Employee Performance

New research says Zoom stifles creativity

July 8, 2022
Bored and zoning out in Zoom meetings? A new study says video interactions actually hinder creativity, and in-person brainstorming resulted in better ideas.

Monitoring remote workers can backfire

July 7, 2022
Managers trying to electronically monitor their remote employees might want to rethink their snooping strategy. Even as online searches for “how to monitor employees working from home” have increased dramatically since the pandemic began, being Big Brother can backfire.

How to legally navigate employees’ requests to work remotely

June 16, 2022
After roughly two years of isolation, employers are summoning employees back to the office. Not all employees are thrilled, which means many employers are facing resistance from employees who have grown accustomed to remote work.

6 questions to consider after Elon Musk’s anti-telecommuting decree

June 8, 2022
When you think about the productivity of your remote employees, ask yourself these questions.

3 deep-dive performance principles

May 11, 2022
The podcast “Think Fast, Talk Smart,” produced by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, recently featured a conversation with psychology professor Philip Zimbardo on the most powerful influencers of human behavior.

Shake up the team and its results with sprints

April 13, 2022
The sprint process as it relates to business is just what it sounds like: a burst of intense activity for a short, set amount of time, typically about five days. A team is challenged to zero in on one big goal and move from idea to prototype to customer outreach within that tight window.

Is role-playing really going to get you there?

April 13, 2022
It’s like eating your vegetables when you were a kid. You muscle through it in innumerable trainings; you trust (optimistically) that you’ll emerge from the exercise somehow better, more prepared for the real business world. But, just for a moment, let’s face what we all suspect but can’t give ourselves permission to admit: Role-playing may just be a bust. Let’s go over a few of the reasons why many of us just don’t want to try it anymore.

Zoom fatigue: 5 tips to help employees feel better connected

April 13, 2022
If you find yourself exhausted after the third videoconferencing call in a row, you’re not alone. Say hello to Zoom fatigue.

Dog meets homework: How to interpret and deal with 6 classic employee excuses

February 25, 2022
While hopefully not as flimsy as the grade-school classic about canine intervention, adults offer a variety of excuses to get out of trouble at work. Some reasons employees provide will make a manager’s blood boil. Others, however, actually offer insight into workplace problems and merit further consideration. Here’s a look at six excuses modern managers often hear and actions that might eliminate them.

Metaverse to influence how work gets done by 2026

February 15, 2022
Move over, Slack and Zoom; you’re about to get replaced by something bigger and potentially better. The metaverse will soon become part of many Americans’ work lives, according to the Gartner business advisory group.