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I think anyone would be more than willing to work harder and better if those are the incentives.
However, not all companies could afford those things. I think a simple "good job" from the team leader is enough to motivate employees. Our company have a different but effective approach on making sure that we'd be productive (especially because we work from home). They make us use a time tracking software called http://www.timedoctor.com/. It really helps me improve my productivity and focus on work. Because we have to admit, it's quite difficult to focus on work if you're working in front of a computer. :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Business as Unusual: 7 Unconventional Ways to Boost Employee Productivity
Funny Infographic! It's cute although it's got a military vibe but I think it's because we need to have discipline in order to achieve productivity.
I would also like to add another tip regarding those meetings. It's important to eliminate those "got a minute" meetings because those impromptu meetings end up continuing to chat about different topics until an entire hour has passed. It's better to schedule a meeting and to have a strict time limit. This way they'll be able to prepare themselves on the topics that need to be discussed and stick with it.
I think this article might be able to give you additional tips on improving productivity: http://biz30.timedoctor.com/8-ways-you-can-improve-the-productivity-of-your-team/
9 months ago on 5 Productivity Tips From the Busiest People in the World
This is a helpful post.
Meetings can often times be a waste of time so it's important that we have to set strict rules in order for it to start and end on time. Our team have our regular meetings every Friday. So what we do before the scheduled meeting is we take notes of the important things that needed attention and that we have to discuss. We list it down so that when it's our turn to talk, we don't waste time trying to remember those stuff.
I have also read useful tips from this article:
It might also be able to help you. :)
9 months ago on 9 Tips for More Productive Meetings
I have to agree with you. Picking the tool that are user-friendly and with lesser bugs is also my kind of time tracking software.
For me, the first thing you need to know before choosing a time tracking tool is your goal. You have to know if the tool that's right for you focuses more on your productivity or just simply tracking the time you've spent working. Like this article for example, http://blog.timedoctor.com/2013/04/19/toggl-versus-time-doctor - these two useful software aren't exactly competitors but by comparing them, you get to see their strengths and weaknesses and what should you mostly likely to consider. I have to pick something that'll help me on my productivity like Timedoctor.
1 year, 4 months ago on Time Tracking Apps: Which Is Best for You?
Great tips, Carol!
I totally agree with you on keeping it rational. We shouldn't let our emotions get in the way of hiring someone amazing. If I could share Richard Branson's advice from this article, http://www.staff.com/blog/recruitment-tips-from-the-worlds-best-ceos/ . It might help a little bit more. :)
Richard is more into hiring someone smarter than you, letting them see their work as a Mission and letting them work on their job their own way. I think this is great. If your employees feel that their boss trust and believe in them, then they’d never do anything that will ruin that trust. If anything, they might even be inspired to work better and excel.
1 year, 5 months ago on Hiring Employees: 4 Great Tips
Money is one of the major issues when hiring a Graphic Designer. Most of the people thinks whenever you hire a designer, it's going to be expensive. However, keeping those advices in mind, you can definitely hire a kick ass Graphic Designer who's also affordable. You just have to know where to look.
You might want to consider hiring someone from https://www.staff.com/
1 year, 9 months ago on What you should know when hiring a graphic designer
Awesome set of tools!
Who wouldn't want to use something very useful and FREE! :) Another tool I would like to recommend is a time tracking software called, Time Doctor ( http://www.timedoctor.com/ ). It's got an optional screenshot feature. Screenshots are great because you can see exactly what the person is doing.
You can try it out for free for a certain period of time. It'll boosts you and your staff's productivity.
2 years ago on 12 Most Must-Have Free Online Productivity Tools for Small Business