Hackers Digest #15: You Need Hammocks in Your Office


Welcome to this week’s installment of the Hackers Digest, a weekly feature that uncovers some of the most cutting-edge productivity ideas that were published over the past several days. We explore every nook and cranny of the Internet to find the six best hacks and productivity stories of the week so you don’t have to.

Here’s what we’re sharing this week:

1. 7 unusual ways to make your employees more productive

No matter the scope of their business, managers are always trying to make their workers more productive. You obviously know that you can motivate your employees with more money and more paid time off. But not every business is rife with cash and can afford to pay their employees to play hooky even more. How do you motivate your staff if you can’t shower them with cash? It’s actually not as hard as you might think. For example, if yours is a business that restricts access to a lot of sites on the Internet, consider lifting that policy. Yes, your employees will probably spend some of their time browsing the web. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Read more productivity tips over at thedailystar.

2. All the evidence you need to put hammocks in your office

You probably don’t need much convincing to be interested in the idea of putting hammocks in your office. Great news: A recent article suggests that hammocks are intertwined with productivity. If you’re looking for a way to increase the output of your team, why not open up your wallet and buy a couple hammocks? In theory, workers will relax on the hammocks from time to time over the course of the day. When they finish resting, they’ll return to their desks refreshed and alert. In other words, hammocks make your employees more effective workers. Catch the story on CBC News.

3. Multitasking is overrated. Here are the best apps for ‘singletasking’

It’s no secret that everyone is super busy these days. In fact, nearly 70 percent of today’s workers feel as though they have too much work on their plates each week, according to a recent report. To get a handle on these torrents of work, many professionals feel the need to multitask as much as is humanly possible. But that’s not necessarily the best approach to work. If you’re focusing on more than one thing at once, are you really able to produce at your highest level? If you’re the kind of worker who’s constantly immersed in multiple projects and feel like you have too many tasks to do, it might be time for you to reassess your approach to work and try to “singletask” as much as you can. Luckily, there are apps—like Headspace—that can help you get in the zone. Head to TNW News for more.

4. Can wearable tech boost your productivity?

Studies show that workers have warmed up to the idea of wearable tech. Thanks to devices like Apple Watch and Fitbit, wearable tech has become mainstream. But can the new technology make inroads in the enterprise? Almost certainly. All you need to do is figure out how to best apply it inside your organization. For example, wearable tech can be used to accelerate responses to customer inquiries. It can also be used to track employee engagement. Read more about wearable tech in the office at ITProPortal.

5. Being productive starts with thinking small

Ever have a job that made you dread Sundays? You know, the kind where 2 p.m. Sunday rolls around and you begin to be miserable? We’ve all been there. If you find yourself in a similar rut, here’s a simple trick that should help you become a productivity king or queen once more: start small. When you show up to work Monday morning, don’t think about the entire week—you’ll dread it if you do. Instead, think about accomplishing one small task, and let your output snowball from there. You’ll be cruising down the productivity highway in no time if you adopt this mindset. The wisdom’s over at CheatSheet.

6. The design of your workspace could be killing your team’s productivity

You might not think much about how the physical design of your office is affecting team productivity. It’s high time you take another look at it. Believe it or not, design plays a huge role in how productive we are. In fact, a recent study revealed that poor office air quality results in $15 billion in productivity losses in the United States each year. When’s the last time you redesigned your office? Are you sure your team is getting enough natural light? To learn more about how office design impacts productivity—and what kinds of features enhance output—head to the Star-Telegram.

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