5 for Friday: Improving Workplace Performance Edition

by monsterstaff, published 02/01/2013
Improving Workplace ProductivityThis week’s 5 for Friday rounds up five stories about the latest trends in improving workplace performance.
  • Put Your Performance Review to Work. Houston Chronicle: "Employees who leave performance reviews without a clear plan of action only become more confused. They want to meet their managers’ expectations but they don’t understand what they need to do to change."
  • Job Burnout Is the New Smoking. SmartBlog on Leadership: "Even if you realize that a job (or how you’re going about your work day) is bad for you, you can easily get caught up in the corporate identity, the money and job title. When you realize you need to get out of the job, you just can’t. Oftentimes when things get really bad at work, you’re tempted to leave, but you can’t bear to cut the cord. Your burnout job lures you back, and so you stay."
  • 5 Keys to Counter a Slow Start in 2013. Passion on Purpose: "In most sales organizations the 2013 leaderboard is being established. Top producers like to set the pace. A come-from-behind victory is the stuff legends are made of, but playing catch up is never ideal in sales. As the year progresses and the gap between sales production and the performance target widens, playing catch up often leads to giving up."
  • How Productivity Tools Can Waste Your Time. Wall Street Journal: "Many people choose something that doesn't fit the way they think and work, or they jump from one tool to another, wasting time and energy. Rather than picking the right app or system on their own, people 'let themselves be directed by the latest and loudest,' says David Allen, an Ojai, Calif., productivity expert whose book 'Getting Things Done' has sold more than 1.6 million copies in English."
  • How To Develop Strong Time-Management Habits, Even If You've Failed In The Past. FastCompany.com: "Trying to build new habits on top of dysfunctional old ones works about as well as putting a new car body on top of a rusty old engine. If we don’t deal with the fundamental issue, no amount of time blocking or beepers beeping or context-based task lists will overcome the pull of the habit mind."
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