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How to Introduce New Technology to Your Employees

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If your company is behind the times with new technology, it may be time to get them up to speed. But working with co-workers who are set in their ways presents a challenge. How do you introduce them to the new technology without scaring them?

Start small and tackle one issue at a time. Try introducing just one new thing at a time, such as sharing the minutes from a meeting online instead of printing them.

Research all the options to solve your issue. Make sure your solution is something that works for everyone, not just for you.

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How to Deal With an Annoying Co-worker

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There’s one in every office. We’ve all dealt with an annoying co-worker in the past. But how do you interact with them without leaving a bad impression?

If you’re dealing with a loud and obnoxious co-worker, one thing to do is drown out the noise with some music. Put your headphones in, listen to something soothing, and you won’t be bothered any longer.

The important thing to do is to look on the bright side. It’s easy to get annoying, but sometimes you should take a step back and think about the annoying habits you have. We all have them.

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How the Color of Your Office is Affecting Your Productivity

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Productivity doesn’t just depend on learning how to make your mind focus and managing time well. Little things can also influence it, such as the room temperature, your office supplies and your morning cup of joe.

Color is one of those little things that can influence your efficiency, too. Studies show white office walls have a negative effect on productivity, since they can resemble clinical settings.

Redecorating your office space with colors like blue for stability and calmness, green for working long hours, and yellow for optimism and creativity might be just what you need to maximize your productivity.

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How to Stay Focused All Day Long

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When you have a lot to do, it can be difficult to stay focused. Instead of paying attention to all kinds of things, try focusing on just one thing at a time. Don’t let technology interrupt you, so that you can get more accomplished.

Group similar tasks together. Instead of jumping from project to project, try working on all related tasks at the same time.

Avoiding daydreaming is always a challenge. Try setting a goal to stay focused for a set amount of time. After that time is up, then you can take a break.

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What to Do When a Co-Worker Lies

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Everyone lies. But most people do it to keep the peace or make someone feel better. It’s when a co-worker’s lie starts affecting your work and your company that it becomes a problem.

Before you rat them out, make sure you have your facts straight. You don’t want to call them a liar, only to find out they’d been telling the truth the whole time.

Make sure bringing the lie to light will be beneficial. If you’re confronting someone for the wrong reasons, chances are the lie is better left in the dark.

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Why Your Feedback is Making Things Worse

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Feedback can be a powerful opportunity for growth in your company, but if done insufficiently it can be detrimental to progress. Leaders dread giving feedback, but your employees are actually craving it.

If you fear giving feedback, it will show. You shouldn’t be afraid to hurt your employee’s feelings. If your feedback is useful, constructive and well-thought out, they’ll understand where you’re coming from and take it to heart.

Don’t do it halfway. This feedback is important to both your employee and your company. You want to make sure it will have a positive impact.

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What to Do on Your Lunch Break to be Successful

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Not getting up and stepping away from your desk during your lunch hour could actually be hurting your work performance. Instead of staying chained to your desk, try switching it up and doing an activity that could help you be more productive and successful.

Try using your lunch break to exercise. Whether you go to the gym or just take a walk around the block, getting the blood pumping will benefit you greatly.

Don’t eat lunch at your desk; share your lunch hour with others instead. Take the time to chat and bond with your peers, and you might end up learning something in the process.

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How You Should be Managing Millennials

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Millennials have been characterized as stubborn and independent, making them difficult employees to manage. In a multi-generational workforce, it can be a challenge to conquer the miscommunication that can occur.

Understanding that millennials have the same goals and want to succeed just as much as you do is the first step.

Millennials are bound to ask the question “why?” When assigning work, make sure you explain the reasons for your decisions so that your employees will understand the meaning behind what they need to do.

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Why Working Outside Can Benefit You Professionally

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Connecting with nature can often have a positive effect on your mood and your well-being. When you choose to take your work outside, you might find yourself being more productive and enjoying yourself more.

The outdoor stimulation can be a welcome change from the office environment. The relaxing natural habitat can help to reduce stress and focus more on the tasks at hand.

You’ll also benefit physically. There are countless studies that show sitting at a desk all day is detrimental to your health. But when you work outside, you’ll be more inclined to get up and move around.

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Why Your Company Needs Meetings

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Whether you’re a small or large business, holding regularly scheduled meetings is crucial to your success. Meetings will help improve overall communication in a way that emails and phone calls can’t.

Meetings also provide a good opportunity to address issues. They’ll also ensure that the problems are resolved, so that they do not continue to come up in the meetings. Employees can also provide status updates, so you can hold them accountable to their projects.

It doesn’t matter how long the meeting is. Even just 10 minutes can help a company encourage growth and solve any problems you’re experiencing.

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