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workplace distractions

The Way We Work: Distractions and Productivity Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: 1 day ago

As technology continues to advance and accessibility to electronic applications, email, and websites increases, combined with traditional factors like co-worker conversations, poorly designed workspaces or personal issues, employees today have more distractions than ever. And while some distractions can actually have a positive effect, giving employees the opportunity to pause from their responsibilities and refresh, too many can cause a lack of focus and have a drastic impact on both individual and organizational productivity. As the prevalence of workplace distractions continues to grow, employers must identify the policies, strategies and training programs that can help steer their employees through the distractions of their daily lives.
 
In the research, HCI explores how organizations are managing distractions and distracted employees in the workplace. The findings are based on surveys of nearly 900 individuals, representing both individual contributors and those in managerial or leadership roles. In addition to the survey responses, HCI conducted in-depth interviews with a number of experts and drew upon several secondary sources on the subject of workplace distractions.

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White Paper

Four Principles to Maximize the Value of the Training You Provide

White Paper | Author: John Ager, Master Facilitator and Trainer, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. | Source: Kepner-Tregoe | Published: 1 day ago
As a general rule, when training is offered it is because we believe employees don't have the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve the results we need. This assessment can be either reactive: problems remaining unsolved; decisions being ... Read more
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Effective Leadership Starts with Critical Thinking

Blog | Author: John Ager, Master Facilitator and Trainer, Kepner-Tregoe | Source: HCI | Published: 2 days ago

To be an effective leader, you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, but, it does help if you ask the right questions. Because leaders are the people responsible for resolving situations, this often requires taking or guiding action(s) in response to change. Critical thinking is just as important a mindset as decisiveness and leaders must be aware of the appropriate scenarios for each.

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How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program

White Paper | Author: Horace McCormick, Program Director, UNC Executive Development | Source: UNC Executive Development | Published: October 20, 2014
Mentoring is a strategic tool that, when done right, can attract and retain high-potential talent and accelerate leadership development and readiness. Mentoring is also an effective tool for shaping organizational culture and closing engagement ... Read more
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Ditch Your 9 Box and Simplify Succession Planning for Success

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: October 16, 2014

To the shock of some and the delight of others, I always advise clients and HR colleagues to ditch their 9 Box tool if they want to engage in successful succession planning. For those unfamiliar with the tool, the 9 Box is essentially a chart or grid commonly used to examine talent within the organization and to make succession planning decisions. Placement of potential succession planning candidates in the 9 Box is determined by ratings of performance and potential – both based upon a three point scale (low, moderate, high). Each of the 9 boxes or categories derived from the ratings are labeled. For example, the high performer/high potential category may be labeled “Consistent Star.”
 

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How to Engage Business Leaders in Succession

Article | Source: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company | Published: October 13, 2014
Three essentials for the talent review … and beyond   As an HR professional, you know that effective succession management is critical if you’re going to prevent unplanned talent losses from disrupting ... Read more
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Driving Employee Engagement with Measurement and Conversations

Blog | Author: Charles Coy, Senior Director of Analyst and Community Relations, Cornerstone OnDemand | Source: HCI | Published: October 9, 2014

Day in and day out, employees show up to the office and fulfill the duties outlined in their job description. Whether that means they make sales calls or fix broken code, they come in and (hopefully) do their work. Seems like a successful employee, right? Yes, but maybe not a happy one. In fact, a majority of employees report they don’t feel driven to improve and innovate beyond what’s expected of them — and that’s costing companies big time.

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