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“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

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

Increase Employee Productivity within Your Organization: Setting the Foundation

Everyone agrees that growing revenue and handsome profits are key indicators of a thriving business. But how those numbers are achieved reflects sustainability… or lack thereof. If, for instance, you have high productivity, it reflects efficient resource usage and therefore suggests a maintainable approach. If, on the other hand, your company is experiencing low productivity or a high cost of production, this is not something that would support a thriving and growing business, and would need to be addressed.

Business productivity reflects your organization’s ability to successfully execute on its strategy, and through examination of the structure, technology, policies, processes and practices that support your strategy, you can identify your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Then, more broadly, by comparing your numbers against your competitors, you can also identify opportunities and threats.

Once identified, by leveraging your current strengths and improving upon weak areas, you will be on your way to … Continue Reading