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WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: 10 Facts About Productivity

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  1. The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time.
  1. Multitasking is actually impossible and you should probably stop trying to do it. Multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity, increased stress, and a 10% drop in IQ (Bergman, 2010).
  1. 20% of the average workday is spent on “crucial” and “important” things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have “little value” or “no value”.
  1. Tuesday is the most productive day of the week.
  1. Drinking alcohol in specified amounts, leading to a moderate intoxication level of .075 can boost creative thinking.
  1. Adults who regularly get been 7.5 and 9 hours sleep per night can be up to 20% more productive.
  1. By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert in the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.
  1. 9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings.
  1. The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day.
  1. It takes approximately 30 days to establish a new physical or emotional habit.

WORKFACT WEDNESDAY: Coffee!

coffee-drinkingCoffee makes the world go round. From helping us wake up every dreary Monday morning to helping us get our work done faster, coffee is an essential part of people’s lives all over the world. Though coffee may be part of your daily routine, do you think you know all there is to know about the caffeinated wonder drink?

According to legend, shepherds in Ethiopia first noticed the effects of the caffeine in coffee when they saw their goats acting frisky after eating these coffee berries.

After the effects of caffeine were discovered in coffee beans, it was common for people to eat them beans, rather than drink a product made from them – tribes in Africa mixed coffee berries with fat to form edible energy bites.

Today coffee is cultivated to be traded around the world.

Though in nature coffee trees can grow to be 30 feet tall, farmers grow them to 10 feet for easy picking.

The coffee bean is actually a seed inside of a bright red berry.coffee-bean-berry

Coffee is now the second-most traded commodity on Earth, with all coffee being grown in the “Bean Belt,” the area between the Topics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee, so the U.S. imports over $4.1 billion worth of coffee each year. This doesn’t mean that the Americas aren’t big coffee producers, though: 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Brazil and Colombia.

Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.

Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.coffee-mona

It took a team of eight people about three hours to recreate the Mona Lisa with 3,604 cups of coffee in Sydney, Australia in 2009. Different shades were created by adding milk in varying amounts with some receiving none, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee.

On average, men drink 1.7 cups of coffee each day while women drink 1.5. The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drunk 50 cups of coffee per day!

In Italy, espresso is said to be regulated by the government because it is considered an essential part of daily life. In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”

coffee-webcamThe first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to show campus researchers whether the coffee pot, located on a different floor from their offices, was full or empty.

TIP TUESDAY: ‘Tis the Season NOT to Give These Gifts!

bad-giftThe holidays are quickly approaching. Are you prepared? If so, did you remember to include your supervisor and other coworkers when purchasing gifts? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, the majority of HR managers said it is acceptable for employees and managers to exchange presents in the office.

So how much money should you be spending? According to the survey, HR managers said employees should spend an average of $20 on their boss and $24 as a suitable amount for supervisors to spend on staff.

The survey also revealed what not to do. Managers reported the most inappropriate gifts they’ve seen, including:

A department head who gave employees a picture in a frame of himself.
An employee gave a regifted gift that the manager had given the year before.
A big order of frozen pork.
A lavish gift—something that was very valuable because of favoritism.
A mug with a satirical phrase on it, used to make fun of someone.
A wig.
A $700 gift card.
Liquor.
A dozen roses.
Cash was given discriminately in different amounts to different employees.

Were you the recipient of a horrible office gift? Share it by commenting on this post, or e-mail us at info@thehiresolution.net and we’ll post it and others’ comments in our blog this season.

If you’d like credit for your gift story, include your Facebook or Twitter handle and we’ll mention you in the article and on social media.

Workfact Wednesday: Dress Codes in the Office

Salary.com surveyed 4,600 people about office dress codes and found that whether employees are donned in T-shirts and jeans or strictly formal attire, it’s clear people everywhere are making assumptions about your employees—and by extension, you and your business—that relate to intelligence, professionalism and work ethic.

Make Your Dress Code Policy Clear
Many people who took our survey disagreed as to whether or not they like dress codes. Some feel it fosters professionalism and hard work, while others refuse to believe wearing jeans somehow detracts from your job performance.

But even though our respondents differed about dress codes in general, people on both sides agreed that uncertainty breeds confusion which can lead to serious problems.

More than 3 percent surveyed said they’re not even sure if they have a dress code. So whether or not a company implements a dress code is actually secondary to making it clearly understood and enforcing it fairly.

“I do not know of an official dress code at my company, rather it seems to depend on who your particular manager is, and even then is only selectively enforced,” said one person. Another agreed and said “Our dress code is nonexistent and essentially established within each department. Some people are wearing suits and others flip-flops. It’s very haphazard and gives an unprofessional image.”

Many Employees Want a More Structured Dress Code
The majority of people who took the survey said they are satisfied with their company’s dress code policy. But after that, the results are surprising.

Nearly one-quarter of respondents said the dress codes in their workplaces are too lenient. Readers regaled us with horror stories involving low cut tops, ripped jeans, sandals and exposed tattoos and body piercings they deemed inappropriate for an office setting.

One respondent issued a cautionary tale and said “We let one instance go and then before we knew it, everyone was in flip-flops and stretch pants.” And he wasn’t alone in seeking strict wardrobe rules.

“I believe people who dress professionally tend to be more professional on the job,” he said. “Dressing in jeans and a T-shirt does not exude professionalism, especially when you are seated in close proximity to an executive dressed in a suit.”

TIP TUESDAY: Writing Your Employee Handbook

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Your Employee Handbook

by Judith Lindenberger

Whether you’re writing your first employee manual or you’re updating one you’ve had for a while, this article explains the topics you should cover.

employee-handbookEmployee handbooks should be designed to do more than just communicate information and answer routine questions; your handbook should help you achieve your organizational goals and objectives. Thus, while a list of rules of conduct and a summary of benefits are important information, you should evaluate your handbook on its ability to help your organization meet its objectives.

One purpose of your employee handbook is to help you attract and retain employees. Your employee handbook should help your employees answer — hopefully in the affirmative — two important questions: “Why should I work here?” and “Why should I continue working here?”  If your employees are not receiving a positive message about your organization, your handbook is not doing its job.

Your handbook should also help convey useful information about hours of work, paydays, leaves of absence, and benefits. More importantly, your handbook should help create an atmosphere of trust and respect and give your employees a sense of belonging.

At the same time, your employee handbook must help you comply with your legal obligations and ethical requirements. It must also help you protect management’s right to make changes and adapt the organization’s policies and programs as needed.

Since your organization and its employees are affected by all of your written and unwritten policies and procedures, you should ensure that your employee handbook incorporates as many of your organization’s written and unwritten policies and procedures as practical. You must further ensure that your handbook communicates top management’s commitment to your policies. As a result, your handbook will promote consistency and assist you in preventing claims of disparate treatment.

You should regularly assess your employee handbook, not only from the standpoint of how well it communicates policies and procedures, but also from the standpoint of how well it helps you achieve your organization’s goals and objectives. Employee handbooks that fail to help your organization succeed in these areas should be rewritten.

(excerpted from BusinessKnow-How.com)