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: 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

Dave Rocker: Generational Diversity in the Workplace

When we talk about workplace diversity, we tend to talk about diversity as it relates to race or gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. Within the context of these discussions, age is rarely mentioned. With four distinct age groups comprising today’s workforce, generational diversity is increasingly relevant. For managers, supervising a team with a wide [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:26+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Blog, Management, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: At Work, Positivity = Productivity

  Some workplace cultures encourage productivity; many more do not. The latest research in organizational behavior shows that a company’s culture directly affects the motivation levels and performance of its employees. The bottom line? Employees are more productive in spaces where the vibe is encouraging and positive. “Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:26+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Blog, Business Tips, Management, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: NEUROMYTHS: 4 Misconceptions About The Brain

"I'm 'brained.' Not right brained or left brained. I have a brain." --Neil deGrasse Tyson       Neuromyth #1: People are “left-brained” or “right-brained.” Popular culture has taught us that logical, linear-thinking people are left-brain dominant, while those of us who are creative and artistic are right-brain dominant. The problem with this black or [...]

By | 2017-07-19T19:54:40+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Blog, Productivity|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Multitasking vs. Monotasking: What’s More Effective for Productivity?

In a world of so-called multitask masters, technology is what we turn to in order to coordinate the sometimes divisive demands for our attention. Consider the particulars of what, exactly, divides our attention: We have our cell phones and laptops; then, our myriad collection of icons and files and so-called user-friendly apps that we’ve saved [...]

By | 2017-06-19T14:59:26+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Blog, Productivity|0 Comments