Today on the blog we’re handing you over to one of our brilliant Productivity Ninja’s in the Wild! Emma shares her experience of how the Ninja Characteristics helped her create a minimalist lifestyle. —– Hi, my name is Emma and I’m a shopaholic. Or rather, I used to be. I have always loved clothes, make
Data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) latest pulse survey of 315 business leaders found that addressing the issue of racial inequity enterprisewide is a top priority for most companies. Among larger organizations (those employing >1,000 people), the importance placed on this is undeniably distinct—a combined 80% said last week that the level of this
We get asked lots of questions related to Productivity & Time Management in our workshops which we always enjoy answering. We especially liked it when this question was asked by a delegate on one of our Leading Remote Teams online training courses last week. So, our Productivity Ninjas put their heads together and came up with
Takeaway: Henry Emmons’ book, The Chemistry of Calm, is a practical and tactical deep dive into what makes us anxious and what helps us find calm. In our interview, Henry talks about how flexibility and acceptance—with ourselves and with the world around us—can help us find calm in these stressful times. Estimated Reading Time: 1
Takeaway: Idleness, when practiced properly, can actually make you more productive and creative. Podcast Length: 22 minutes, 56s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Today I wrote a piece for CNBC.com on how it’s okay to be a bit lazy right now. Of course, not all of us have the luxury of being
Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24s. It’s pretty skimmable, though. Podcast Length: 29 minutes, 30s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). The best productivity books more than pay for themselves: they teach you how to save time, so you more than earn back the time you spend inside them. So which productivity books
Takeaway: Kelly McGonigal’s latest book, The Joy of Movement, is an ode to the value that movement can bring to our lives. Kelly shares how exercise of any kind and for any length of time can help us not only feel physically healthier, but also more connected with ourselves and our communities. She says that
On this week’s podcast, my cohost Ardyn and I cover the biggest lessons we’ve learned from our experiments for the podcast, as well as our favorite nuggets of wisdom from the guests we’ve had on the show so far. Just in case you’re curious to dig into them, here are the 10 favorite interviews we’ve
Takeaway: Many of us want to read more but are unsure of how to do it. A handful of tactics to try: set specific times to read, create a comfortable physical environment, identify less meaningful activities and replace them with reading, read shorter books, have multiple books on-the-go, put down books you’re not enjoying, make
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause unprecedented impact to business, employers, and employees, human capital leaders continue to face both short- and long-term challenges. Since March, i4cp has held a weekly series of calls specifically for Learning and Talent leaders to discuss problems and share ideas regarding L&D strategy, remote training, virtual leadership development, and
It’s not news that Republicans and Democrats generally view the U.S.’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic quite differently, but it didn’t start out that way. In the early days of the crisis, many thought it would bring unity (we’re all human and in this together). As we know now, the pandemic quickly divided the U.S.
Takeaway: Change is inevitable and we need to learn to embrace it. Four tactics to get you started: have an awareness for change and how it interacts with your expectations, see every data point as part of a broader trend, shift your mindset to view change as the default state of the world, and meditate.
Employee resource groups (ERGs)—also known as business resource groups (BRGs), employee networks, etc.—are designed in part to support a more diverse and inclusive workplace, enhance engagement, and strengthen the culture of their organizations. ERGs also offer participants an opportunity to work closely with peers and colleagues to expand their professional networks. That quote opened i4cp’s
Inc. magazine today ranked the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) on its annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list recognizes leading companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small and midsized businesses. This is the fifth time i4cp has appeared on the list. “We are
Workforce well-being, the employee experience, and organizational culture are being tested in a very big way. In fact, according to research conducted by i4cp over the past few months, significant changes to all three are looming: In a poll of more than 100 senior-ranking HR leaders who took part in the May 1, 2020 i4cp
Pre-COVID projections placed the soft skills training market on a path toward immense growth. According to Transparency Market Research, the global soft skills training market will reach a value of US $38 Billion by 2027. Soft behaviors are pervasive throughout our being. How well we communicate, collaborate, and cooperate depends on our more malleable traits.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many organizations to have far more employees work remotely than ever before. Just how many will continue to do so will vary based on many factors: employee sentiments, perceived or real productivity gains or losses, cost savings, and more. Some organizations like Twitter and Zillow have already announced that the shift
The just-released results of the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) latest pulse survey—Workforce Policies in Times of Crises—confirm it: We’re working in COVID-19 limbo. The survey asked, What is your organization’s current policy on employees continuing to work remotely versus returning to the office? A third of respondents (the greatest single group) said things are
The 2020-2021 school year is fast-approaching and working parents with school-age children are confronting continued COVID-19-driven uncertainty about what’s ahead. Data from a new pulse survey of 275 business professionals fielded by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), which explored the strategies organizations are implementing to support working parents as the pandemic persists and summer winds
In the early 2000s I was with a training content development company that allowed some employees to work remotely two or three days a week. The set-up was simple: employees with at least a year of tenure were eligible to start working from home part of the time, as long as we attended all critical
Let’s start by acknowledging that women were already stretched thin well before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. There are innumerable reasons for this ranging from the challenges of single parenting to the reality that even in two-parent households, women are still much more likely to take on the added responsibilities of childcare and this is even
Conversations around optimizing workplace productivity have always existed—the only real changes to the conversation are the solutions that business leaders consider to ameliorate the productivity gap. In the past, these solutions often had to do with individual performance (how each team member can operate more efficiently). But today, the conversation has shifted to also include
What are companies doing about employees who post content on social media that is inflammatory, derogatory, offensive, or racist? This is a fraught question—one that comes up consistently in conversations, chat threads, in emails, and even LinkedIn posts—many of us are thinking about this and asking ourselves (and one another): How should employers respond when
What is wellbeing? Have you heard this lovely fluffy word being banded around a little lately? When we think of wellbeing it might make us think of our health or how we are feeling, but one thing is for sure is if we want to be a Productivity Ninja it’s imperative to be aware of
The importance of diversity and inclusion has never been more top of mind than it is today. But achieving true diversity and inclusion in the working world continues to be elusive, says Skip Spriggs, former president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council and former CHRO of TIAA. Listen to this 7 minute recap of
Today, we’re handing over the blog to Liam McClintock, who shares his journey to meditation and how that can help us all become Productivity Ninjas in this busy world of information overload. My life seemed to be on track for success by traditional measures. Recently graduated from Yale and working at a growth stage venture
This week’s pulse survey conducted by the Institute for Corporate Production (i4cp) found that the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. is compelling companies to rethink planning for workers to head back to the office Of the 107 business professionals polled, 35% said that recent increases in new infections of the virus have affected their
Food plays a vital role in getting a good night’s sleep, something Graham talks about in his book Workfuel. Eating before bed though will offer occasional relief at best and isn’t a viable long-term strategy. An important understanding for better nights sleep is that, as diurnal beings, humans are not designed to eat at night.
Return-to-normal is a popular topic of conversation these days. Business leaders are focused on return to work plans that will hopefully reengage their workforces in more productive ways. Small business owners are struggling to reopen, serve customers, and comply with local guidelines for keeping people safe. Friends and family are waiting expectantly for the day
Question – How can you save £26k* a year? Answer – By investing time and effort in virtual meetings AND doing them properly. If there’s one thing that elicits more dread than the thought of sitting for hours in an office meeting room, it’s spending the same time on a Skype call! But as the