Your employees are your biggest asset as a business. Employees want to feel they’re trusted by their managers, and they want to feel like real human beings. We’ve all had jobs that felt impersonal, and these leave team members feeling unmotivated. When employees feel appreciated and heard, they’re more likely to work towards company goals.
A Gallup study discovered that disengaged employees cost companies upwards of $300 billion in lost productivity every year. Increasing productivity of people becomes one of the main task for every manager. That’s why motivation needs to be at the forefront of your human resources strategy. An unexpected solution to the demand for higher productivity is employee monitoring.
Articles on the Internet have created a lot of myths about productivity. Now, all it takes to expose and debunk each productivity myth is just another Internet article – here it is!
There is no argument over the fact that productivity is a good thing to have and it can be developed, improved, and worked upon by anybody – pretty much like any other skill.
Unfortunately, that’s where we’re leaving the “facts” domain and moving to the “myths” territory. Watch your step, my fellow readers, for it is going to be a dark and dangerous path where you may have to lose quite a few illusions and misconceptions.
If you are a true project manager, you will be able to benefit even from reading a cookbook. However, there are certain books for project managers that contain more useful and thoughtful ideas for PMs than others – welcome to our “10 Must-Read Books for Project Managers” list.
Of all the professions, occupations, and activities in the world, project manager has got to be one of the most ambiguous. Why? Simply because being a project manager means you have to know a little bit about everything.
Freelancers are quite reading public. However, it’s not HOW MUCH your read, it’s WHAT you read and WHAT you get out of it. Here is the definitive list of books for freelancers.
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert
There is no need in arguing about the importance of reading – not just for freelancers but for everyone. However, there are certain books for freelancers whose ideas and thoughts resonate with freelance work and the mindset of a freelancer more than others.
Be sure you check out on those before proclaiming yourself a leader. Better yet, try to be honest with yourself and see what leadership qualities you may be lacking – read on to find out.
Leadership is not a scientific object you can take apart and study. Despite what countless books on leadership may have to say, one simply cannot break it down into elements and create a ready-made guide on how to be a leader.
However, there are leaders – really great ones – out there, always have been and always will. What we can do is see if they all have something in common – some traits and qualities most of them (if not all) share.
SPOILER: you don’t need to take a spiritual trip to Tibet. Productivity techniques are like many things in life – the most obvious ones are also the most difficult to get.
The amazing thing about productivity techniques is that the ones who benefit the most from them are the authors of the books on productivity techniques – otherwise, we would’ve seen millions of billionaires and billions of millionaires walking around. Which is certainly not the case.
It’s actually a way more important topic than you think. If you follow these simple recommendations, you will be amazed by the results they produce.
Are You a Freelancer Yet?
Old methods and approaches to working are slowly dying out. Days of well-groomed men in suits and ties hurrying on their way to the offices are long gone. Today’s office has expanded way beyond its four walls and freelancing is becoming increasingly important.
No matter how good you are in project management, these are essentials: things you should – no, ought to – no, must know and revise from time to time to ensure the success of your projects! Here are five project manager’s questions that you shouldn’t ignore.
7 out of 10 Projects Fail – Why?
Not everything is rainbows and unicorns in the kingdom of project management. According to these rather sad stats, here’s what’s going on:
- 70% of all business projects fail;
- 17% of IT projects go so badly, they threaten the existence of the company;
- Only 42% of organizations report having high alignment of projects to organizational strategy.
How did we (or, rather, they) come to this? There can be multiple reasons but often it happens due to the fact that the project manager failed to take all the important elements of project management into consideration and was unable to deliver as a result.
Maximizing your business potential requires more than just management – you must be aware of different project management types and know, in which situations they should be used.
Every business executive’s goal is to achieve bigger and better results while spending less time, effort, and money. Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal recipe or go-to guide for that – an effective manager has to be knowledgeable about all the possible ways of achieving those results.
Virtual work-spaces have replaced many traditional offices. In such a setup, co-workers contribute from different parts of the world over the internet. Most of the teammates may not ever meet each other in person during the whole project lifetime. Still in many areas such setup is the most efficient if a manager can lead the team properly. Here are some tips on how to make your remote team more productive.