Tax Season Tips: Filing Early Can Reduce Stress, Maximize Your Return

Tax season is here. Although you have until April 18 to file their returns this year, getting your taxes finished early can help maximize your return and avoid potential stress that can arise from filing later. Here are some stress-free tips to make sure you get everything you’re owed. Early Bird Gets the Biggest Refund [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Blog, Business Tips, Productivity|0 Comments

Your Boss’ Mood Could Affect Your Productivity

Research suggests that team members take cues from the emotional states of their leaders. Put simply, moods are contagious. Leaders who are mindful of this can use their emotions to keep motivation levels up. By the same token, chronically moody supervisors can wear down their team members and decrease their team's overall productivity. The key? Workers want to feel safe. The way a leader [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Blog, Productivity|0 Comments

Like A Boss: How Leaders Do Quick, Quality Work

In today’s professional world, there is often conflict between quantity and quality. Businesses want leaders and employees to keep up with today’s ever more rapid rate of change, but research suggests that keeping pace often comes at the price of producing quality work. Nevertheless, research also reveals that it is indeed possible to work both [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Blog, Business Tips, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Does Stress Increase Productivity? It Depends.

To perform better under pressure, consider embracing your anxiety. Research suggests that welcoming stress may be more helpful than trying to calm down. That’s right. Attempting to get rid of stress is counterproductive and can amplify your anxiety, making you feel more stressed. We’re surrounded by messages that tell us stress is unhealthy: stress hurts [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: How Does Technology Affect Workplace Productivity?

Technological progress gave us automated machinery, assembly lines, and the ability to communicate in real-time with anyone in the world. But, it goes without saying that technology is also a huge source of distraction, a potential time-waster. Where productivity goes to die. In the era of Fruit Ninja and Facebook, is it still possible for technology [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: 3 Common Myths About American Manufacturing

Although the American economy has come a long way since The Great Recession, the need for economic renewal in the United States is still urgent. Years of mediocre job growth and stagnant incomes continue to wear on many Americans, especially those who find themselves living paycheck to paycheck. At the same time, innovative new technologies—running the gamut from self-driving cars [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Blog, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

As mobile devices become more sophisticated and everyday housewares turn “smart,” our personal data and information become more vulnerable. With commerce, government, and our personal lives moving online, the security of our data has never been more important--nor more threatened. “The systems we rely on most for some of the nation’s most sensitive infrastructure, such [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Management|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: How Working Remotely Affects Productivity

Increasingly, companies are re-thinking the 9-5 office workday in favor of more flexible policies that give employees the freedom to work from wherever they want. Although allowing employees to work from home can complicate the logistics of managing direct reports and having team meetings, research indicates that employees who are allowed to work from home [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Blog, Management, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Air Pollution Makes Office Workers Less Productive

My last post neglected to mention the effect of air quality and pollution on employee productivity. A study published in National Bureau of Economic Research back in June suggests that in cities with particularly high levels of air pollution, office workers--despite their being indoors--tend to be less productive. Working in areas plagued by smog and pollution, it seems, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Top 5 Reasons Why You’re Unproductive At Work

Your professional success and that of your company depends on your being productive. Despite the positive payoff, many office workers struggle to maintain high productivity levels throughout the work day. Most employees wish they could get more done and want to be more productive than they currently are.  Sometimes, personal habits are to blame. In other situations, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:25+00:00 October 9th, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Management, Productivity|0 Comments