Work

When you ask people if they like what they do for work, most people (70% by some polls) – dislike their jobs. And a large portion actively hate their job!

Common complaints include not feeling appreciated, or not having enough time to complete the work they are given. Many people cite that they wish they had more flexibility in where or when they work.

As American workplaces are evolving, an emphasis on enjoyment of work is starting to take shape. More companies are realizing that in order to have the “best place to work” they have to provide more than just an income.

For our customers, this may mean changing the products they sell, and the places they work. With 50% of Americans working at least part of the week from remotely and 90% wishing they did, the need for office space, office furniture, and home offices are changing. … Continue Reading

Silence

A few weeks ago I found myself annoyed with noise–the noise of the road, the hum of the electricity in the house, the wind aggressively hitting the wind chime… the noise of other people. And it got me to thinking about all the “noise” we deal with on a daily basis.

I am no luddite. In fact, I love technology – I embrace the conveniences it brings. I make my living from bringing technology into other people’s lives.

Yet, I think we have forgotten how to be silent. I forget sometimes at least. And I need to be reminded that less is very often more.

Last weekend I went camping with my 8 year old and a dozen other cub-scouts and their parents, and was struck by how quiet it was at night and into the next morning. It was truly joyous. We had no electronics and it was dark, … Continue Reading

3 Ways to Be Happily Engaged at Work – Commentary

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 3 Ways to Be Happily Engaged at Work an article from Entrepreneur.com, written by Alexander Maasik.

Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and learning about the benefits to a company when employees are 100% engaged at work. Wow! Was I amazed to learn that fully engaged employees produce 1.5 the results as an employee who is average. Even more startling was to learn that employees who are not engaged perform at only half of an average employee.… Continue Reading

11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day an article from Huffington Post, written by Alena Hall

 

If you are like the millions of people who are looking for ways to grow and improve themselves, you probably have already figured out you don’t need to look very far. Two minutes on the internet is proof of this. Anyone looking to improve their lives doesn’t have to look far. But did you know that something as simple as a smile can help you achieve many of your goals?… Continue Reading

Grande Double-Whip Work

“Why would anyone want to work at the Starbucks when they could work at home?”

This question was posed the other day and I wanted to try to answer it. You see, I work from home almost every day, but there have been times when my office really was a table at the local Starbucks –  a quiet place I would go daily while my sitter sat with my young son in my home. And even now, especially when the weather is nice and I do not have conference calls, I will go over to the local Starbucks for a couple hours to get some serious writing done.

As I was thinking about this I realized it may not be obvious to others who might not see the benefits right away, I thought I would share my feelings:

1) Change of Scenery: When I work at home, (and the same … Continue Reading

5 Mini Habits That Will Turn You Into a Morning Person This Year – Commentary

Bring positive energy to the pillow.

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 5 Mini Habits That Will Turn You Into a Morning Person This Year  an article from Quora, written by Andy Ooi .

Are you one of those people who jumps out of bed a couple hours earlier than needed, bright eyed and bushy tailed? Or, are you one of those people who HATE those morning people? Or, are you in between – you are a morning person just not until you’ve received a bit of help from your coffee? Despite what type of person you are, if you want to learn how you can become a morning person, this article is for you.… Continue Reading

Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity

Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize that with increased diversity come new ideas, which directly translate to new and better products and services.

“Under the right circumstances groups re remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be

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How to Achieve a Good Work-Life Balance

In 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed to make a typical workday more tolerable. Prior to that, a typical workday was 11-16 hours long. The FLSA made the eight-hour work day and 40-hour work week the standard.

In addition, economists predicted time spent with work would continue to decrease. They were right. Initially. From the 1940s through to the 50s, work weeks continued to shrink. In 1958 many economists and futurists predicted our work week would be just a few, short days by the 21st century. And, if we did happen to continue to work 40 to 50 hours, our retirement would arrive early – in our late 30s.

So, what happened? Our work weeks are now longer – in fact, the average is about 10-hours each week longer. And, for many reading this blog, your week is greater than that.… Continue Reading

Blog Abstract: 9 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses an Inc article by one of her favorite authors, Jeff Haden, “9 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do.”

I have been interested in the concept of ‘mental toughness’ ever since I learned that the number one quality associated with longevity is resilience. And then I started hearing more about this word ‘grit’ and recently when I interviewed Jeb Blount, the author of the bestselling book, Fanatical Prospecting, I heard of this quality as being associated with success in sales.

So our good friend Jeff Haden first assures us of something crucial: mental toughness is not a quality you either do or do not have; instead, it is something that you can learn. THAT is good news indeed.… Continue Reading

Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader

A lot of content has been written about various skillsets good leaders possess. The Internet is chocked full of opinions from just about everyone. Millions of dollars have been made from the sales of hundreds of thousands of books on this topic.

Briefly, a few online opinions I stumbled upon include: be fearless and inspirational, use vision and values, create the right culture, listen, remain visible, be authentic and transparent, learn from failure, etc.

In preparation for this blog, I knew I did not want to follow the pack and add to the litany of titles, such as 9 Characteristics of an Epic Leader or 8 Top Characteristics of a Great Leader. I did not want to focus on the capabilities and competencies of a great leader. Maybe that is a blog to be written on another day. Today, I wanted to focus more on what is behind those … Continue Reading