Taking it Easier: Four Arguments for a Shorter Work Week
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by Laura Stack
4d ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE “Don’t count the days; make the days count.” ― Muhammed Ali, American boxer. We’d all like to work less, wouldn’t we? It would be nice to take our retirement in installments, like John D. McDonald’s sleuth Travis Magee, but that’s not an option for most of us. One thing many of us try to do is arrange to work fewer days. This usually involves cramming the same 40 hours into fewer days, such as working four ten-hour days while taking Fridays off. But with “flex-time,” as it’s generally called, you still end up working 40-hour weeks, minimum. But how abo ..read more
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Generation Z Productivity: What to Expect from the Newest Worker Demographic
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by Laura Stack
1M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE “…A new generation is on the rise, and the first step to communicating with them is understanding they aren’t just another Millennial.” ― Pamela La Gioia, American business author. The post-Millennial generation of workers, born from about 1995 -2010, has now entered the American workplace in earnest. Some 74 million strong, this diverse cohort comprises about one-quarter of our population, and almost 40% of the workforce. They’re more plugged into the digital world than any generation before them and have never known any other lifestyle. Although Gene ..read more
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Machine Work: Three Ways Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Business Productivity
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by Laura Stack
2M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” — Ginny Rometty, American business executive Artificial intelligence (AI) gets a bad rap in pop culture. For every fictional Jarvis or David, there are a half-dozen Skynets or Ultrons. In the real world, most workers believe artificial intelligence is something we’re still waiting on. But it’s already off and running in corporations around the world, though not necessarily in forms peo ..read more
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What’s Next? Four Productivity Predictions for 2023
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by Laura Stack
4M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE  “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”—Peter Drucker. Making predictions about the future of productivity can be dangerous business. Remember all those people who predicted that the Internet would be a flash in the pan? Yeah, me neither. What I do remember is how wrong they were. That said, I’m going to make a few predictions about what might happen in 2023 in the productivity field, based on what we’re all hearing lately. Inflation will continue to eat at your productivity. Inflation has many causes, so we’re not looking to blame it on any ..read more
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The Economy’s Short-Lived Recovery: The Results of the 2021 American Time Use Survey
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by Laura Stack
5M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE  “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”—Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, in War and Peace. Late in June 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the previous year’s American Time Use Study (ATUS), as it has annually since 2003. I’ve reported on it each year for more than a decade. The ATUS data for 2020, released in 2021, reflected significant effects from the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the nation since March 2020. Fortunately, during 2021, the crisis loosened its stranglehold on the economy, allowing it to bo ..read more
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Return-to-Office Resistance: Adapting to the New Status Quo
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by Laura Stack
8M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE Few things have changed the modern workplace more than the COVID-19 pandemic. Large-scale remote work, which many corporations tried and discarded as unmanageable not so long ago, suddenly became required in most businesses. Nascent and underutilized technologies experienced rapid development and widespread implementation. While the pandemic paralyzed some industries for a while, the white-collar world not only adapted quickly, but it also thrived. According to most studies, individual productivity increased slightly after employees went home to work. Familiar s ..read more
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Upskilling: Four Simple Steps Toward Upgrading Your Work
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by Laura Stack
9M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE In a rapidly changing environment, it’s no surprise that new “buzzwords” occasionally pop up on your bingo card. One of recent example is upskilling. At first glance, the definition seems obvious, but it means more than you might think—especially after our shared ordeal with the COVID-19 pandemic. These days, we all need to take the time to upskill and refresh our work habits, which the World Economic Forum predicts will raise the global GDP by up to $6.5 trillion by 2030. Upskilling involves taking your work to the next level, to better fit your job’s current a ..read more
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The Third Year In: How Remote Work Has Changed Our Time Use
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by Laura Stack
11M ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE I’ve been a remote work-at-home professional for 30 years. I’ve never had a traditional brick and mortar office, and I’m the most productive person I know. (That sentence is a bit tongue in cheek.) I was one of the original pioneers of GoToWebinar and was able to use webinars to keep my business going during the 2008-2010 depression. I started using livestreaming in 2017, ahead of it’s time, before people even understood what it was and the difference from a webinar. I’ve hired contractors from all over the world with no geographic constraints to a physical loca ..read more
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Staying Productive During the Never-Ending Pandemic: Four Things to Try When You’re Sick of COVID
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by Laura Stack
1y ago
by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE “Productivity isn’t about being a workhorse, keeping busy, or burning the midnight oil… it’s more about priorities, planning, and fiercely protecting your time.”—Gary Keller, American entrepreneur and bestselling author. As British author John Heywood noted in 1546, It’s an ill wind that blows no good. As devastating as COVID-19 has been, some positive things have followed in its wake. For example, the business world has learned to leverage remote work more effectively than any time in modern history, using new technology and approaches to keep teams together. T ..read more
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As COVID Went, So Went the Nation: The Results of the 2020 American Time Use Survey
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by Laura Stack
1y ago
  by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE “Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.”—John Updike, American novelist Since 2003, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the results of the previous year’s American Time Use Study (ATUS) during the following June or July. Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic was time’s greatest thief in 2020. In addition to stealing time from American workers, the pandemic affected ATUS interviews all year long. None took place from March 19 to mid-May. As a result, the 2020 ATUS is missing data for two months… but ..read more
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