As we wrap up the Chinese New Year celebrations and return to the daily grind feeling inspired, people often use this moment to reassess their career and personal goals as they plan for a successful year ahead. Perhaps, January wasn't as productive as planned as some people are still recovering from the Christmas and New Year hangover. Don't worry, according to the Chinese solar calendar, that was last year. So let the bygones be bygones! It's time to step on the gas and get to where you want to be. We shortlisted 5 ways you should be doing to give your career a head start.
Coworking is the fastest growing trend in the business world. Like any sort of work, it requires attention and complete focus of the individual which cannot be guaranteed when working from home. This is why we are seeing freelancers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and other startups across Southeast Asia increasingly moving towards coworking environments.
Kicking this article off with a famous quote by F. M. Alexander "people do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future" It's true, we are all creatures of habit. Improved performance and productivity at work don't just happen overnight, it's simply a byproduct of good habits in the workplace. Having said that, building a habit is easier said than done, while there's no concrete time frame on how long it takes to form a habit, it's believed to be around 66 days and consistency is key. So if you haven't worked on creating good work habits it's never too late!
Much of productivity in the workplace can be attributed to the working culture embedded in each country, a one-size-fits-all solution to increase employee productivity simply isn't effective. In order for a company to increase it's competitiveness, it's important that employee productivity is measured correctly. There are many different ways on how to measure productivity out there such as dollar per hour or units per output/units of input. However, many of these metrics have limited applicability in the service sector.
This article will outline common workplace cultures and behaviours in Indonesia along with handy quick fixes that you can implement to your local team immediately!
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At some point we've all experienced meetings that drag on forever, meetings that lack an agenda, and meetings that fail to have an actionable conclusion. Don't worry, you're not alone, the statistics have spoken. In a survey of 182 senior managers across different industries, 71% said meetings are unproductive and 65% said meetings keep them from completing their work. Having said that, meetings are essential and beneficial... if done correctly. It helps to ensure alignment and communication in the organization. It also fosters teamwork, creativity, and proper information exchange amongst the other known benefits. The challenge is how do you realize them. Meetings are often done too often, badly timed, and badly run leading to an unproductive meeting.
To be truly successful in anything, you need to be fully committed to it. You wouldn't expect to win all of your football matches if you never actually showed up to any training sessions. The same goes for your marketing. You can't expect to see a positive result if you inconsistently produce blog content or rarely post on your various social media platforms.
There’s an increasing number of freelancers and startups choosing coworking spaces over congested coffee shops and diners with free wifi. We’ve already discussed in a previous post about why this shift is occurring, but the simple reason is that these spaces promote collaboration and productivity. But coworking spaces have their own sets of challenges as well, one of which is noise. There’s the buzzing of phones, impromptu meetings, email dings, and people walking around. How does this promote productivity?
These days you’d be hard pressed to find a workplace without some sort of food perk - whether that’s simply a fridge to store your food in, a fully stocked pantry, or daily three-course catering services. It goes without saying that this can be an expensive endeavor, regardless of whether you’re Google or a neighbourhood mom and pop shop.
Diversity in the office, simply put, can be good for business. A study examining management teams found that those with a wider range of educational and work backgrounds created more innovative products. Likewise, another study found that firms with greater racial and gender diversity had more sales revenue, more customers, and greater profits.
Sometimes people take for granted those essential elements that help optimize productivity! Be it in a private office, coworking space, or even at home, use this list to create that workspace that both inspires you and keeps you healthy throughout the work day.