? In your dreams! If “cluttered desk,” “cluttered mind” is your motto and purging your work station of clutter is only a dream, approach it one problem at a time. Use these seven steps to “declutter”:
Question: What do Softsoap, Mr. Coffee and Showtime’s chicken rotisserie ovens all have in common?
The greatest mystery in many workplaces is what’s lurking in the company refrigerator. Go beyond scheduling regular "Use it or lose it" deadlines. Follow these tips: